China in review

So, after tons of posts and even more time, I am actually getting round to wrapping up our time in China. To start, here is a post with the facts and figures and what not. 🙂

Note: The following dates and overview excludes the weeks we spent in Hong Kong. While technically a part of China, for me the city and our time there are separate entities from what we discovered during our travels in mainland China. In case you are unclear about the relationship between HK and China, as I was, here is a quick blurb from Wikipedia:

Under the principle of “one country, two systems”, Hong Kong has a different political system from mainland China. Hong Kong’s independent judiciary functions under the common law framework. Hong Kong Basic Law, its constitutional document, which stipulates that Hong Kong shall have a “high degree of autonomy” in all matters except foreign relations and military defence, governs its political system.

So without further ado…

Our time in mainland China was just a bit short of two full months. 54 days to be exact.

Still a far cry from the nearly four months we spent in India, but the second longest consecutive amount of time we’ve traveled in a single country.

In those busy weeks, we made 18 stops in 16 different locations, visiting 7 different provinces/municipalities (municipalities of Beijing & Shanghai). Not bad – although there is PLENTY more to visit! 🙂 (From Wikipedia again, China “currently administers 33 such divisions, classified as 22 provinces, four municipalities, five autonomous regions and two special administrative regions.”)

I’ve put the markers in this map (thank you for the image!) by hand so they may not be entirely accurate, but this gives you an idea anyhow of the ground we’ve covered:

Check Roman’s Everlater page for more details and a significantly more accurate map! 🙂

I’ve also added the first update to my “travel tops”page in ages: check it out if you want recommendations or are just curious about my most favoritest places, hotels and food experiences in China. Sorry but you’ll have to scroll to the bottom of the page for the China section.

And last but not least, here is the final itinerary.

Sept 15 Kashgar, Xinjiang Seman Binguan Hotel
Sept 16 Karakul Lake, Xinjiang Yurt homestay
Sept 17 Tashkurgan, Xinjiang Pamir Hotel
Sept 18 Kashgar, Xinjiang Seman Binguan Hotel
Sept 19 Yarkant, Xinjiang Desert camping
Sept 20 Kashgar, Xinjiang Seman Binguan Hotel
Sept 22 Urumqi, Xinjiang Yilisha Hotel
Sept 24 Yangshuo, Guangxi Omeida Chinese Academy housing/ River View Hotel
Oct 15 Dazhai, Guangxi Wisdom Inn
Oct 18 Guilin, Guangxi Jinjiang Inn
Oct 19 Lijiang/Shuhe, Yunnan The Bruce Chalet
Oct 21 Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan Tea-Horse Guesthouse
Oct 22 Zhongdian, Yunnan N’s Kitchen & Guesthouse
Oct 24 Lijiang/Shuhe, Yunnan The Bruce Chalet
Oct 26 Beijing Airb’n’b studio apartment
Nov 3 Pingyao, Shanxi Yide Hotel
Nov 5 Xi’an, Shaanxi Xi’an Century Landscape Hotel
Nov 8 Shanghai Jinjiang Inn

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