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Rotherham, United Kingdom
June 14, 2010
From journal Staying in Beijing
New York, New York
October 14, 2007
From journal Five Roasted Ducks in Beijing
by Paul Bacon
March 8, 2006
The location of the Far East is something of a mixed bag. It sits in the midst of what remains of the Hutong District of the city—a maze of one-storey houses and cluttered side streets. Because of this, it is perfect for getting an excellent view of the city's more rustic side. From the Hutongs, it is a 20-minute walk (or 5-minute rickshaw ride) to Tiananmen Square. However, there is no subway station or major bus stop close to the hostel, so getting further afield within the city is not quite so easy.
The facilities at the Far East are excellent. The travel desk is efficient and can organise bus and train tickets as well as organise tours to all major attractions. In the basement is an excellent restaurant that serves Chinese food, as well as an awesome breakfast buffet at which I twice tried to eat more than my own body-weight.There is even the sign for a foreign exchange service, unfortunately it still shows French Francs and German Marks, so it is probably just for show.
I am genuinley always happy to stay at the Far East. However, I have visited Beijing many times and have seen much of the city. Even though it is comfortable, the Far East is not located well for the China rookie who has more to see.
From journal Living life to Mao