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Yoyo tours Shanghai
On August 7, the Ctrip mascot, Yoyo the dolphin, toured Shanghai on a The Bund, where he tried to jump into the Huangpu River; lucky for us, a bunch of little kids had a hold on his tail so he played with them instead. He stopped at the Yuyuan (Yu Garden), where he shopped for souvenirs with tourists and bargained with locals.
He had fun taking pictures with fans at his favorite spot, Tianzifang, despite the fact that he got chased around by guards (apparently he was too big for the narrow little alleyways. Poor Yoyo!). More from Yoyo after the jump....
After all the action, Yoyo took a seat in the lobby of the Pullman Shanghai Skyway where he was able to take a break from that humid Shanghai air.
Yoyo had a successful day hitting the town. Keep your eye out for him next time you're out and about in Shanghai.
The Spring City SightseeingBus only costs RMB 27 and the route stretches from modern Xintiandi to the gleaming towers of Lujiazui, from traditional shikumen neighborhoods to the monumental presence of People's Square.
Tickets are good for 24 hours' worth of touring on comfortable double-decker and coach buses giving you the freedom to hop on and off at the stops of your choice. Personal digital audio guides in 8 languages make it even easier to tour Shanghai your way! Check out our Spring City Sightseeing Bus Tours, the bus routes and bus schedule for more info.
Save up to 50% on hotels by checking in on Sunday!
Traveling to Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Sanya or Hangzhou anytime soon? If you check-in selected hotels on a Sunday you can save up to 50%. Offer valid until September 30, 2012. Stay tuned for details on Ctrip.com.
Love nature? Head to Jiuzhaigou!
Ctrip is offering Jiuzhaigou 3-Day Free & Easy Tours that include an airport pick-up and drop-off service as well as ready-booked accommodation. Save the hassle of getting a taxi to your hotel and spend more time roaming the wild forests of Jiuzhaigou National Park. Opt for a 4-star experience at the Gesang Hotel, or 5-star luxury at either the Intercontinental or Sheraton hotels. Whichever one you choose, you're guaranteed great prices and 3 days of comfort, a riot of color and an amazing assortment of crystal clear lakes, turquoise streams and many spectacular waterfalls await! Stay tuned for travel in early September.
Don't miss the Qiantang River Tidal Bore (Hangzhou)
Did you know that the biggest tidal bore in the world rolls into Hangzhou around the time of Mid-Autumn Festival? This year from 3-6 October Ctrip is taking folks to see the "Silver Dragon" roll in.
The Qiantang River bore occurs at least twice a month (on the highest tides, at the beginning and in the middle of each lunar month), but it's on the 18th day of the eighth lunar month around the time of the Mid-Autumn Festival that it truly earns its local nickname, the "Silver Dragon".
As the tide approaches its annual peak, the narrowing of the river as it enters Hangzhou Bay causes a rolling wave of water to rush upstream, reaching heights of between 1.5 and 4.5 m (4.92 and 14.76 ft)—sometimes even as high as 9 m (29.53 ft... that's taller than a double-decker bus!)—and speeds in excess of 40 km/hr (24.85 mi/hr), making it the largest tidal bore in the world.
Stay tuned for more details on Ctrip Activities.