I'm planning to go to China in the spring, to research the next Darger & Surplus novel.
(As an aside . . . You have no idea how cool writing that made me feel. That is exactly the sort of thing that, when I was young, I hoped I'd be doing some day.)
So now I'm looking for advice. Where should I go? Beijing and Xi'an, of course. But where else? Whenever I hit the guidebooks, I end up being overcome by how large China is and how much of it sounds very, very interesting. So I could really use your input.
Ideas? Suggestions? If it helps, the book will begin in Chengdu and most likely end in Beijing.