What with the holidays and all, it's been a while since we brought you news of what's been going down over at Ctripper, the official the Ctrip English blog (Arthur Frommer says they "should always be consulted" if you're traveling China, and he knows a few things about travel...).
Ctrip English hotel reviews: Guaranteed authentic
As ever, changes are afoot to make life easier for all you China travelers out there. With the launch of new Ctrip hotel reviews, you get genuine, no holds-barred customer feedback to help you decide on where to rest your head.
Only registered members who actually stayed in the room in question are allowed to review, so you know there are no phony reviews to sort through from management, marketers or enemies.
Plus, you can read translations of many thousands of reviews in Chinese from Ctrip's Chinese site!
New all-in-one Ctrip flights/hotels/activities home page search box
The Ctrip homepage features new and improved a search function complete with flights, hotels and activities all in one easy streamlined box. We hear it's just the first step in an overall upgrade that will make Ctrip English an even more user-friendly and powerful site.
Double points for KrisFlyer members, Shanghai welcomes Big Bus Tours... and Shanghai Expo Singapore Airlines frequent flyers rejoice as Krisflyer points get a boost with Ctrip hotel and flight bookings and Big Bus Tours roll into town--hop on and hop off and get 10% off with Ctrip. And don't forget, there are still great deals to be had on Shanghai Expo tours and the clock is ticking--catch it while you still can!
Ctrip staff & interns share China travel tips & experiences
Two more Ctrip English staff members, designer Allen Wang and translator Cindy Fan, share their top spots in China and dream getaways. And intern Becca Mondshein talks up the perks of study abroad where everything from camel riding through the Dunhuang desert to gluttonous feasting in Nanjing is fair game. Want to know how to make the most of a free-flow sushi menu? Becca's your girl.
And finally, Emily Elliot introduces Lost Pensivos Films and the Sole Man; one man, no shoes and 1000 miles of Chinese roads and the film crew who will document him every filfthy, barefooted step of the way... we hope just he's had all his jabs!