New Century Grand Hotel Kaifeng
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Well the wind & dust disappeared - only to be replaced by freezing cold and snow. Our guide Carlos was "shocked" to see snow here at this time of year, but undaunted, we set off on today's itinerary. The Dragon Pavilion (more steps) was first on the list, followed by the Iron Pagoda. This is the tallest pagoda, and from a distance, it does look …
It had just started snowing as we left the hotel in Datong (not expected at this time of year). By the time we had flown back to Beijing, negotiated Beijing airport & caught our flight to Zhengzhou, our new guide for the Henan leg of our tour, Carlos, told us Datong had had a heavy snowfall. Feeling pleased we'd escaped that, we set out with …
... menu was delivered. It was all in Chinese. Ginger was able to order some vegetarian dishes but he had no idea what the meat dishes were. Eric stepped up and ordered a heap of dumplings and a couple of dishes that we knew vaguely. He then ordered a surprise dish. The food ended up being really good. There was an amazing amount delivered to our table and all of it was eaten. The surprise dish ended up being rice noodles that looked like jellyfish with a layer of egg over ...
... of the local 'yellow wine,' after ten bowls of which, a local man reportedly killed a tiger with his bare hands.
We vowed to buy a bottle of baijo to share with our fellow foreigners that evening, and said a friendly goodbye to Jason, before walking along the peaceful shores of the lake. A handful of elderly men looked on, as we sauntered along the shore of the lake and admired the imposing imperial buildings at its centre. It appeared like they rose out of the water, and ...
... deer prancing in greenery (in front) and gold phoenixes with painted cranes (in back). There were drum and bell towers on either side of the theater, which helped people to tell time, while also emphasizing the importance of the place by echoing the design of many temples.
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Fitness/Health center
- Business Services
We stayed for 2 nights in what was booked as a standard room, but we thought it was a pretty high 'standard' - more like deluxe or better. the hotel is on the huge man-made Jin Ming Lake & our room & balcony overlooked this and the hotel's swimming pools. A picture window separated the bedoom & bathroom, which had a big bath, separate shower area and a separate loo. A cute pot-pourie doll was hanging on the bathrobes. Free daily paper (Mandarin version on our first night), turndown service & tomorrow's weather forecast - all delivered with a friendly smile but no English, which was limited throughout the hotel.
The restaurant overlooks the lake and swimming pools and private areas are available in the warmer seasons. There was plenty of choice at the buffet breakfast and even though the emphasis was on Chinese dishes we found plenty to please us. The lobby bar only seemed to serve cakes and coffee, and light meals/snacks and wine were scarce in the restaurant, but this may have been due to our lack of communication skills. It was certainly not because of the wonderful, friendly service of the staff who really wanted to please the only Westerners in the hotel. We were very happy with this classy hotel.
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