Asked by Ms.Ula Yang from Canada | Feb. 07, 2011 07:48
About:Chinese Holidays

Hi, I'm coming to China/Hong Kong for approximately 1 month in September. I'm a well-travelled budget backpacker in my early 20s. I've done a lot of research; just wondering if my itinerary makes sense, or if there is a more efficient route I can take.

Toronto --> Beijing (4 days)
-->overnight train to Shanghai (stay 4 days)
-->train to Hangzhou (1 day: see West Lake)
-->bus to Huangshan (to Tangkou, then take bus to mountain, then take cable car up, and check into hostel, then see eastern side of mountain)
-->2nd day on Huangshan: see western side, then go back down and spend the night in Tangkou
-->bus back to Huangshan, taxi to Huangshan airport, fly to Shanghai, fly to Zhangjiajie, taxi into city center, spend 1 night
-->sightsee scenic area (2 days)
-->fly to Guangzhou, train to Hong Kong (stay 4 days & day trip to Macau)
-->train to Guangzhou, then Nanning, to Hanoi

1)Am I spending enough time in each place? Or too many days maybe in Beijing or Shanghai? I like to see more remote areas but can't spend too much time travelling.
2)Is it feasible to go from Hangzhou to Huangshan and still hike a bit in the same day?
3)How much are current costs for Huangshan?
-bus from Huangshan to Tangkou (and how long)
-roundtrip shuttle from Tangkou to cable car
-roundtrip cable car
-admission to Huangshan (also, if I stay the night on the summit, do I have to pay for re-entrance the next day?)
4)Are there different cable cars for different areas of the mountain? Which one would you suggets? I read Yuping.
5)What is the best way to get from the scenic area to Huangshan airport?
6)When I go up the mountain, do I take my pack with me? If not, where can I leave it?
7)What is the best itinerary for Zhangjiajie, to stay on the mountain or not? And the costs including entrance fee, transportation, accomodation, etc?


P.S. I don't like to do tours or hire tour guides unless it's very cheap so I will be doing the hikes on my own.

Answers (1)
Answered by Mr.Bruce | Feb. 07, 2011 21:22
1. I think 2 days are enough for Hk.
2. I think so, since it takes about 4 hours by bus from Hangzhou to Tangkou of Huangshan.
3. The entrance fee of Mt. Huangshan is CNY 230 Mar. 1-Nov.30 and CNY 150 Dec.1-Feb.28 or 29 the next year. The ticket fare from Huangshan to tangkou is CNY15, and it takes about 1 hour. If you tay overnight in Huangshan, you don't have to pay the entrance again.
4. Yes, you can get details at
5. You can take the bus to bus station of Huangshan City, then take a taxi to the airport.
6. You can just store your luggage at the entry gate.
7. in Zhangjiajie, you may just stay at a hotel near the scenic area. The costs depends on what attractions will you go.
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