This is my "best" and "worst" list from our time in China. -- Adrian
Best city/town: Dali, Yunnan. Worst: Luoyang, Henan.
Best restaurant: Stone Kitchen, Lijiang, Yunnan (best cheeseburger in China). Worst: restaurant on Yangtze River boat.
Best adventure: Horse trek out of Songpan, Yunnan.
Best hotel: Pujiang (Astor House) Hotel, Shanghai(huge room). Worst: Tian Xiang Hotel, Luoyang (a dump).
Best mountain climb: Tai Shan, Shandong.
Best internal transportation: Boat down Yangtze River. Worst: 9-hour bus trip from Chengdu to Songpan, Sichuan.
Best thrill: bumper cars, Dali, Yunnan.
Worst annoyance: being incessantly "hallo"'d and grabbed by admiring strangers.
Best shower: Swiss Snow Inn, Lijiang, Yunnan (like a steam room). Worst: cabin shower on Yangtze River boat (very cold with sewer smell).
Best local person: Mr. Hu #1 (and Cindy-Lou -- see website), Huang Shan, Anhui.
Best weather: Tiger-Leaping Gorge near Lijiang, Yunnan . Worst: first night of horse-trek from Songpan, Sichuan (hail, torrential rains and cold).
Best hangout: Lazy Book Cafe, Dali, Yunnan (fooseball and other games).
Best activity: 10-pin bowling, Chengdu, Yunnan. Worst: too many temples in northern China.
Best day-trip: Great Wall near Beijing. Worst: Longmen Grottoes near Luoyang, Henan (bo-ring).
Best toilet: lobby of Nanlin Hotel, Suzhou, Jiangsu. Worst: behind the internet cafe in Songpan, Sichuan.
Best internet cafe: Shanghai Central Library. Worst: Songpan, Sichuan (no heat, no speed).
Best market: Menghun, Xishuanbanna, Yunnan. Worst: Flower & Bird Market, Kunming, Yunnan (where were the birds?).