Jade Palace Hotel
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Being woken from an inflight sleep at 4am, for a breakfast at 5am tends to leave one with blurry eyes.. or was it the 12 hour flight and one crying baby that was to blame...mmm.That's the price we pay to "have a good time abroad".. Beijing airport was also rather blurry.. could hardly see the buildings never mind the mountains and anything else …
Our 13 hour flight went off without a hitch. I took advantage of the 200 movies on demand and watched 4 on the flight and still was bored! We landed at 1:05 pm, processed through customs and met up with Grace, our tour guide who was waiting with a sign at Arrivals. (After Argentina and all the planning that went into that, I have none of that …
... Taiwan. I had ginger and sugar tea which was delicious. The lady was lovely and was getting us to copy some Chinese characters. We took some interesting photos of people in the Hutongs. I had the experience of using a toilet in the Hutong for the first time! It had been modernised and was clean. There are no doors on the entrance, or on any of the four stalls. There was a Western toilet, but it was just standing facing the main door onto the street! There was a young lady ...
... just right now. Found a wonderful open food market on our way back so admired the 7or 8 different kinds of rice for sale, any bean known to mankind, and lots of fresh produce. Bought a couple of bananas and a couple of oranges. Found out our "translate" app will produce the equivalent in Chinese characters, and will actually pronounce words, which may be handy. I'm just working on Hello (Ni hao) and Thanks (Xie Xie) for now.
... so many people moving, especially in any built up area. It's so much cleaner here too, a shame there's so much smog in the air, it definitely adds to the humidity. The night market was a great example of tons and tons of people so you end up moving in one motion altogether. At the same time of course dodging the food people are waving frantically at you. Having said that I was very excited that I tried scorpion. (Tasty, crunchy, just like most other creepy crawlers ...
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- Wheelchair accessibility
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TravelPod Member ReviewsJade Palace Hotel Beijing
We were on a Nexus tour so being situated in the business district on a very busy road, between the 3rd -4th ring roads was not a problem..but to some it could be rather isolated.. subway is a 2 minute walk with the downtown area taking 45 min. There is a Mcdonalds nearby and Walmart 15 mins by foot ,no external eateries.. hotel has several.
The lobby and piano bar are beautiful and great places to relax after a busy tour day..the bedroom / bathroom are very spacious, beds typically asian rock hard, buffet breakfast plentiful.
Rated 5 star but not quite ....
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.