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[NOTE: this is a template for creating articles about big cities. It has much more extensive listing format than the small city article template, with more sections that would be more useful to travellers in a big city. If you don't think the city you're writing about needs all this stuff, check the small city template. Also, if you think there's too much information on the city, and the city could be reasonably broken down into districts, try using the huge city article template instead. Notes in italics below are editorial comment and not part of the eventual article. You should plan on ripping out everything in italics when you start your city article.]

This is a where you give a quick descriptive overview of the destination. 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 (e.g. Geneva is a French-speaking city, 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.

Understand

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

Arrival details. Try to include as many options as you can think of -- land, air, sea. Also include getting to and from transportation centers (such as airports) to central areas or hotel/hostel districts.

Below are some sections for common ways to get to a city. Try to order the sections from the most common and convenient to the rarest and most inconvenient. If for some reason there's a common way to approach the city not listed below -- by llama, by snowmobile, by bush helicopter -- just add another section. And leave out sections that don't apply.

By plane

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is located on the west side of town near Billy Graham Parkway. Bus route 5 (Airport) goes there. Planes arrive at CLT from all over the world.

By train

The Amtrak station is located on North Tryon near Dalton, on bus route 11 (North Tryon/Sugar Creek).

By car

The highways through Charlotte are Interstates 85 (northeast-southwest) and 77 (north-south). I-85 takes you to Burlington and Greensboro.

By bus

The Greyhound station is just northwest of Uptown Charlotte and is served by buses 8 (Tuckaseegee) and 34 (Freedom Drive).

Get around

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, 1/2 price seniors or students, etc).

See

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). http://www.attraction.example.com/

Do

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.

Learn

If there are opportunities for travellers to study in this city -- from language to cooking classes up to full university courses -- add that here.

Work

What possibilities are there for travellers to earn money in this city? Note that this is kind of long-range and probably won't be appropriate for most destinations.

Buy

The travellers' dirty secret: we like souvenirs. What would be good to buy in this city? Local crafts? How about general shopping -- clothes, travel equipment, other?

Eat

For restaurant listings and other food-related stuff. Mention any local specialties or oddities. Specific restaurant info, or general idea of good areas of the destination to try. Be sure to explain what the price ranges are ($2 for a meal can be a splurge in some cities). Some travellers like (or have) to make their own food -- include local food-shopping options if possible.

Budget

  • 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, specialties, music, what have you. $lowprice-$highprice (extra price info). http://www.restaurant.example.com/

Mid-range

Splurge

Drink

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 of the destination to try. Invent groupings/labels as needed (Gay friendly, student, hipster, fancy-pants, etc). Good things to mention: dress code, entrance fees, safety concerns, solo-woman friendly or pick-up bar, good/bad nights).

  • Name of Bar or Club, 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, specialties, music, what have you. $lowprice-$highprice (extra price info). http://www.bar-or-club.example.com/

Sleep

This is for helping the traveller find a place to lay his/her weary head. 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).'

Budget

  • Name of Place, 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). http://www.hotel.example.com/

Mid-range

Splurge

Contact

Information on communications -- phone, Internet, other. Give information on cellular phone coverage in the city, and telephone centers where travelers can make long-distance calls. This is also 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 city, name them here.

  • Name of Internet Cafe, 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). http://www.internetcafe.example.com/

Stay safe

This is a section for general safety tips. If there are health hazards or crime problems in the city, list them here.

Cope

This section is for all those little items that people need to know when they're in a city. Where can you do laundry? Go to a gym? Get computers repaired? Anything that has to do with the practicalities of daily life should go here.

Don't put something here when it could fit in one of the other sections. If there's nothing to put in this section, leave it out.

Get out

How to move on from the destination. Try and include as many options as you can think of -- land, air, sea. Other nearby destination suggestions or day-trip ideas should go here. Don't replicate information that's up in "Get in", though. If there's really no extra information, just leave this section out entirely.

External links

This is where you'd add links to other Web sites that may have information about this city. Try to include these in the article text where possible, but if not, just list them here. Emphasize first sources rather than Web pages on other travel Web sites.

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