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Accommodation in Shijiazhuang
By APAULT | 5/31/2007 12:44:08 PM

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
By HELENDANGER | 2/6/2006 2:28:45 PM

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.

By HELENDANGER | 2/6/2006 2:17:57 PM

Shijiazhuang is one of the most polluted cities in China. There's a lot of coal mining in the area, and every day, a layer of coal dust settles on everything. The people who live there carry around tissues to wipe up dust and/or newspapers to sit on in case they want to sit down outside. Don't expect clear blue skies here.

bars and clubs
By HELENDANGER | 2/6/2006 2:12:11 PM

Despite the lack of western tourists in Shijiazhuang, there are a number of foreigners living and working there. If you know the right places to look, you might even see a few of them. A bar we called "McDonald's Bar" was usually full of foreigners. I'm not sure of its actual name, but it's in a building right by the McDonalds on ZhongShanLu. Other options include Bar 5, which is inside of the gate of a big workout center, near the pool buidling, and Joyfun, which is in the middle of a park near the Pizza Hut on ZhongShanLu.

For a more Chinese crowd, there's Casino Club and Disco City, both of which are dance clubs with bouncing dance floors.

two hotels in Shijiazhuang
By HELENDANGER | 2/6/2006 2:03:44 PM

Shijiazhuang is not what many would consider a "tourist destination," so you won't find a hostel here. However, this is a city for big business, so there are plenty of hotels, nice and otherwise. One of the nicest hotels is the World Trade Plaza. It's within walking distance of downtown and has good food. Slightly cheaper but still ok is the Guobin. It's quite close to a nice Indian food place and a shopping area with lots of tea and traditional gifts called Nansantiao.

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