I'm looking for a city in China to live in for a month.. I don't really like moving around too much. I prefer to get somewhat integrated into the areas I'm living for a while.
My visa in Thailand is either up in 2 weeks or I may extend and stay an 30 days before I head to china. So I've got time to find somewhere suitable.
Not Beijing or Shanghai though.
I was thinking about Lijiang or Chengdu ?
I hear Lijiang is a little expensive though, I travel long term so I'd rather find somewhere that quite cheap.
#1Scottie001 has been a member since 22/3/2015. Posts: 10
Posted by hellomoto84 on 24/7/2017 at 10:30
Chengdu and Lijiang are both very different cities - what is it about those two which has appealed to you? Chengdu we found to be modern, fairly clean, good transport, good food & a fair few things around that can keep you occupied (Mt Emei, pandas etc). Lijiang is mainly centred around the old town which is pretty but very touristy and super busy people filled most of the time!
As you suggest Chengdu may be better for a longer term budget stay but unsure whether there would be enough to keep you occupied for a month?
Sorry it's not a massively helpful reply!
#2hellomoto84 has been a member since 13/3/2017. Posts: 18
I haven't been to Chengdu but I spent a few days in a city which is nearby, Chongqing.
Apparently Chongqing is China's 4th largest city. It's sits on the banks of the Yangzte River. Notable attractions in the area are the impressive Wulong Karst area which also includes Furong Cave, one of the biggest in China. Another nearby attraction is the amazing Jindao Canyon. Info on Jindao Canyon can be seen on my travel blog with this link: http://www.megaworldasia.com/china/jindao-canyon-china/
Some helpful tips before you go:
Be sure to install a translation app into your phone (English to Mandarin) as very few people in those areas speak english.
Google, gmail, and facebook are banned (blocked) in China. Install a VPN into your phone, tablet, or laptop before you arrive in China.
If you've got a gmail account, make a temporary change to something else while you're in China. I set up a fastmail account while I was there.
#3Megaworldasia365 has been a member since 26/8/2017. Posts: 25
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