This week it’s time to start planning my post-J-Term travel. I have two and a half weeks (Jan 28-Feb 13) to do as I please in China before the mandated arrival day in Hangzhou for the spring term.
Originally, I was planning on spending all that time in Beijing with perhaps a short trip to Harbin. But many Beijingers have already weighed in on that prospect saying that Beijing shuts down mostly during the Spring Festival (or Chinese New Year) as people go home. So, I decided to leave Beijing behind and travel.
But where to? Help me decide! Leave a comment.
So far, I’m looking at making a Western run. First, Xi’an, the old old capitol of the country where the Terracotta Soldiers were kept. Then perhaps to Chengdu (Sichuan Province — yes, that’s the spicy province). Then perhaps to Lhasa in Tibet, if I can figure out the logistics of getting a permit to go. If that doesn’t work out, Kunming or Shangri-la could be added quickly. Finally, the backup plan (or perhaps my final destination) is always to just go to Hong Kong — what’s not to like there? Home cooked food, milk tea, and family!
But let me know if you have other ideas that could spice up or make more efficient my travel plans. I need to make this decision quick as trains and planes are filling up!