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My DH and I are tagging Long with my sister, Bil, and two nieces on a homecoming trip for the girls to China. We are very excited. My sister is doing most planning with a specialized agent. All we do is pay! I have read two great books including two years on the Yankzee and China road. Any other ideas?? Anyone been to China? Let us know your best tips!!


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China! How exciting! When?
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That sounds so very exciting!
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We r going in June. Both nieces are from China so we are going back for them to see where they were born. Totally excited...
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That sounds like it will be a fun trip and the trip of a lifetime.


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How exciting! I was in China in the summer of 2001. I was with a group that taught English for two weeks at what would be considered "camp". We were at an English immersion school in Jinan, in Shangdong province, about 4 hours by train south of Beijing. Before camp, we spent a week in Beijing and saw all the sights...Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall.
The students and people we met were wonderful. They have a very long history and are very proud of their country.
I have found lots of good information by reading China nonfiction from my local elementary/middle school libraries. China's history is so complex, and these were at my reading comprehension level.
Have a wonderful time, and keep us posted.
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How wonderful! Where are you going in China?

Tips:
•bring toilet paper. Take the cardboard out of the roll and flatten it so it will go easily in your suitcase. Always carry some sheets with you in a little plastic bag.
•hand sanitizer is your friend.
•depending on where and when you go, bring an air pollution mask, especially for Beijing. Buy them here, because they are better quality.
•distances between cities are excruciatingly long if you are on a bus. Take high-speed rail if possible.

Have you read the Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane?

ETA: I've been in Shanghai, Suzhou, Beijing, Zhengzhou, Xi'an, Wuhan and Wudan Mountain, and also in Shenzhen. Four different trips.
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Thanks for the book title. We land in beijing and take bullet trains to several locations and at the end leave from shanghai. We are also going on a three day cruise down the yankzee river. Also going to two rural orphanages. My sister is making all the plans. Includes Tiananmen Square, Great Wall, panda preserve, three gorges, forbidden city. I know about the toilet paper! Thanks for the reminder.
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Do they not use toilet paper?
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Is very hard to come by in public toilets. Western hotels are fine.


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This sounds like a fantastic trip! I haven't been to China, but I have traveled to other parts of Asia. I recommend carrying a small container of hand sanitizer and tissues or toilet paper too. While there are many western style bathrooms in Asia, there are also more primitive ones where you would need those items.

You may need to have bottled water with you when you are in rural areas. We used it to brush our teeth in hotels without clean water. The places you stay in urban areas should have good water, but you never know what you will encounter in rural areas.

I hope to visit China some day and hope you have a great trip.

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Juliet, your trip sounds wonderful! I haven't done the Yangtze cruise, but some friends have, and they loved it.

I'm interested in hearing about the orphanages. One of my friends adopted two baby girls from China years ago. These babies are now in their early 20s. I wonder if the conditions in the orphanages have changed for the better.

Enjoy your trip, and as bellringer said, keep us posted!
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I think the girls will be in awe! They could have been raised with little education opportunities and hard work instead. They were raised in the US with incredible opportunities. I love them both SO much. I hope it is not a negative experience at all. We will also be seeing some incredible sights so I think they will be ok. They were very lucky my sister adopted them!
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