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  • I like Shijiazhuang
    GUNNARF11 | May 18, 2011 23:09

    When I read a tourist guide and came to the chapter regarding Hebei it said that the Shijiazhuang: "to themselves city ??of Shijiazhuang has no abundance of attractions but on the contrary a rather dull and polluted city. " I got off the train there and when I came out from the train station which I liked was the large open space front of the station fine. On the other side this open spot I took into Bailin Hotel with very ...

  • City of Smoke and Smiles
    HELENDANGER | Mar 26, 2007 23:03
Accommodation in Shijiazhuang
APAULT | May 31, 2007 12:44

Shijiazhuang applies the 'no foreigners in cheap hotels' rule to some extent. However, if you go to the southern end of the station (arrivals exit) and then look out to your right, there is a subway under the road. On the left are twwo cheap hotels, I stayed in the first for 80 rmb, for a room with shower/toilet. Small but better than many others I have been in. (60 rmb for a single without bathroom)

an unlikely place to visit
HELENDANGER | Feb 6, 2006 14:28

If you're going to China for just two weeks, this would be a strange city to stop in. While it does have a pretty nice temple and an okay museum, this is no showcase for the beauty of China. However, if you're looking to get away from tourists and see a big new Chinese city, this is a decent option. Unless you're in a McDonalds or Pizza Hut, odds are you won't see any other foreigners wandering around Shijiazhuang. Of course, accordingly, you won't find as many people who speak English as you would in Beijing or Shanghai, so watch out if you speak zero Chinese.

Perks: special treatment at many restaurants and shops, seeing a piece of the new China, you can find most anything you want to buy if you look hard enough, sellers aren't as likely to raise prices on you just because you're foreign.

Drawbacks: you'll get stared at and maybe yelled "hello!" at (especially if you get away from the downtown), dirty, not many other travelers to meet there.

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Dilantha Fernando

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