China -- Shang Simla
Your first trip to China is a short
three-day adventure, and after you get used to your surroundings at
the hostel, you should head to the Phoenix Martial Arts Academy
(Sim-Fu Academy) where you can begin your journey into Sim-Fu by
practicing the art on the Practice Dummies there. After you have
your basic skills drop by the General Store before you leave for home
and purchase a Training Dummy or two and some Board Bricks to take
home with you for further training.
After you return from your first trip
to China your best next step is to set up your home dojo and work on
maxing your levels in Martial Arts first. Bear in mind that using
the Training Dummy is fast but causes you to be fatigued, and the
Bricks also are fairly fast... You can use Meditation though, which
is a lot slower, but also contributes to an achievement, and finally
if you have two Sims and they both known Martial Arts, they can spar
with each other to gain pretty good skill speed.
Once you have those capped, you can
safely begin exploring and adventuring with at least
better-than-average chance of being able to defend yourself!
-- The Tombs of Shang Simla --
The Tombs are basically the dungeons
ala dungeon crawls for The Sims series, and each presents a number of
basic puzzles, hidden doors, traps, and potential death by Mummy
attack, but also treasure, Relics, Ancient Coins, and other goodies.
The first Tomb you will explore is the Halls of the Lost Army, and to
help you get acclimated to this process we describe the various steps
that are required to complete its exploration and obtain the goals
that are associated with it and its related quest... For the
remaining Tombs we are not going into that sort of detail, as
figuring out the puzzles is half the fun! But if there is specific
information that will help you or save you time, we will include
-- Halls of the Lost Army --
This Tomb is accessed by accepting the
first few quests that you are offered the first few times you visit
the country -- the Treasure Hunter quest specifically -- which will
allow you to obtain the special item Keystone of the Neophyte. This
is the only way to obtain the Symbol of the Halls of the Lost Army,
which is part of the Chinese Tombs Collection -- so you are going to
want to do it.
The symbol is easily found at the end
of the Tomb, which is entered by stepping on the stone to reveal the
stairs. As you explore the areas ahead and solve very simple puzzles
to open the path you will loot some containers but fail to find the
Relic you are looking for... It seems that all that blocks the way
is a locked door for which you do not have the key -- but if you have
one of your Sims examine the round portal in the wall you can get the
door open and reach the next Keystone Lock!
Ah, but you do not have the Star-shaped
Keystone... Nearby is a well that, when you dive to the bottom
reveals a tunnel -- swim through that and you will find a chest with
the Keystone in it. Simply return and use it -- and that leads to
the end chamber with the Relic and two other chests, one of which
contains the Chinese Symbol of the Halls of the Lost Army -- which
you should be sure to grab!
Use the floor switch to open the secret
door and exit the treasure chamber, take the stairs up and then turn
in the Relic to complete the Treasure Hunter Quest!
Looking for a
Floor Switch to Open the Stairs
-- Resolute Fist Retreat --
This Tomb is part of several quest
lines, but you are most likely to encounter it while doing the quest
for The Writings of Qin Shan Hu, but there are other quests that it
factors into... Regardless of what quest line you end up flagging to
bring you here, your Sim will need to have learned Martial Arts in
order to be sent there.
This Tomb is one of the Tombs that is
included in the Relic Collection, so if you are planning on
completing that it is one that should be on your list. Among the
many Relics and treasure items to be had here is the Symbol of the
Resolute Fist Retreat, which you find in a hidden room inside the
Tomb very near the final treasure chamber. Some care should be
taken to be sure that you clear EVERY room in the Tomb because there
are some good items to be had here!
The cool thing about this particular
Tomb is that there is food and bathroom facilities as well as beds in
the Retreat above, which makes that very useful if you happen to need
rest and recovery... Now as for finding the secret stairs, after you
step on the floor plate and unlock the door, it is easier to just
change the view to the lowest level to reveal the hidden chamber and
then select Use the Stairs to gain access.
In the Tomb entrance chamber there are
some piles of rubble for you to clear, which reveal a treasure and a
secret latch opening -- and there is the Keystone Lock to be used.
First though use the latch to open the hidden door, which scores you
a chest with some money and a Relic.
Making your way through the Tomb means
using the secret latches to open the secret doors and collecting the
different rewards and Relics, and being sure that you cleared each
area fully. Simpatico!
-- Market Caverns --
You will be directed to this Tomb when
you flag the quest A Curious Note, during which you will be able to
obtain the Dong Huo Keystone -- and you gain access to the Tomb by
using the hidden lever inside the small hole behind the store that
sells adventuring kit in the main plaza.
There is good treasure here, some
Relics, the Keystone, and the Symbol of the Market Caverns so you
will want to carefully clear each chamber and room.
-- Dong Huo's Treasure Trove --
This Tomb is also accessed during A
Curious Note, and you will arrive here following your exploration of
the Market Caverns Tomb (which is where you obtain the Keystone for
this Tomb). This is one of the treasure-rich Tombs and has a lot of
collection items in it, as well as the Symbol of Dong Huo's Treasure
Trove. Note that to reach the treasure room part of the puzzle
requires you to obtain the four Keystones to open the locks guarding
it -- but they are all in this Tomb (hence the advice to take care in
clearing all chambers and rooms, natch!). When you reach the
Treasure Room and you are done looting look for the hidden switch to
open the secret exit.
-- Temple of Heaven --
This Tomb is part of the Pangu's Axe
quests (that is how you will be introduced to it) and in fact is
where the Axe is obtained! Its entrance is in one of the small
outbuildings and it consists of a maze of different paths so you will
need to take care to keep track of where you have gone and where you
CAN go... That was a hint by the way.
In addition to some interesting Relics
and treasure you will obtain The Symbol of Pangu's Haven here -- but
be aware that this is an easily bugged Tomb, and if it does bug, you
are basically screwed. You will know if it is bugged because your
Sims will not be able to negotiate the narrower passages... As far
as I know there is no fix for that and if you end up with a bugged
save you will need to revert to an earlier save.
After you complete the Pangu's Axe
series you will return to the Tomb as part of the In the Aid of Monks
series -- that quest line was bugged for me and I could not progress
it, so I will have to updare this later after a new play-through...
You must complete the second part of the Tomb in order to obtain the
Symbol of the Annex of the Resolute Fist.
Pangu's Axe is
the trick to handling Boulders
-- Hot Springs Cave --
This is one of the Tombs that you will
not access until after you have completed the quests to obtain
Pangu's Axe, since its entrance is blocked by a boulder you need to
break, and you cannot do that without the Axe (this is actually part
of the Pangu's Axe quest line). At the end of the puzzle path after
you clear away the rubble be sure you loot all three chests in the
treasure room, and before you go into this Tomb be sure that your Sim
is fully rested, is fed, and happy, because there is no place
convenient inside for you to deploy your tent if you get tired (the
hall outside of the treasure room is big enough but if you are too
tired to smash the rubble you cannot deploy the tent there as it is
in the way!).
Note that if you leave via the pool at
the end past the treasure room that is a one-way trip, and you will
have to make your way through the entire Tomb again to get back to
the treasure room again.
-- Tomb of the First Emperor and the
Terracotta Army --
This is one of the more cool Tombs and
likely to be your favorite of the game so far! After you locate the
entrance at the base of the hill and enter you will very likely have
your first interaction with a Mummy (or three) so I hope you leveled
your Athletic and Martial Arts Skills as suggested mates!
You obtain the Symbol of the Tomb of
the First Emperor here, as well as the Dragon Spear that you are
seeking, and along the way you get to experience some clever puzzles,
and a wide variety of traps (remember you can disarm traps mates),
and you should really try to enjoy and savor this experience, since
it is clear that this is the Tomb that they gave the most Tomb Love
-- The Dragon's Maw --
After you acquire the Keystone of the
Dragon (which is part of a long quest chain) that includes the quest
Knowledge of the Past you will find yourself here, in the tomb of
Dong Huo -- which is also another place you will encounter a mummy --
while you clear each chamber (be sure you search for secret doors)
you will eventually obtain the Symbol of the Temple of the Dragon
along with some very desirable Relics and treasure.
Excavation Sites is a good route to Relics
-- Area Quests --
Most of these quests are easy to do and
offer you easy money and Visa Points -- and they are mostly fun!
Bear in mind that the quest system in the game makes your objectives
perfectly clear by displaying your primary goal above the status box
on the dashboard, so you cannot get lost of confused.
An important aspect that you should be
aware of with respect to the quest system is that while you will
every so often be offered quests either by phone (you will be called
by the quest giver and offered a quest) or by coming close to a quest
giver causing the quest to "pop" on you, you can also flag
quests at will by seeking out the bulletin board. Bulletin boards
are placed strategically near your base camp/hotel/hostel, so they
are not hard to find.
Something else that you should bear in
mind, some quests are not very reasonable in that they ask you to do
things that no rational person would do... For example one quest
requires you to obtain 8 smelted Copper Ingots -- something you can
only do by first traveling home, then to Egypt, hunting down the ore,
then returning home, having it smelted, and then flying back to
China! Another quest has you travel home and then to France to get
Nectar (presuming you do not already have some at home in your wine
cellar that is)... So these are not all beer and skittles I am
afraid -- some require you to put in a lot of effort and money, and
they only really pay off in small amounts of Ancient Coins and Visa
Still, having noted that, all of the
quests are worth doing, and make this a very intensely interesting
and fun expansion for The Sims 3 series. You will quickly gain Visa
levels by doing these quests, which makes it easier for you to stay
longer and enjoy what China has to offer!
The quests that I flagged are organized
below by series -- there may actually be quests that I did not get
offered, so take the list that follows to be as complete as I could
make it but there may be one or two I never was offered, just saying:
-- Constructing the First Emperor Mini
(1 of 4) --
For this fetch quest you need to obtain
two Lapis Lazuli and deliver them to Liang Yat Sen. You can either
hunt for the Lapis Lazuli, or you can buy it in the shop in the
-- A Mini Mercurial Desire (2 of 4) --
Another mission for Liang Yat Sen, this
time he needs you to obtain two raw Mercury for him -- you can hunt
them down or you can buy them from his shop and give them back to him
for an easy complete.
-- The Mini Emperor's Honor Guard (3
of 4) --
Another quest for Liang Yat Sen, this
time he has you delivering a pair of Red Assassin Bugs to him... You
will find them at specially-marked locations using the Collection
Finder -- but be aware that if you have the NoMosaic file in your
Mods/Packages folder it can make the bugs invisible! You will want
to temporarily remove that before trying to capture them in that
locks require Keystones to open them.
-- Maintenance on the Miniature Tomb
(4 of 4) --
This quest opens with a request that
you deliver 8 smelted Copper Bars OR 5 pieces of Raw Mercury to Liang
Yat Sen -- of course you have to actually obtain them first and that
means a trip to Egypt mates, because that is where that particular
metal is found! Now, as you are working a quest in China, you may
just want to do a quick 2-Day trip to Egypt just to grab the metal,
and then head home and have it smelted, then return to China -- yeah,
I know that is a hassle, but what is the alternative?
For the Copper Bars the reward is $306,
10 Ancient Coins, and 15 Visa Points, while the reward for 5 Raw
Mercury is $2,025, 10 Ancient Coins, and 15 Visa Points.
-- Learning from the Master's Palm (1
of 4) --
You are instructed to spar with Sim-Fu
Master Lee Yao twice, and then return to tell of what you have
learned. You will find the Master at his home in the hills (use the
filter to reveal opportunities and then look for the star) -- spar
with him twice to complete the required quest objective, and you will
flag the follow-up quest, The Sparring Report.
-- The Sparring Report (2 of 4) --
Return to Ai Pei and report on what you
learned while completing the requirements for the first part of this
quest series, Learning from the Master's Palm. After you report in
you flag the next quest in the series, Meditation is the Key.
-- Meditation is the Key (3 of 4) --
After reporting in you are instructed
to attain Level 5 of the Martial Arts Skill (you already should have
it capped actually) and then Meditate in the Scholar's Garden for two
hours. As before you receive a small amount of Visa Points for
completing this stage in the quest. And naturally you flag the next
part of the quest series, The Writings of Qin Shan Hu!
-- The Writings of Qin Shan Hu (4 of
This quest pays off in both Visa Points
and in Ancient Coins -- you have obtained the Keystone of the Ancient
Monks -- and you need to do another Tomb Exploration! Fully
exploring the Tomb gains you some great Relics and treasure and the
Writings, and delivering those earns your Sim 200 Ancient Coins and
20 Visa Points, nice one! Bear in mind that you use the Ancient
Coins for buying goods from the special dealers in each destination,
so do not waste them!
-- Treasure Hunter (1 of 1) --
You receive a request from Zhan Su to
meet with him at his home where he tells you that he has learned of a
treasure in a nearby Tomb -- for which he supplies the key -- and the
promise of a handsome reward for your aid in its recovery. Your
destination for this quest is the Halls of the Lost Army Tomb. Your
task is to obtain the written book.
-- A Demand for Jade (1 of 1) --
Your challenge for this quest, which is
a second series for Ai Pei, is to bring him 3 pieces of Jade, which
you can either obtain by collecting them, or purchase them from the
Market, the cut into gems for this quest. Once you have the three
Jade gems head back to turn in the quest and receive your reward of
$1,092, 10 Ancient Coins, and 15 Visa Points.
adventurer searches every treasure chest they encounter
-- A Quality Bottle of Nectar (1 of 1)
You are asked by the local Liu Pei to
obtain for them something that they simply cannot purchase locally --
a bottle of fine wine... Err... Nectar! Not just fine Nectar mind
you, but fine FRENCH Nectar! Now personally I happen to believe that
with the exception of Champagne and a handful of wines made in
Bordeaux, the wines of California and Australia are every bit as
desirable and tasty as those of France, but in the world of The Sims
3: World Adventures the region of the world that is France is the
sole source for quality Nectar and, perhaps more significant, is the
birthing point for spreading the art and magic of Nectar making to
the rest of the Sim World.
Having said that, this is one of those
awkward quests in that it virtually guarantees that you will have to
return home and then travel on to France (unless you have some Nectar
at home already -- I did not, since even though I had built a wine
cellar on my starter home, I had yet to journey to France) where you
can easily obtain that which is being sought. The quest served as a
great excuse to make an earlier-than-anticipated visit to France, and
to quickly complete the Nectar-related quest, experiment with the art
of making Nectar, and bring home the kit that is required, so hey,
Once you have obtained the required
bottles all that remains is to return to China and deliver them,
whereupon you will receive as your reward of $718, and 15 Visa
-- Telescopic Metal (1 of 4) --
You receive a phone call from Xi Yuan
who is asking for you to collect 5 metals for his Telescope Project.
Once you have five metal ingots (it does not matter what type they
are and they do not have to be the same type) you just deliver them
to receive $319 and 15 Visa Points! Oh, and you flag the next quest
in the series, Pottery of Peculiar Properties.
-- Pottery of Peculiar Properties (2
of 4) --
Xi Yuan wants you to collect 2 Old
Common Relics and return them. You can either use some of the Relics
of that type you have already found, or just go to the Relic Dealer
in the Market and buy two common ones and use those. Once you have
them take them back and turn them in to obtain your reward of $1070
and 15 Visa Points, and flag the next quest in the series, Busted
-- Busted Parts (3 of 4) --
This next quest is simple enough -- you
just need to deliver the Telescope parts to Ai Pei -- picking up an
additional 15 Visa Points and the repaired Telescope. You also flag
the next quest in the series, Repair Retrieval.
-- Repair Retrieval (4 of 4) --
Now that you have taken the parts to
the shop and the Telescope has been repaired, return it to Xi Yuan
and you will be rewarded with 25 Ancient Coins, $500, and an
additional 15 Visa Points. You also flag the next quest in the
series, Lights Out!
-- Lights Out! (1 of 1) --
Your task is to convince three locals
to keep their lights off at night, for which you will be using your
Charisma Skills! Simply visit three households on the map and
introduce yourself, build friendship with them, and then convince
them to keep their lights off. Your reward for this last quest in
the series is $800, 80 Ancient Coins, and 20 Visa Points -- so well
-- You There! Stranger! (1 of 4) --
The objective of this quest is to
explore the Dragon Cave Tomb until you are able to locate the object
that Ai Pei wants -- but the item is not revealed to you, instead you
are told that you need to fully explore the Tomb.
When you arrive at the Tomb you must
inspect the wall to get it to lower, and then use the stairs to get
in. Fully exploring the Tomb will yield all sorts of rewards, so be
thorough! Bear in mind that you will not receive the Keystone of the
Dragon until you flag the quest Knowledge of the Past so once that
door is the only one left you should consider the Tomb explored until
Reporting in flags the next quest in
the series, Constructing the Vision Statue.
statues are used to push on switch plates
-- Constructing the Vision Statue (2
of 4) --
This is a fairly simple fetch-quest
that requires you to deliver two pieces of un-smelted Platinum to Ai
Pei -- you can obtain Platinum and Mercury in China -- so just tune
your Collection Helper to Rocks and hit the trail! After you deliver
the two Platinum you receive $844, 25 Ancient Coins, and 15 Visa
Points -- well done! You also flag the next quest in the series,
Statue Construction Continues.
-- Statue Construction Continues (3 of
For this one Ai Pei needs three pieces
of Lapis Lazuli, which you can either hunt down or buy in the shop,
and for delivering those you receive $94, 25 Ancient Coins, and 15
Visa Points, flagging the next quest in the series, Final Touches on
-- Final Touches on the Statue (4 of
The only task you need to perform is to
deliver a Relic to Ai Pei -- if you already have one in your
inventory you can deliver it straight away, which earns you the final
reward and ends the quest line! So collect your $54, 25 Ancient
Coins, and 15 Visa Points!
-- Confounded Boulder! (1 of 6) --
While it is not likely that this will
be among the first half-dozen quests that you flag, once you do flag
it you will feel a sense of joy (and relief) because this is an
important quest! Completing it takes you to Pangu's Axe, a very
important -- no -- critical -- tool for your Sim to possess!
The description is simple: Offer Help
with Boulder to Lee Yao to lend a hand.
Once you Report In to Lee Yao, you will
flag the next quest in the series, Sign My Petition?
-- Sign My Petition? (2 of 6) --
The objective is to request Boulder
Smashing Approval from 3 Shang Simla locals -- basically this means
making friends with them and then using your Charisma Skill to get
them to approve your request. Once you have all three approvals,
return to report in and incre4ase your relationship with Lee Yao,
earn 25 Ancient Coins, and 15 Visa Points. You also flag the next
quest, A Friendly Interview.
conceals a secret
-- A Friendly Interview (3 of 6) --
Your next objective is to Answer
Questions of Ai Pei to learn about the magic item... When you arrive
you will need to make friends with Ai Pei before you can Answer
Questions -- but once you are mates it is just a click of the button
and you get an increase in your relationship with him and 20 Visa
Points, and flag the next quest in the series, Village Valuables.
-- Village Valuables (4 of 6) --
For this quest you need to deliver 3
pieces of Lapis Lazuli to Ai Pei -- you can either hunt them down or
buy them from the shop and turn them in -- either way you get $98, 25
Ancient Coins, and 15 Visa Points. You also flag the next quest in
the series, Pangu's Axe!
-- Pangu's Axe (5 of 6) --
You have reached the important bit here
-- it is time to head to the Temple of Heaven and begin your search
for Pangu's Axe! The entrance to the Tomb is in the outbuilding --
and making your way through the Tomb is pretty straight forward, just
be sure you clear every room, right? Once you have the Axe you need
to leave the Tomb and deliver the Axe, whereupon you will receive
your reward and flag the final quest in the series, Boulder Smash!
-- Boulder Smash! (6 of 6) --
Your task is to destroy the boulder
that blocks the Temple of the Hot Springs and find the Relic within.
After you break the rock you head down, dowse the flames by
stepping on the switch and then once the flames are out, proceed into
the Tomb and grab the Star Key Stone from the side room before
continuing on through the puzzles and pools until you reach the
treasure room, empty the chests and turn the quest in for $2,000, 200
Ancient Coins, and 35 Visa Points plus you now have the Axe. Good on