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In the bigger cities you'll find storefronts and small street kiosks with clearly marked "Tourist Information" signage. However, finding someone who speaks enough English to be helpful might still be difficult, as these booths cater to domestic tourists. Your best bets for in-depth assistance are at the five-star international hotels' business centers. Be polite and persistent. The Chinese are notorious for pretending to understand, when in reality they do not. Write dates clearly when inquiring about tickets, speak slowly, and inspect any tickets given to you thoroughly before leaving. Look for copies of the English-language Redstar (Qingdao), Map Magazine (Nanjing) and More Suzhou in international hotels, foreign restaurants, and at Starbucks.
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