Coming to China? Here’s your one page resource list

Coming to China? Here’s your one page resource list

Here’s a whole bunch of resources for China travelers and Ex-pats, enjoy.

Travel Inspiration
Trover features an easy to use pinterest style interface for perusing travel photos of China, plus map
http://www.trover.com

Travel Booking
http://english.ctrip.com (accommodation and flights – has English speaking booking service)
http://www.elong.net (accommodation and flights)

Trains
http://seat61.com loads of advice on train journeys, train types, stations, seating configurations and more.
http://www.chinahighlights.com Book China train tickets online
http://www.cnvol.com/ – searchable train schedules
http://en.wikipedia.org/../../../File:Rail_map_of_China.svg – Rail network map including High Speed Rail

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No Google in China? Here’s Some Essential Alternatives

No Google in China? Here’s Some Essential Alternatives

Thousands of expats, returned Chinese, web developers, travelers, students and the like would hope not, but things are not so well with Googles China relationship, it would appear. Most Google services including search, at any domain (.com,.com.au,.com.hk etc..) have been returning “This web page is unavailable”. Whilst it’s not uncommon for certain searches to be unavailable, or for Google to be unavailable on weekends, its unusual that the whole of Google be out of action, the whole of the time.

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Cell Phones and Mobile Internet in China

Cell Phones and Mobile Internet in China

It goes without saying that one thing that you will definitely want to have during your travels is a mobile phone, and more than likely a smartphone . Not only for calls, it’s probably also your music player, ebook reader, map, internet connection, translator and so much more. So here’s a guide for getting going:

There are basically three networks:

China Mobile – http://www.10086.cn – is the largest carrier and offers GSM and 3G network (TD-CDMA) and wifi hotspots.  900MHz and 1800MHz GSM/1900MHz and 2000MHz TD-CDMA. And now 4G.

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