Advice: Two weeks in China?

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Q: I'm going to Europe for six weeks and want to add two weeks in China on the way to or from.

The flight I'm looking at goes through Shanghai. Can you please tell me what could be good to do in Shanghai and a bit further out (I don't want to hire a car), and I'd like to get to the Great Wall if feasible.

A: Shanghai is great. A city on the move, it definitely offers more than meets the eye.

High on your list should be The Bund, Shanghai's famous river waterfront for a view of the ''yesterday and today'' of the city.

Wander into Pudong Park and the Oriental Pearl Tower springs up in front of you, a well-known marvel that adds to the fabulous Shanghai skyline. If you're a keen shopper, Nanjing Road is where to head, full of malls and speciality stores.

On the outskirts of Shanghai you'll find Zhujiajiao, an ancient water town with cobblestone lanes and well preserved Ming and Qing buildings.

In the evening, be sure to check out an acrobatic show, tightly choreographed, you'll be blown away by the tricks.

With a time frame of two weeks you'll definitely have enough time to get yourself to Beijing. Opt to travel by high speed train from Shanghai to Beijing, or there are regular flights between the two cities.

While Beijing is renowned for being the gateway to the impressive Great Wall, no visit to Beijing is complete without visits to the fascinating Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven.

You must also witness the Hutongs - the densely packed and vibrant traditional alleys and neighbourhoods of Beijing best explored by cycle rickshaw.

Aneela Ranchodbhai, Assistant Product Manager, Asia, House of Travel.

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