Home Inn (Beijing Xinxingqiao)
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... separating two rooms, and we were lucky to sit in the kitchen room. This room was a mirror positioned so you could watch as the chefs cooked. The other people at the communal table were really friendly. I was sat next to an Australian couple, so I enjoyed speaking to them throughout the night.
Unfortunately, Natalie was unwell, and we organised a taxi for her to get home about three courses in. She was disappointed to have to leave ...
... family - only the emperor, the concubines, and the eunuchs (castrated males from very poor families) were allowed in the palace area.
One way to enter The Forbidden City is through Tiananmen Square - a huge square which can accommodate 600,000 people! In this square is the Gate of Heavenly Peace - with Mao's portrait front and center - to serve as a constant reminder of the founding of the ...
... seen so far. There were a few buildings being used as shops and museums and a large open area in the middle leading up to an ancient building on a hill. I followed the crowds up and to the left of the building. I stopped at each spot their tour guide stopped at to read the introduction to what I was looking at. On every tourist sign I have seen so far the introduction is written in at least four languages. This turned out to be very helpful as I ...
My throat was so dry this morning. Coughing so much, which woke Mike up a bit. I struggled to sleep.
At eight am, I just listened to music. I did not feel the need to get up. Mike told me that I needed to drink warm water since I was ill.
It was not until an hour later that Emi gave me buns for breakfast. She gave me tea for my sickness. So nice of her! I avoided the need to go outside.
The pollution was scary. So much smog. No ...
... While it was once a holy place for the emperor to pray for rain (and other such things) and for people to sacrifice animals, it's now not only a tourist spot, but also a recreational place for locals (mostly retirees).
Was cool to see the diversity of this site, walk through the area and learn about all the symbolism of the colours and the stories of this temple way back when (which actually wasn't so long ago, I think it only stopped being used about 100 years ago).