Hotels in this region are improving every year, and most major cities now have a range of international luxury brands. Don't expect to find such creature comforts in smaller cities, but you will discover comfortable mid-range lodgings. English-speaking staff can be thin on the ground at cheaper Chinese-run hotels. Most places these days accept credit cards, and you'll get better rates if you book in advance. Chinese hotels are easy to book, often without prepaying, through English-language Chinese websites like www.ctrip.com or www.elong.com and increasingly, through global booking sites like www.booking.com.