No, but the dates of our holidays are more clearly defined and they don't go on for a week until two weeks past an actual single event. Furthermore, most business close for one to two days (or maybe reduced hours) so when traveling we know that most businesses and services will be open available shortly after a holiday event.
I don't mean this to be a stab at Chinese culture, I just don't really understand leisure travel during this period. Plus, when getting a haircut, ordering a meal, or somehow interacting with local friends, I (obvious white-American) am asked if I'm going home (America?) for CNY just a week or so before the festivities begin.
If everything is closed and people are supposed to spend this period of time with their family members, does anyone have a theory (or the obvious answer) why so many Chinese (and expats, of course) vacation to other places (with or without family members) for this holiday? Shouldn't most businesses in these locales also be closed? Is it not perceived as a major hassle to make travel arrangements?
I just did this a week ago. You can change money in hekou in banks or from money changers in convenience stores. However having USD is better (cheaper, easier to understand how much you're actually spending) for larger transactions such as paying for hotels. There are several ATM machines which let you withdraw dong also.
I went to Myanmar in June. I flew into yangon. It might be possible to cross by land with a tour group, but not alone unless you have a local hukou. There are some atms but most don't work. Still bring usd in good condition. You can exchange paper rmb for usd at bank of china.
This is a good cafe. Better for tea than for coffee; but the coffee is acceptable. A real benefit of this place is its prime location on the Yunda campus. It's a convenient place to meet with students and faculty. The only downside is the slow speed of the internet.