The Astor Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Tianjin
Happy New Year to you all from Beijing!
Hope you all had a lovely Christmas & New Year. We've had a really lovely time, even though we’ve been so far from home.
We left you last on Christmas Eve, which seems ages ago now, where we’d won tickets to a grand Winter Wonderland Gala dinner at a very posh hotel. Well, …
... back that way again about 10 minutes later, having eaten, I stopped and asked the guy "多少钱 / DuōShǎoQián" ('door sh'ou che-an?') - "How much?". “五百 / WǔBǎi” (‘Woo buy’) he replied, Y500, about $NZ100 each.
Nope, not for ...
... didn't! Then the Ayi tells me there is no power.
I start to think about that for a minute - No lights, no computers, argh! It’s going to be a challenge of a day all right.
Then the Ayi tells me (this is all in Chinese. The Ayis can’t speak any English short of "Hello") that it is only on the first (ground) floor. The second & third floors are ok. Whew!
I start to head for ...
... until she saw G’s cash coming. Was that her wages for the day or the tip? She has been working here for 2.5 years and has no plan or dream … She also probably can’t play golf.
After the 18 holes at about 12 noon, we retired to the restaurant on the second floor in the clubhouse and enjoyed some mostly Korean food.
Our golf – comparable. I don’t know who won and I didn’t ask … OK, I’m just ...
... out the name of it so I can try to find it back home. This evening we were introduced to a little hole in the wall bar/hang-out called Indie. A young couple owns it. The girl is from here,in China, and the guy is from Canada. They are so warm and friendly and made Lizy and I feel at home. There are people that come there regularly and they are from all over the world; Greece, Columbia, Latvia, the USA, Canada, Great Britain, France and many ...
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