Tongda International Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsTongda International Hotel Zhangjiajie
The amenities in this hotel are in good shape and clean. However, few staff speak English ('international' appears to refer to the Korean gift shop) and the breakfast buffet in the European restaurant consists of fried Chinese food and some toast. As in many Chinese hotels, the breakfast buffet is cleared half an hour early. Getting some sleep here may also become an issue, what with the street noise and honking tour buses at 6 a.m. Lastly, the tourism department turned out to be non-existent, but the concierge can be helpful with directions and information on transportation.
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