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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?


    • 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?

    • 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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      Cheapest method for return trip to Mutianyu

      Beijing Jan 7, 2016 at 8:35 AM

      Can anybody guide about the cheapest way to have a visit to Mutianyu?

    • 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???

    • 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?

    • 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


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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?

    • 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?

    • Business trip and gifts

      Foshan Jan 31, 2016 at 11:41 AM


      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



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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


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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


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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:

      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!!!!

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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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    • longmen caves to shaolin temple

      Luoyang Apr 14, 2015 at 8:56 PM

      Is anyone know how to get to these places with public transport?

      5 Answers Apr 15, 2015 at 10:12 PM
    • Car rental

      Kaifeng Aug 10, 2014 at 3:51 AM

      I,would like if anyone can recommend reputated and friendly car rental agencies in china whom i can contact via email , my budget is for economical sedan car for 300-400rmb full day for 8 hours/100kms, in Shanghai,Nanjing,Kaifeng,Zhengzhou,Luoyang,Wuxi,Hangzhou,Xian,Chengdu.

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    • long distance bus from Beijing to Luoyang

      Luoyang Apr 20, 2014 at 6:16 AM

      Does anyone know the bus schedule, length of trip and possibly the cost of a ticket from Beijing-Luoyang via long distance bus. Thank you

      2 Answers Apr 20, 2014 at 9:53 AM
    • Shopping for local items

      Zhengzhou Nov 16, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      Looking to buy local items - not from malls. Looking for unique textile, pottery, jewelry, silk or jade. Any suggestions?

      1 Answer Nov 24, 2013 at 5:59 AM
    • English translator for Chen Village

      Luoyang Jul 18, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      I will be in Luoyang on Tuesday 7/23 and am trying to visit Chen Village (Chenjiaguo). The hotel can get me a driver, but he won't speak English. Any recommendations for an English-speaking guide/driver? Thanks.

      1 Answer Jul 18, 2013 at 6:02 PM
    • Zhengzhou to Dengfeng

      Dengfeng Jul 14, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      a) We're flying into Zhngzhou and arriving at 22:50. Is there any way to get to Dengfeng at that hour?

      b) If not, we'll be staying over in Zhengzhou and will go to Dengfeng (i.e., Shaolin) in the morning. Is there anywhere we can leave our luggage in Denfeng/Shaoling as we will be going on to Luoyang afterwards.

      2 Answers Jul 16, 2013 at 1:52 AM
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      Japanese restaurant

      Luoyang Mar 9, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Is there any Japanese restaurant?

      1 Answer Mar 9, 2013 at 7:44 PM
    • Wanxian Mountain / Guoliangcun

      Henan Sheng Dec 13, 2011 at 6:06 AM


      I will be in Zhengzhou/Luoyang/Kaifeng over new year, and i stumbled upon this place:

      Its called guoliangcun in wanxian mountain. Looks really nice and apparently you can stay at some local family too.

      But does anyone know how to get there? I read about some bus from xinsha city, but really not much information available. And I also dont know if its even possible around that time to go there, maybe easy to have ice and snow there?

      Thanks in advance!

      3 Answers Jan 3, 2012 at 11:26 PM
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      Bus between Luoyang to Kaifeng

      Kaifeng Sep 23, 2011 at 3:05 AM

      Do you know any bus that go from Luoyang to Kaifeng? How long does it take to get to Kaifeng? How much? Tq

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      The Xiaolangdi Scenic Area of the Yellow River

      Henan Sheng Jul 10, 2011 at 11:41 AM

      i have read that for Transportation yu can take the special sightseeing buses at Luoyang bus station. The buses depart every 20 minutes from 06:00 am to 18:00 pm.
      does anyone know the number of the bus? or is it easy to recognise the bus?
      thank you

      1 Answer Aug 7, 2011 at 1:11 PM
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      Huashan tour

      Luoyang Jun 24, 2011 at 8:23 AM

      i will be both in Xian and Luoyang
      from which city should i go to Huashan?
      are there tours like a 4 hour tour for instance that i can book?
      thanks in advance

      5 Answers Jul 9, 2011 at 10:04 AM
    • xian to luoyang

      Luoyang May 6, 2011 at 9:23 AM

      hi, I am in Xian for 2 days,I like to visit Shaolin temple and Luoyang.How I get there? Bus or a train? Is it one day OK to see the temple?How mach it`s cost the visit in Shaolin?Can I just visit for a day and come back to Xian?Is ther any fast way to GO? thank you..

      3 Answers May 8, 2011 at 8:55 PM
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      zen music shaolin grand ceremony tickets

      Dengfeng Mar 7, 2011 at 7:30 AM

      Can any member help me to get 4 tickets for the show?. I will be there on 22 Apr 2011. Please e-mail me. I will be much appreciated.Thanks

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      First time to Xian & Luoyang

      Luoyang Sep 28, 2010 at 11:53 AM

      I'm planning to visit Xian & Luoyang from Beijing.
      For Xian: How many days do I need to visit Terra Cotta Warriors, Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum, Xian City wall, Bell & Drum Tower, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi History Museum, Mosleum Street, Great Mosque, and Mt.Huashan? Also, is Qianling Mausoleum worth visiting?
      For Luoyang: How many days do I need to visit Longmen Grottoes, Shaolin Temple and White Horse Temple?

      I'll be arriving Beijing on 20th Oct'10 in late afternoon. Seems like most people travel to Xian by overnight train. Is it possible to get the night train to Xian on the same day when I arrive Beijing? Or can I book the train tickets overseas?
      What's the best way to travel from Xian to Luoyang? And also best way to travel from Luoyang back to Beijing? As I need to be back in Beijing on 27th Oct'10. Thank you.

      3 Answers Oct 1, 2010 at 8:24 PM
    • Living in Zhoukou

      Zhengzhou Jan 14, 2010 at 12:05 PM

      Hi there! I have posted on the Zhoukou forum as well. I am going to be relocating to Zhoukou mid-Feb to teach English for one year. It seems that because Zhoukou is quite remote and rural, there is not much information online. I would like to speak to anyone living in Zhoukou or Henan, for that matter, about life there; facilities (gym, supermarket etc.), how I should prepare, basically anyone who has been through the experience of relocating to a completely new environment for advice. I am excited, don't get me wrong, but also apprehensive about being prepared to embrace the experience fully.

      As well, I will fly into PEK and prefer to catch train or bus from there to Zhoukou. I have googled this so many times and can't find many websites that aren't in Chinese, for which my computer is incompatible anyway, or that I can't access for this, that or the other reason. Can someone please help me out? Where do I catch the train from? Is the bus easier and cheaper? How much? Just one last thing, has anyone heard of Big Stone China? Anyone taught there?

      Thank you and look forward to reading your replies. Of course, any other advice you can pass my way would be much appreciated as well.

      4 Answers Jun 8, 2010 at 2:41 AM
    • Living in Zhoukou

      Zhoukou Jan 14, 2010 at 12:03 PM

      Hi there! I am going to be relocating to Zhoukou mid-Feb to teach English for one year. It seems that because Zhoukou is quite remote and rural, there is not much information online. I would like to speak to anyone living in Zhoukou or Henan, for that matter, about life there; facilities (gym, supermarket etc.), how I should prepare, basically anyone who has been through the experience of relocating to a completely new environment for advice. I am excited, don't get me wrong, but also apprehensive about being prepared to embrace the experience fully.

      As well, I will fly into PEK and prefer to catch train or bus from there to Zhoukou. I have googled this so many times and can't find many websites that aren't in Chinese, for which my computer is incompatible anyway, or that I can't access for this, that or the other reason. Can someone please help me out? Where do I catch the train from? Is the bus easier and cheaper? How much? Just one last thing, has anyone heard of Big Stone China? Anyone taught there?

      Thank you and look forward to reading your replies. Of course, any other advice you can pass my way would be much appreciated as well.

      2 Answers Apr 17, 2013 at 9:53 PM
    • train Shanghai to Luoyang

      Luoyang Jun 1, 2009 at 3:16 PM

      Hi, I'd like to know about the train K738/735 from Shanghai to Luoyang. Is it a nice train, is it on time, and can one actually get some sleep in a soft sleeper with all those stops? Also, can I be assured of getting sleeper--there are four of us--if we buy the ticket in Shanghai 6/12 for a 6/15 departure? Thanks for the info.

      2 Answers Jun 5, 2009 at 8:19 PM
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      Longmen Grottoes and Shaolin Temple--in 1 day

      Luoyang May 22, 2009 at 11:08 AM

      I realize that you should take about 2 days or more to explore this area, but my partner and I are short on time so we have 1 day to do this. We are arriving by train from Zhengzhou in the early morning, and want to take the late train from Luoyang to Beijing in the evening. Is taking a bus from Luoyang to Longmen and back, then another bus from Luoyang to Shaolin and back, the only option? Is there a bus service from Longmen -> Shaolin (or vice versa?). I really don't want to be stuck without return transportation! I am also willing to research the cost of hiring a driver and car for the day to hit both spots before sundown, but I need a website or referral for that (anybody?). And which should be first? Shaolin temple or Longmen? I am very serious about visitng both sites in 1 day. Thanks!

      8 Answers May 23, 2009 at 10:09 PM
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      Getting into Luoyang

      Luoyang Jun 28, 2008 at 3:58 PM

      I'm looking into the prospect of visiting this city in April next year, and from what I've gathered it appears that China Eastern is the only airline that flies here directly from Beijing or Shanghai (where my plane from Manila arrives). However, I've also read quite a number of recent horror stories about this airline's service that makes me wary of riding it. Taking the bus or train sounds like a long and tiring proposition which I'd like to avoid.

      Are there other alternatives that anyone might suggest? Is Chinese Eastern the only one available? Or would it be just as convenient to fly in at another city near Luoyang and travel overland from there?

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      3 Answers Jul 16, 2008 at 9:14 PM
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      Visiting Soon-need local guide with some English

      Xinyu May 2, 2008 at 4:14 AM

      I am coming to Xinyu in June 08 and I would like a local guide to show me around the city, shopping, Lakes area, etc.

    • buses from luoyang to beijing

      Luoyang Mar 17, 2008 at 11:15 PM


      anyone have info on buses from luoyang to beijing ? Where do they depart from,, what is the frequency and how long is the journey and the cost ?

      Is it possible to visit the longmen grottoes in the morning and take a late pm bus to beijing on the same day ?


      3 Answers Mar 20, 2008 at 12:19 AM
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      Zhengzhou -- Shanghai train tickets... HELP!

      Zhengzhou Mar 8, 2008 at 11:35 PM

      Does anyone have contacts to offer for train tickets in Zhengzhou?
      We need about 30 train tickets for the K151/K154 train, Zhengzhou -- Shanghai, on a Sunday at the end of this month.
      Without paying a bomb for commission! :(

    • Zhengzhou to Yiwu

      Zhengzhou Feb 29, 2008 at 4:34 AM

      please I need help in april i am traveling to China and i will be in Zengzhou
      but I need to go to Yiwu from Zengzhou can anyone tell me the best way to go.
      Thank you.

      2 Answers Feb 29, 2008 at 7:15 AM
    • planning on visiting luoyang, shaolin

      Luoyang Nov 19, 2007 at 1:07 PM

      I will be travelling by train to luoyang and shaolin temple from Beijing. Where would be the most convient place to stay? Would i be able to see both places in one day? Can you recremmend a good hostel or budget hotel here? I would like to leave here and train to xian. Thanks in advance.

      5 Answers Nov 20, 2007 at 7:23 PM
    • Any recommend budget hotel in Zhengzhou?

      Zhengzhou Oct 13, 2007 at 6:57 PM

      Hi, i'm going to Zhengzhou in Jan 08 and don't know yet where to stay.
      i've planned to stay for a few days to see Luoyang, Kaifeng and Shaolin before heading off to Xi'an.
      Could anyone please recommend a reasonable hotel in Zhengzhou. Thanks.

      6 Answers Oct 18, 2007 at 2:29 AM
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      Information About the city of Zhengzhou

      Zhengzhou Sep 22, 2007 at 8:29 AM

      Hi :) I will soon relocate to Zhengzhou and I would like to know the following:

      1. are there internet cafes I can use at all times?
      2. are there any shops/stores with western supplies (e.g. shampoo, soap, foodstuffs, etc)
      3. any good western restaurants?

      thank you very much... i hope to hear from you (and maybe meet you in zhengzhou, if you live there).


      3 Answers Mar 8, 2008 at 11:42 PM
    • Local Tours

      Luoyang Jan 26, 2007 at 9:14 PM

      Will stopover in Luoyang, when travelling from Beijing to Xian.

      Any VTers know of any local tour that covers Longmen Caves and Shaolin Temple in a day?

      Is it necessary to stay overnight in Luoyang in order to cover both places mentioned?


      3 Answers Feb 5, 2007 at 6:39 AM
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      Is it worth a stopover?

      Luoyang Apr 5, 2006 at 6:36 AM

      I'm in Pingyao and heading my way to Shanghai.Is Luoyang worth a stopover from Pingyao? It appears that its main attraction is the Shaolin temple, but it's miles away from Luoyang town proper.

      8 Answers Apr 9, 2006 at 11:39 PM
    • 2 weeks in China - Shanghai, Hangzhou, Luoyang, Shaolinsi

      Luoyang Mar 30, 2006 at 4:08 AM

      Making a 2 weeks tour in China begining from May 11 to May 25. Landing Shanghai, on to Hangzhou. The 3 places I yearn to visit in Henan Sheng are:
      Zhengzhou, Luoyang and Shaolinsi (Shaolin Temple). I am a Lone Ranger traveller. Can any member be kind enough to share some of your experience mainly on transportation, accommodation such as the best way to the 3 places in Henan Sheng by train, bus (other than by Air as I like to see the countryside during the ride by train or bus). The question I like to ask is: Is there a train or bus from either Shanghai or Hangzhou and where are the station?. Would appreciate member sharing some thoughts on accommodation.

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      3 weeks in Luoyang

      Luoyang Jun 24, 2005 at 11:29 AM

      Hi everyone, I will be in Luoyang for 3 weeks in July...any idea where i could rent an appartment per week ? I don't need too much luxury...but air conditioning would be nice !