Hey let's face it, if you haven't booked a plane ticket yet, that probably ain't happening. That doesn't mean you can't travel though. Luckily we have a bunch of travel guides for trips just an hour or two from downtown.
Some of these are even accessible by metro...
Chongming Island: - Really chill island with wetland parks, bike riding, and solid home-cooked food.
Here’s another hotel deal for those staying in Shanghai during the festive hiatus. Jia Shanghai has a pretty cheap winter promotional rate that lasts for the next two months.
This boutique hotel has spacious residential-style rooms right on Nanjing Xi Lu. From now until February 28, it's 888rmb for all Studio Plus rooms. This deal includes a range of perks designed to make guests feel at home in the winter weather, such as breakfast at their Italian restaurant Issimo for two, fruit and candy in the room, wifi throughout the hotel, in-room tea and coffee making facilities, and access to the Financial Times website. If you prefer to cook for yourself, that’s also possible as all the rooms are equipped with kitchenettes.
As the discounted rate is on for two months, this one might also be good for those of you that have a bit of a festive hang-over after returning from holidays. For reservations, call 6217 9000, or send an email to email@example.com. More info on Jia Shanghai here.
It's about time to start thinking about the May holiday (Apl 30 - May 3) and booking flights, hotels, blah, blah, blah -- what a hassle.
If you're still thinking about what to do, have a look at this link right here. SmartShanghai is listing the travel packages we come across and maybe there might be something there that interests you.
In other May holiday news, the big music festivals released their band line ups over the weekend, and if you were looking to travel to a festival this year, you should start thinking about which one of them is up your alley. There's the Zebra Festival in Chengdu (main page here), there's the Midi Festival in Beijing (all the info you need is at Rock in China), and there's the Modern Sky Strawberry Festival, also in Beijing (English translations of their line ups here and here).
Also, check back on SmartShanghai tomorrow. We're sitting down with the Koryo Group, and they're telling us how to get into shinny, happy North Korea for a holiday, and how to get back out again.
Ok Deal Club has what they are calling a "luxury tour" to the Yellow Mountains and Hongcun Village. It'll have a day of hiking through the Yellow Mountains and a day at the Hongcun Village. It also includes a 2 night stay at an undisclosed 5-star hotel, transportation, and meals. The price is 1450rmb per person for the trip. For more information, click here.
Another three day getaway from OK Deal Club. This one’s in Suichang Country, in the Southwest of Zhejiang Province. It includes sightseeing in Mt. Nanyanjian, hiking in a bamboo forest, waterfalls, and rafting in the Wuxi River. Accommodation and transportation are included in the 1190rmb per person price tag. Check here for more info.
Here's a three day trip to Qiandao Lake, near Chunan City. It's two nights, three days, and 1350rmb per person. It comes with transportation to the lake, guest house accommodation, kayaking, cycling, and all meals during the trip. For more info click here.