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    • Mongolia-China-Laos Overland July 2016

      China Jan 22, 2016 at 6:03 AM

      Hi all,
      My boyfriend and I are due to overland in our Land Rover Defender in July 2016, from Mongolia through China and into Laos. We have found a great tour company, but as you probably know - it doesn't come cheap and so the more the merrier!!! We have room to take the guide in our vehicle, we aim to camp a lot but still have a few nights in hotels etc. We're aiming for approx. 25-28 days route time, north to south.

      Does anyone else plan to cross at a similar time in their own vehicle, who'd like to make a route with us and enjoy cheaper prices from the tour company?

      Thanks!

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    • Optometry shops close for C New Year?

      Guangzhou Feb 4, 2016 at 2:54 AM

      I will be in Guangzhou Feb. 9->11. I need to get 2-3 prescription eyeglasses made for my mum while I am passing though during the big holiday. It is only 4/2 and here in Malaysia glasses shops tell me it will take a week to get product. So impossible.

      Bifocals apparently are the issue, they don't keep stock in this small town.

      Will I be able to fulfill this order at height of CNY within 3 days?

      Apparently a full week of CNY in Malaysia is like several festivals in Cambodia where the whole country shuts down commercial activity. However the rest of the year I get glasses within 2 hours or overnight at latest.

      Will it be any different in Guangzhou?

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    • Xi'an to Mongolia and anything in between!

      China Jan 27, 2016 at 9:26 PM

      Hi fellow travelers,

      I'm looking for advice on how to plan the 2nd half of my China trip. I want the second half to start from Xi'an, and include Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, then I need to end up back in Beijing. I have about 12 days.

      I'm picking up the major sites on the first half of the trip from Beijing toward Xi'an, but don't see any must-see locations from then on (and I want to stay in the North). Most books offer a Silk Road experience, but that kills a lot of time going farther out, and I've already done Middle Eastern desert-type travel.

      If there isn't much between Xi'an and Ulaanbaatar, I looked at flying from Xi'an into Ulaanbaatar (no non-stops) but that is quite expensive $350-500 so I'd be fine with killing a day or two traveling via bus/train if much cheaper,

      Maybe Xi'an to Ulaanbaatar however is the best value, and then come back into China along the Northeast side, along the coast - maybe hit the North Korean border on the way back into Beijing?

      Any ideas appreciated!

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      QIngming national holidays 2016 and effect on travel and tourist activities

      China Jan 23, 2016 at 7:31 PM

      I will be in Beiing Fri 1 April to Wed 5 April. What effect do National holidays have? Subway runs normal? Shops open normal? Tourist sites open normal?
      I was intending to organize a driver to take me to Mutianyu on Mon 4 April - any problems??
      What effect, if any, do these National Holidays have in Beiing?

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    • a trip to Longqingxia &. Mutianyu

      Beijing Feb 3, 2016 at 2:51 AM

      Hi everyone;
      I try to plan our family trip to china. Our last days of the trip will be in Beijing.
      Except for the sites in Beijing we would like to visit Longqingxia &. Mutianyu great wall.
      If understand from the map; there are something like 2.5 hours driving distance between those two places.
      I thought that instead of going back to Beijing we should combine them with the same trip.
      Option 1 - To get up early in the morning; & to take a driver that will take us to the both of places at the same day.
      Option 2 - to take the public transportation; & then to stay at night in the area; & go to the other place at the second day.
      Because our youngest son is 3 years old I dont want a trip with too many hours on the road; so Iam not sure what to choose.
      Has anyone made such a trip & can advise me what is the best way to do it?

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      Visas for UK passport holders.

      China Jan 19, 2016 at 9:43 AM

      Is it correct that the fee is around £170 inclusive?
      Thanks for all your help Ian

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      AUD v CNY exchange rates from ATMs better in China than getting cny cash in Aust?

      China Jan 20, 2016 at 4:28 PM

      Aud is plumetting v cny. I read somewhere(LP I think) that exch rates from ATMs in Shanghai & Beijing are better. Correct? Even with atm charges???

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    • Safe to hike up huangshan in darkness?

      Huangshan Jan 14, 2016 at 11:54 PM

      I'm going to huangshan 2 nights during the spring festival and i want to stay at the top of the mountain at the baiyun hotel.
      I will arrive at 2:30 pm at tunxi airport and i read the last cable car is at 4 pm so probably i won't be on time and i'd need to walk all the way up.
      Is it safe to start walking up the mountain at this time? It's around 4 hours hike to the hotel and it will be dark.

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      High speed trains in Xinjing, Gansu, & Qinghai

      China Feb 4, 2016 at 1:33 PM

      What cities in Xinjing, Gansu, & Qinghai provinces should have high speed train service by mid May this year?

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    • Want to visit Taiwan at end of my visa,

      China Jan 21, 2016 at 2:37 PM

      I want to visit some friends in Taiwan at the end of my Chinese Visa, is it possible to return to Shanghai after my visa has expired and stay for the 3 day no visa required transit period.
      I fly out of Shanghai.

      On a different note, i have my travel arrangements confirmed except for the return from Lanzhou to Shanghai, my friends wish to drive me to Shanghai via a couple of cities along the way. I am not sure how this will be viewed by the Visa people.

      Also, i have been told that i may need an ID card to get train tickets inside China, i assume as i am a tourist, my passport would be fine, but just to be sure

      Thanks in advance for your help

      Cheers
      Ian

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      Booking online tour from Beijing to Great Wall.Mutianyu

      China Jan 30, 2016 at 5:20 PM

      Is it safe to book tour to Mutianyu online? (I am in Australia) Or, should I book via hotel or tourist info service when I get to Beiing? I arrive in Beijing Thursday and want to go to Wall Mon. Can I assume this gives me plenty of time to find a driver and guide tour?

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    • Limtited time transiting Beijing Airport

      Beijing Jan 10, 2016 at 7:26 PM

      I transited Beijing airport on my way from London to Bangkok with Air China and it took me nearly 2 hours to get to the departure gate because the airport requires passengers transiting the airport to take a channel that requires you to go out of air side and go through security again, despite have gone through security at Heathrow, this was due to the length of the queue for other passengers transiting the airport. On my return leg from Bangkok to London I have only a 1 hour lay over before my flight to London departs, so I am very concerned that I will not be able to make my flight.

      Could anyone offer me any advice regarding this please?

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    • Business trip and gifts

      Foshan Jan 31, 2016 at 11:41 AM

      Hi

      Im going to Foshan in Feb for a business trip to meet a factory owner and his work force its a small factory under 20 people.I have been buying and communicating with the manger for 24 months but now need to take a trip to tie down some finer points of our relationship

      I want to take some gift for the manager and then for his work force .. Would it be a good idea to take an expensive bottle of whiskey and some exclusive cigars for example for the manager and perhaps some equisite biscuits or short bread for the employees ..

      I understand there must be a difference in the money value of the gift from one rank to another and to wrap in red utilizing silver and gold braid for example.

      Ive never been to China before I Im a little apprehensive of selecting the right gift for the right purpose can any one give advice or have personal experience in this matter

      Thanks

      Paul

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      Ideas for itinerary Yunnan to Guangdong backpacking?

      China Jan 16, 2016 at 2:55 PM

      Hi there!
      I 'm planning a 3 week backpacking trip next month, between Guangzhou and Yunnan, and would be greatfull to hear your suggestions or experiences about that, to form an initial rough idea about places to visit around there and in between, so to balance time wisely over this big area
      We 'll be 2 people travelling, without tourist package, just independently, mostly public transport (by train most of it, hopefully) plus a daytrip here or there with local travel agency, if necessary to get the most out of this time frame.
      We don't speak a word of chinese language, so this is going to be a big obstacle, and slow us down a bit, I'm afraid...
      Great interests would be traditional villages, temples, nature, hiking...
      (I 've been to east China and Hong Kong - Macau over earlirer trip, so not going that way now).
      All suggestions for a low cost sensible itinerary are very very welcome!!!
      many thanks to all!
      happy travels!

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      Safety in Beijing

      Beijing Jan 18, 2016 at 1:20 AM

      How safe is Beijing for tourists?

      Thanks for everyones help

      Ian

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      First time trip to China

      China Jan 17, 2016 at 7:29 AM

      I am an experienced backpacker intending to make my first trip to mainland China in 2016.Before I plan I need to understand how it works and what doesnt work.
      I only intend visting cities where english should work like Beijing and Shanghai.
      Some of the first questions I need answering:

      Is it easyto get european/european chinese meals in these cities?

      Is Visa accepted in restaurants etc ?

      Do G train bookings(Beijing to Shanghai) need to be done through travel agents or is it beter to fly?

      Thanks in anticipation of your help

      Ian

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      Which website to check train availability & cost realtime information?

      China Jan 24, 2016 at 3:52 AM

      Hi guys!
      Could you suggest websites which give real time info about availability and cost of Chinese trains?
      My plan is to book at the stations, when I am in China (next month), though I try to know in advance price and availability, so I make up my mind and have the info beforehand about which train to take, and then go to station or city ticket office to buy the actual ticket
      Maybe occasionaly I'd by a ticket online if it is safe...
      After searching I found these sites:

      chinahighlights.com/china-tr...
      travelchinaguide.com/china-t...
      http://www.chinatripadvisor.com/train/
      chinatraintickets.net/china-...

      The official rail company of China doesn't seem to offer such info on their website
      Do you recommend any of the above, or other, you had good experience, reliable info, real prices instead of web inflated?
      Many thanks in advance!!!!
      Nikos

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      Arrival time at Shanghai Hongqiao Station

      China Jan 9, 2016 at 12:51 AM

      I will be getting G train from Shanghai to Beijing in April. I will be buying 1st class ticket in advance. I have read in travelchinaguide that I should be at Hongqiao AT LEAST ONE HOUR before departure. Is this true? Does same warning apply to Suzhou and Hangzhou?

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      What to wear for four hours in Hangzhou on 13 November?

      by Chyan Online Now Nov 9, 2015 at 4:30 AM

      May I know what should i wear for four hours in Hangzhou outdoors on 13 November between 4.20 pm and 8 pm? Can i just wear long-john and long-sleeved shirt? Will they keep me less cold?

      5 Answers Nov 9, 2015 at 5:41 AM
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      What can one do within 4 hours at Hangzhou Airport?

      by Chyan Online Now Nov 8, 2015 at 3:11 AM

      Dear Hangzhou VT,

      I arrive in Hangzhou Airport at 4.20 pm on Friday where i will transit for direct flight back to Singapore at 11 pm with Scoot. May I know are there tourist destinations near the airport other than the Head Office of Zhejiang Loong Air?

      How far is West Lake from the airport? I understand there are no city train services to the airport.

      6 Answers Nov 9, 2015 at 5:44 AM
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      Walking around West Lake

      by ohaiyo Online Now Jul 27, 2015 at 1:49 PM

      Hi,

      I do not know how to ride a bike so I plan to walk around West Lake. I would be there in early January. I know the lake is large and has a lot of small paths that deviate from the general trail around the lake. How long would it take for a leisurely walk around the lake?

      I like to take photos. Which side of the lake is the most scenic, especially during sunrise and sunset?

      Thanks

      1 Answer Jul 27, 2015 at 8:04 PM
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      Putuoshan Questions

      by ohaiyo Online Now Jun 4, 2015 at 7:56 PM

      HI,

      How do I go to Putuoshan from Hangzhou? Do I take the bus to Putuoshan? If so, where do I catch the bus in Hangzhou and how long does it take to get there? Also, how many days are sufficient to spend on Putuoshan? Are the temples on the island close together? Are there accommodations on the island?

      Thank you

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      Does Zhejiang Loong Airlines have its own Inflight Magazine?

      by Chyan Online Now Feb 19, 2015 at 11:58 PM

      Has anyone flown with Zhejiang Loong Airlines also known as Loongair? If yes, does this airline have its own Inflight Magazine?

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      Song Dynasty

      by orchid1949 Online Now Jan 5, 2015 at 6:31 AM

      I would like to know that ticket price with entrance fee. Can I buy the tickets with a travel agent in Hangzhou ? Would like to see the show in the evening.

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      Day trip to Hangzhou from Shanghai

      by phingy Online Now Apr 6, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      Hello,

      I'm on business trip to Shanghai in mid may and was considering a weekend trip to Hangzhou. To tour the west lake (mix of boat and walk), would 4 hours be sufficient? I'm thinking to take an early train from Shanghai and arrive in Hangzhou around 8 plus and to get to the west lake by 9am. Later in the afternoon, around 3pm, to catch a train back to Shanghai.

      Appreciate any suggestions or advice. Thanks!

      6 Answers Dec 15, 2015 at 2:48 PM
    • Thai food in Hangzhou

      by Rhbills Online Now Apr 6, 2014 at 3:08 AM

      What is the best Thai restaurant in Hangzhou?

      1 Answer Dec 15, 2015 at 2:48 PM
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      Hengdian studio

      by orchid1949 Online Now Mar 3, 2014 at 6:33 AM

      Hi,

      I will visit Hangzhou about 5 days next month. During my stay I would like to go to see the place where many films were shot. Could we go to hengdian visit the place and come back to HZ in one day ? Or we should stay overnight , but what do we do after the area is closed.

      How do we go from H.Z ? Wher do we take the bus ? 

      Thank you.

       

       

       

       

       

       

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      3 Answers Mar 9, 2014 at 11:49 PM
    • What is the best spot around the hangzhou, china, West Lake area for a massage?

      by 5432cowboy Online Now Sep 14, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      Is it safe to get a massage in Hangzhou, china

      2 Answers Sep 16, 2013 at 4:25 AM
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      bus

      by LenaU Online Now Jun 2, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      How to reach May's Resort Hotel wich is on 277 Tianzhu Road, Xihu from Hangzhou Railway station by bus? Thanks

      3 Answers Jun 21, 2013 at 11:34 PM
    • Without knowing chinese

      by sudhirH Online Now May 17, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      Hi I am new to Hangzhou, Can I rent a bicycle at Westlake? I do not know chinese. Do people understand English ?

      5 Answers Aug 12, 2014 at 5:03 AM
    • What are the toursit places I can visit near Gong Shou?

      by sudhirH Online Now May 15, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      How can I reach to West Lake from GongShou? Can I use bike or public transport? I don't know Chinese. I can speak English

      4 Answers Jun 21, 2013 at 11:43 PM
    • How to travel on a budget

      by lliu0528 Online Now Mar 11, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      I will be forced into early retirement August 1, 2013, and my wife (already retired) and I would like to travel China for 6 months, starting with Hangzhou. I have started a budget and the biggest cost is lodging (not including the flight from the US). Even the cheapest hotels runs about $30 a day. That alone with eat away my saving quickly. How do you travelers go to so many places each year? Any advice and how to travel for half a year on the cheap would be appreciated.

      6 Answers Mar 13, 2013 at 8:04 PM
    • Knitting wool shop

      by kayzie Online Now Nov 18, 2012 at 6:49 PM

      My sister is living in Hangzhou for a few months and is having trouble find a wool shop to buy baby wool for knitting. Can anyone help please.

      5 Answers Apr 9, 2013 at 4:28 PM
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      Booking Train Tickets in holiday Season

      by soundchaseruk Online Now Aug 30, 2012 at 12:00 AM

      Its just one month exactly when i fly off to China. On Wednesday 3rd October I want to take the night train non stop to Guangzhuo. I know the train number and times but am i going to have a problem booking the ticket ? I can book the ticket in Shanghai 4 days earlier but is this enough time? With the whole of China on the move in this period I am worried I will not get a ticket.

      Also can i book online and if so, how do i get my ticket ? I need good advise on this as my trip depends on me getting that train.

      12 Answers Aug 31, 2012 at 7:54 PM
    • From airport to Ssaw Hotel @ 221 Jiefang Road & other related questions

      by oreo82 Online Now Oct 11, 2011 at 8:16 AM

      Hi

      Can anyone advise me the following?

      1. How many airports are there in Hangzhou?
      2. How to get from the International airport to Ssaw Hotel @ 221 Jiefang Road?
      3. Is the taxi a safe & convenient means of transport to get around?
      4. Approximately how much would it cost from the airport to the above mentioned hotel and how long would the journey take?
      5. Would it be advisable to purchase train tickets to Shanghai beforehand?
      6. How can I check out the train times to go to Shanghai and return?

      Many thanks in advance
      O

      4 Answers Oct 12, 2011 at 8:28 AM
    • Hiring a car & driver

      by shoomakie Online Now Aug 22, 2011 at 1:04 PM

      I am looking to hire a car & driver (professional & English speaking preferred) to take me to Anji & Huzhou on Thursday and possibly Friday. Are there companies that can be contacted/recommended?

      1 Answer Aug 22, 2011 at 1:22 PM
    • 10th Jan'2012 - 05th Feb'2012 in Hangzhou

      by IndoTarzan Online Now Aug 20, 2011 at 3:17 PM

      Dear All,

      Will be visiting China for the first time that too Hangzhou from 10th Jan'2012 - 05th Feb'2012. Will be staying at an friend's place located at Meichen (Zhejiang > Hangzhou > Jiande > XinAnJiang > Meichen) till 02nd Feb'2012. Then from 02nd Feb'2012 to 05th Feb'2012 planning to stay near Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport as my flight departure will be late night of 05th Feb'2012.

      Appreciate if any of you all can help to give me few tips about Hangzhou and also any cheap budget hotels near to Xiaoshan International Airport. Thanks in advance.

      2 Answers Aug 22, 2011 at 2:06 AM
    • Living/Teaching in Hangzhou

      by clf555 Online Now Jun 17, 2011 at 2:50 PM

      Hi, I have been offered a contract to teach English for a year in Hangzhou at an English First language school. Does anyone have any information about this program/school/living in Hangzhou as an American?
      I would appreciate anything- Thanks!

      7 Answers Apr 20, 2012 at 1:40 AM
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      Hangzhou West Lake Scenic spots

      by SandiM Online Now Jun 7, 2011 at 6:45 PM

      I'd like to find a map of West Lake's sscenic spots, what side of the lake they are located on etc. I want this because I only have a few hours to spend at West Lake and I want to target the areas with the most scenic bridges, pavillions, etc for photography.

      4 Answers Jun 8, 2011 at 3:26 AM
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      Bus Travel in China--Hangzhou to Huangshan (September)

      by SandiM Online Now May 16, 2011 at 6:07 PM

      How does bus travel 'work' in China between Hangzhou and Huangshan (Tangkou)? If we buy a roundtrip ticket to Tangkou from Hangzhou (is there enough time to buy it the night before or even day of?), do we get some kind of guarantee that we will definitely get on that bus going to and coming from? I don't want to get down to the bottom of Huangshan after our 2 day exploration only to find the bus is sold out to get back to Hangzhou (anybody got the schedule for Tangkou-Hangzhou as well as Tangkou-Tunxi-Hangzhou? I heard this route might be faster than the direct from Tangkou but it depends on when these buses leave Tangkou. We might opt for sitting for 5 hours over going 1 hr, waiting 2 hrs, then sitting for another 4hrs etc). Please and thanks!

      3 Answers May 18, 2011 at 8:40 AM
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      What to see

      by yin Online Now Mar 26, 2011 at 8:32 PM

      I would travel to Hangzhou at the end of May for a couple days, any recommendation for sightseeing or things to do in a relaxing way ? If any traveller want to join, please leave me a message.

      4 Answers Aug 19, 2011 at 8:40 PM
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      West Lake Huangzhou & photography

      by SandiM Online Now Feb 7, 2011 at 7:29 PM

      We are arriving at SHA airport around 230pm from Canada and hope to grab one of those express buses outside the airport to go directly to Hangzhou Tourist hub on Huanglong Rd. Got the schedules already, so that's done. Trying to select a hotel around West Lake in Hangzhou but need to know this: which section of the lake is the most photogenic? West Lake is huge and we want to be up early in the morning to shoot some photos of the lake & pagodas and statuary (if any). So, which approach is best? that way i can select a hotel nearby to start from (oh and we also need to get to the West bus Station on Zijingang Rd around lunch to grab an express bus to Huangshan Mtn so that gives you an idea where we want to be around. The hotel choice is not as important as the west lake approach part). thanks!

    • Transportation

      by 81traveller Online Now Sep 10, 2010 at 10:41 AM

      Hi there.

      Question 1
      Are there many buses from Hangzhou to Shanghai at night? Our flight reaches Hangzhou airport at 10:30pm. I guess we may not be in time to catch the train. Or are there mini vans which can fit 5 of us all the way to our hotel in Shanghai? Cost wise?

      Question 2
      How many types of trains are there from Hangzhou to Shanghai? Maglev and D? Pros and cons?

      Thank you.

      4 Answers Nov 11, 2010 at 8:53 AM
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      Is that Irish bar still there?

      by Shania2 Online Now Aug 17, 2010 at 8:58 AM

      I've checked the address of that so called Irish bar,wrong address!!!

      4 Answers Oct 30, 2010 at 7:12 PM
    • first time to hangzhou

      by masima Online Now Aug 16, 2010 at 8:28 AM

      i m planing to visit hangzhou for first time
      with my wife
      i dont know geagraphy of hangzhou
      so i dont know where to stay
      my visit for 5 days
      i need a clean hotel near all tourist place around 150RMB
      is that possible ?

      need a advice

      4 Answers Aug 22, 2010 at 6:05 PM
    • best deal apartments in carrefour area

      by velberg Online Now Jun 1, 2010 at 12:16 PM

      hi,

      1. can anybody recommend me any cheap,clean and save apartments for long term stay nearby Carrefour area or any other apartments that convenient to supermarkets ?

      2. how much is common price for 1 or 2 bedrooms apartments in this area ?

      thank you very much

      1 Answer Jun 8, 2010 at 8:08 PM
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      Hope to have your help!

      by duturi Online Now May 11, 2010 at 9:37 PM

      Dear,
      I will visit Hangzhou in May 20-22. I know not much about Hangzhou. I want to spend one whole day for visiting Hangzhou. Where should be the most favorable places and how to get there? Can I find the local person for accompanying us?
      Which is cheapest travel agent where I can book for one day tour in Hangzhow.

      2 Answers May 12, 2010 at 8:44 PM
    • Walking in the countryside

      by rsjday Online Now Apr 26, 2010 at 4:10 AM

      I am traveling to Hangzhou this weekend and I would really like to explore the countryside beyond the city. I have spent some time traveling from city to city and really need some quiet in beautiful surroundings to recharge.
      I do plan to visit West Lake but I would really like some other destinations for pleasant walking.
      If you know of any villages, hills, valleys or woodland in the area, please let me know.
      Many thanks and best regards.

      2 Answers Apr 26, 2010 at 10:41 PM