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  • Pingyao is an under-rated destination and well worth your effort. The legth of time you need there depends very much upon you and your style of visit. 2 days would suffice for most, though photographers could easily stay longer. The main attractions…
  • Absence of a response should not put you off. It is unlikely that anyone who has travelled with them will see this forum question any time soon. You should look to see what payment methods they accept and whether you will be protected by these. W…
  • The most common ailments for travellers are respiratory - common colds, flu and other breathing disorders brought on by pollution in the cities and exposure to (lots of) new germs in crowded places. It is difficult to avoid these so be prepared to t…
  • Zhangjiajie is not the easiest place to include in an itinerary. You may have to look at options through the provincial capital Changsha. Once there you have plenty to see and do; 3-4 days worth of exploring the mountains and Golden Whip Stream f…
  • wren - it is not always a case of where you go as what you plan to do when you get there. A visit to the Temple of Heaven might not suit all ages equally but if you end up in the park outside with some kites or other activity then the time should be…
  • China has some exemptions for passengers in transit. You should be able to get the definitive answer from the cruise company or tour company arranging your trip.
  • Agreed. The dates published here confirm that those 3 days will be holidays for most services
  • The one bit of information not made clear above is that a group can be one person so, to answer your question, you need not join a group tour. You could have a set of private arrangements, though that would be expensive
  • I very much doubt it given that the PRC only came into being in 1949. However, I'm sure the notes now have a greater value to collectors, so perhaps get some photos and send them to dealers in old notes for a valutaion.
  • The Snow and Ice Festival is a huge event and no doubt very interesting if you happen to be in the area - but Harbin lacks much else of interest. Unless you have a special interest that you will keep you at the festival for a few days (travelling wi…
  • You will need to look at several details: Visa Expiry: I take it you mean yours expires at the end of 2010. If so, no problem. Number of entries: If only one or two, have you used these already? If multiple entry, no problem. Duration of each stay:…
  • If you are arriving late at night it would be better to be booked in. The city is safe enough but can be a little confusing. The main attractions for many visitors are the casinos. The other sites are mostly related to the Portuguese period of oc…
  • One big decision will be whether to stay on Hong Kong Island or not. Given that you have a week I would, and close to the Central (that's a district) ferry terminal (Sheung Wan). That way you will be able to head out and visit other islands more eas…
  • Sure - but that's a big question. How long have you got? What are your interests? What style do you travel?
  • Winter time has another big adavantage. It is Off Season for most tour groups and therefore travel services are less strained. That means a better quality experience as well as the possibility of discounts.
  • Nothing in particular - not if you are arriving as an individual. You may read about members of Chinese tour groups getting forced to go shopping but that shouldn't happen to you. I've often walked around late at night and never felt threatened.Y…
  • Hong Kong does belong to China but still remains a Special Administrative Region until 2047. The phrase often used in this respect is 'one country, two systems'. Working in Hong Kong would be very different from working on the Chinese mainland. Work…