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Posted by: kaoergu in Untagged  on


I often see question like "What is the best way to tour China if I don't speak the language". 

My name is Kreg Snit, my full time job is software engineer. I have developed lots of multimedia software like MKV to iPad . I  have been staying in China for more than 2 years and visited more than 20 cities.

It is possible to travel by yourself in China even if you do not speak Chinese, but certainly you need be very alert to pull it off. That's the fun of traveling independently, of course. It also depends how much time you have and how much of China you want to see as your own arrangement may not be as efficient as that of packaged tours. Just take care of transportation and accommodation and everything else is relatively easy. 

In terms of transportation, it is not too hard to get flight and bus tickets whereas often train tickets are difficult to come by. Flights can be booked anywhere from a couple of months to a couple of days in advance. Train tickets can be purchased 10 days or so before departure date, but mostly only in your departing city. With buses, in most cases you can show up and go. A lot of hotels to choose from, but you still want to have a reservation or a plan beforehand. 

Eating should be no problem; just make sure you eat clean and drink only bottled or boiled water; take some anti-diarrhea medicine with you. May young Chinese speak some English and are eager to try out on foreigners, so if you need to, talk to them. Expect fluent English though.

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What will you do when the winter is coming? If you have no idea, come to Harbin Ice and Snow World to enjoy the most recreational winter activities and experience the most forms of entertainment.

Harbin Ice and Snow World, one of the major venues for the International Ice and Snow Festival, officially opens on January 5, 2011. The park features many large ice and snow sculptures based on landmarks from countries around the world. Harbin Ice and Snow World is so far the largest ice and snow art, ice sculpture exhibition in the world. It always provides visitors with a totally unique and unforgettable experience and memory every year.

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It was a long time ago since I wrote a blog entry folks. Sorry about that but life's busy even in Xi'an :-).  A small status report: ¡XABOO! is now a good time online and regarding the fact that I did not promote it aggressively  (besides a well ranked position in all major search engines) I am satisfied with the feedback so far. Use ¡XABOO! and exchange experiences and contribute. Ask any kind of question and you will receive an answer. 

I especially encourage all local chinese friends to use ¡XABOO! to exchange views with the international expat community in Xi'an. This is also a call to anyone out there who wants to contribute but is still uncertain to do so. ;-): DO IT! Contact me, send your stuff, or just open your own blog for free on  ¡XABOO!

Also, check out NEW DYNASTY - Digital City Guide and Lifestyle Magazine Xi'an - An unique eMag for Expats and Locals in Xi'an.

A new venture started in Xi'an: NEW DYNASTY Digital City Guide and Lifestyle Magazine , also known as "ND" has landed in Xi'an. Our concept is radically different and unique in Xi'an. We are the first REAL multilingual digital magazine in Xi'an with unique features and DAILY UPDATED content and we enjoy  fast growing popularity among a young and open minded chinese audience as well as international expatriates in Xi'an, China and abroad.

All of the writers and artists who appear on our site and digital publication are a part of a very special entity. They are unique in their expressions. You will definitely see more of their work and articles in future issues. A special thank you to them for their participation!

We just want to say a big THANK YOU to Chen Li, Darth Pau, Xia Sheng, Ouyang Jiahua, Antonio, Liu, Olivia Jing, Carlos, He Meng, Andrés, Hadi, Bertrand, Michael, Michele, Jane, Fan Xiang, Fan, Lize Guang and so many others for all of their energy, hard work and devotion that makes up the soul of ND...and of course to our readers, subscribers who are essential to the core of this diverse project...our readership is what makes ND even more exceptional and advanced and stay with us as we pursue the creation of even greater goals in Xi'an. Check out our website for details and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date.

ND enjoys an incredible fast growing popularity among young and open minded chinese audiences as well as international expatriates in Xi'an, China and abroad.

We produce own and unique Web TV City Reports (ND TV) and short movies (with english subtitles) which will introduce every month new aspects, real insight, locations, events, people in Xi'an.

We are looking for contributors/columnists who want to write for us (you will get full credits) and expats who are in interested in professional Movie Productions/Reels/Short Movies in Xi'an.

Subscribe for free to stay up to date and to download our issues.

Watch out for our reporters and marketeers in Xi'an and if you were not approached by us yet, contact us directly: 

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Happy new year to all! Let´s hope for a better 2009 with less Hiob`s News.  It is a little late for new year wishes, but as the germans say: Better late than never ;-). I am very busy now for a new project that will  bring great excitement to the Xi'an - Expat Community. Stay tuned. So, just a short entry for now:

 Did you know that we’ve got a Facebook page?

Visit our Facebook Page and become a fan. Editors and contributors are wanted there as well. Thanks to Antonio for making a start and taking a lil´ weight from my shoulders :-D. Let´s push the whole thing up. Have a nice day in Xi'an.



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Chat!¡XABOO! has  a Chat! It is for  everyone who is interested in real time talk. The idea behind it, is to have an easy to access  central  Chat place  for Xi'an Residents and Expats. It is pretty straightforward and easy to use.

So, here it is:  A place where you can meet up with friends quickly and easily without the hassle to exchange Messenger ID´s and booting up your Instant Messenger. Click here to enter!

Have fun!


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Some of you folks noticed the slow load time of ¡XABOO! within some locations in China at certain times of the day (Mostly in the evening). I am fully aware of that.  So, I will come out with a lightweight version as soon as I can or perhaps move to a new server. This measure should hopefully improve load times dramatically.

Internet Explorer 6.0 Users: Your browser is old and a pain in the ass. Please update to 7.0 or 8.0 or the best thing you can ever do is to get FIREFOX. That one is a far superior browser:


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 Thanks for all the feed back so far. I appreciate that!!

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