Most of the 10 ppl going aren't photographers and our tastes are very varied (8 guys + 2 girls). And some of us have health issues (e.g. history of pneumothorax, heart problem, asthma) so the mountain hikings are rather impossible.
It will be hard to manage (as mentioned by other CSers) 10 ppl and I'm currently the so called group leader. I can't imagine the logistics in planning a free and easy itinery for 10 ppl with varied interests!!! Hence, we decided on a common Yunnan portion of the trip to satisfy the scenery/cultural aspects of a trip. It will be fun as the trip will only consist of us and us only as we have enough ppl (i.e. 10) to form our own tour group.
HENCE...we would want another getaway to a major city for the shopping/simpler sightseeing aspect and we're concern with the prices/hotels/attractions of places like Beijing vs Shanghai vs Guangzhou.
So anyone with tips about such places do feel free to share!
About locations, you have to first decide on what is you main trip first. After you decided that, you should select your port of entry/exit, which will be your shopping location as well.
If doing Yunnan, consider Guangzhou or Shenzhen. If you are doing northeast or Jiangnan, consider Shanghai. Personally, I like Hangzhou airport. But it can be a challenge for newbies and a large group.
And when you mention Yunnan, you need to be clear which parts of Yunnan too. There different approaches to "conquer" Yunnan. Are you referring to the usual Dali or Lijiang? Or south Yunnan like Xishuangbanna or the Sichuan border into Tibet. And the weather changes too... as you travel inside Yunnan.
The Yunnan portion will be a guided trip most probably engaging SATours or CTC. We will be going Dali, Lijiang, Shangri La. The temperature there varies alot depending on which part of Yunnan. It can range from 10+ to 20+ in Kunming and 3+ to 15+ in Shangri La during late May.
Have u been to Guangzhou? My friends are keen to go there. Our group have ppl who've been to Beijing before so they are not so keen to go there again. For Shanghai, we're considering the fact that the expo is held during the same period and prices for hotels, airfare and cost of living might be higher.
Thanks for the replies