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six weeks in china: beijing part 2

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After a long hiatus (where I reacquainted myself with the daily grind at work)–I’m back to continue my long-delayed Beijing chronicles! As an aside, Shanghai is the place to be next year as it is the venue of the Shanghai Expo 2010. The Bund was under construction for the event a few months back, and I imagine the place is going to be crowded come expo time. Never did figure out what the mascot was […]

six weeks in china: beijing part 1 (dinner)

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We booked two rooms at the Holiday Inn Express (Beijing Temple of Heaven location). Exact address is No 36 Nanwei Road, Xuanwu District, Beijing. At the time they had an ongoing promo where the five of us ended up paying only RMB100/person. The area itself is quiet and dead at night, but the rooms are excellent for the rate. A note: the showers have no doors and are slightly visible from the rest of the […]

six weeks in china: beijing part 1

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Beijing is not a city you would want to squeeze over a weekend. For lack of time, however, we were forced to do just that. We again booked a tour via chinatour.net (http://chinatour.net/2-days-beijing-tour-package-without-hotel.html). We paid around RMB650 per person including pick-up from the train station and drop off at the airport, an English-speaking guide, set lunch for two days and admission fees. We decided to book a train to go to Beijing, leaving from Shanghai […]

six weeks in china: suzhou

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The Boyfriend came over to Shanghai for the weekend and I wanted to take him somewhere scenic outside of Shanghai without a too-long travel time (so plan A, which was Xi’an, was out of the question). The 2-hour ride to Suzhou fit the bill. I booked a 1-day coach tour via http://chinatour.net/1-day-coach-tour-to-suzhou-from-shanghai-back.html, which cost RMB450/person inclusive of a set lunch, admission fees, transportation to and from the hotel and an English-speaking guide. Come Saturday we were pleased […]

six weeks in china: hangzhou

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We usually reserved weekends for our mini-trips, usually to places near or around Shanghai (with the exception of Beijing). On one of our earlier weekends, I took a bus ride to Hangzhou along with 29 other friends, including 1 friend from Taiwan and 1 from China to take us around. Our Chinese friend hired a guide (for what amounted to RMB5/person) to enable us to get a lunch reservation at Lou Wai Lou, an excellent restaurant right beside […]