Posts Tagged ‘China’


Curious About Traveling China?

August 9, 2008
Hostel Xi'an

Hostel Xi'an

My favorite part of the Olympics are all the stories they tell in between events. I like to learn more about the althletes, where they’re from, and about the host country.

The stories about Beijing have mostly centered around politics and smog, but there have also been some beautiful glimpses of the country outside Beijing. It may seem even more foreign to you than other international destinations you’ve visited (you’d be hard pressed to get a seahorse kebab in Paris or Rome), in many ways China is just as easily negotiated as Europe or Australia.

For starters, China does offer backpacker hostels. The Hostel Xi’an in the Shaanxi province has a bar, offers movie nights, Internet access and bike rentals, and also happens to be set in a neighborhood that dates back to the Tang Dynasty.  

Shanghai offers several hostels, including the Le Tour Youth Hostel which has a small gym, a cafe, air conditioning and more. The best part about these hostels? Most cost around US$5 a night. You could stay a week at these places for less than what a night in New Zealand, Germany or New York could cost you.

Enjoy the Olympics on TV, and start thinking about how you can see some of the sights in person.


More Travel Adventures With Jane (in China)

April 14, 2008

Jane StillwaterI’ve written about my friend, Jane Stillwater, a few times before. She’s in her 60s, a grandmother, an activist, and a worldwide traveler. She’s not at all rich, in fact she probably travels on less than most students, but in the last year she’s been to Kuwiat (where she barely made it out of the airport because her funds were so low), Iraq, around Africa, and her latest destination: China.

If Jane can see the world on $20 a day or less, without speaking a dozen languages or having great contacts, you can too. Read more about her travels on her blog.

Read some of these and tell yourself, “If Jane can do it, I can do it.” Now stop talking to yourself, get out there, and do it.


Get In the Olympic Spirit

December 21, 2007

2008 Olympic torchIf you aren’t going to make it to China for the 2008 Summer Olympics, you can still join in the spirit of the Games by catching the Olympic torch as it travels from Greece to Beijing at the end of March.

The torch will be seen in dozens of cities, so whether you’re in Paris, Canberra, or the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, you can cheer on the flame and get in the mood for some volleyball and archery. 

Read more about the 2008 Olympic Torch Relay.