Hip Guide to China

Hip Guide to China
China is huge and diverse, from icy mountain ranges and plunging rivers to tropical rainforests, The 1.35 billion Chinese manage to mostly get along in their 3.7 million square miles of land area. Crowded to say the least.
China has become the economic powerhouse of recent times by manufacturing anything and everything for everyone everywhere on the planet. The toll on society and the environment is tremendous yet many Chinese are becoming stunningly rich and traveling the world, a remarkable transformation and turn around from the era of Chairman Mao!
Long known for its network of railways to get around the vastness of China, now there are many modern highways for the millions of new cars hitting the roads increasingly every day. Airports also serve the major and not-so-major destinations of interest. Catering to western tourists is much better these days, and there is an amazing assortment of hotels to choose from here.
Whether you come for a quick visit or extended tour, you will find a wealth of information about destinations here. The Hip Guide to China offers the highlights of the country, and contains many tips for making your stay here more rewarding.The Hip Guide to China is your source for hotel reservations, tourist information, events, reviews, shopping and much more! Don’t forget to visit our China Photo Gallery! Bookmark this site, and visit whenever you need to find out what’s happening in China.THIS SITE IS INTERACTIVE! You can participate by adding your own reviews, comments, stories or event listings. Don’t forget to tell your friends about us!

An Unforgettable Holiday in China!

Are you planning to travel to China and you have any idea where in China you want to go? As you know, China is big! Traveling in China, I can tell you, there is so much to see and is breathtakingly beautiful.

There are some places I definitely suggest you, if nature interest you: The Yellow Mountains in Anhui Province…they are often depicted in traditional styled Chinese paintings. Places in off the beaten path provinces such as Hunan, Hubei (which has Wudang Shan, great mountain), that is not far from Henan Province where Song Shan is located and the Shaolin… Continue reading

The Beauty of Fenghuang city

Fenghuang is the name of a small ancient town by the Tuojiang River. I remember the name because of Cui Cui, an innocent, kind-hearted girl in a novel by Shen Congwen, a renowned writer in China. It is in the town of Fenghuang that Cui Cui was born and grew up. I had long dreamed of visiting this town.

On a morning in early autumn, my dream came true. I had waited for this moment a long time; and perhaps because of this, I rushed into the small town as soon as I arrived. The Tuojiang River was covered in… Continue reading

Internet Access in China

Internet Access

In China the Internet is readily accessible. Internet cafes (网吧 wǎngbā) are abundant throughout China. Many of them are designed mainly for gaming though and are not useful places to do business. It is cheap (¥1 to ¥4 an hour) to use a computer, albeit one with Chinese software. Internet cafes are supposed to require users to show identification (passport), but this is generally not enforced. Traffic may be monitored.

It may be difficult to find an Internet-cafe with any service beyond simple access. If you need to use a printer or burn a CD, expect to search for the service, paying a fairly high price when and if you find it. The exception is tourist areas such as Yangshuo where these services are fairly readily available, though still at a price.

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Important China Phone Numbers

Emergency numbers

The following emergency telephone numbers work in all areas of China:
  • Police: 110
  • Fire alarm: 119
  • Medical care: 120 (or 999 in some places)
  • Directory inquiries: 114
Calling these from a cell phone is free.

Area codes

The country dialing code for mainland China is 86. Within the country, the patterns for numbers are as follows:
  • Major cities with eight-digit numbers have a two-digit area code. For example, Beijing is (0)10 plus an eight-digit number. Other places use seven- or eight-digit local numbers and a three-digit area code that does not start with 0, 1 or 2.… Continue reading
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