Hotel or Hostel?

On April 26, 2012, in Accomodation, China Travel Gossip, Travel Info, by Jack Li

When you travel to Beijing on a budget and you don’t need the comfort of a hotel, especially younger travelers and people who travel alone might choose a hostel instead. Compared to hotel prices the shared rooms are quite cheap. Sizes vary between four and ten bed rooms, often separated by gender. For a little […]

When you travel to Beijing on a budget and you don’t need the comfort of a hotel, especially younger travelers and people who travel alone might choose a hostel instead. Compared to hotel prices the shared rooms are quite cheap. Sizes vary between four and ten bed rooms, often separated by gender. For a little more privacy many hostels also have single, double, triple or even luxury rooms with private en suite bathrooms and in some places you can even find family rooms. The community areas and restaurants/food areas/kitchens are very often a place where travelers can get in touch easily, so in hostels there is no need to spend time alone. Maybe you’ll even find other nice people to go on some Beijing tours together.

What’s important, no matter if you choose a hotel or a hostel, is the location and there is no perfect place for everybody. It depends on your interests, what your plans are during the day and how you want to spend your evenings. If you like to stay out late to go to some bars or clubs you might want to look for an accommodation near bar areas. The subway only operates until close to midnight so after that you can either walk or take a taxi. For day time activities a close by subway station is in any case a big plus.

It’s only natural that a hostel is louder than in a small hotel, with people arriving and leaving all the time. For people who have a light sleep it’s advisable to bring some ear plugs and, well, common bathrooms and showers are just not the same as your own private bathroom at home. For some people this might need some time getting used to. Another good advice (especially for girls) is to bring enough tissues or to buy toilet paper there because in the common bathrooms it’s usually not provided.

In international hostels the majority of people working at the reception desk speak English and will be prepared to give you information and advice. It’s usually not a problem to pay by credit card but keep in mind that you have to pay a deposit (about twice the room rate). Services most hostels offer are free sheets, towels and wireless internet (although not always a good and fast connection), luggage storage and a safe for valuables. Some also offer bike rentals, airport pickup etc.

Another great point about hostels that many hotels don’t offer are events and activities, such as Chinese language or history classes, Tai Chi classes, barbecue or dumpling evenings are free to join for guests. And you can also book group tours to tourist attraction such as the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs, but even to places further away like Tibet many hostels have special tour offers.

Bigger hostels offer western food, like pizza or pasta usually at reasonable prices but still, local food is most of the time a bit cheaper and while you’re in China why would you not eat some Chinese food? Breakfast is not offered in all hostels and that’s also the case with self-service kitchens. But in the morning there are many food stands all over the city to get you a fresh and most of the time a warm breakfast.

Concerning the interior of many Beijing hostels you can see the Asian influence but most are furnished with a colorful mixture of all kinds of different styles not always with matching colors or design. In Beijing there are well over a hundred hostels but if you still prefer to stay in one of the Beijing Hotels the choice is even greater.

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Travel Tips to Lushan

On May 3, 2011, in Accomodation, Cultural Experience, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

Before having a tour, you should get some useful informations. For example ,if you plan to travel to Beijing to visit the Imperial Palace.As we all have known , the Imperial Palace is so big that we do not have enough time to visit it around in a day .So we should know what is […]

Before having a tour, you should get some useful informations. For example ,if you plan to travel to Beijing to visit the Imperial Palace.As we all have known , the Imperial Palace is so big that we do not have enough time to visit it around in a day .So we should know what is worth spending more time.And we should get some information about Beijing hotel avoiding the situation no rooms left happen. Now ,before traveling to Lushan. You should do the same thing. Here are some tips about the Lushan tour.

First , we should know what is the best time to visit. Lushan is in the subtropics eastern monsoon district in China having the characteristic of clear mountainous country climate, the mean temperature is 16.9 degrees of Celsius from July to September every year, and the extreme highest temperature is 32 degrees of Celsius in summer, it is cool and pleasant in summer. So the best season when you come to Lushan is certainly summer.

And then , we should know how to get there .There are three ways. One is aviation. The air transportation of Lushan is very convenient, there are services to everyplace of the whole country in airport of Nanchang.  Another is railway.Since Jingjiu Railroad was devoted in the cities, the railroad passenger transportation in Jiujiang are more convenient than previously.

Now,it is about hotels. There are each kind of guest houses in Jiujiang City at the side of Lushan, satisfy the consumption level of each layer. It is all higher in the guest house in the view district of Lushan to charge of the peak season.Increase along with the visitors, it will appear the circumstance of the supply falls short of demand in the stanzas. So we warmly remind that each visitor must order the rooms in advance in the stanzas and the tour high peak time.

During the tour of Lushan, there are many scene spots .Here are several spots you should have a look.Flower Path,where various rare flowers are scattered . Meilu Villa,established in 1903 by Britain’s Lord Lannoze, reflects British winding corridors architectural style, and stresses the abstract beautiful rule of the building . Five-old-man Peak, like five old men chatting to each other. The famous Tang Dynasty poet Libai left a poem about the beautiful scenery here. There are five little peaks coming in every shape before the main peak.

Everytime going to travel, the theme of food will never be out of considering.The Mount Lushan stone fish is transparent and has no scales. Stone fish of Mount Lushan live in mountain springs and waterfalls and inhabits in rocks that waterfall flows through all the year round, So people call it Stone Fish. It is small sized and the meat is delicate and delicious.

Both Mount Lushan Stone Fungus and dark auricularia auriculajudae are wild limb fungus plants found in uninhabited overhanging cliffs. It’s rich in nutrition.Stone Fungus can relieve internal heat, manage dysentery, poisonous snake bites, toothache, and constipation. Other benefits include lowering blood pressure ,which attract the masses to buy it.

Last,there are some things that visitors should pay attention to. If you go to Mount Lushan between July and August, do be careful of thunderstorm and rainy days! Take a raincoat with you.
Compared to Jiujiang, it is colder in Lushan .You should prepare outer wear.

With the tips , I believe you can a better and more smooth tour. A good preparation is not only suitable for Lushan tour, but also suitable for other China Tours.

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