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  • Baotou City - Coffee House Review
    NIUCO | Feb 20, 2013 10:49

    The western coffee culture has hit China and since 2006 Independent and Chain Franchise Coffee Houses have been popping up all over the country which has also attracted the American Starbucks and the British Costa franchise investments. I'm a espresso coffee lover a trained barista instructor and I also own coffee house galleries. I'm a frequent traveller to Baotou City and haven't discovered any western coffee chain franchises and to be honest many of the independent coffee house establishments are ...

  • Over 2 million, and still that small-town feel!
    BRIDGET | Jan 9, 2006 09:01
  • Baotou
    BRIDGET | Oct 9, 2005 00:10
Warning: Erdenebat Boris (Eric) – UB Mongolia
DAVTIR40 | Aug 27, 2006 06:55

Be careful from closed a deal, like Car Rental or organized tour, with Erdenebat Boris (Eric) – UB Mongolia. According to my experience (and also my friends) he abrogative preliminary agreement regarding tour conditions. For example: Vehicle not same vehicle booking, Driver not English spiking, extra payment contrary to the agreement and so on. Mr. Erdenebat Boris (Eric) is a faker. I am warning you.

Beware the massage parlour!
BRIDGET | Jan 9, 2006 09:38

Ok, normally I'm pretty astute when it comes to sniffing out tourist traps, but I just got suckered tonight. A new spa/massage place just opened in Baotou, so my 2 friends and I decided Friday night was as good a time as any to try it out, right? So we went inside and had our interpreter on the phone just in case we had any difficulties. We did have to use her to iron out the details. We arrived at this price: Full-Body Chinese Massage, 50 Yuan for 45 minutes-1 hour. It was a bit pricey, but it's a new place, and everything is sparkling new and beautiful, so we decided to do it.
They took us 3 girls up to a room with 3 beds, we changed into the "pajamas" that they gave us, and awaited the masseuse. The massage was teriffic. After it was done, we changed again and went downstairs to pay. They told us it would be an extra 60 yuan each for the use of the massage room!!!!! What?? That was completely ridiculous, as they never mentioned this at all at the beginning. After a while of talking again, we got them to remove the room use charge, and we paid our money and left!
I don't think this is a normal charge when getting a massage. Of course you must be in a room. You cannot do it in the lobby! Why would they try to make you pay extra for the room??? We will never go there again!!