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Villa stays for returning Chinese

FOR many overseas Chinese, making a return visit is nostalgic. They may have learned a new language and absorbed a different culture but deep within them is a love of their homeland.

For World Expo, the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Shanghai Municipal Government (OCAO) has teamed with various companies to provide accommodation options for these visitors.

Manlo Cheng of AM Property Management (Shanghai) Co Ltd, has opened up his villa in Hongqiao to accommodate visitors.

Q: How will staying in a serviced villa or apartment be different from a hotel or homestay?

A: In a serviced villa, families will be able to stay together under one roof. Hence, they will be able to cook, watch television and barbecue together.

Q: The Expo is being held in downtown Shanghai so how will residents commute from the villa?

A: They can take the Metro from Ziteng Station (Line 10) which is a five-minute walk away or use the Yan'an highway which is a 10-minute drive away from Hongjing Road where we are located. We are also near the A9 and A20 highways.

Q: Why would people choose a serviced villa or apartment over a hotel or homestay?

A: For many of these visitors, they will be bringing their family members and relatives. And, many of them are not just coming to Shanghai to see the Expo. They want to stay a little longer and explore the country. In a serviced villa, they can experience home living in Shanghai at a reasonable cost. For example, they can go grocery shopping and cook their own meals if they want to.


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