I will be in Beijing in mid-October for a 4 hour layover, what would be an interesting thing to do or see or eat? (I am a vegetarian)
I agree with Lisa, depending on the time of arrival in Beijing, it may take you up to an hour just to get through customs and you would have to be back at least 1.5-2 hours before to check-in. Since the airport is so big, it might take you 30mins just to get to the gate. I would highly recommend staying at airport. Most people in the airport will speak English but if you get stuck, write this down. 我吃素的。Which means "I am vegetarian". Safe travels! :) about 7 years ago
If you're a shopper like me, you should pack the bare essentials and then shop like mad in Shanghai! Otherwise, Shanghai weather can be unpredictable. So, layers is best, especially since most indoor places will be either heated or air-conditioned. In Shanghai winter, you will need a warm, padded or feather-down jacket to keep you warm while outdoors. While its summer can be scorchers with plenty of humidity, so t-shirt and shorts. I always recommend closed shoes, no matter the weather because of the questionable cleanliness of public restrooms! :) Safe travels! about 7 years ago
I am in guangzhou from 8 am to 8pm. Is there anywhere easy to get to from the airport that is worth seeing?
The airport is well connected with the rest of the train network. I would recommend going to Ti Yu Xi Lu 体育西路, it is located in the same line as the airport and has many good shopping and eating venues. Beijing Road 北京路 is a short walk from there and this a shopping street with too much food to eat. The surrounding streets also provide an adventure to the old and new aspects of Guangzhou. Safe travels! :) about 7 years ago
We will be traveling in Turpan and Urumqi area in late May. What should I expect in weather, temperature and such?
Dry heat! I was there last year in late May and early June. I wore light weight cotton shirts and loose cottons pants. When we went to see the Flaming Mountains (amazing!) it was 45c, windy, no clouds, sun beating down on us. Spectacular landscape. You will love it. No doubt you will but am reminding you to eat melons! Best I've ever tasted! Best way to stay hydrated, as they are sold on almost all street corners. When you're staying in Turpan, I highly recommend riding bikes to explore the outskirts of town and to see the Emin Minaret. One of my favourite memories. Safe travels! about 7 years ago
I am also an Australian citizen. I can confirm that you do not need a visa if you are in transit for no more than 24 hours and are staying at the airport. Provided that you have a booked seat on a connecting flight. You can find this information on the China-embassy.org website. Safe travels! :) about 7 years ago
The cost of living in Sydney can be high. It all depends on how you live, where you live, how much you drink etc. As a general guide, if you would like to live near the campus, the rent for a room in a shared apartment is from $120-200 per week ex. bills. A cup of coffee is $3-4. You can get a sandwich ham & salad sandwich for around $7. A schooner (425mL) of beer will set you back $3-7. If you wander to Chinatown, you can get a meal for around $10. If you want to cook at home, I usually spend around $50-70 per week on groceries for breakfast, lunch and the occasional dinner I make at home -- I buy a lot of fresh produce. There are lots of organic markets and co-ops around so you can get good quality produce. In fact, Sydney Uni has their own co-op. Transport in Sydney is convenient enough, $43 per week will get you an unlimited pass to travel on buses, trains, ferries, and light rail (tram), otherwise a one-way short bus fare is $2. Hope that helps! :) about 7 years ago