Category Archives: Bargain

Chicago Theater Tour

It’s Theater Week in Chicago, which means discounts for theater events. I took advantage of the discounts and went on a tour of the Chicago Theater. I’d never been inside before and wasn’t prepared for it to be so palatial. … Continue reading

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Jazzin’ at the Shedd

Since it’s so expensive (usually $36 for adults) I haven’t been to Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium in years. Probably 35 years. But a friend enticed me to try the Wednesday night “Jazzin’ at the Shedd” experience, which is just $18. In … Continue reading

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Ibis Hotel, Harbin

With a great location that’s walking distance to St. Sophia’s Russian Orthodox Church, Zhaop Park and Zhangyang Street with all its European style architecture, Ibis Hotel is a good choice in Harbin. For about $30 a night I got a … Continue reading

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Russian Tea Room, Harbin, China

Eating at the Russian Tea Room in Harbin is like eating in a Russian grandmother’s house. The decor is homey, full of antiques from former Russians who lived in Harbin in the early 20th century. I enjoyed the Russian tea … Continue reading

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When Flying in China

If you’re flying within China, elong.com and ctrip.com are the websites to use to get the best prices. However if you use their English sites, you’ll see fewer flights and be charged more. For example, on the English site today … 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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North Loop Architecture Tour

Yesterday I took a Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) tour of the North Loop, home to several landmark buildings. Like the other CAF tour I went on the docent was knowledgeable, approachable and welcomed questions. Here’s a few of the many … Continue reading

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30th Annual Weifang International Kite Festival

I’ve wanted to go to the Weifang International Kite Festival, but it’s always taken place during the work week. Finally, it was on a weekend. Two friends and I got train tickets, but one backed out Saturday morning as it … 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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Nightly Light Show

Our nightly light shows downtown at Quen Chueng Square, not far from the Crowne Plaza and Home Inn, are a delight and a must see for any visitor to Jinan. It’s free and starts at 8pm. Come early to wander … Continue reading

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