Category Archives: Accommodations

Novotel Xinqiao

Since I needed good Internet access for my online class on Saturday I checked out of my hostel and into the Novotel Xi in Beijing. I was looking forward to the nice decor, cable news and a splendid bathroom. I … Continue reading

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Crowne Plaza: Beijing Airport

If you need to stay near Beijing’s Airport, the Crowne Plaza is a good choice. It’s not as expensive as the Hyatt and offers a free shuttle outside gate 5, which leaves ever 30 minutes. I checked out the Ibis … Continue reading

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Travel Savings for Teachers

Edbeds.com is a way for educators to save on accommodations when traveling. The website lists and describes members’ beds and rooms that welcome guests, who must be teachers, for just $49 a night. I haven’t tried this because I don’t … Continue reading

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Best Western Airport Hotel, Bangkok

I had a layover in Bangkok so I decided to stay at a Best Western by the airport. Luckily, this was a great decision. The hotel shuttle was easy to find; the hotel personnel were friendly and spoke English well. … Continue reading

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Hotel Review: Datong’s Holiday Inn

A lot of intrepid travelers, the sort who bristle at being lumped in with mere tourists, would never go to a Holiday Inn. I’m glad I’m more flexible and perhaps less intrepid. I went to Datong wanting to see two … Continue reading

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Mingtown Shanghai Hostel

The folks at Mingtown also have a hostel in Shanghai. It’s within walking distance of People’s Square, Nanjing Street, which offers lots of shopping, and several museums. I think it’s an easy walk to the Bund as well. It’s very … Continue reading

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Mingtown Suzhou Hostel

Located along a canal in a preserved district, that’s updated with shops and cafés the Mingtown is a great place to stay when visiting Suzhou. It’s within walking distance of the terrific Suzhou Museum, the Humble Administrator’s Garden and several … Continue reading

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International Hostel: Luoyang

Henan is not a well traveled destination and there aren’t as many budget travel options. I like the International Hostels I’ve stayed in in China, but didn’t see anything listed for Kaifeng. Luckily, Luoyang had a hostel. Unluckily, the hihostels.com … Continue reading

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Henan Hiccup

After so much tumult trying to get train tickets, we finally got some. We thought we were on an overnight train since that’s the only trains I asked for. Nope. We were given fast train tickets, which we didn’t realize … Continue reading

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Nanjing Jasmine International Hostel

When it was too late I realized I hadn’t taken photos of the charmingly funky lounge at the Nanjing Jasmine International Hostel where I stayed over the May Day holiday. The rooms are plain, but clean and contain bunks, lockers … Continue reading

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