Would you visit China or Japan if given the choice, and why?
Answer from @Kenzo Variant:
Both China and Japan are beautiful countries. But personally, if I can pick only one, I will pick China.
Japan is a very modern country, yet we can still see ancient temples, castles, shrines and go to Osaka for the food which are unforgetable.
On the other hand, China is much bigger geographically.
I do not think we can really explore and enjoy China in 30 days. And that is by excluding HK and Macau.
Therefore, saying ‘visit China’ is a bit incorrect, just like saying ‘visit the US’ is not really correct.
US is also so big that people should say ‘visit NY’, ‘visit Vegas’, ‘visit SF’, etc.
China is also super modern, yet we can also see the world famous ancient side of China.
The difference with Japan is that some of the sceneries in China can be really breathtaking. Some are literally breathtaking like the Great Wall, long walk, requires a lot of breath. :)
As for the food, once I meet a western chef who claimed in the world there are only two types of cuisine: French and Chinese.
Also, going to China is much cheaper compared to travelling in Japan.
If you only have short vacation, Japan wins. But if you have more than one week, China wins.
If you have only one week and want to go China, pick Beijing and the surroundings. One week should enough.
If you want to sample life in a futuristic city, go to Shanghai.
Answer from @Craig Arthur:
I’m actually going through this decision right at this moment for a holiday in October/November.
And…. Despite never having been to China and loving the idea of going there….
I’m leaning Japan.
The main reason is visas. With Japan I just have to go there. It’s no problem.
With China I’ll have to apply for a visa advance, visit the Chinese embassy and…oh it’s such a faff
. No thanks.
Too much of a pain just for a little visit. I’d need to have a month of holiday at least to make it seem worth the effort to me.