Tongda International Hotel
Travel Blogs from Zhangjiajie
OK, so we're over-achievers. Give us a mountain and we'll climb it. However, at 37°C (99 F) in the shade, climbing mountains is just not such a bright idea, as we've learned. Wulingyuan Scenic Area, near the city (and village) of Zhangjiajie in Hunan province, is one of the most spectacular natural parks in the world, with thousands of strangely …
... must be pretty ****. The river itself turned out to be a bit tame as we floated down in groups of 12 on two large tubes strapped together. There were a few good sets of rapids but mainly it was all about sightseeing the beautiful gorge and having water fights. The guide had explained to us during the 2 hour bus ride out: it would be Chinese vs Japanese and Americans, because the Americans loved war. We only found this out after we asked why everyone on the bus ...
... soup. It may be the greatest soup ever (Other than Ric*******'s Farm's Chicken Noodle, that stuff is awesome)... Yes, turtle shells and all. Also.. the waitress told us the one meat was Dog. Yes, you read that correct, Dog. Only 3 people are fluent in Chinese, Steve and LiJun the professors from Towson and Michelle, LiJun's daughter. So when the waitress told us what it was in Chinese, Michelle spit it onto her ...
... provide some welcome escapism. My daily reality has very little in common with glass sidewalks up mountains.
N: Well, I wish you were here with us. You deserve to experience these very neat things.
DO: Oh my - did you walk on it? Scary.
N: It was really a fun day. Fortunately neither of us is afraid of heights. Not being on a tour, we had plenty of time and could let the groups ...
... hiked the Annapurna Circuit, and taken a shower at the Dingding House. Photo to follow (without humans).
D: Interesting. Don't slip!
N: I closed my eyes and pretended I was in the shower upstairs at home, but then I realized my balance wasn't too good with my eyes shut.
S: Wow. That takes guts.
N: Thank you. That means a lot coming from you. I think you'll do just about anything.
M: That is amazing....some ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.