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Yellow Mountain Winter 2007/2008
LEMONCACTUS | Huangshan | 1/1/2008 9:04:46 PM

Having just come back from 3 days up Yellow Mountain, I just wanted to leave a few tips to those planning winter trips this year.

1. There are various areas that are closed, due to ICE and SNOW until the end of March 2008. These are: The West Sea Grand Canyon Route, The Lotus Peak and the Heavenly City Peak.

2. Access via walking, or cable car from the East, West and North are all OK.

3. No SNOW at the moment.

4. Entrance fee: 120RMB or 100RMB with student card.

5. Cable cars, when I was there, were still charging 55RMB per person/one way!

6. Mountain is still very busy, would advise booking rooms/beds ahead if possible.

7. Temperatures below zero, between -2 and -10.

OK, think that's all for now, have a great trip :)

Reasonable Hotel in Shanghai
LEMONCACTUS | Shanghai | 10/27/2006 9:56:14 PM

I recently stayed in Jinjiang Inn Shanghai by the Bund, Shanghai, China.
Their address: 33 Fujian Rd(s), The Bund, Shanghai

Really well located in the Bund only 15 mins walk from the river and from Yuyuan Gardens area.

The staff are friendly, speak good English and can help with directions and information.

We paid 120RMB each for a twin room. It is large, clean and very comfortable. Excellent ensuite. I wouldn't usually pay this much, but I recommend it if there are 2 of you.

I have nothing bad to say about them! A great stay.

You can find them and book online here: http://reservations.bookhostels.com/cheap-hostels-in.com/hosteldetails.php/HostelNumber.17463/PHPSESSID.m5rdj21ncqueb9apbi3kifgac8yrri74?PHPSESSID=m5rdj21ncqueb9apbi3kifgac8yrri74

Be For Time Tea Houses
LEMONCACTUS | Harbin | 9/23/2006 10:50:49 PM

Recommeding this place as somewhere to escape from the bitter cold of winter in Harbin. Great place to people watch and relax.

Cafe like atmosphere, small tables on different levels. You can read magazines or the morning paper, play cards or watch videos on the TVs suspended from the ceiling.

For 18RMB you can order as many drinks as you like: tea, soft drinks and warm milk drinks. You also get comlimentary dishes of nuts and fruits. You can order food or ice cream etc, this will cost extra.

Enjoy :)

Online English Language Train Schedules/Timetables
LEMONCACTUS | -General- | 7/18/2006 9:05:32 PM

I just want to point out a few online sources for finding trains in China, in English.

1. Is TCG's own of course: http://www.travelchinaguide.com/china-trains/index.htm

2. http://treehouse.ofb.net/guide/searchtrainroutes?lang=en

3. http://www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/

Train travel in China is cheap, efficient and fun. ENJOY!

Double Fare For Foreigners
LEMONCACTUS | Ningxia | 5/14/2006 12:34:12 AM

I had such an incredible time in Ningxia that this one bad experience really is very small, but I feel it's worth telling.

At the bus station in Gu Yuan I was charged double fare for my bus ticket to Yin Chuan. California (TCG member) paid 70rmb and I was required to pay 140rmb... simply because I am a foreigner. On my ticket was the symbol 外 (wai) for foreigner.

Fortunately Cali was as annoyed by this as I was and kindly argued my case for a considerable amount of time with the manager, who eventually refunded me 70rmb. Fair play to him.

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