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China World Hotel & Beijing, China
The location and reasons to visit:
Beijing, China. A most amazing place to visit. A visit to the Great Wall of China
is essential, as well as visits to Tianenmen Square and the Forbidden City, as well
as The Temple of Heaven. But, beware of the atrocious driving standards of everyone,
everywhere, in China. Beware also of internal flights with China Eastern and Southern
Airlines. They are really not the best. Some announcements, even in first class and
business class departure lounges are only in Chinese.
Review of the China World Hotel, Beijing:
The hotel is NOT an ideal location for visiting anything on foot. In China, organized
or private trips with interpreters are essential. The standard of food and service
were really very good. The Chinese have learnt how to adapt to Western tastes in
food and service. Be careful about ordering even something simple such as a pot of
green tea in the ground floor lobby lounge. It will be very expensive.
The rooms are comfortable although not large. Expect some disruption if any local
politicians are staying there, with motorcades taking preference. If you want a quiet
drink, don’t go into the main bar. The Chinese have a love of very, very loud music.
I saw a live group start to play in a busy bar, so loudly that within half-an-hour
everyone had left, since it was impossible to hold a conversation. As I was the last
person to leave, I tried to explain to the barman why everyone had gone, but a complaint
of music being too loud just was not understood.
Inside the Forbidden City
The Temple of Heaven
The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall, stretching off into the distance
The China World Hotel
Inside, it has pretty ornate decoration
Tianenmen Square, looking towards the Forbidden City