Beijing Journals

Staying in Beijing

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A travel journal to Beijing by TianjinPaul

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Far East International Youth Hostel

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Hotel | "A Traditional View of China?"

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In the run-up to the 2008 Olympics the face of Beijing changed completely as the authorities sought to modernize and beautify prior to the gaze of the world falling on the city. One of the most heavily-publicized aspects of this transformation was the disappearance of the traditional hutong areas of the city. For those not familiar with China or Chinese Architecture, hutongs are small tightly packed one-storey houses built around a central courtyard. Between 2005 and the lighting of the Olympic flame, vast swathes of these disappeared to be replaced by modern shopping developments, apartment buildings and office blocks.However, there was always one area that was never going to be in any da...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 14, 2010

Far East International Youth Hostel
90 Tieshuxie Jie
Beijing, China
+86 (10) 51958811

Jade International Hostel

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Hotel | "Cheap Beer, Cheap Sleep, Good Quality"

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Until the middle of 2006, whenever I took the train from Tianjin to Beijing for an overnight stay, I would always stay at either the Far East International Hostel or the Beijing City Central Hostel. Neither of these are particularly bad, but are easily eclipsed by the Jade International. I only changed my habits when I arranged to meet a friend of mine who had come to Beijing from Xi'an. He had booked in at the Jade and recommended I do the same.The Jade's location is in some ways awesome and in others not so great. It is literally right next door to the Forbidden City – the western wall of the Palace is less than 100m away. This makes the Jade the perfect place from which to explore the F...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2010

Jade International Hostel
No.5 north Zhi De Alley, Beiheyan Street
Beijing, China 100006

Beijing City Central

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Hotel | "Right in the Center"

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It was early 2006 and I was planning my trip around China with my buddy Oz. Our base was going to be Beijing. We planned to stay there for a week or so to see the standard tourist sites – Tiananmen, Great Wall Forbidden City etc – before spreading our wings across the Middle Kingdom. I would be flying into Beijing from the UK and Oz would be taking the ferry from Korea. Neither of us had a Chinese cellphone and Oz would be travelling for almost two days to reach the Chinese capital. Therefore, we were worried that meeting was not going to be easy. So, we decided we wanted to find the most convenient and centrally located hostel in Beijing to make it easier to meet up.We opted for the Beiji...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 14, 2010

Beijing City Central
No.1 Beijingzhanqianjie
Beijing, China 100005
+86 (10) 65258866

Hua Tong Xin Hotel

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Hotel | "A Stereotype Becomes Reality"

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Before I moved to China, I read countless stories depicting horrendous customer service and describing hotels dating back to the Communist era in which the staff were hideously rude and unhelpful, and where hot water was considered a luxury. However, in my first two years in the Middle Kingdom, I never really found anything that came close to such a horrific image. Even in remote areas such as Ningxia or Shanxi, I was able to find places that, even though they may have been a little rustic, were certainly passable for a night or two.Things changed, though, on a late October evening when I stayed at the Hua Tong Xin Hotel in Beijing and found myself living the stereotyped image of poor Chi...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on June 13, 2010

Hua Tong Xin Hotel
Dongzhimen
Beijing

Hanting Dongzhimen

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Hotel | "Perfect for the Night Before a Flight"

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On the first few times I flew back to the UK from China, I took the bus from Tianjin to Beijing Capital Airport. As flights to the UK usually leave in the morning or early afternoon, I had to set off early to be there to check-in two hours before. ON most occasions I would be up at 4.30 to get onto the 6am bus. This was never particularly pleasant. However, I decided to change my habits after one of those early morning journeys almost left me stranded in China.It was Christmas 2007 and I was scheduled to leave on the 12.30 KLM flight to Amsterdam before flying on to Manchester. I boarded the bus at 6am, confident I would there well before my 10.30am check-in time. As we set off I closed my...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2010

Hanting Dongzhimen
Dongzhimen Waixie Street
Beijing, China

Fortune-Land International Hotel

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Hotel | "A Serious Break From the Norm"

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My girlfriend and I stayed at the Fortune Land Hotel as part of a short weekend break in Beijing. It proved to be one of the most unusual and quirky hotels I have ever stayed at and is certainly worth checking out. It boasts some of the most unusual décor and interior design I have ever encountered. This proved a refreshing change as way too many hotels in China seem satisfied to lay a marble floor and throw in a few Ming style vases and the odd carved dragon and expect guests to feel impressed.The drive leading to Fortune Land is framed by a tunnel made up of large red, irregular squared arches. These were an interesting enough introduction to the hotel, but they paled into comparison wit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 11, 2010

Fortune-Land International Hotel
38 Baiziwan Road
Beijing, China
+86 10 877 18866

Swissotel Beijing Hong Kong Ma

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Hotel | "Very Swiss, Very Good, But a Little Bland"

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The Swissotel is one of the most easily recognisable buildings in Beijing – modern buildings at least. It is situated at the junction of the second ring road and Gongti Bei Lu. Not only is this prime real estate, but the building boats a distinctive bronze(ish) exterior and classically curved lines. It is also one of the most popular places to stay in the Chinese capital.As the name might suggest, the Swissotel is managed by a Swiss company and looks to offer high quality service, synonymous with the country and high quality brands such as Victorinox, lIndt and Tissot. In a country where customer service is often criminally overlooked, this is quite a task. However, on the whole the Swisso...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 11, 2010

Swissotel Beijing Hong Kong Ma
NO. 2 CHAO YANG MEN BEI DA JIE
Beijing, China
86-1065532288