Q&A-Desired traveling services for an adventure holiday in China?

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Question: Desired traveling services for an adventure holiday in China?
Hi, I have got an advertising assignment where I have to create an advertisement for an adventure holiday in China. I was wondering what feature/service I could provide with my “adventure holiday” that has not already been advertised by other companies?

Answer:

Answer by dragonbreathfromjuno
I think your adventure travel service should offer trips to Shipton’s Arch in Xinjiang, near Kashgar. It is a very little-known and rarely visited place in a very remote region of the world, accessible by 4wd and a fairly long hike. A guide would be necessary and it is the largest arch in the world.

If you want to offer something more, include long hikes with homestays with Uyghur shepherds in the Tian Shan mountains north of Kashgar.

Question: Please give me some information about all places which we have to go for a holiday in China.?
If someone wants to visit China for holiday, can anybody suggest where to go (places, cities, anywhere interesting/unique/full of history and culture/art)? Maybe any experiences from ones who once visited there? How long should one take for holiday, if it is arranged by travel/tour bureau? Thank you for any information.

Answer:

Answer by Doctor Love the Love Doctor
Go to HANG ZHOU! Discover the mystery of HANG ZHOU!

Question: What will it be like for a very tall (2m) white guy on holiday in China?
Would they be stared at considerably more so than in western counties?
Will they need to look out for low signs and doorways?
Will they be prime target for pickpockets etc because they will stick out of the crowd?
Hehe, pretty obscure questions! I guess I’m looking for answers from another tall person who has been to China.
Cheers!

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Answer by dutchcutie68
they will ask if you are a basketball player and want to take a picture of you with you, and you will have problems sleeping and peeing cause i heard the beds are small and the toilets are very small too, good luck

enjoy the attention

Question: How long is the New year holiday in China? I plan on going to YiWu but the markets might be closed!?
The commodities market might be closed so i have to ask first.
Im going on Feb 7. I heard the new year is Feb 6. So if u have information lease help. Thanks

Answer:

Answer by N.C.
Although I do not live in China, so I don’t know the communistic laws governing the full celebration. Chinese New Year is actually February 7th, which is Jan. 1 on our lunar calendar. But New Year’s Eve is a veery important event, so I wouldn’t be surprised if ALL the shops close early (by dinner time), because we sit down to have our annual “family dinner” and everybody must be present for it. On New Year’s Day, people go to the temples. Then from Feb. 8th thru Feb. 20th (Jan. 2 – Jan. 14), those are the days people get to go visit their relatives and friends (called bai neen) to wish everybody a prosperous new year. And the celebration closes with a final holiday called Yuen Siu on Feb. 21st (Jan. 15).

I don’t know how bad the economy is over there either. That would be the main determinant factor in how long shops stay close. So just call around there and ask for that market’s New Year business hours.

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15 comments to Q&A-Desired traveling services for an adventure holiday in China?

  • craftylass

    First, take a look at what current travel services are available. If you want to do something different, then you have to know what is out there.

    Secondly, what is something that people would want to do on an adventure? I liked the suggestion about the arch in Xinjiang . . . quite unique!

    China’s northwest isn’t traveled as much as far as tour groups go. Research what is available in Gansu, Ningxia, Qinghai and Xinjiang. (In fact, in Gansu, you can go to the Yellow Sheep River area for an adventure AND stay in a four star hotel! Check out: http://jamesfallows.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/09/yellow_sheep_river.php)

    Horseback riding in Inner Mongolia!
    Mountain climbing in Xinjiang and Tibet!
    Off the beaten path of the Silk Road!
    Beyond the tea farms of Yunnan!
    Boating down the southern rivers!
    The list is almost endless . . . !

    Remember, for the project (even though it may be difficult in real life), to say all visa services included, etc.

    Have fun!

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  • china horticulturist

    i am a outdoor player in china.
    I think it is not so hard to find something special and safe and attractive in china,cuz it is so large country.

    I can give some case advice deep china trip

    1.Monster searching trip at Kanas ,xinjiang. and sky lake,ji lin . which two point reported has large unknown creatures.
    2.Mineral collection and rock climbing trip at the south western china,gui lin,guangxi
    3.Tropical rainforest adventure trip in yunnan.
    4.diving trip in san ya, hainan
    5.Ski Sports and hunter sports in north china,heilongjiang.
    6.Mysticism adventure in Shennongjia hill and wudang hill in hubei.or Voodoo in the west of hunan.
    etc

    you need to find someone local to help you to lead and organize this kind of trip group, it is a expensive , personal trip but with large interesting.

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  • lahu489

    Depends on how long you are going to stay. At a minimum, go to Beijing (5-7 days), Xi’an (3-4 days), Suzhou (3-4 days) and Hangzhou (3-4 days). No need to spend time in Shanghai. It is not a city for tourism, only shopping and it is NOT cheap to buy anything there.

    If you have more time go to Yunnan and Sichuan.

    Stay no less than 2 weeks, but a month is better. Longer is possible. I have lived there for 5 years and travel around every chance I get and still haven’t seen all the things I want to see.

    It is better to do it on your own and hire a tour company in each of the cities you go to.

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  • Kathy Yin

    So many places like
    beijing:the capital of China,summer palace,nest,cube…
    xian:one of the most antiquated cities of china
    hongkong, where has Disney you worth to try it
    shanghai,shopping
    Tibet,amazing scene spot
    ……

  • goodbyebirdie

    The cities of the south and east of China are the most representative. Shanghai, Hangzhou,Nanjing and Suzhou are all worth going, since the scenery and culture there is really typical Chinese-styled and accommodations are great.

  • Dorothy

    There are many places worth visiting in China. As to places of historic interest, Beijing is a good choice, which is the political and culture center of China. As to beautiful scene, I recommend Suzhou, Hangzhou and Yangshuo, Yunnan. Suzhou and Hangzhou is beside Shanghai. Shanghai is full of modern and history , and is also a good place to visit.

  • dreamer

    They might be a little intimidated by such a tall person there. And the doorways are quite small.

  • Scott M

    If you go to Shanghai or Beijing no one will even notice you (unless you wear shorts before the official “shorts wearing season” begins and after it ends).

    Otherwise, tall or not, if you’re a foreign devil, you will get stares everywhere else you go, even in bigger cities like Shenzhen, Xian, Jinan, et al.

    Mostly these are curious looks. Like you were a humorous rodent in a zoo. I suspect you will never get anything resembling anger or resentment, however the Chinese countenance can be difficult for westerners to discern.

    This is also true of their fast and loud talking habits. You may get the feeling that they are always arguing, but in fact this is usually only true of couples 🙂 The Chinese just talk excitedly, loud, and sometimes frantically even during the most normal of conversations (which of course makes it hard to tell when a Chinese person really is angry. If you get a chance to witness the aftermath of an auto collision (which are rare), have a listen. Are they arguing over who caused the accident or calmly discussing insurance details? I can’t tell.).

    Out in the remote areas, I am sure there is a wider mix of races so you probably won’t be considered anything more than a mild curiosity there either. Personally, I don’t visit the outer areas. I prefer to stay close to civilization (7-11s and Starbucks are abundant here).

  • Joe daman

    it would probably make the dude stand out a lot ….2m eh thats like a bit over 6′-6″. I am 6′-1″ which is like 1.85m and 16 yrs old and i was there to visit my relatives during the summer and the doors ARE pretty smal lSOMETIMES. Just becareful of low doorframes and obstructing signs and remember to duck when u get onto a small bus and u should be fine. Such a tall dude would probably not get picked on just pointed and whispered about cuz hes so tall. good luck…dang i wish i was that height not 2m but maybe closer to 1.9m..i hope i can grow…..lol

  • Jessica L

    It depends where you visit. In the bigger cities, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, etc., there are a lot of foreigners and you probably won’t attract a lot of attention. If you visit smaller cities or the countryside, or even certain areas in the big cities, people might stare, call “hello” and sometimes even take your picture!

    You should always watch out for pickpockets when you’re in crowded places in China — this goes for tall white guys, short Chinese girls, and everyone in between! You won’t be more of a target because of your height, but if you act unaware of your surroundings, are conspicuous with your money, or carry your valuables in a bag or backpack that isn’t within your line of sight, you will definitely be a target in some places. Again, this goes for Chinese people as well as foreigners. Use common sense and you can avoid any major problems.

    Do watch out for people who might want to take advantage of you (taxi drivers at the airport who will take you on the “scenic route” to your destination because you don’t know the area, vendors who will charge you 10X the going rate for souveniers because as a foreigner you can afford it, and scammers who will take you to a local teahouse and leave you stranded with a huge bill). As a foreigner, you’re much more likely to be the target of these sorts of tricks than of petty theivery, simply because as a conspicuous foreigner you’re assumed to be ignorant of local norms. Just remember, if you don’t feel comfortable with what’s happening, or if at any time you get a bad “vibe” from someone, simply walk away. If you are staying at a hotel, ask for tips beforehand — find out roughly how much a taxi ride should cost, how much to pay for certain goods, etc. Learn a few key phrases in Chinese too, Chinese people respect you more if you make at least an effort with their language, which they consider very difficult.

    I’ve lived in China for close to five years, and by now I rarely if ever run into problems of these sorts. The way you carry yourself says a lot! Act confident and the scammers will avoid you. They’re looking for an easy mark, not someone who’s going to give them a lot of hassle. Enjoy your trip (and watch your head)!

  • Tom Carter ~ China Photographer

    To answer your questions:

    1) Yes, you will be stared at considerably, whether you are in Shanghai or the countryside and no matter if you are 1 or 2m. Even more so, you are going to hear “Haaaalooooo?” a hundred times a day and “Laowai!” two hundred times. If you wave back, you will put a smile on their face. If you stop to chat you will attract a crowd. If you take pictures, you will probably be invited to dinner and make friends for life.

    2) If you are traveling on a budget, you will never ever find a bed you can sleep in, a chair or table you fit in comfortably, a step that fits your foot, a doorway you won’t bump your head on, or any clothes in a store that fit you. Unless you are staying at the Hilton and have a private driver, be prepared to feel physically uncomfortable the duration of your stay.

    3) No, most Chinese pickpockets will avoid foreigners because 1) size DOES matter, and 2) stiffer prison penalties if they get caught. Chinese pickpockets prefer other Chinese because victims and witnesses in China rarely defend themselves. However, if you do stupid things like wear your backpack on your back, put your bag on the ground or keep a wallet in your back pocket, then the temptation just might be too great, foreigner or not.

    p.s. if you are single and think that you will attract significant tail from Chinese girls because of your height, think again. Most Chinese girls are unfortunately afraid of large-size foreigners, for a variety of reasons I won’t get into, pun intended.

  • Astrid Nannerl

    They’ll stare at you because you are white, not because you are tall. There are plenty of tall people in China.

  • al

    The official holiday for Spring Festival is 3 days, with 4 added days that need to be made up. New Year’s eve falls on the 6th of Feb this year. Food markets are usually open for a half day on New Year’s eve. On the 7th, most places will be closed. Many places will open again on the 8th or 9th, but everyone “officially” goes back to work on the 12th.

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