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Linxia Nightlife

  • by Notnoddy Written Apr 27, 2003

    Spicy lamb kebabs in a hot bap (da bing).
    You won't forget this experience in a hurry, especially if you are not used to hot spices!!
    Phew!!

    Dress Code: Muslim sensitive clothing recommended.
    i.e. No shorts,
    No short sleeves for women
    No tight clothes

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Linxia Transportation

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    by ellyse Written Jun 4, 2006

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    35 RMB/person for a ride in a share-taxi from Linxia to Lanzhou (about 3 hours journey time), don't get ripped off. Much more comfortable than the public buses and faster too! Same goes for Linxia -- Xiahe.

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  • by Notnoddy Written Apr 27, 2003

    Get on the bus outside the bus station at the West bus station in Lanzhou. This way you can avoid the insurance. If the ticket collector asks, of course, you have insurance, show them your foreign one (if they ask). Refuse to pay any surcharge. Local price is 10 RMB normal bus (4-5 hrs), 15 RMB Evecco (3.5 hrs). From the bottom of the huge underpass in Xiao Xi Hu, Lanzhou near the west bus station, you can get taxis (2.5 hrs) that will take you for 120 RMB a car, or 30 RMB, based on 4 sharing with locals making up the number.

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Linxia Tourist Traps

  • by Notnoddy Updated Apr 27, 2003

    The Chinese Hui are very gifted at business especially the art of bargaining. You will almost certainly pay much more than the local price unless you follow the tips below. Remember other tourists come after you, and they will fall into this trap to.

    Unique Suggestions: Learn some Chinese if possible.
    Check the prices with local friends if possible.
    Compare prices at several places.
    Bargain hard, and walk away before you agree to buy. If you don't walk away, you haven't really bargained.
    Smile!!!!!! and Smile some more!!
    Call them your old friend, lao pengyou, and slap them on the back - not accross the sexes.

    Fun Alternatives: Get ripped off and let those who come after you get even more ripped off!!!

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