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    • aussiejen's Profile Photo

      Travel agent or book myself for domestic flights and river cruise?

      China Dec 25, 2016 at 8:43 PM

      We will be in Shanghai in early June 2017 and would like to do a Yangtze River cruise from Yichang to Chongqin then fly to Xian for a couple of days then fly back to Shanghai again. Is it feasible to book this myself or does this need to be done through a travel agent and be on a private tour?
      I figure we don't need a tour guide while on the cruise, but is it easy enough to get from end of cruise in Chongqin to airport with maybe a quick look around or trip to the zoo if I just organise a guide/driver myself?

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      Thank you and goodbye

      Shanghai Jan 8, 2017 at 3:34 AM

      Sad day being told that VT will be coming to a close! I hope I have been able to help travellers to Shanghai and other destinations. Happy and safe travels to you all and to all the VT staff.

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      Has anyone here booked a tour in China?

      China Dec 20, 2016 at 3:54 PM

      I'm planning a big trip to China next year (Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an and maybe a few others) and I want to book either one big tour or a few smaller tours. I don't know whether to book a private tour (which costs more) or a group tour? I don't think I want to be on a tour bus full of people but am aware of the costs of private tours. I don't think I can travel in this region without a guide, especially as I have zero language skills.

      Has anyone had any experience with this? What should I look out for or be concerned about? I'm not really sure where to start.

      Also, does anyone know any good value places to book tours? Is it better to wait until i'm there and find them or book from an agent here?? Any help welcome!

    • Dali Must - Do ?

      by peacenluv Online Now May 10, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      what are the MUST-DO's in Dali ? Cangshan Mt ?

      2 Answers May 10, 2014 at 11:48 PM
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      Guangzhuo to Dali Travel

      by soundchaseruk Online Now Mar 31, 2012 at 12:25 AM

      My travel plans are so far this : Arrive Shanghai, explore Shaoxing and vicinity, train to Guangzhou, onward either to Guilin and the terraces OR to Dali in Yunnan. it looks a beautiful place but its more travelling.

      Trains are not direct either so how much would it cost to fly ? i would go about 5th October for 4 days

      5 Answers Apr 14, 2012 at 4:14 AM
    • Halal Food

      by pinkb Online Now Oct 22, 2008 at 8:06 PM

      Are they any HALAL Restaurants in Dali?

      1 Answer Nov 8, 2008 at 7:54 PM
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      Dali or Lijiang?

      by piglet44 Online Now Oct 24, 2007 at 5:48 AM

      If you are on limited time (aren't we all?) which is better, Lijiang or Dali?
      please help I am grappling with my itinerary ...

      6 Answers Nov 8, 2008 at 7:57 PM
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      What travel options are there between Dali (Yunnan) and Myanmar (Burma)?

      by alwloch Online Now Sep 11, 2007 at 10:59 PM

      I will be heading toward Dali in late October and understand the best time to visit Myanmar and all its Buddhist pagodas is after November. There is only one hostel in the entire country, located in Yagon (Rangoon), as far as I am aware of. Also there is a train but I don't know whether it reaches as far as China or Thailand. Would anyone know the various ways a backpacker could enter Myanmar from Yunnan?

      2 Answers Sep 13, 2007 at 12:58 PM
    • Dali Train

      by Spoerle Online Now Sep 3, 2007 at 1:29 AM

      Does the night train Kunming-Dali have softsleeper?

      1 Answer Sep 3, 2007 at 1:36 AM
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      Sanyue Jie worth going to?

      by reneeb407 Online Now Mar 19, 2007 at 10:44 PM

      I am trying to fit Dali into my itenerary and noticed that Ill be there around the time of the Sanyue jie festival. Is this worth visiting for? It would mean cutting out Kunming or backtracking to Kunming at a later time.

      Any suggestions are appreciated!!

      1 Answer Mar 20, 2007 at 5:51 AM
    • HEATED guesthouses/hostels in Dali

      by MDTing Online Now Dec 27, 2006 at 11:08 PM

      I am travelling from New Zealand with my son who's been teaching English in Chengdu, and will be in Dali in late January.
      We are considering these guesthouses/hostels ...can anybody tell me whether they have twin rooms with own bathroom (& western style toilet) that have some kind of HEATING (any other advice on Dali accomodation welcome):

      1. Dali mingtong yingxian hotel, Cai Cun village ...webpage on, but doesn't mention heating.
      2. No 3 Guesthouse (has Korean & Chinese webpage but no English)
      3. Dali Siji (4 Seasons) Inn has webpage on - says Air-conditioning....that means heating in the winter?
      4.Yu'an Garden


      1 Answer Mar 6, 2007 at 1:19 AM
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      by joelnili Online Now Dec 5, 2006 at 4:27 PM

      Is there enough in Dali to occupy my wife and me for three days? We aren't the type to sit around a cafe and watch the time fly. We more about to see things. Your comments are appreciated.

      1 Answer Dec 5, 2006 at 6:12 PM
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      question on Jim's guesthouse in Dali

      by anilegna Online Now Oct 21, 2006 at 1:05 AM

      hi there, just want to check with you, so you liked everything about the place except the bathrooms were dirty/smelly? thinking of staying there next week but very worried about dirty bathrooms... thanks

      4 Answers Mar 6, 2007 at 2:35 AM
    • Old Bai People's Home

      by jjenjenny Online Now Oct 3, 2006 at 11:28 PM

      Where is the Old People's Home for Bai men and women in Dali?

    • Jim's Tibetan Hotel, 4 Seasons Hotel in Dali

      by adventuresome Online Now Nov 9, 2005 at 6:10 AM


      We're visiting Dali in mid-November and considering staying at

      a. Jim's Tibetan Hotel. This seems to be a different hotel from Jim's Guesthose and Peace Cafe.

      b. Old Dali Inn No. 5 (4 Seasons Hotel).

      We're wondering if anyone has stayed at these hotels recently and can give us some feedback on these hotels pls?

      Thank you.

      6 Answers Nov 11, 2006 at 5:33 PM
    • Landscape Hotel?

      by drdflick Online Now Mar 17, 2005 at 8:34 PM

      Does anyone know about the Landscape Hotel? I have not been able to find any info about it on the net. My travel agent is recommending it, but I'm not sure. Any info would be appreciated.

      3 Answers Nov 8, 2008 at 8:00 PM
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      Residential area in Dali

      by hanapatria Online Now Jun 4, 2004 at 9:24 PM

      Any vt knows of any nice residential area in Dali, or in Yunnan, (preferably in Dali) please let me know. Thank you for your time.

      2 Answers Jul 8, 2004 at 9:19 PM