Double Happiness !!
Trip Start Aug 07, 2013
27Trip End Sep 01, 2013
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After in our recent standards a relatively short flight at 9 hours and 50 minutes, we arrive in Northern China, in Beijing. Our first nights accomodation is different, as I have opted for a hotel voted number 1 in Trip advisor, but you can see from the pictures it is different....
The name... Beijing Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel. Donna is already saying it looks like a chinese takaway.
After booking in, we shall have a wander around the centre of Beijing taking in the sights and seeing if we can order an evening meal.... now that is going to be fun, with no knowledge of the language and can't read a single chinese letter of their alphabet !! Mmmm....
Well I just about lasted long enough to finish the film and then to sleep, being awoken by the hostess giving me fruit, pastries and a full cooked breakfast and being told its just over an hour to landing - thanks BA - best and quickest long hall flight ever... Now china here we come !
After an 3/4 hour transfer by our our Chinese driver (who spoke no English) in a merc (air con thank god as its 37.5 centigrade outside) we turned down what looked like a very debatable alleyway (one you would not go down during the early evening) and arrived at a doorway (maybe this is where that woman lives that Colin is referring to ! - do you use her a lot ?)
To our surprise inside the most wonderful small hotel centred around small courtyards with the most Chinese looking rooms you have ever seen. This must be the holiday of upgrades... Instantly we were whisked to the honeymoon suite with Helen also upgraded to a double.
So out with the previous plans .... Lets just sit in the courtyard and have a beer !!!
Early evening saw us sit in the open air restaurant which has a very Chinese theme, wooden carved benches, dragon and flower tapestry,s and exotic lanterns eating spring rolls to start and a very strange "sweet and sour" which was more like.a toffee sauce. In the background a Chinese lady played on a Guzhung (a type of Chinese harp)