The October holiday is just around the corner and many have already made their plans. If you haven't yet, you'd better get on it: plane and train tickets (and pretty much any other kind of ticket) are selling out!
If you do happen to be a holiday planning laggard, fear not, Ctrip has still got some fantastic October holiday flight and hotel deals, as well as the skinny on the best hotels near China's most popular bar streets, so if you're planning to ring in China's 61st birthday with red cheeks and martini-fueled merriment, these deals might be a good bet.
If you're having trouble figuring out what to do, have a look at articles by fellow China Travel writers Aimee Groom and Sascha Matuszak, they've interviewed both local and foreign men and women on the street to find out what their plans are. Besides being good reads, there's plenty there to seed the inspiration for terrific travel plans.
Finally, if you've an inclination for fine dining and fantastic atmospheres, many of China's top 5-star hotels are pulling out all the stops to give you the best spas, rooms, food and beverages at reasonable prices. Keep reading to find out if there are great promotions going on near you....
The InterContinental Sanya Resort, a gorgeous property featuring both villa and room accommodations, is currently offering special prices for exquisite pampering at its SPA InterContinental. 100 minute "Indulgence" treatments are now being offered at RMB1,050, and you can even bring the kids! 8-13 year-olds can accompany parents, get foot massages and refreshments for RMB 400.
If you're lucky enough to work up an appetite on Sanya's picture-perfect beaches on a Saturday, you might also consider an all-you can eat buffet at Mediterraneo. RMB 398 affords you buffet access, free flow of beer or drinks, and a glass of red or white wine.
In China's capital, the luxurious Kempinski Hotel Lufthansa Center is offering discounted rooms.
Superior, Deluxe and Executive rooms can be had for RMB 888, 988 and 1288 respectively, all including a single breakfast served in the Kempinski's peppy Kranzler's Restaurant & Bar.
The Regent Beijing, a hotel that consistently rates in the city's top ten hotels, is celebrating the holiday with a dish revered among Chinese: Yang Cheng Lake Hairy Crab. Served in a wide variety of ways, you can get a taste of these savory crustaceans at the Regent's award-winning Li Jing Xuan Chinese Restaurant. Call (010) 8522 1789 for reservations.
For those sojourning in lovely Sichuan province, the Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu is offering the chance to spend a decadent holiday in premium rooms without the high prices. Special room packages see rooms at just RMB 999 a night, including two breakfasts at Café Z and late check-outs til 4 p.m. The best part is that if you stay three nights you get another night free, not just here, but at any participating Shangri-La hotel.
The Sheraton Guilin is celebrating the Chinese National Day holiday mit Bier und Wurst...ja! (that's "with beer and sausage...yes!" for all you non-German speakers), not to mention bumpin' German tunes and Sauerkraut. Better act fast though, the hotel's self-styled German Beer Festival mimics the real Oktoberfest by ending October 4.
Also on the discount menu: six fine Cantonese "pot-style dishes" being served in the hotel's Cathay Chinese Restaurant ranging from RMB 48-88.
The Westin Guangzhou is celebrating the appointment of their new executive chef, 24-year veteran Chandana Devapura. Mr. Devapura has taken the reins and put together a tantalizing list of savory indulgences on which to delight your senses.
The Prego Italian Restaurant has stocked up on a long list of fine wines to sell at discounted prices including Penfolds Grange South Australia Shiraz, Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1996 and Antinori Tignanello Sangiovese among many others. These you can pair up with such mouth-watering fare as Champagne Risotto with Sliced Lobster and White Truffle Flakes (RMB 360), or Australian Beef Rib Eye with a Parmesan Tart and White Truffle (RMB 490).
Meanwhile, Taste has got a great "Surf and Turf" promotion going on featuring such waistline-enhancing combos as Pan Roasted Tenderloin with Grilled Lobster Tail, Garlic Butter and Fresh Asparagus (RMB 428). There are even promotions to take advantage of in the Hong Mian Cantonese Restaurant.
Last but certainly not least, The Westin is also offering great deals on its ridiculously chic-sounding 100-minute Caviar Rock Crystal Repair spa treatment (RMB 1380, call to reserve).
If your holiday travels happen to take you to Shanghai, think about staying at the Radisson Hotel Pudong Century Park. The Radisson is offering it's cozy, modern rooms for just RMB 700 until Oct 7.
The Sheraton Shanghai Hongqiao Hotel is also offering its rooms up for RMB 888 a night, along with Shanghai Expo 2010 packages.
Whatever you do, enjoy your holidays, and happy birthday, China!