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My friend and I are trying to find some good volunteer projects in japan, but aren't having much luck! we have found somne good places on hielp x and wwoofers but are looking for some more wildlife/land conservation projects or organisations that take volunteers. there seems to be loads in thailand but can't find many in japan! we will be in japan august / september onwards
If anyone knows of any good projects that would be wonderful or if anyone has any experiences of volunteering in japan we'd love to hear them.... we are also interested in humanitarian volunteering etc
I'm in an odd situation where I know very basic Cantonese (more like phrases, can't even string a sentence together) from listening to my parents over the last few years. I know Mandarin's more useful, and I'm taking a nighttime class, but it's really--I dunno, I think I need something more rigorous to motivate me (I studied it for a term at school and therefore know my tones while everyone else is still struggling, being completely brand new). Now I'm wondering about my plan for studying. Pretty much my goals are:
- Fluent in spoken Mandarin and Cantonese
- Fluent in written (or at least reading, it's embarassing not being able to read menus)
Now the thing is, I'm tossing up the following:
- Should I do spoken then written, or learn both together?
- If I do spoken then written, should I master Mandarin first (more practical sense), or Cantonese (just because I know a lot m...
I'm currently living in Baiyin City in the Gansu province and would like to know what areas of the Gansu province I can travel to in just the weekend as I will be working during the weekdays? I haven't found too much information on the net so any first hand information would be lovely!
I could leave Friday night and be back on the Monday midday the latest.
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Hello Thorn Tree!
Is there a locale/mall/street in Guangzhou where I can find formal/business clothing (dress shirts, slacks, shoes, belt, a jacket or two) AND do so within a single evening? I would like to spend less than an arm and a leg, if possible.
I fly into Guangzhou 6 pm this Saturday and depart the next day at 12 noon. I know that some malls/clothing-options may close early on the weekends. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
I'm leaving for Yunnan next week and had planned on doing a private tour with Xintuo Ecotourism, but apparently I had completely unrealistic expectations about the cost of such a trip. So I'm looking for an alternative using a combination of public transportation and "taxi" rides. So far, there is only one part of the trip that I can't figure out.
I would like to get from Daju (north-eastern end of the Tiger Leaping Gorge, where the ferry is) to Lugu Lake via Baoshan, Fengke (where there is another ferry), Labo (only guesthouse around?) and Yongning. I really don't want to backtrack all the way to Lijiang...
1) I've read there is a bus from Daju to Mingyin but then it's still a long way to Baoshan. Is it possible to hire a car + driver in Daju to get all the way to Baoshan? Or would hiring one in Mingyin be a better option?
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I am planning to go to China for four weeks. A friend living in Shanghai offered to write me an invitation, which is great. That way I'll get around the hassle of making hotel reservations for every night of my stay to obtian a visa. Thing is, he has to confirm that I'll be staying at his place for the full period of my stay, which is not all what I intend to do. I'll stay in Shanghai for a couple of days, and then I want to travel around the country for the rest of the month. Could this get me into trouble? Are there any penalties or fines for travelling around the country without mentioning this when applying for the visa? I am carrying a EU (Dutch) pass.
Thanks a lot!
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Two British women seeking at least three more British passport holders to make a trip to Tibet.
Fairly flexible as we are super keen. Roughly the plan is:
-travel by train into Lhasa from mainland China between 1st-15th August. Hard seat $23, hard sleeper $60 from Golmus in Qinghai province to Lhasa 14hour trip for example.
-stay in Lhasa for around a week, getting the required guides locally as needed (I understand a guide is not required in Lhasa itself)
-hire a guide and car to make a trip to the Nepal border (this takes two days so we could stop on the way - this would potentially require additional permits) 250 kuai per day for the guide $100 per day for the car (totally rough prices and that is for the group not per person)
-walk across the boarder where we will all be free to travel with whoever we like and not tell China anything that we do!
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I have been looking online at Eznis for flights at the end of September/early October but every date is sold out. Would this be correct or is it because the listed schedule only goes to March 30. Has anyone had any experience booking online with Eznis.
Is anyone able to confirm whether there is a train running from Sanjiang to Huaihua. There doesn't seem to be any up to date info and the LP doesn't even mention a train station.
I've been trying to figure out if there is transportation between Wudang Shan and Xi'an. I can only find information about a bus that takes approximately 5 1/2 hours, but these posts are nearly three years old. Does anyone know if this still is the case and/or is there no a train available?
I'll be living/studying in Hualien City for 1 month from mid April to mid May and need to find short term housing. I'm looking for a basic bed+bathroom+internet+fridge/freezer+AC setup at minimum, kitchen/kitchenette and washing machine a plus. Does such a thing exist on a monthly basis? I am not overly price sensitive but just looking for a cheaper option than staying in a guesthouse for 28 nights. Something closer to Tzu Chi University is preferred. Appreciate any insight---I realize it is a challenging question.
I'm currently in Zhangjiagang, China, which I plan to spend some time in for a few more months before continuing on my world trip. I was wondering where the cheapest/best country for the price to visit from China is, and how I would get there? I'm not keen on going to South East Asia, I was thinking more along the lines of Mongolia or Central Asia.. Thanks for your help.
My travel companions and I were considering going to Inner Mongolia and we had heard about grasslands tours there. One of our Lonely Planet books, I believe, suggested that the "real" grasslands could be found in Outer Mongolia, which is where we are planning the bulk of our trip. I've been googling Outer Mongolia and grasslands, but I haven't come up with anything.
Has anyone been on a tour or been to these real grasslands in Mongolia? For what should I be searching?
Has anyone been to grasslands in Inner Mongolia and Outer Mongolia and is one preferable to the other?
Which is the best currency to take to China to exchange for Yun?
Cheers - Grandad
I´m planning on visiitng the Motherland this summer. The Li River is on my itenarary.
I would love to do a boat cruise tour and experience the speactacular views myself.
As far as accessibilty to the Li River, and views, where should I stay and why?
Guilin or Yangshuo?
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