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Good Western food in China
By FRIBDOLL | 4/13/2008 3:15:40 AM

If you are looking for a Western food fix in Tanggu, head for the Parrot Restaurant, Huanghai Road, Dongying Xia Qu (district). It's a cozy, clean and quiet restaurant run by an American man and his Chinese wife. The food is great, large portions and there is a good wine list as well. There is a small bar inside too. Prices are reasonable if slightly high, but it's a great spot for a romantic dinner or a great evening out to satisfy your Western food cravings: steak, pizza, pastas, anti-pastos, salads - YUM!

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.

Cable Car in Shanghaiguan
By MADL49 | 9/23/2005 11:09:28 PM

as I mentioned before on my pictures, the Great Wall starts from Shanghaiguan on the shore of bohai sea. about 4 km after the shore to west direction, the Wall continues on mountains. Tehre is a public park for visiting the mountainous part of Great Wall in which there are a lot of steps to arrive one of the top towers.
There is also a cable car, which passengers can use it to access the upper parts of the Wall. I didin't use it myself and don't know the price of it's tiket.I climbed the steps and visited the top tower which was fantastic and had a great view to mountains and Shanghaiguan town as well as Bohai beach.

Ice hall in Shanhaiguan
By MADL49 | 9/14/2005 7:57:00 AM

Additional attraction in Shanghaiguan ancient town, is an Ice Hall in which you can find a lot of sculptures and artificial shapes which are all made by Ice. There is also a short route for Ice-skiing.

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