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 …
... where the famous
Beijing Opera star, Mei Lanfang, lived. It was interesting to walk
inside and see an exhibition of photos of his life, meeting with famous
people abroad, and his costumes; and the rooms left as they would have
been when he lived there.
We then got a taxi to Baihai Lake area
and walked around. The cafes and restaurants were wildly expensive -
400RMB (4GBP) for a Coca Cola (which is Chinese brand and is ...
... it's a 10 minute walk around the block) and declines. Eventually coming across a rank of Tuk Tuks, she finds one who knows the hotel and brings her back to the front door for 20 yuan ($3.60).
After packing our bags, we decide we are going to have dinner at the "Welcome" restaurant in the Hutong down the street. Our friends are fearful and head to the Western Cafe for pizza.
Ignoring the kittens in a basket out the front, we enter and ...
... is an older area of Beijing where the government has kept the old fashioned structures of "olden day" life in Beijing. (These are rare in the city, as of Beijing's history was destroyed either as part of China's Cultural Revolution or to make way for modern development on a massive scale). The Hutongs are all single storied homes built around a quad, with most having no bathrooms, as plumbing hasn't been laid, so communal bathrooms are around every corner. We actually ...
I am not going to give a full review of the place as I am currently living here until February 2013, after than I will continue my journey around the world.
For anyone interested, I am living here because the Chinese pay English natives good money to teach English..and with a population of over 1 billion, the demand is there!
Life here is very different to that of ...
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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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