Shanghai Expo family stays: There's no place like home

Culture | by Aimee Groom
Posted: July 8th, 2010 | Updated: July 15th, 2010 | Comments
If you're coming to Shanghai to visit Expo, why not mix in a big dose of genuine Chinese culture and consider staying in a local family home? Apparently the 187 official "home-stay" families have only had 10 foreign guests between them so far which seems an awful waste of all the language and international protocol training they've had, and the Municipal Tourism Authority is now trying to boost numbers with a new 3-day package:
The three-day home-stay experience program, which will continue until the end of the Expo, costs 640 yuan ($95) per person and includes two nights accommodation with a local family, two breakfasts and two dinners, tickets to the Shanghai Museum of Arts and Crafts and to the former residence of Soong Ching-ling, and a day-long bike trip with a Chinese tour guide thrown in. (China Daily)
Sounds like a good deal to me though, having struggled to find any info on the net,  it seems you can only book through specific tour companies, including Ctrip. Contact:  inbound_reservation@ctrip.com to find out more about the different options available.
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