I Will Tell You Something about China

On September 7, 2010, in Cultural Experience, Featured China Stories, by Chen Shasha

With the development of China tourism, more and more people come to China for travel. Apart from the beautiful scenery, what is most impressive to you? Do you know China history? How many China Tours do you know? How do you see China travel service?  Now, I will tell you something about China.  China History China […]

With the development of China tourism, more and more people come to China for travel. Apart from the beautiful scenery, what is most impressive to you? Do you know China history? How many China Tours do you know? How do you see China travel service?  Now, I will tell you something about China.

 China History

China has a recorded history of nearly 4,000 years. During the development of China, there exist several dynasties. Man in China passed from primitive society to slave society in the 21st century B.C., with the founding of China’s first dynasty, that of the Xia. The subsequent dynasties, the Shang (16th-11th century B.C.) and the Western Zhou (11th century-770 B.C.) saw further development of slave society. This era was followed by the Spring and Autumn and Warring States periods (770-221 B.C.), marking the transition from the slave society to feudal society.

 

China Tours

China has all kinds of travel tours such as natural tours, culture tours and classical tours. If you want to enjoy natural scenery, you can choose Zhangjiajie, Jiuzhaigou and Huashan fist; If you want to experience Chinese culture, you can choose Beijing, Xi’an and Nanjing fist; If you want to see old towns, you can choose Suzhou, Pingyao and Lijiang fist.

The Palace Museum and The Great Wall are the representative of culture tours.

 The Palace Museum which was historically and artistically one of the most comprehensive Chinese museums was established on the foundation of the palace that was the ritual center of two dynasties, the Ming and the Qing.

 The Great Wall perhaps is China’s most famous and most popular site.And it is also a place of interest which is the status of china people’s wisdom and culture.

 China Travel Service

Our major are organizing overseas tourists to visit China and providing domestic travel, charter flights travel, air tickets booking. We also provide good business travel services.

 Once you choose our travel agency .We can book tickets for you in an easy and efficient way to meet your requirement in different cities as well as your accommodation. In addition, we can give you a professional and efficient assistant to you to plan your trip to China.

 Guides are essential in your trip. We have a lot of guides who are influent in many foreign langues. What’s more, they all know history of China and much other knowledge. Last time when I went to the Great Wall, I learned much more knowledge and myths and Legends about the Great Wall which I can not get from the book. In a word, you can not only relax yourself but also know China very well during your trip.

 China Food

China is very famous for its food in the world. And there are many kinds of food in China. They’re Cantonese food, Sichuan food, Shanghai food, Hunan food and so on. Different food has different taste. Generally speaking, Cantonese food is a bit light, Sichuan food is very hot, Shanghai food is rather oily, and Hunan dishes are very spicy, having a strong and hot taste. In addition, in the north of China, people like to eat noodles and dumplings which are made of four. In the south of China, people would like to eat rice. If you come to China, you had better taste them or you maybe have some regrets. If you get more information you can contact China travel.

 

Do You Know These China Tours?

On September 7, 2010, in Tours, Travel Info, by Chen Shasha

Do you like China Travel? Do you know how many China Tours? As we all know, there are all kind of tourist attractions in China. If you want to enjoy natural scenery, you can choose Zhangjiajie, Jiuzhaigou and Huashan fist; If you want to experience Chinese culture, you can choose Beijing, Xi’an and Nanjing fist; […]

Do you like China Travel? Do you know how many China Tours? As we all know, there are all kind of tourist attractions in China. If you want to enjoy natural scenery, you can choose Zhangjiajie, Jiuzhaigou and Huashan fist; If you want to experience Chinese culture, you can choose Beijing, Xi’an and Nanjing fist; If you want to see old towns, you can choose Suzhou, Pingyao and Lijiang fist. But now, I will introduce you a place which seldom foreigners know but it deserves to visit—it is called Baiyangdian.

Baiyangdian is a place of revolutionary base. In the war years, there appeared a boy named Zhanggazi who contribute to the war with the advantage of the terrain. Baiyangdian lie in new county of Hebei province which between Beijing and Tianjin, 140 kilometers from the Beijing and Tianjin, 45 kilometers away from Baoding. It is the largest fresh water lake in North China Plain

Culture Exhibition

There are many tourism spots which are all beautiful. But, I suggest you go to culture exhibition fist. Only in this way, you can know the place very well and enjoy the scenery permeated with the culture very well. In culture exhibition, you can know what had Zhanggazi done and you also know a team called Yanling who done something against the enemy. Once you see the tools they used, you may be more admiration to them for their tools are so simple and crude. They only had small boat, sickle and simple guns.

Enjoy Scenery

Baiyangdian water among the most attractive scenery and varied landscapes in different seasons. I think the summary scenery is the most beautiful one I have ever seen. Most of the time in your trip you must stay on the boat, because there is no road and boat is their transport. When you are on the boat seeing reed along the “water road”, that is a wonderful feeling. By boat you can get a place called Lotus Grand View Garden where own 360 kinds lotus with all kinds of colors. The best thing I like to do is wandering in the thicket of lotus by a wooden boat. That is wonderful!

Drama Performance

There is another place called Gazi impression where you can see drama performance about Gazi resisting enemy. From the Drama Performance, you can general understand Gazi through the realistic performance.

Another performance is about crocodile. One man put some money into mouth of the crocodile, and then he take the money out with his teeth.  

Specific Routes

New county has a new high-speed roads lead and 107 provincial highway and national highway connecting. From Beijing, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang freeway was able to more than one hour to the new county. From the county to various tourist attractions we have to go to Baiyangdian terminals, county five kilometers away from the pier. And from the pier you can go to the various scenic spots on board. If you want to get more information you can contact China Travel depot.

 

Travels Tips for Surviving Long-time Airplanes

On September 7, 2010, in Transportation, by Zhang Sijin

Have you ever experienced 12-hour long airplane flights? If so, you would have the same horrible feelings as me. My first long airplane travel was from Shanghai to Toronto which lasted for 15 hours on Air China. At first I didn’t think this would be a problem for me, because I used to be “trapped” […]

Have you ever experienced 12-hour long airplane flights? If so, you would have the same horrible feelings as me. My first long airplane travel was from Shanghai to Toronto which lasted for 15 hours on Air China. At first I didn’t think this would be a problem for me, because I used to be “trapped” in a narrow space on train for 18 hours at least twice a year. In my opinion, the service and environment on China Flights are much better than trains, so I prepared to enjoy a comfortable long journey. However, I suffered a lot from this long travel and took about a whole week to recover from this. After this, I began to be aware of collecting travel tips for the long airplane flights.

Unless you are taking the luxury planes operated by Emirates Airline, these tips below will inspire you more or less, sooner or later.

1.Reserve a right seat. In order to stretch out your legs as much as you can, an aisle or exit row seat should be considered. Some people may think of the window seats for good views or sleep. But most of the time, the window shades are required to be closed on a long-time airplane travel. And for a good sleep, you may choose other tools to gain better effects rather than the window seats. Why do I always not recommend window seats, especially for a long travel? The most important reason is that you need some walks or exercise, but the window seats are inconvenient for you need to pass two passengers to go out and in.

2.Carry on something for entertaining. Although some of the airplanes have the built-in systems for movies and music, the selections can be poor or not your favors. So bring an iPod, iPad, laptop or PSP with you and try to download some of the latest songs, movies or novels before your departure.

3. Try to bring some your own food or snacks on board. Usually meals provided by the airlines are not my preferences and sometimes are even worse. I am not so picky on food, but I always feel sick after several hours on planes. So one of my travel habits is to bring some appetizers and yummy snacks. I also put a couple of fruits or vegetables, such as apples or celery sticks, to help my bowl movements. One thing to remember about the fresh fruits is that you would better eat them up before landing on another country. Otherwise, you may have some problems at the custom offices.

4. Dress appropriately. It makes you feel longer in a long trip, if you are in an uncomfortable dress. Although it is said that the non-binding clothing will make your body swelling, I would recommend the relatively loose pants like ones for yoga or exercises. Also the loose fitting shoes and a pair of socks will be ideal for your feet.

 

5.Do your best to have some exercises. Try to stretch out your legs and lift them every 2 hours. If the space is limited, then you can bend your knees and put your feet on the seat. When your feet are on the ground, circle your ankle clockwise and reverse. Do not forget some head movements and learn some simple massage for your head and necks.

6.Bring a travel pillow for good sleeps. If I can only pick one thing to be carried on the plane, there is no doubt that I willchoose the travel pillow. This helped me to survive from the 11-hour greyhound and every long time airplane travel. This wonderful pillow supports your neck and prevents the bad effects by this sleeping position.

Hope these tips can add more joyful experiences for your China Tours.

Would you like to fly freely like HARRY POTTER? : CHINA AIRLINES

On September 7, 2010, in Transportation, by Zhang Sijin

WOULD YOU LIKE TO FLY FREELY LIKE HARRY POTTER? : CHINA AIRLINES This summer is so hot! Have you heard the toughest examination in the world? Undoubtedly, it’s the Chinese college entrance examination. Millions of students prepared it for almost three years so that they can achieve a bright future through education. When the June […]

WOULD YOU LIKE TO FLY FREELY LIKE HARRY POTTER? : CHINA AIRLINES

This summer is so hot!

Have you heard the toughest examination in the world? Undoubtedly, it’s the Chinese college entrance examination. Millions of students prepared it for almost three years so that they can achieve a bright future through education. When the June examination day was over, all these poor students are yelling: OMG! Everything is over! I can enjoy my own life at the end! So they choose to travel with their family. The popular choice is Shanghai Tours and to book Shanghai Hotels.

As a result, this summer is pretty hot! The price of Chinese airline is on a flash increase. Chinese airlines suddenly seem to be in a short supply. Large amounts of people plan to take advantage of the vacation to relax and enjoy the nature or scenic spots. I, a poor student, am one of them. As a local Chinese, I have my own ideas to overcome all the difficulties, spend less but enjoy more: just like Harry Potter in the sky! Want to know why? Follow me!

Attention on airlines websites: flight with free tour tickets!

I still remember last winter, I searched the internet for a discounted flight ticket to Xinjiang province, where I took a great interest in the dessert adventure. Amazingly, an airline company was holding a promotion: if the customer bought the flight ticket from Beijing to Xinjiang of the company, it will send him one ticket on the dessert tour! I was excited and booked the ticket instantly. The travel to Xinjiang was an unforgettable experience in my life.

Proposal: if you plan to travel in china, search the major airlines websites often. Not only can you get the discounted ticket, but have the chance of free tour ticket.

Important details on purchasing the discounted flight tickets: to be a conscientious person!

1) Attention on the jet lag, particularly when you have to transfer airplanes. If you have to transfer airplanes in another country: one stop in11:00 a.m., the other start in 11;30 a.m. However, because of the time difference, maybe you stop in the transfers, it’s already over 11:30. What a pity! Watch the time!

2)Attention on the exchange rate. If you pay Chinese flight ticket in US dollar, the Sino-US exchange rate is an essential factor you have to consider. Maybe in a week the price of ticket does not vary, only the slight variation in the exchange rate can cost more cash in your pocket! 

3)The earlier you book, the less you spend. Some airline companies provide discounted flight ticket a year in advance, you can search the related information and plan your trip ahead of time. While you enrich your schedule, you can get flight ticket with heavy discount!

4)Register in advance: helping you save money. When the flight tickets ordering is in a peak, you finally search the appropriate discounted ticket with great strength, however, after you register the ticket has already been booked by others! It’s frustrated. In case of situation, you have to register early and login frequently, it will reduce the risk of failing the tickets.

What shall I do when planes delay?

1) Ticket changing: sometimes airplane companies have to delay the flight because of the weather or airline adjusting. Remember the airplane company is the one who dislikes flight delay most, for it will damage the company’s fame, besides they have to bear customers’ blame. So when delay happened, you should take every step to reduce your loss instead of complaining. If possible, you could change the ticket.

2) Prosecute the company: Sometimes airplane companies do little to improve the situation, or the service they provide is dissatisfied. You can prosecute the company to administration. At the time, what you should do is to take the legal weapons to protect your own right.

Want to know more? Welcome to China Tours!

Tie your Wallet: Check on for Low Fare Air Tickets

On September 7, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Cultural Experience, by Guo Nai

Are you planning for an international trip which the destination is China? Just let you know how to check on the low fare air tickets to save your money for further China Tour. Go to discover the cheapest tickets would be so much excited to everyone who wants a China Tour. Since China has been […]

Are you planning for an international trip which the destination is China? Just let you know how to check on the low fare air tickets to save your money for further China Tour. Go to discover the cheapest tickets would be so much excited to everyone who wants a China Tour.

Since China has been to the most popular travel destination around 2008, airline companies in China are contesting the seats and markets share. All the China flights are show their deepest sincere to attracting people around the world. But remember, if you want the cheapest airline tickets, book nearly 30-45 days before you leave.

If you go to Beijing, Shanghai which are the biggest cities in China, you can choose airlines in private sector, such as Spring Airlines, Shoudu Airlines, or the branch airways. Here is the tip, if your destination is Beijing, you can buy a ticket that arrivals in Tianjin, the city close to Beijing. You can take the city train from Tianjin to Beijing (65.00RMB per person, 29 minutes for entire trip).

Air China is the People’s Republic of China’s state-owned and second-largest commercial airline after China Southern Airlines. Its logo consists of a phoenix in the form of the acronym VIP, and “Air China” in both English and Chinese, which was autographed by Deng Xiaoping. It operates 5,090 flights each week worldwide and is the 18th largest airline in the world by fleet size. Air China is also the world’s largest carrier by market capitalization.

Air China’s main hubs are Beijing Capital International Airport, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport, with other focus cities at Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport,Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, Tianjin Binhai International Airport and Hohhot Baita International Airport. Air China currently flies to approximately 120 destinations; the most destinations from its own Beijing hub. Air China officially joined Star Alliance on December 12, 2007. This move greatly expanded the Alliance’s presence in China.

China Southern Airline is another excellent choice to make. China Southern has planned to start a Guangzhou-Brisbane-Auckland service commencing from November 3, 2010. Including the planned start to Brisbane, China Southern is also increasing the Guangzhou-Sydney service to twice daily and increasing the Guangzhou-Melbourne flight to daily. Furthermore, China Southern is slated to start a new Guangzhou-Dubai-Lagos flight three times weekly commencing on October 10.

Beijing , Shanghai , Guangzhou are most popular places for entry and leave of China , which have frequent flights connecting with all parts of the world. HongKong which enjoys the reputation of Shopping Paradise is also a very ideal place for entry or exit of China. There are train and shuttle bus running between Hong Kong and Guangzhou or Shenzhen every day. So after spending several days in Hong Kong for Shopping and sightseeing, you can take train or shuttle bus to Guangzhou or Shenzhen and begin your rest tour in mainland China. You can also take flights from Hong Kong to Guilin which is available every day or other major cities like Beijing and Shanghai of your China tour. Of course there are some other cities for entry or exit of china. These cities have flights to and from certain nations.

Kung Fu Crazy

On September 7, 2010, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Tips & Ideas, by Sammy Wahab Shubbar

I’m sure many of you out there have seen some form of martial arts, whether it is in the iconic The Karate Kid or some kind of unorthodox form in the street after a drunken night out. Well, now is your chance to physically see and breathe martial arts in China. A Brief History The […]


I’m sure many of you out there have seen some form of martial arts, whether it is in the iconic The Karate Kid or some kind of unorthodox form in the street after a drunken night out. Well, now is your chance to physically see and breathe martial arts in China.

A Brief History

The term martial arts refers to the art of warfare and comes from a 15th-century European term referring to what is now known as historical European martial arts. In recent times it is most commonly associated with Asian fighting styles, especially from the combat systems that originated in East Asia.

SportAccord Combat Games 2010 Beijing

In March 2009, SportAccord signed an agreement with Beijing to host the first ‘Combat Games’. The competition will showcase 13 Martial Arts and Combat sports, both Olympic and non-Olympic. The event will also include a Cultural Program that will reflect the social and cultural values of these sports and Combat Games as a whole, making it a must see for all you Kung Fu and culture critics.

Wing Chun?

Okay, you may be asking yourself what is Wing Chun? If I mentioned the legend that was Bruce Lee would you have a greater idea as to what it is? Wing Chun was the largest influence on Bruce Lee’s development of martial arts. As a concept-based Chinese martial art, Wing Chun is a form of self-defence utilizing both striking and grappling while specialising in close-range combat. Historically, Wing Chun has been passed down from teacher to student verbally rather than through various documents. This makes it much harder for the martial art form to be mastered or to clarify the actual Wing Chun creation. In order to assert a specific technique to Wing Chun, some learners have attempted to discern the origins of Wing Chun by determining the specific purpose of its techniques.

Let Battle Commence

So there you have it, an amazing competition, a martial arts legend and a historically defined martial art form. All this is right at your fingertips if you visit Beijing. For the best rates visit China with the China Travel Depot.

 

Rock The Boat

On September 7, 2010, in Nightlife, Tips & Ideas, by Stephen Farrell

Are you looking for somewhere different to party in Beijing this weekend? If so, why not try The Boat, a floating party venue on Liangma River in North Sanlitun.  The Boat is a cleverly converted passenger ferry which has quickly established itself as an exclusive party venue for Beijing’s bright young things with listings in esteemed guides such […]

The Boat Beijing

Are you looking for somewhere different to party in Beijing this weekend? If so, why not try The Boat, a floating party venue on Liangma River in North Sanlitun.  The Boat is a cleverly converted passenger ferry which has quickly established itself as an exclusive party venue for Beijing’s bright young things with listings in esteemed guides such as Lonely Planet.

Enjoy a drink on the top two levels before descending into the bowels of the vessel for some hard core dance anthems from some internationally acclaimed DJ’S.  Lounge on plush white leather sofa’s and bar stools while enjoying the reasonably priced drinks menu in this decadent dance venue.

Vital Statistics

The Boat Beijing @ West of Sanlitun N. St. & Liangmahe S. Rd.

Nearest Tube  Station: Liangmaqiao Station (Line 10)

Open: 6pm until 3am

Let us know if you find some more party haunts in this city or for help planning your trip to Beijing contact China Travel Depot or check out China Travel Depot’s online guide.

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Activate Your Taste Bud in Beijing City

On September 7, 2010, in Restaurants & Food, Tips & Ideas, by Guo Nai

Food is one of the essential parts for your China Tour. As the old saying in China, Food is what matters to the people (民以食为天, mín yǐ shí wéi tiān). China food has a long kind history, and its culture and flavor now is spreading to the whole planet. If you come to Sichuan, a […]

Food is one of the essential parts for your China Tour. As the old saying in China, Food is what matters to the people (民以食为天, mín yǐ shí wéi tiān). China food has a long kind history, and its culture and flavor now is spreading to the whole planet. If you come to Sichuan, a southwestern province in China, you will enjoy the hottest and spicy food with all kind of spices. If you come to Shanghai, the biggest city laid on the east coast of China, you will experience the dark-sauce but sweet flavor. What if you want to try the famous Roast Duck, and millions of snack, just plan a Beijing Tour, come to China’s capital!

There will be totally two different routes to experience Beijing food, Cuisine and snacks.

Peking Cuisine

Roast Duck and Beijing Hot Pot is the must-eat thing. A restaurant call Quan Ju De (全聚德in Chinese ) is famous for itsRoastDuck and duck dishes. Peking Roast Duck is a famous duck dish from Beijing that has been prepared since the imperial era, and is now considered one of China’s national foods. The dish is prized for the thin, crispy skin, with authentic versions of the dish serving mostly the skin and little meat, sliced in front of the diners by the cook. Ducks bred specially for the dish are slaughtered after 65 days and seasoned before being roasted in a closed or hung oven. The meat is often eaten with a leavened, oven-baked flatbread, spring onions, and hoisin sauce or sweet bean sauce.

Zha jiang mian is anorthern Chinese dish consisting of thick wheat noodles topped with a mixture of ground pork stir-fried with Zha jiang, which is salty fermented soybean paste. In Beijing cuisine, yellow soybean paste with soy sauce is used, while in Tianjin and other parts of China sweet bean sauce. In the cuisines of Beijing, Tianjin, and northeastern China, the soybean paste is stir fried and oil is not used.

Some Chinese restaurants may refer to zha jiang mian as “brown meat sauce noodles,” “noodles with fried bean and meat sauce,” or the pinyin transliteration zha jiang mian. It is sometimes referred to by the nickname “Chinesespaghetti” in the West, which is symmetrical to Chinese calling spaghetti bolognese “Western zha jiang mian.”

Snack and Street-side food

Málàtàng seems to be more of a magnet than most other highly addictive street food. Most likely it’s because of the number ofchoices you get. Shrimp, fish balls, tofu, bean curd, lotus root, mushrooms, chicken, beef tendon, noodles, and much more get cooked in a pot of steaming broth laced with Sichuan peppers and sesame oil. You get a plate or take-out container and make your selection either blindly or informed, by asking nicely and trying to remember if there’s a chapter on animal parts in your phrasebook. No matter, because everything is cooked through and more often than not, delicious. At 1 RMB or 50 jiao per skewer, you can have a light snack for 3 RMB or stuff yourself for 10 RMB.

Beijing is really a city which full of energy. People are passing by for fight for their future with all kind of dreams. When you come to Beijing, just stop to try everything delicious, and full of Beijing smell. You will enjoy your Beijing Tour, and remarkable experience.

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Iconic Beijing

On September 7, 2010, in Beijing, Cool Places, by Stephen Farrell

Iconic Beijing   Rising 234 metres the CCTV building is one of China’s and arguably the world’s most iconic buildings. Designed by Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren its outlandish design has prompted some Beijingers to dub the structure “Big Underpants”. The CCTV building (or Big Underpants) is home to China’s national television broadcaster and acts as […]

Iconic Beijing

 

Rising 234 metres the CCTV building is one of China’s and arguably the world’s most iconic buildings. Designed by Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren its outlandish design has prompted some Beijingers to dub the structure “Big Underpants”.

The CCTV Building

The CCTV building (or Big Underpants) is home to China’s national television broadcaster and acts as a nerve centre for television and media based production. Constructed on the site of a former motorcycle factory, work commenced on the CCTV building in September 2004 while completion of the façade was announced in June 2008.

Also occupying the 20 hectare site is the Beijing Television Cultural Centre but prior to completion on February 9th 2009 disaster struck. During celebrations for the Lunar New Year some stray fireworks ignited the building causing a large inferno. Within 20 minutes flames spread from the lower floors of the building to its crown. The fire’s timing at the end of the New Year celebrations was widely interpreted as a poor omen for the coming year by superstitious Beijingers. The CCTV building was not damaged in the fire but is currently unoccupied as construction work continues on the fire ravaged Cultural Centre. It is still possible to marvel at the contemporary architecture of the CCTV building from nearby pedestrian walkways while visiting Beijing.

Travel west across the city from Chaoyang and the CCTV Building towards Xicheng and one encounters another example of unusual architectural design in Beijing. The National Grand Theatre, which critics have compared to an egg, was the vision of French based Paul Andreu. The National Grand Theatre, home to the National Centre for Performing Arts, symbolises China’s global aspirations in its circular design. Visitors to Beijing can explore the National Grand Theatre Tuesday through to Sunday from 1.30 until 5pm on weekdays and 9:30am until 5pm at weekends. Construction on the National Grand Theatre commenced in December 2001 while an inaugural concert marked the official opening of the venue in December 2007. Admission to the National Grand Theatre costs approximately 30 Yuan.

China World Trade Centre Tower III is an imposing addition to the Beijing skyline at 330 metres tall. The building, home to office, retail and hotel space is listed as the 23rd tallest building in the world and offers fantastic views of the fore mentioned CCTV building from its summit. The skyscraper designed by American based Skidmore, Owings and Merrill was completed in 2009 following just 4 years of construction. Similarities have been made between the tower’s exterior and that of the original World Trade Centre in New York. To enjoy this building at its best drop in for a nightcap at The Park Hyatt Hotel and watch Beijing glitter below from the bar’s floor to ceiling windows.

To experience the best Beijing has to offer contact China Travel Depot for your personalised itinerary.

 

Reservation or “No Spots” in China Hotels ?

On September 6, 2010, in Accomodation, Travel Info, by Zhang Sijin

Recently, several of my friends complained about the same phenomenon: it is impossible to get just one room in decent hotels in Shanghai, unless you have made your reservation several weeks before your arrival. It appears ridiculous to me at first. According to an official report, the numbers of hotels in Shanghai have been the […]

Recently, several of my friends complained about the same phenomenon: it is impossible to get just one room in decent hotels in Shanghai, unless you have made your reservation several weeks before your arrival. It appears ridiculous to me at first. According to an official report, the numbers of hotels in Shanghai have been the top one among the Pacific Asian Countries. However, because of 2010 Expo, the Travel to Shanghai becomes an uneasy journey. You may not be worried about this new scene if your China Tours are arranged by the travel agencies. But for the backpackers, like me, it means that we need other solutions or wipe Shanghai off our travel plans during this period.

Referring to an article about 2010 Expo, the number of busiest days of Shanghai visit is at least 65. During these days, there will be 60,000 (even 80,000) visitors coming to this city. Now the average price of 5-star, 3-star and 2-star hotels in Shanghai are RMB1500 (about $250), RMB370 (about $60), and RMB 250 (about $40) per night respectively. These prices are at least 20% higher than the days when I visited Shanghai 6 months ago. The price seems to be increasing day by day.

The most convenient way to “occupy” a comfortable spot in Shanghai is to follow a travel agency. They usually have the travel package sale especially for the 2010 Expo. However, if you prefer a more flexible schedule for your tours, it will not be a wise choice. Then here are a few other options for you:

1.Stay in the homes of your friends or relatives. The obvious benefit is saving money, though you’d better spend some money on gifts as Chinese traditions. Also you can receive the help and guides from them so that you will not waste time on planning the route or other stuff. The disadvantage is that you may feel uneasy or disturbance to their daily work.

2.Choose official Expo home-stays. More and more communities in Shanghai have launched the “Expo home-stay” program in which tourists are able to live in the local residents’ homes. The difference between Expo and traditional self-service home-stay is that some stuff, like the brush, sheets, and pillows, will be provided by the official department rather than the hosts. Although this is a good opportunity to experience a Shanghainese lifestyle, these home-stays are limited to foreigners and need to be registered in certain travel agencies. 

3.Try short-term accommodation. This permits more private and comfortable feelings just like your own home, but the prices are not much less than hotels of high quality. If you have decent incomes, then this would be your best choice among these options. Moreover, there is a bunch of online information on clean and fashion short-term accommodations. Nonetheless, if you are a non-income or low-income student, this may not be a perfect choice. Another way to solve this economical problem is that a group of students share one apartment.

4.Search for couchsurfing in Shanghai. This idea is developing rapidly among Chinese youngsters recent years. And this hospitality exchange network is increasing dramatically with the help of development of Internet in China. From my own opinion, this is not suggested to individual females for the reason of safety, though some of my friends received very friendly accommodation through this network.

The above are a few alternatives for you, when unfortunately you haven’t made your reservation successfully. These suggestions are not limited in Shanghai, but also useful for all your china travel. Hope you will get a cozy spot in Shanghai or anywhere in China finally.