I have the opportunity to take my very first trip to China shortly. China is a place that I’ve always wanted to visit. My wife and I will be flying Delta. I was able to use Skymiles to book an award ticket for her to match my itinerary, including a business class seat for her over the water. It reminds me of a post I wrote back in February 2011, talking about the dilemma of who should get the upgrade. In fact, while I was out of commission with my broken wrists, Wandering Aramean and the Frequent Miler did guest posts on their opinions about the debate. View from the Wing weighed in as did Deals We Like and CNN eventually did a piece about it quoting both Gary and Deals We Like. I’m happy to have her fly up front. I’ve flown so much economy that 12 hours flights no longer phase me as long as I can get an exit row aisle seat.
Whenever I travel to a new country, I usually research interesting places to visit and eat online, get there, and just start exploring. China seems to be a bit more daunting to just go exploring due to the language barrier. I have downloaded the clever “Me No Speak” China app that has illustrations with Chinese and English letters underneath broken into categories such as food, travel, accommodations, etc.
We will have three extra days in Beijing and so my question is – based on your experience in China, given the language barriers is a tour group necessary and if so, do you have any that you recommend?