Holiday Inn Downtown Beijing
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Day dawned from a little sleep-in for us this morning and June and I headed down to check out the Chinese breakfast supplied with our room - rice, baked scrambled egg, no toast, with a few stir fried veggies was the best I could come up with. It was tasty, with warm orange juice....not too bad, to wash it down.
The others didn't wake up …
Alright. A long story: I left for a stay-cation during the Chinese national holiday. The plan, check into a lovely 5 star hotel in the Chaoyang area. Wine and dine myself In a different area of Beijing and enjoy being near western shopping and luxuries. What actually happened: the regal court hotel in chaoyang was sub par. It was cheap and for good …
... Then it all went pretty manic. I don't know exactly how to describe it, but practically every waiter in the entire restaurant suddenly stopped what they were doing, some leaving other customers mid-order, and others practically dropping their plates onto their tables, to rush over and start trying to take my order, when I hadn't even seen the menu yet. They were all crowded around the table, shouting ...
... here. A metered cab usually red and yellow which are operated by a public company and there are 'black taxis' that are not regulated and charge inflated prices even when you're bartering. But taxis definitely treat foreigners differently. They will often drive past you preferring to pick up a Chinese passenger over a foreigner. The assumption is, foreigners are likely tourists who cannot speak the language. If one is in a more tourist centred part of the city, forget it. Even ...
... camp, snacked, and tried to make a fire...tried. A few short hours later the sun would rise and it would be the most amazing moon festival celebration we all would ever experience: in China, on the Great Wall, on a crystal clear night - how amazing is that? Far away from the street light filled skies of big cities, the stars burned brightly all throughout the horizon. Something told me I wouldn't be getting much sleep this night, and that I ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHoliday Inn Downtown Beijing
Top Class Hotel, with the old fashion courtesy! Breakfast included in price. English was lacking in the attendants at the desk. But over-all the rooms were spacious and had all the comforts.
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