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    Best place to eat Shao Long Bao?

    Din Tai Fung are also in Shanghai & Beijing, but it's pricey and you'll find just as good Xiao Long Bao in many street corner restaurants, who may have been cooking nothing else for years. In Shanghai, head to the old city and look for pork+crab soupy dumplings, which is the speciality of the Shanghai region. One shop - I can't spell the name - in the central square of the Old Citywill have a huge queue. It's worth the wait. Head up to the 2nd or 3rd floor, sit at the communal tables and watch how others eat the buns to avoid the scalding soup. almost 9 years ago

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    Can a US citizen get into Russia?

    Absolutely, but you'll need to get in touch with a Russian travel agent to obtain a letter of invitation. US male citizens need to fill out a form to promise not to spy (although they don't check if you cross your fingers) and French citizens need to provide 3 months bank statements. As it's more convoluted than most we recommend using a visa agency, but the steps to do it yourself can be found here: http://www.waytorussia.net/RussianVisa/ about 9 years ago

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    What is the accomodation like in Vietnam when on a budget?

    Vietnam, like China, is communist in name only these days. Whilst the leadership is called the communist party, the individual focus is on making money, so there is as much competition for customers as anywhere else and you get what you pay for. Depending on your home country, Vietnam can still be pretty cheap and the accommodation is generally decent at all levels - hot running water and air-con almost everywhere. One thing to watch out for would be bed-bugs - I found them in many cheaper places and homestays - so take a silk sleeping bag liner as protection. over 8 years ago

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    Anyone know of a unique boutique style hotel in La Paz, Bolivia?

    I stayed at http://www.lacomedie-lapaz.com/en/loge.htm for 3 nights earlier in the year. It was quite central and the room came with a little kitchenette and fresh bread every morning, as well as a desktop computer and free wifi. Not very easy for taxi drivers to find though, so worth taking a map before you leave. almost 9 years ago

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    Where is the best place to go Hot Air ballooning in Turkey?

    Most of the pictures you've seen are probably from Goreme in Cappadocia, where you balloon over the fairy chimneys. http://www.kapadokyaballoons.com/en/9/Photo%20Gallery.html about 9 years ago

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    What show is better in Beijing - the opera or acrobatics or are both "must see"

    If you're only in China a short while then the opera is the more unique experience - the acrobatic shows tour the world these days. If you've more time, better to travel south to somewhere like QuFu to see where the monks train. Here's an American run company we use that provides an overview of tickets and venues: http://www.thechinaguide.com/shows/peking_opera_huguang_guild_hall.html or book direct at the Peking Opera website: http://www.cnpoc.cn/en/ Random fact: Peking Opera is one of only 3 Beijing institutions to retain the name 'Peking', along with the university and the duck. about 9 years ago

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    Is Egypt and the pyramids worth the effort?

    It's a tough question as the pyramids are very iconic, but in reality many people report them as being a bit underwhelming as they're nowhere near as huge as you might imagine them from childhood. Most trips/tours to Egypt will pass through Cairo, so it's definitely worth seeing the Pyramids and the The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, but for more spectacular and informative historical sights also visit Luxor, Karnak or Abu Simbel. Heading down to the desert and sleeping under the stars is also a great experience. over 8 years ago

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    Does China cater to budget backpackers?

    Prices are increasing rapidly, but out of the major cities it's still perfectly possible to get a room in a two-star hotel for under $10 and a filling meal for $3 about 9 years ago