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Overview

Orientation: Look in any China guidebook for maps, etc. for Beijing. In the city you can buy good maps with the bus routes marked on. The city has several major train stations.

Speleotourism

Shi Hua Dong showcave complex

Showcave complex with several nearby springs which may be of interest to divers.

Shi Hua Dong
Showcave designed by the Institute of Karst Geology, Guilin.
3-bed room
Price: 80Y
Clean and no frills guesthouse with restaurant near Shi Hua Dong.
Amenities:
electricity
flush toilet
boiled water provided
hot shower
mixed-sex accommodation
bed (no roll mat needed)
bedding (sheets, blankets)
Not available:
Bus
From: Tian Qiao
Price: 4.5YTime: 2 hrs
Local bus 917 runs every 20 minutes from Tian Qiao, which is near the Temple of Heaven. The 917 stops a few kilometers from the showcave.
Breadvan
Price: 3YTime: a few minutes
From 917 bus stop to showcave complex.

Facilities

Available:
Accommodation
Computer Store
Not available:

Accommodation

Difficult to find cheap hotels that accept foreigners. Best we've seen is 30Y per person.

Eastern Morning Sun Hostel: Backpacker guesthouse recommended by Apple.

Contact Details
Address: Beijing
 
Tel : 010-65284347
 

Computer Store

Large multi-storey computer market some way from the centre of town. Reasonable prices.

Transportation

Long Distance

Train
To: Beijing
Many direct trains to Beijing are now expensive expresses. If on a budget considering breaking your journey at Zhengzhou or other city near Beijing.

Local

Underground
Reasonably priced and efficient underground that regrettably only services the central region of Beijing.
Bus
Numerous buses which are often quite slow and overcrowded.