Travel Blogs from Beijing
Wow, 24 hours later, we have arrived! I left the house at 4:30am on Monday, June 23rd. The group arrived at the airport in Beijing at 2:30pm on Tuesday, June 24th and at the hotel right around 5:00pm. Nice place. We are staying at the Xiyuan Beijing Hotel, but don't ask me to describe it. I am so tired I can barely stant up. With the 12 hour time …
... instead of "Tallaght 10, Blanchardstown 16, Finglas 24".
Our driver was some scruff who collected us it a pair of paint covered jeans and threw us into his messy family car (Nicola said this was her first taste of home referring to her Da's immaculately clean car - she's one to talk!). Our hostel, the Red Lantern, was a nice little traditional building located in a Hutong. Hútòngs are narrow little alleys & neighborhoods where ...
... t recognize much of the back part of the Palace. We worked our way through the gardens to the main gate, where I was much more familiar with the surroundings. We walked through the Long Corridor, which is a 728 meter corridor, which is made entirely of wood, and has 14,000 paintings in total- a different painting on every beam. We were also really excited to see the Marble Boat—an unmovable boat originally built in 1755, but completely remodeled ...
... to first purchase a phone plan and then rent an apartment. Given the technicalities of such tasks, I wanted to find someone who can speak so English. But that turned out to be a futile endeavor. I didn’t understand this phenomenon until later. I currently live next to a 19 year old girl who is studying for her college entrance exam. Apparently, the college entrance exam has an entire section in English, but students ...
... It is now 2 and half hours since I bought the bike and I am finally in my apartment and my clothes are drenched. So, a shower and bed for me ... However, no bed for me because this is the day all us newbies have decided to have dinner together and share our week. I tell them my story above and I how I almost died and they all laughed and I smiled. Friends, are so nice to have. I am still riding my bike to and from school and I am no longer getting lost.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center