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This is an informational template that describes the structure to use when creating articles about districts within a huge city. Editing this template will not create a new article; for information on how to create new articles see Wikitravel:How to start a new page.


This template is meant to support articles written with the huge city article template. General information goes in the main city article, and the more specific dollars-and-addresses stuff goes in the district articles.

Before you plunge forward creating districts, read recommendations on when (not) to districtify--following them will help the community with maintenance of the articles for city and its districts in the future.

To quickly insert a complete blank district template, copy the quick version into the edit box on page you are editing. You can also just type in {{subst:district}}, and the template will be included when you save.

Stuff in italics below is editorial comment, with suggestions for what should go in each section, and not part of the eventual article. If you copy the text below, you should plan on ripping out everything in italics when you start your district article.]


The first section of the district article does not have a heading. This is a where you give a quick descriptive overview of the district and define its borders. Be sure to include some context so readers know where and what they are reading about. Links to the huge city the district is in can be useful here, too. For the boundaries of the district, provide either street boundaries or commonly understood neighborhood boundaries.

Also include any background or historical info particular to the district (e.g., it's the traditional Italian neighborhood, it's a business district mostly shut down at night, it's a slum, whatever). Try not to duplicate too much information that already exists in the huge city page. You don't need to mention the airport location, for example.

Get in[edit]

Arrival details. If the district is physically separated from the rest of the city, like Anacostia, give info on how to get to the district. If there are particular driving directions, give those. If there are particular subway trains, buses, or tramcars to take to the district, list them here, as well as good stops to get off at.

See[edit][add listing]

List attractions that people come to this district for, such as museums, palaces, churches, temples, historical buildings, squares, parks, monuments, statues, streets, zoos, etc.

  • Name of Attraction, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible), [1]. Days and times open. One to five sentences about why this attraction is worth seeing, things to pay special attention to, warnings, notes, historical or other background information. $entryprice (extra price info).

Do[edit][add listing]

This is for things that travellers will do themselves. More active participation is needed for Do things than for See things. For example, going to see a river goes under See; kayak trips down the river go under Do.

  • Name of Activity, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible), [2]. Days and times open. One to five sentences about why this activity is worth doing, things to pay special attention to, warnings, notes, historical or other background information. $entryprice (extra price info).

Buy[edit][add listing]

The travellers' dirty secret: we like souvenirs. What would be good to buy in this district? Local crafts? How about general shopping -- clothes, travel equipment, other? If there's nothing in particular, leave this section out.

Eat[edit][add listing]

For restaurant listings and other food-related stuff. Mention any local specialties or oddities. Specific restaurant listings should be in the format below. Also, give a general idea of good areas or streets of the district to try for finding a restaurant on one's own. Some travellers like (or have) to make their own food -- include local food-shopping options if possible. If there are a lot of restaurants -- more than 7+/-2, say -- break this section up into different subsections based on price ("Budget", "Mid-range", "Splurge"). If not, just list the restaurants.

  • Name of Restaurant, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible), [3]. Days and times open. One to three sentences about the food, service, atmosphere, view, specialties, music, what have you. $lowprice-$highprice (extra price info).

Drink[edit][add listing]

For bars, clubs, and other nightlife. Yes, many people go out to clubs and don't drink; the name of the section is still Drink. Mention any local specialties or oddities, and give a general idea of good areas or streets in the district to try. Good things to mention: dress code, entrance fees, safety concerns, solo-woman friendly or pick-up bar, good/bad nights).

  • Name of Bar, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible), [4]. Days and times open. One to three sentences about the drinks, service, atmosphere, view, specialties, music, what have you. $beerprice draft/bottle beers, $wellprice well drinks (extra price or special info).

Sleep[edit][add listing]

This is for helping the traveller find a place to lay his/her weary head: hotels, motels, hostels, campgrounds, pensions, etc. Give a general idea of good areas of the district to try to find lodging. Other good info to include is high/low season, the importance of reservation, things to request (quiet room, view, airport pick up, etc).'

  • Name of Place, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible) [5]. Days and times open. One to three sentences about the service, atmosphere, view, rooms, what have you. $lowprice-$highprice (extra price info).

Contact[edit]

Information on communications -- phone, Internet, other. This is where you'd list Internet cafes or computer rental centers for staying in touch by email or on the Web. If there are free or paid wireless Internet hotspots in the district, name them here. Long-distance telephone centers, where travelers can pay to make long-distance telephone calls, would be useful here, too.

  • Name of Internet Cafe, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible), [6]. Days and times open. One to three sentences about the computers, connectivity, food or beverages available. $rate per hour (extra price info).

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