Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Traffic Hotel, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

It's been years since I was there. But I can still picture it as clearly as if I were there right now. Located at Linjiang Zhong Lu 6, Next to Xin Nan Men bus station, which was a torn up mess when I was there years ago, the Traffic Hotel makes a perfect HQ for travelers to Chengdu. Like many other budget travelers to Chengdu, I made this hotel my base while I was there.

The hotel is a relatively simple place. It includes breakfast in the price of its rooms, but doesn't have a lot of high class perks. What it does offer is services and styles that cater to the back packer. There is a bicycle rental station (what a way to see any Chinese city!) and a great notice board for fellow travelers to exchange information and great finds around the area. Best of all is the book exchange service, where many backpackers are willing to exchange their Chengdu, Sichuan, or China travel guide for one related to their next travel destination.

The rooms are simple and clean. The little gift shop is simple, but has some fun things there. The breakfast is simple too, but fills the tummy.

Noticing a theme here? Well, if simple and functional -- and affordable -- is what you seek, the Traffic Hotel is the place.

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