Destination guide China

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ROAD
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ROADS ARE GENERALLY IN POOR CONDITION.
CAR RENTAL - YOU CAN RENT A SELF DRIVE CAR IN CHINA.
CHAUFFEUR DRIVEN CARS ARE MOSTLY AVAILABLE.

TAXI
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TAXIS ARE AVAILABLE IN LARGE CITIES BUT CAN BE
HARD TO FIND. IT IS BEST TO CHECK IF THE TAXI IS
METERED. IF NOT, THEN IT IS IMPORTANT TO AGREE A
FARE BEFOREHAND.

THREE WHEELED SCOOTER OR TRISHAW
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FOUND OUTSIDE TOURIST HOTELS, TRAIN AND BUS STATIONS.
AGREE ON A PRICE BEFORE DEPARTING.


BICYCLE
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IT IS POSSIBLE TO RENT A CYCLE FOR CNY 10 TO 25 PER
HOUR ROM TOURIST HOTELS.
ADVISABLE TO BUY A CHAIN AND LOCK FROM A HARDWARE STORE.
A PASSPORT OR DEPOSIT MUST BE LEFT WITH RENTAL SHOP.

BUS
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LOCAL BUS. OFTEN CROWDED BUT CHEAP. ADVISABLE TO BUY
CITY MAPS WHICH INCLUDE BUS ROUTES.
LONG DISTANCE. BUY TICKETS AT LONG DISTANCE BUS STATIONS.
SEATS ARE NUMBERED. THERE IS VERY LITTLE ROOM ON BUSES.
AVOID CARRYING THE LARGE BACKPACKS. THE PRICE OF A BUS
TICKET IS COMPARABLE TO THAT OF THE HARD SEATS ON A TRAIN
AT TOURIST PRICES.

RAIL
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THE BEST WAY TO TRAVEL RELATIVE TO SPEED AND COMFORT.
NO CLASSES INSTEAD HARD SEAT, SOFT SEAT, HARD SLEEPER AND
SOFT SLEEPER.
TRAIN NUMBERS ARE A DIRECT INDICATION OF THEIR SPEED.
1-90 DIESEL EXPRESS TRAINS.
100-350 SLOWER MAKING MORE STOPS.
400-500 SLOW AND STOP EVERYWHERE.
700 ARE THE SUBURBAN TRAINS.
THERE IS A SURCHARGE FOR TRAVELLING ON THE FASTER TRAINS.
THE PRICE BETWEEN A LUXURY SOFT SLEEPER COMPARTMENT
AND A PLANE TICKET IS MINIMAL.

AIR:
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AIR CHINA AND CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES ARE THE MAIN
CARRIER. TIMETABLES ARE PUBLISHED IN APRIL AND NOVEMBER
IT IS ADVISABLE TO HAVE A COPY.
FOREIGNERS PAY BETWEEN A 100 AND 160 PER CENT SURCHARGE
ON THE PRICE OF THEIR TICKET COMPARED TO CHINESE.
THERE IS NO REFUND IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT.



WATER:
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THERE IS A THREE DAY RIDE DOWN THE YANGTSE RIVER FROM
CHONGQING TO WUHAN. IT IS POSSIBLE TO TRAVEL TO SHANGHAI
BY THIS METHOD.
THERE IS A BOAT SERVICE BETWEEN HONG KONG AND SHANGHAI.
THERE IS A FERRY SERVICE BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CANTON.
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