Chan and the World

My China trip 2013

I recently returned from an amazing two week trip to China. My trip took a typical route through the three major cities in China – Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing. I was concerned about traveling as a single traveler in China. But it turned out much easier than I expected. As I expected very few people spoke English but I used the age-old technique of using hand signs to communicate with most of them. Most Chinese people were helpful. Even when they didn’t know the answer they were willing to find help for me. When I was stuck locating places, they…

Beijing

Located in Northern China, Beijing is the nation’s political, economic, cultural, educational and international trade and communication center. I visited Beijing in early spring and spent 4 days there. Luckily there wasn’t any pollution as I feared. But I was there during the Qingming holidays so naturally every place I traveled to felt way over crowded. Tiananmen Square Largest city square in the world that stands in the center of Beijing, Tiananmen square is best known for its pro-democracy movement in the late 1980’s. Monument of People’s Heroes Monument to People’s Heroes is a ten-story obelisk that was erected as…

How to travel cheap in China as a single traveler

Here are some general tips for traveling cheap in China. I am also listing all the touristy spots that I visited during my whirlwind trip. Some General tips Spring season (March to May) is the best time to travel in China. In summer it gets crowded and hot especially in the southern part of China. Book flight tickets ahead of time for cheaper prices. I booked my tickets three to four months in advance. I found the cheapest tickets on Kayak travel site. I got my round trip ticket for $920 to Shanghai. I tried different dates and destination options…

Xi’an

Located in Central China, Xi’an is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, having held the position under several of the most important dynasties in Chinese history including Zhou, Qin, Han, Sui, and Tang. Xi’an is the eastern terminus of the Silk Road and home to the Terracotta Army. Here are the places I visited. Da yan ta (Big Goose Wild Pagoda) Giant Wild Goose Pagoda or Big Wild Goose Pagoda, is a Buddhist pagoda located in southern Xi’an, Shaanxi province, China Don’t miss the night light and water show at Da yan Ta. It starts ar 8:30…

Shanghai

Shanghai Largest city by population and the financial center of China and Asian continent, Shanghai is a city with influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology, and transportation. Maglev train I boarded at Shanghai Pudong airport whizzed me away to Shanghai center in just under 8 minutes. It was a direct train from the airport. It made me wonder if we will ever have a Maglev train in America? And get this, it only costs me $7. While our infrastructure in the U.S needs constant maintenance and new upgrades, China has made some remarkable achievements in this area. I…

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