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Internet in Hotels

by johnph53

What would be required to use my laptop at any Hotel that offers the internet? Sorry for such a foolish question but I hate to bring it from Canada and not be able to use it. Thanks for any help

Re: Internet in Hotels

by bminorca

If you laptop is wifi-enabled and the hotel has wifi, you need nothing else. Otherwise, all you need is a regular network cable, which the hotel will likely be able to provide you.

You also need to make sure your laptop's AC power input can accept 220 volts. And you may need an adapter for the electrical plug.

Re: Internet in Hotels

by stamporama

On top of what the previous poster mentioned, the service may either be free or charged separately. As with most laptops, yours is likely to have a charger/adapter that is a dual-voltage type so it could be used for both 110 or 220 volts.

Re: Internet in Hotels

by cassiovieggore

Bminorca has answered you fine. I only will finish the issue for non eletricians:
* Eletricity is supplied at our houses with different voltages and frequency.
Every country has it owns eleticals standards.
In Brazil we use to receive 120V and 60Hz. The brazilian frequency is 60Hz
I know in Canada and north US they use 25Hz. So if you buy a canadian elec-
trical device you must use some adapter to correct the electrical imput
of your laptop.
* These above notices do not repel all other voltages. Here in Brazil we have
220V (or 360V) as well. So when you want to connect some eletrical device
in other countries you may
know the output standards at the plug you will put the wire. Or you may
burn all your apparatus. And buy some good adapter to correct the electrici-
* Use to ask to the Hotel manager which standards they use at the wall plug

Re: Internet in Hotels

by Epesodic

You can asked the hotel front desk for the adapter/charger for your laptop battery. They usually provide that for free.

Travel Tips for Beijing

Lama Temple (Lamasery of...

by zys1

Lama Temple (Lamasery of Harmony and Peace) , one of the best preserved temples in Beijing,is one of the most important attractions of the city. This complex, dating back to 1694, used to be the palace in which the son and successor of the Kangxi Emperor lived. It was converted into a lamasery in 1744. The lama temple, built on a north-south axis, has been preserved until today. The temple still houses a small group of Lamaist monks, young and old, who also manage the complex. The lama temple is devided into five important halls: Hall of the Celestial Guardians, Yonghe Gong Dian, Yongyou Dian, the Hall of the Dharma Wheel and the Tower of Infinite Happiness.

People are genuinely nice. ...

by jeaniek13

People are genuinely nice. There is one caveat to this. For some reason, many of these tourist sightseeing places have different rates for non-Chinese citizens. Chinese citizens are charged the lowest rate, second are international students in China, and then non-Chinese travelers are the unlucky ones, who usually have to pay a monstrously higher price than the latter two.

Luckily, our friends borrowed student IDs from those on break, so we were able to get a discounted admission fee at all of the sites we visited.

Maybe not 'off the beaten...

by Christer81

Maybe not 'off the beaten path', but not something I would have done without beeing told by our guide. We visited a Chinese school, and danced a local-dance with the children. We saw kids from the age of 5 till 12, and our schoolsystem really got something to learn about teaching good manners!

Kites for kids and big boys

by Saagar about Honqqui Market

Many of the stalls in the Honqqui Market (the Pearl market is on the second floor here) have kites for sale. Great things to bring home for the children or yourself, if, like me, you are a big boy!
More fancy kites can probably be bought at specialist kite shops, but I have never searched for them. On Tienanmen square you will be accosted by kite flyers that want you to buy their kites. Some of the kites look really good, so why not, but bargain hard. The cost less than 50Y for the smaller ones and up.

Panda Tour

by lgh

Since my trip to Beijing is relatively short not to mention that it is my first trip, I opted to join a coach tour instead with Panda Tour (joined with Gray line tour). The tour guide is knowledgeable with a very good command in english. If you take a combination of short day trips, you'll get a discount. I am very impressed though that they did not cancel one evening tour that I am interested in eventhough I am the only person taking that tour for the day. Downside to taking a tour is they will make several stops at souvenir shops along the way.


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