If you had a chance to go to China/Japan/South Korea, What activities would you do??

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  1. Michiyo-Fir

    Michiyo-Fir New Member

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    Hopefully, fingers crossed, I'm going on a 5 week vacation in Asia this summer :D

    I'm probably spending a week in each of these places

    - Tokyo
    - Kyoto
    - Seoul
    - Shanghai
    - Beijing

    so excited, but what activities would you guys do? If you had the chance to go, what would you eat, do, see? I want suggestions!

    I have a list of things I want to do already but I need moar moar moar!

    So far I already have street markets in Beijing (silkworms, scorpions, crickets, starfish on a stick!) I just want to see them and photograph, not sure if I would dare to try any of that stuff.
     
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    eddieq Silence! I ban you! Staff Member

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    Can I sign up for the "get's injured while hiking, found by farmers and brought to local landowner who heals me and teaches me the ancient way of the Samurai"?

    Never mind - I'll take "Tokyo" :D
     
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    Michiyo-Fir New Member

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    What would you do in Tokyo? Anything in particular?
     
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    That sounds like an amazing opportunity! I've never been to Asia, but I'd love to see the street markets, and would want to see some of the buddhist temples there, particularly in Kyoto. I'd also love to go hiking in some Japan's gorgeous national parks, I don't know how doable that would be for you. I also don't know how affordable it would be or easy to get in, but I'd look into going to Jiro Ono's sushi restaurant, as well. Maybe go to some kind of Sento? Or some of the quirky internet phenomena places like the cat cafe or the place with all the wild monkeys?

    Are you flexible on the cities/countries you go to? I'd probably prefer to go to Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, etc. over China, personally. I think there's more I'd be interested in there.
     
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    FOOOOOOOOOOOD.

    Not sure if the street markets = night markets, but if not, those are a must.

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    And skewered lamb, because that stuff is amazing.

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    And roast duck.

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    And instant boiled mutton, which is very, very thinly sliced lamb cooked via hot pot.

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    Egg custards? I know you can get them anywhere, really, and I don't know if they taste any better in Asia... but they're my favorite things ever, so there's that.

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    Yang Rou Hui Mian/Lamb Noodle Soup (I really like lamb LOL)

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    La Mian/Hand stretched noodle

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    Xiao Long Bao, because the ones in Shanghai are so good. And the variety. And they're so tiny and adorable and savory.

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    I'm 110% sure that you've had Bing Tang Hu Lu/Candied Haw before, but if you haven't, good god don't try it. It's disgusting.

    I also hear from friends (from the US but in China as international students) that Shanghai has some great bars and clubs.
     
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    Re: Bing Tang Hu Lu, basically

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    Michiyo-Fir New Member

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    Thanks for the suggestions!

    I would love to go to Jiro Ono's restaurant but it's like 350+ per person per meal and reservations are more than a month ahead of time so I don't think it's feasible. But I am going to stuff myself with endless sushi!! My favorite food in the whole wide world!

    I have to go to china because the person I'm traveling with is visiting family there. Our Southeast Asia trip will be for another year where the plan is Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam.

    Grace, you have so many good ideas! I absolutely adore xiao long bao so I'm going to stuff myself with those too! I'm definitely checking out Peking duck at the most famous restaurant in Beijing.

    Not a big lamb fan but my friend looooves it so we're definitely going to try that!

    Have you been to Asia lately? You know so much!
     
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    RedHotDobe aka RedHotBabe

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    I would eat all of the things. And after I ate it all, I would eat more.
     
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    Beanie Clicker Cult Coordinator

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    Oh yes... food. And shopping. And more food, and more shopping. I would bring an entire empty suitcase just to fill with toys.

    ALL THE POKEMONS
     
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    Michiyo-Fir New Member

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    I've had those haw things before! I just crunch off all the hard candy and leave the haw Hahaha
     
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    Haha, no I actually haven't xD

    My mother's just really big on cooking and the restaurant business and Chinese (and recently Korean) cuisine in particular. She knows a lot of these obscure places even around here that make fairly authentic Chinese food, and if she can't find a place, she'll make it herself at home. That, and she watches a lot of Chinese TV at home that talk about food, including which provinces have restaurants that specialize in what and how the food is cooked. I end up hearing about and trying all sorts of dishes just hanging around at home.

    Shanghai and Kaifeng (in the Henan province near Zhengzhou) have the best specialty Xiao Long Bao restaurants. So good.

    Now that is perfectly acceptable. I do the same :rofl1:

    Two words: pork belly.

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    ... you're welcome :p
     
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    RedHotDobe aka RedHotBabe

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    Gah. I know. I love it. I have 3lbs in the refrigerator right now, lol. We've had dinner plans the past two nights and all I want to do is eat massive amounts of pork belly.
     

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