Not all hotels can accommodate foreign visitors, but three, four and five star-rated hotels certainly can. There are both domsetically run hotels and international hotel chain hotels, especially in highly developed tourist cities. Price is not a good guide to quality. Eastern China, for instance, is far more expencive than western China. Large cities are more expensive than small cities. Tourist cities are more expencive than non-tourist cities. Most hotels charge much higher rates during major holiday periods, particularly around Chinese New Year, the first week of May and the first week of October. Even within a major city, a more expensive hotel is not necessarily the best.
It is not difficult to reserve a hotel by phone, fax or on the internet. However, hotels of less than three stars may not have staff with good English speaking skills, which makes phone or even e-mail reservations difficult and unreliable at times. Many travel agencies, tourism or transportation companies offer reservation services, and there are many on-line reservation centers who offer very fast and good service.