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NOTE: This is an informational template that describes the structure to use when creating articles about villages, towns, and small cities. 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 has a much briefer listing format than the big city article template, with fewer sections. If you think that your village or town or whatever needs more sections than are noted here, check the big city article template first for clues. Feel free to copy in some or none of those sections.

To quickly insert a complete blank small city template, copy the quick version into the edit box on the page you are editing. Another option is to simply type {{subst:smallcity}}, which will expand into the template after it's been saved.

Stuff in italics below is editorial comment, with suggestions for what should go in each section. You should plan on ruthlessly eliminating it if you copy this code to a new small city article.]


The first section of the small city article does not have a heading. This is a where you give a quick descriptive overview of the small city. Be sure to include some context so readers know where and what they are reading about. Links to the region and country that the city is in can be useful here, too.

Also include any background information particular to the city (eg: Geneva is a French-speaking city, New Delhi can be more dangerous than other parts of India, etc), but try not to duplicate too much information that already exists in the country or region page. You don't need to mention that they speak English in Sioux Falls, for example, or that the US dollar is the currency of choice.

Understand[edit]

Give a deeper understanding of the city, such as its history, its culture, its mores, its politics, its relationship to other cities and the country it's in. Jokes and stereotypes about locals, etc.

Get in[edit]

Arrival details. For small cities, be concise. There's no reason to list every single way to get to the small city. Just give the location of the main transport hubs -- airport, bus terminal, or train station, schedules for planes, buses, or trains from the nearest one or two large cities, and suggestions for getting from the transport hub(s) to the city's central area, or wherever all the hotels, restaurants, and attractions are.

If the small city is also accessible by car, give driving details and directions for getting to it from the nearest one or two large cities. Try to include the names of major highways and rough travel times.

Get around[edit]

How to get around once you are there: bus, train, rickshaw, ferry, gondola, etc. How much does local transport cost, where/how to buy tickets, and good discounts (week or weekend passes, half price seniors or students, etc).

See[edit][add listing]

List attractions that people come to this city for, such as museums, palaces, churches, temples, historical buildings, squares, parks, monuments, statues, streets, zoos, etc. You can also note here general information about attractions, such as discount tourist admission passes, need for a guide, weather warnings, good walking routes, general areas to hang out in, etc.

  • Name of Attraction, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible), . 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), . 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]

What would be good to buy in this city? Local crafts or other specialities? Souvenirs of the region? Is this a centre of fashion or electronics shopping? Good place to buy travel equipment, general goods or anything else?

Eat[edit][add listing]

For restaurant listings and other food-related stuff. Mention any local specialities or oddities. Specific restaurant listings should be in the format below. Also, give a general idea of good areas of the destination 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.

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

Drink[edit][add listing]

For bars, clubs, and other night life. Yes, many people go out to clubs and don't drink; the name of the section is still Drink. Mention any local specialities or oddities, and give a general idea of good areas of the destination 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), . Days and times open. One to three sentences about the drinks, service, atmosphere, view, specialities, 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, camp grounds, pensions, etc. Give a general idea of good areas of the destination 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 accommodation, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible) . 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 cafés or computer rental centres 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 phone offices, where travellers can pay to make long-distance telephone calls, would be useful here, too.

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

Get out[edit]

Information about nearby destinations that would serve as a good "next stop." Provide a brief description of other nearby destination suggestions, neighbouring cities or day-trip ideas. Don't duplicate information that's up in "Get in."

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