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Shanghai or Taiwan or Hong Kong?

Which would be the most interesting to visit, Shanghai, Taiwon or Hong Kong? In terms of special sites to see, diversity of foods and people, cost, places to stay, ease of getting around, language issues and just an overall travel experience. We like to go to one place and absorb it as opposed to staying a few days here and there. This may be our one and only trip to China. Look forward to your thoughts. Thanks, Peter




 

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  • Andy lee

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    I will say something about Shanghai

    Food: Shanghai almost can find every kind food from the world, not only Chinese food and Shanghai , Shanghai is a paradise for a food favorite

    Seeing: Shanghai not only have some Chinese scenery like old water side town which be called east Venice , western style street bund which be called Wall Street of east from 1930s, the modern skyscraper forest Lujiazui, where took the best view of Skyfall and Mission : impossible 3

    Hotel: Shanghai have a lot of luxury hotel, boutique hotel and family inn

    Traffic: Shanghai have the biggest metro of the world

    Cost : traffic and hotel in Shanghai is much more cheaper than Taipei and hong kong

    More information on my site www.orientjourney.com

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      Thanks, your website was informative. Do you think it is a mistake not to visit Beijing and the Great Wall when in China? Is it easy to get to Beijing from Shanghai? · (0 likelikes)

    • Andy l.

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      from Shanghai to Beijing by high speed train about 5hours, Great Wall and forbidden city can't mistake , if you have enough time and enough cost · (0 likelikes)

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  • Dustin Balictar

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    Hong Kong has been the most interesting place in Asia with the most amazing food and very eccentric sites to see. The price is not that expensive if you compare it with Japan but it is more expensive than most of the Asian cities.

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  • David Lin

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    I will say Taiwan, not only because it's my home country, but also my rich travel experiences in all this 3 places.

    Amount the other choices, we have more variety choice of food than Hong Kong, more Friendly people than Shanghai, and splendid geo attractions including 246 mountains that is above 3000 Meters.

    Accommodation in Taiwan is easy with many choices, you could have 6 stars hotel in downtown, or a boutique hotel which will comfort you in busy district. Or, pick a B&B on the mountain or on the Sea Sea Shore.

    Transportation? High Speed Rail that run at 330KPH, rail way island wide, MRT (Subway), rental push bike, Taxi, Bus (19 seater in a regular size euro bus)

    good for 3 days to 25 days, and you will be welcomed.

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  • William Harrington

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    I would say Shanghai, lots to see and do. Easy to get around and some interesting places. On second thought I've done a lot more tourist oriented things in Hong Kong and it is easier to get around being a smaller city in many ways, great nightlife and interesting night market in Hong Kong as well. In Shanghai everything is more spread out, and its pretty expensive to stay near the BUND... Shanghai did have the Worlds Fair a few years back and if there is anything left of that it would be interesting.

    Tiawan, its been many years and I can't give a educated answer

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  • Duyen Pham

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    Shanghai and Taiwan should lead the top.

    About Shanghai, it's a food heaven. You can see both modern and traditional feature here. Also, when you are in Shanghai, don't miss Zhujiajiao Ancient Town, Nanjing Lu (Nanjing Road) (for shopping and people watching), Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu), Riverside Promenade (Bingjiang Da Dao) (for sightseeing),...

    To me, I prefer Taiwan as it's not crowded and busy as Shanghai. The environment is also good and you can be deep in the fresh vibe.

    For history, these are the must: Hualien City, Shifen Old Street,..

    For sightseeing: Shifen Waterfall, Taipei 101, Ruifang District, New Taipei City: Gold Mines of Discovery in Shuinandong, Jinguashi.

    If you are still confused, you should consider these plans for Shanghai and Taipei trips

    A trip to Shanghai

    Things to do in Taipei

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    Shanghai, hands down. I've been to all three and Shanghai has the most amazing food, nightlife, architecture, and old meets new charm. Hong Kong a close second- but still feels like it's stuck in the eighties. It is a beautiful city, though... Hotels are pricier.

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  • Iris Chen

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    I will say Taiwan among all of the places you have mentioned.

    -Food

    Taiwan is famous for local food. Taiwanese has amazing night market culture and local Taiwanese food. If you are foodie, the general spending on food, Taiwan is the cheapest among all of the cities you have mentioned.

    -Cost

    Iiving spending in Taiwan is the cheapest among all three cities

    People

    Most of Taiwanese people are able to speak more than 2 languages

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      My vote is for Taiwan, hands down. You can stay anywhere from 5-star hotels to clean hostels throughout the country. The food is phenomenal and if you don't know where to eat people will always help you figure it out. Easy to get around, great MRT (subway,) high speed rail, easy taxi access. Be sure to check out Maokong Village, where you take a 20 minute gondola ride up the mountain to have tea outdoors. The architecture and view from Taipei 101 is fascinating. Also don't miss Kaohsiung in the south: a great place to rent bikes but we rented a scooter (time to pray.) They have a street stall almond milk place that can't be beat (forgot the name but just ask around,) as well as a Taipei location. What's really fun is one of the lantern festivals, crazy and you need to be careful, but you will laugh, guaranteed. Also, the guidebooks will direct you to a smaller town/village (forgot the name) where you can see some temple ruins that collapsed on themselves from a major earthquake and have been shored up so it's safe (I think)... something you would NEVER see in the States. You can walk from the train station. Experience the night markets, good hiking no matter where you are, and hit up the National Palace Museum where they have the smallest ivory carving you are likely to ever see. Bring your magnifying glass. Many Taiwanese speak English if you don't speak Mandarin and the friendliness and overall hospitality of the general population is unparalleled. Having spent significant amounts of time overseas in 28 different countries, I have yet to find another culture that is as accommodating. (CZ from LA) · (0 likelikes)

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