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 …
... told i couldn't possibly want to pray there as the god is Chinese. This attitude is what I really dislike within most organised religions and I am sure that this view is not shared by the monks that live in this temple. I am learning that any temple which had many tour guides outside is not the type of temple i want to visit, which was a little disappointing for a Taoist temple.
Caught a taxi back as there is no way my feet would ever forgive or support me ...
... to check their watches and had simply assumed that it was a sensible time to get up.
Two and a half sleepless hours later, we pulled into Kaifeng train station, and clambered out, half asleep, onto the forecourt. From behind, a male voice chirped up, with a plucky southern English accent. Startled, we turned to see an Asian-looking couple smiling back at us. The man, seeing our confused expressions, smiled warmly and explained himself. Henry, a half-Korean man from ...
... of the city's importance as a business center, built in the 18th century by merchants from Shanxi, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces (hence the name). Behind the big screen wall by the entrance, I saw a theater building (which was unfortunately closed) -- decorated with carved dragons under the roof, as well ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
TravelPod Member ReviewsNew Century Grand Hotel Kaifeng
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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