The end of September and beginning of October arrive with holidays galore as mid-autumn festival and National Day roll round once more (though the somewhat complicated schedule is, as usual, interrupted by pesky working weekends). If you're thinking of making an escape or traveling around during this period, you'll want to get busy making reservations as tickets sell like hot mooncakes and prices can soar—check out all the hottest deals and destinations here.
Also from Ctrip this week, intern Chris brings us an excellent guide to that most valuable of skills, the art of bargaining in China while his partner in crime Alex has a crack at the old Beijing vs Shanghai chestnut.
Chen Bing enlightens us on the weirdest things about working with laowai... if you're the finger-tapping type that bikes to work, sports some unusual facial hair and gets hung up on the tiniest little things, well, this may just explain all the strange looks you've been getting in the office.
We also meet Ctrip Management Trainee Joanna Zhang, an adventurous lass whose lived all over China. Joanna calls nowhere "home" and makes sure to have friends with her wherever she goes, which could come in very handy when exploring her dream destination, the pyramids of Egypt; she'll be needing back up if she inadvertently re-awakens any cursed mummies!