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Getting out of hk for cny
Posted January 28th, 2013 - 1:31 pm by from Hong Kong Island, China (Permalink)
Ok, I posted this in the other CS HK group but I guess this is a different one? Anyways, my friend and I are interested in getting out of HK over CNY, but unfortunately we waited too long to plan and now the flights are all booked/crazy expensive! Anyone have any suggestions for overland travel? I'm not too keen on touristy stuff in the mainland since it seems as though it gets pretty crazy over there over the holidays (anyone see the picture of the Great Wall over China National Day? Yikes!), but Im open to suggestions. Better yet, anyone with a driver's license want to take a road trip??

Posted January 28th, 2013 - 4:32 pm by from New Territories West, China (Permalink)
I think you can still get some cheap flight from here http://www.airphilexpress.com/
have fun!

Posted January 29th, 2013 - 3:54 am from Paris, France
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Posted February 6th, 2013 - 4:34 am by from Beijing, China (Permalink)
Hi, wilson.
I think you mena you are soon going to visit mainland China ? Well if you are to this in Februrary then probably the best sights are oridnary villager's homes in central and western part of China. (FYI We all have many days of vaction for the Spring Festival. A large number of restaruatns, bistros, cafes and stalls won't be open during this span, even causing incovenience to daily life in cities).
If you want to go overland, avoid Spring Festival. You'll end up either in traffic jams on highways and expressways or in relentless flow of people boarding on and off trains and flights (if you ever succeed to book a budget ticket).
You can find more discount tickets both air and overland in March and April, also a good season for "spring seeking" travel activities in eastern and southern part of China.
You can purchase mainland China train tickets online at www.12306.cn, official website of the Railway Department of China. I can help you with the booking chores. If you know CHinese, http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_657037210100hqzg.html provides the latest version of passenger railway map. Follow the links on the picture in the blog and you will get a very large map in JPEG format.
If you want to go overland in cars, be aware of reckless drivers all the way. Many lorry and truck drivers are poor in driving skills and do not maintain their vehicles properly. Never get to close to those large vehilces or get in their way. Meanwhile pay attention to those driving luxrious cars, cuz speeding causes a lot of accidents among these drivers. Road conditions are accetable on highways and fine on expressways, but look out for unsatisfactory weather which often blocks expressway passage. Do not try to drive on the mountainous roads in southern and southwest part China unless you are SURE you are experienced. They can claim your lives.
Don't count on traffic wardens (on roads) or railway workers for direction. They don't understand English and speaks poor Mandarin.