The Cost of Living in China – for Travelers & Expats

The Cost of Living in China – for Travelers & Expats

How much does it cost to go to China? Take a look on the travel forums and it’s one of the most common questions there is, so, let’s break it down.

Just like anywhere, there’s a big difference between holidaying and living for extended periods so let’s tackle it in two parts.

Holidaying in China: The Costs

It is a bit like how long is a piece of string, it depends on the level of comfort your seeking and where you want to go and what you’d like to see. For this example, lets’ focus on Tier One cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou.

1. Accommodation: from 200 RMB to 800 RMB. There are obvious factors at play here, location, level of luxury and time of year. National hotel chains such as Motel 168, 7 Days and Super 8 provide great value offering simple and clean places to stay with prices ranging between 170 to 240. The beds are soft, clean and reasonably new linen and reasonable locations. For something more luxurious you can try local brand four-star hotels, but, sometimes you’ll get amazing value, sometimes you’ll be bitterly disappointed. Five-star you should be safe, but you’ll need to pay a little more, say 400 RMB+. Compare Rates with Booking.com

a typical Motel 168 room
a typical Motel 168 room

2. Food: Eating is something you do a lot of while you’re here! Exploring China’s cuisines is a journey in itself. For a mid-level restaurant expect to pay around 80-100 RMB per person. A latte at Starbucks or other high-end coffee chains costs between 30-40 RMB. At street food and snack stalls you can grab a bowl of noodles/dumplings for between 15-30 RMB. If you must, McDonalds and KFC meal sets are around 30 RMB. High-end restaurants and western style restaurants may set you back much more, you can spend 300 RMB+ easily for a couple. Bottom line, the bare minimum is 100 RMB per day, comfortable is 250 RMB (nice sit-down breakfast, a latte somewhere, some snacks, mid-level restaurant lunch and dinner), eat like a king for 400 RMB+ per person per day.

3. Transport: public transport is so cheap it’s not worth mentioning as a cost, a subway ride will cost between 3-8 RMB, a bus ride between 2-6 RMB. Taxis start at about 10 RMB for a very short trip, 30 RMB will get you from one district to another. Intercity buses usually range between 80 RMB and 200 RMB depending where you’re going.

4. Fun: major attraction tickets cost between 60 – 100 RMB. As for souvenirs, you could spend anything between 15 to hundreds. A movie ticket over the counter can cost between 60-100 RMB, buy them online for 30-50 RMB. At a bar expect to pay 20 RMB and up for local beers, double that and more for imported beers, likewise for spirits. A local beer from the convenience store is about 3 RMB. A foot massage will cost you anything from 30 RMB at the street front shops, to 100 RMB at the spa/leisure centre.

5. Phone/Internet: get yourself a prepaid China Unicom card for about 80 RMB, which should outlast your stay, if not simply recharge it. More about phones and internet here

Living in China

It’s not dissimilar to above, except that you’ll learn where to get what you like for the price you’re happy to pay. The big cost difference comes from the accommodation. Let’s use Shenzhen as an example.

Inner city living, close to CBD, in a comfortable furnished two bedroom 100 sqm apartment renting out from 8000 RMB per month and up. Move out to the outer districts and that can drop to 5000 RMB. You can find some modern, clean single bedroom apartments for 3000 RMB that are within walking distance of the metro. On top of those costs you need to add building management fees, which varies depending on the amenities in the complex and the level of service such as security which can range from 100-300 RMB per month.

typical apartment in central Shenzhen
typical apartment in central Shenzhen

On top of that you need to add electricity and TV/Internet costs, maybe another 200 RMB for electricity and gas. Internet and TV services, usually combined, may cost between 150 and 250 RMB per month.

If you are on a budget, and can cook, you can easily cut down food costs. Fresh vegetable markets are super cheap, the more comfortable you become with Chinese lifestyle the cheaper the cost, and probably more nutritious.

Living outside major cities
So far we have spoken about Tier One cities, to be honest, I find them expensive and not dissimilar to the cost of living in any western country particularly if you have western tastes.

Qingyuan Apartment
Qingyuan Apartment

It’s a whole different story outside of those cities. One of my most favorite places to live was Qingyuan, a quite city near Guangzhou. Here, you can easily rent a very comfortable two bedroom apartment for 1500 RMB per month, adding another 300 RMB per month to cover electricity/gas/tv/internet/building management. Living costs are much cheaper, partly because there’s less rubbish to waste money on, secondly everything is simply cheaper. For example, a superb coffee, just 22 RMB, fresh Chang Fen (rice rolls) just 5 RMB, taxi 6 RMB, bus to anywhere 2 RMB, a huge bag of vegetables just 20 RMB.

If you had a reasonable level of Mandarin skills and were comfortable with the Chinese way of life, the outer cities would be even cheaper still. Not just the fact that you’d be saving money, many of those small cities have very traditional lifestyles, it would be a wonderful journey back in time and into Chinese life.

Other Costs

Gym Membership: it’s something that varies a lot. One small gym in Shenzhen was asking 1000 RMB for 6 months, others ask much more. Depends on location and amenities.

Healthcare: it’s cheap to visit a doctor, but you may face long queues. To see a doctor in most cases cost between 10 RMB and 25 RMB. Medicine costs are not high if it’s locally produced, if it’s imported, it can be really expensive, and you may be better to source it yourself. There are some hospitals with VIP doctors, you can pay 100 RMB + to get speedy service and often English speaking service. Hospital stays are more expensive, but for that you should invest in some form of health cover.

Shopping: clothes can be ridiculously cheap and equally ridiculously expensive. Strangely, a simple plain no brand off-the-shelf t-shirt is cheaper to buy in Australia than in China, even though it’s made in China. I found this same example with hair clippers, for some reason there 10 times cheaper in Australia than in China, where they are made.  Custom made suits are quite cheap, as is all tailoring. There’s loads of value to be found at knock off markets once you learn to pay very little. Malls are ridiculously expensive, but great places to go wandering, meeting and eating. Fresh produce is cheap, imported foods are getting cheaper, especially if you shop through JD.com or Tmall.com.

Tsim Sha Tsui hotels

The Top Value Accommodation options in Tsim Sha Tsui, HK

 

Tsim Sha Tsui is a popular location from which to base a Hong Kong trip, there are numerous attractions in the area such as the Star Ferry, Victoria Harbour, Museums, Mosque and endless shopping via the major malls, Ladies Market, Temple St Night Market and much more.

These top 15 accommodation options are based on primarily visitor reviews, but also value and location.

Philippine Hostel 1-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Located in Hong Kong, 109 yards from iSquare. It features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. Each room includes a flat-screen TV.

Hk Peace Guest House 1-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

A 1-minute walk from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station and a 10-minute walk from Tsim Sha Tsui area and a 3-minute walk from Avenue of Star Ferry Terminal, featuring free WiFi throughout the property. It offers accommodations in Hong Kong. Each room at this guesthouse is air conditioned and features a flat-screen TV.

Modern Hotel 2-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

1-minute walk from Exit D2 of Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station, offers accommodations in Hong Kong. Each room at this guesthouse is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room.

InnSpirit 1-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Located in Tsim Sha Tsui and less than 5 minutes’ walk distance to iSquare, MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Kowloon Park or Harbour City. Free WiFi access is available.

Sleep In Hotel 1-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

A short walk from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR (Tsuen Wan Line, Exit D2), features simple guest rooms with free Wi-Fi. It provides basic guest services.

HK Sky House 1-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

A 5-minute walk from the Exit D of MTR Jordan Station. It offers affordable and comfortable accommodation in Hong Kong.

Just Inn 1-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Centrally located in Tsim Sha Tsui. It offers non-smoking individually decorated rooms just a 5 minute walk from attractions such as Victoria Harbour, Avenue of Stars and Harbour City.

Just Inn 1-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, provides modern private rooms with different themed artwork by local artists and dormitory rooms for independent travelers from around the world. Free WiFi (Fibre Optic speed) is available in all areas.

Super Inn 1-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

A 2-minute walk from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR subway station, a 10-minute walk from Star Ferry Pier and China Hong Kong City Ferry Terminal, rooms have flat-screen TV and air conditioning. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Free Wi-Fi access is available.

Hop Inn on Carnarvon 1-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

A 5 minutes to walk to Victoria Harbour, Cultural Centre and the Hong Kong Art Museum from HOP Inn, has a rooftop terrace and free DVD rentals. It provides modern rooms with different themed artwork by local artists and free Wi-Fi.

Urban Pack 1-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

A 5-minute walk from the Star Ferry Terminal, Harbour City Mall and Avenue of Stars. It features complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout its premises.

Celltronik Hotel 1-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Located in Hong Kong, very close to many main attractions. Each room is decorated in a classic tone and provides you with air conditioning. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with a hairdryer and slippers. Free WiFi access is available.

Rainbow Lodge HK 1-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Locatd 00 metres from MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, rooms have a TV, air conditioning and a computer. Complete with a microwave, the dining area also has a refrigerator and an electric kettle. Featuring a hairdryer, shared bathroom also comes with free toiletries. Free Wi-Fi access is available.

Just Hotel 1-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Located in Hong Kong, 109 yards from iSquare. It features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The rooms come with a flat-screen TV.

Hop Inn on Hankow 1-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Located in the Tsim Sha Tsui district in Hong Kong, 300 metres from Kowloon Park and 400 metres from iSquare. Each bed is equipped with a personal locker, electric socket, a bed light and a curtain partition to ensure privacy. A hairdryer is provided in the private or shared bathroom.

The Top 10 Hotels in Zhongshan

The Top 10 Hotels in Zhongshan

The Top 10 Hotels in Zhongshan (ranked by value, location, foreign friendly, review rating)

 

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Zhongshan Yihe Grand Hotel
5-star hotel

Area: Zhongshan
Located in the vibrant Xingzhong Avenue within walking distance from entertainment and shopping options. It boasts 5-star facilities like an indoor pool, a spa and tennis courts.

Hilton Zhongshan Downtown
5-star hotel

Area: Zhongshan
A 5-minute drive from Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Park. It boasts luxuriously decorated guestrooms, a spa and wellness centre, a 24-hour fitness centre with sauna room and an indoor pool.

Holiday Inn Zhongshan Downtown
4-star hotel

Area: Zhongshan
Located in Zhongshan, offering an indoor pool and a fitness centre. Each room here will provide you with a satellite TV, air conditioning and a minibar.

Sheraton Zhongshan Hotel
5-star hotel

Area: Zhongshan
Centrally located in the business centre of Zhongshan City, a 5-minute walk from the Central Power Plaza, the Pedestrian Street and Qijiang Park. It offers an outdoor pool, a fitness centre and 3 dining options. Free parking is provided on site.

Golden Diamond Hotel
5-star hotel

Area: Zhongshan
Located 8 miles from the center of town, features free Wi-Fi and parking. It has an outdoor pool, restaurants and a fitness center.

Hilton Garden Inn Zhongshan Guzhen
5-star hotel

Area: Guzhen Town, Zhongshan
Hilton Garden Inn Zhongshan Guzhen is ideally located in the commercial district in Guzhen Town, Zhongshan.

Crowne Plaza Zhongshan Wing On City
5-star hotel

Area: Zhongshan
Located in downtown Zhongshan. It features an outdoor pool, fitness centre and sauna facilities. Free parking is provided.

Crowne Plaza Zhongshan Xiaolan
5-star hotel

Area: Zhongshan
Located in central Xiaolan Town, a one hour drive from Zhuhai. Offering modern accommodations, it has an indoor pool, free internet access and free parking.

Zhongshan Hot Spring Resort
5-star hotel

Area: Sanxiang, Zhongshan
Set in Yongmo, Zhongshan Hot Spring Resort boasts a year-round outdoor pool and sauna. The hotel has a fitness centre and hammam, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar.

Zhongshan Louis Hotel
5-star hotel

Area: Zhongshan
Soothing guestrooms with rich decor and heartfelt service can be found at Zhongshan Louis Hotel, which is perfectly located along Yintong Street.

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The Top 13 Hotels in Wuhan China

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Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, features several quality hotels and here we have listed the top 13 based on suitability, value, visitor reviews and central location.

Wuhan features many attractions including Hubei Provincial Museum, Yellow Crane Tower, Villa of Chairman Mao Zedong, Guiyuan Buddhist Temple, Heptachord Terrace and East Lake to name some.

The Top Wuhan Hotels:

New World Wuhan Hotel
5-star hotel

Area: Qiao Kou, Wuhan
A 10-minute walk from Zhongshan Park. It offers 5-star upscale accommodation and an outdoor pool. A fitness centre and an archery club are also available.

Holiday Inn Wuhan Riverside
4-star hotel

Area: Han Yang, Wuhan
Located in the heart of Hubei Province, it boasts 3 restaurants, 2 bars and 24-hour room service. It rovides a fitness centre, sauna and massage services. Parking is free.

Marco Polo Wuhan
5-star hotel

Area: Jiang An, Wuhan
A 10-minute drive from Wuhan International Exhibition and Convention Centre. Boasting a convenient location close to numbers of bars and restaurants. It offers 5-star luxury with an indoor pool, fitness facilities and a spa. All its European-style guestrooms come with ergonomic chairs and free Wi-Fi.

Ramada Plaza Optics Valley Hotel Wuhan
5-star hotel

Area: Hong Shan, Wuhan
Located in the commercial area of Optics Valley in Wuhan. It offers luxurious accommodation with free Wi-Fi.

Wanda Realm Wuhan
5-star hotel

Area: Wu Chang, Wuhan
Located close to East Lake Scenic Area, features upscale accommodation with free Wi-Fi. Blending in by splashing around in the indoor pool, lazing in the soothing massage and pampering sauna or playing in the games room seems like a nice getaway. A business with meeting and banquet facilities are available for business travellers. Free private parking is possible.

Dorsett Wuhan
4-star hotel

Area: Jiang An, Wuhan
A 10-minute walk from the Yangtze River and Jiang Han Lu Railway Station. It offers modern rooms with free wired internet and a flat-screen TV.

Hilton Wuhan Optics Valley
5-star hotel

Area: Hong Shan, Wuhan
Located inside East Lake High-tech Zone. It offers a tranquil setting by Yanxi Lake, surrounded by landscaped gardens.

Hyatt Regency Wuhan Optics Valley
5-star hotel

Area: Hong Shan, Wuhan
Centrally located in Hongshan District, Wuhan, offering an indoor pool. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all areas. The Donghu Lake is 3 km away.

Renaissance Wuhan Hotel
5-star hotel

Area: Hong Shan, Wuhan
Located in Wuchang’s business district, offers luxurious accommodations with satellite TV and private bathrooms. It features an indoor pool, 3 dining options and free parking.

Sheraton Wuhan Hankou Hotel
5-star hotel

Area: Jiang Han, Wuhan
Located in Hannan. Offering an indoor pool and a restaurant. WiFi access is available.

The Westin Wuhan Wuchang
5-star hotel

Area: Wu Chang, Wuhan
Located 2 km from the Mao Zedong Villa, it provides 6 restaurants and bars, as well as 24-hour room service. It offers luxurious 5-star rooms, an indoor swimming pool and pampering spa treatments.

Wuhan Jin Jiang International Hotel
5-star hotel

Area: Jiang Han, Wuhan
Centrally located in Wuhan’s Central Business District, offers an indoor heated swimming pool and 5 food and beverage options. Massage and gym facilities are available.

Hongshan Hotel
5-star hotel

Area: Jiang Han, Wuhan
A 10-minute drive to Wu Chang Railway Station, offers a 5-star accommodation with free Wi-Fi in public areas. It’s equipped with an indoor pool, spa and fitness centre.

Modena by Fraser Zhuankou Wuhan
5-star hotel

Area: Caidian
Located 1 km from 2 shopping malls, offers modern apartments with free Wi-Fi access in Wuhan. It features a fitness centre and free parking on site.

The Top 15 Xiamen Hotels

The Top 15 Xiamen Hotels

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These hotels in Xiamen are picked based on their visitor reviews, location, suitability for a foreign guest and value.

Xiamen is a beautiful coastal city in Fujian Province, a city I really enjoyed especially the island, Gulangyu, and also heading inland to Yongding to visit the Hakka Tulou buildings.

Hotel Indigo Xiamen Harbour
5-star hotel

Area: Siming, Xiamen
A 5 minutes’ walk from Huangu Ferry Marina, offers relaxing beachside living in modern guestrooms with free wired internet. All rooms offer wide windows that allow much natural light and the fresh ocean breeze in.

Swiss International Hotel Xiamen
5-star hotel

Area: Siming, Xiamen
Located a 5-minute walk from downtown Zhongshan Road or Huangu Ferry Marina. It features an indoor pool and a fitness center. Its spacious rooms come with free wired internet.

Xiamen City Hotel
5-star hotel

Area: Siming, Xiamen
Located in the Siming neighborhood in Xiamen, 1.1 miles from Naputuo Temple. It features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar.

Marco Polo Xiamen
5-star hotel

Area: Siming, Xiamen
Located in the centre of Xiamen’s economic and entertainment area, offers accommodations with sweeping views of the city or Yuandang Lake. It features an outdoor swimming pool, 4 dining options and free airport transportation. Free minibars are offered in all rooms.

Pan Pacific Xiamen
5-star hotel

Area: Siming, Xiamen
Located along Hubin Bei Road, provides luxury accommodations in the city’s financial district. It has an outdoor pool and 4 dining options. Free parking is provided.

Kempinski Hotel Xiamen
5-star hotel

Area: Siming, Xiamen
A 15-minute drive to Gulangyu Ferry Pier, offers stylish air-conditioned rooms with lake views, free internet and free Wi-Fi. It features an indoor pool, a fitness centre and 3 dining outlets.

Le Meridien Xiamen
5-star hotel

Area: Huli, Xiamen
Located in Xianyue Mountain and 2 km from Xian Yue Park. It features and indoor swimming pool, gym and spa. All rooms come with an iPod dock. Free parking is provided.

Westin Xiamen Hotel
5-star hotel

Area: Siming, Xiamen
A 15-minute drive from Xiamen Railway Station, Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, Xiamen Conference & Exhibition Center and Huangu Ferry Marina. Offers heated indoor pool, pampering spa treatments and 6 dining options. Its spacious and modern rooms all come with a 42-inch flat-screen TV, an iPod dock and a pillow menu. Express flight check-in service and free Wi-Fi are both available in the lobby.

Crowne Plaza Paragon Xiamen
5-star hotel

Area: Siming, Xiamen
Located in Xiamen’s business district with high-end store connected. It has 8,000-square-metre beautifully landscaped garden with natural lawn and a private jogging track. 3 restaurants and 2 bars accompanied with spa, swimming pool and fitness centre.

Jingmin Central Hotel Xiamen
5-star hotel

Area: Siming, Xiamen
Located in Xiamen’s economy and entertainment centre, featuring free 24-hour airport pick-up service.

Sheraton Xiamen Hotel
5-star hotel

Area: Siming, Xiamen
A 30-minute drive from Hulishan Fort and Xiamen International Convention Centre. It offers modern accommodation with an outdoor pool, a spa and a fitness centre. Free parking is provided on site.

C&D Hotel,Xiamen
5-star hotel

Area: Huli, Xiamen
Located in the centre of Xiamen Bay, a 10-minute drive from Gaoqi International Airport. It offers a fitness centre, an indoor pool and free parking.

Seaview Resort Xiamen
5-star hotel

Area: Siming, Xiamen
A 10-minute walk from beach of Pacific Ocean. It offers free internet access and 3 swimming pools and one of them is an infinity pool.

Xiamen Wanjia International Hotel
5-star hotel

Area: Siming, Xiamen
A 3-minute walk from Zhonglun Park. It takes 10 minutes’ drive to Expo Centre, offering an indoor pool and a spa and wellness centre.

Hotel Nikko Xiamen
5-star hotel

Area: Siming, Xiamen
A 3-minute walk from Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Centre. It offers an indoor pool, fitness centre and spa.

Hk Central Hotels

The Top 15 Hotels in Central, Hong Kong

Hk Central Hotels

Central is the financial heart of Hong Kong, featuring not only the business district but also numerous attractions such as the Peak Tram, Hollywood Road, the Mid Level Escalators, world famous shopping and more.

JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong 5-star hotel

Area: Central District, Hong Kong

Sitting at top the prestigious Pacific Place Complex. It has direct access to the Admiralty MTR subway station and Pacific Place Shopping Mall.

Conrad Hong Kong 5-star hotel

Area: Central District, Hong Kong

It has direct access to Pacific Place, a prestigious shopping and entertainment complex.

Butterfly on Wellington Boutique Hotel 4-star hotel

Area: Central District, Hong Kong

A 8-minute walk from Central MTR subway station. Blending traditional Oriental elegance with modern luxuries. It offers boutique accommodations.

Ovolo Central 5-star hotel

Area: Central District, Hong Kong

Stylish and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and free minibar items are available.

The Pottinger Hong Kong 5-star hotel

Area: Central District, Hong Kong

It’s the winner of Asia’s Best City Boutique Hotel Award 2014. Providing a restaurant and free Wi-Fi access is available.

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong 5-star hotel

Area: Central District, Hong Kong

Located on Hong Kong Island. It boasts rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of Victoria Harbour, Victoria Peak and Kowloon and free Wi-Fi. It is home to 2 Michelin award-winning restaurants.

Island Shangri-La Hong Kong 5-star hotel

Area: Central District, Hong Kong

Soaring 56 floors above Pacific Place Shopping Complex in Central. It offers luxurious accommodation and a Michelin-star restaurant. A pampering spa, outdoor pool and 24-hour gym are available.

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong 5-star hotel

Area: Central District, Hong Kong

Overlooking Victoria Harbor, elegant rooms with 37-inch flat-screen TV, 10 dining options including Michelin Star Pierre restaurant, a spa and fitness center.

The Upper House 5-star hotel

Area: Central District, Hong Kong

Centrally located on Hong Kong Island, right on top of Pacific Place, the city’s premier shopping mall. Offering panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and the city.

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong 5-star hotel

Area: Central District, Hong Kong

located in the heart of Central. It sets new standards in Asia for deluxe contemporary accommodation and state-of-the-art in-room facilities. It offers beautifully-appointed rooms and suites-providing the largest average room size of any hotel in Hong Kong.

Shenzhen hotels

The Top 15 Hotels in Shenzhen, China

Shenzhen hotels

Hotels are chosen based on suitability, overall value, star rating, location and visitor reviews.

Shenzhen was a city that I spent a lot of time in, living there for more than two years. It’s convenient, with it’s metro system, and offers a lot of western comforts. It is mainly visited for its significant electronics industry, proximity to Hong Kong, and job opportunities but it also offers tourist attractions and value shopping.

The Top 15 Hotels in Shenzhen

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Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai
5-star hotel

Area: Nanshan, Shenzhen
Located in Shekou District, Shenzhen, offering outdoor pool and indoor pool. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all public areas.

 

Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen
5-star hotel

Area: Futian, Shenzhen
Located directly opposite Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Centre, offering outdoor pool and indoor pool. It offers free Wi-Fi and wired internet in all areas and a fitness centre.

 

Shenzhen Futian Wyndham Grand
5-star hotel

Area: Futian, Shenzhen
Located in Shenzhen, offering an indoor swimming pool. Each room provide you with air conditioning and a minibar. Complete with a refrigerator, the dining area also has an electric kettle. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with a bath or shower and a hairdryer.

 

Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites Landmark Shenzhen
5-star hotel

Area: Luohu, Shenzhen
A 3 minutes’ walk from Guomao Metro Station (Line 1, Exit B). The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, DVD player and a well-stocked minibar. An indoor pool, a gym and free WiFi are available.

 

The Langham, Shenzhen
5-star hotel

Area: Futian, Shenzhen
Located in the heart of Futian, Shenzhen’s commercial and retail hub. It conveys time-honoured traditions and five-star luxury in the modern city.It boasts a spa, gym, 2 swimming pools and 5 dining options. Free wired internet access is provided.

 

Marco Polo Shenzhen
5-star hotel

Area: Futian, Shenzhen
Located in the heart of Futian central business district, just over half a mile from Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center and a 5-minute walk from Shopping Park subway station. It offers 5-star accommodation, free internet and a well-appointed spa.

 

The OCT Harbour, Shenzhen – Marriott Executive Apartments

 

5-star hotel

Area: Nanshan, Shenzhen
Offers luxurious accommodation with spectacular sea views and lake views. It boasts an outdoor pool, a fitness centre and sauna facilities.

 

Shangri-La Hotel Shenzhen
5-star hotel

Area: Nanshan, Shenzhen
Located in the Luohu District, a 5-minute walk from the Hong Kong border, the Shenzhen Train Station, and the Luohu subway station. It provides a modern fitness centre, a hot tub, and steam rooms for guests’ enjoyment.

 

The Westin Shenzhen Nanshan
5-star hotel

Area: Nanshan, Shenzhen
A 2-minute walk from The Window of the World Metro Station. It features a spa and outdoor pool.

 

The Westin Shenzhen Nanshan
5-star hotel

Area: Nanshan, Shenzhen
A 2-minute walk from The Window of the World Metro Station. It features a spa and outdoor pool. Its stylish rooms are fitted with a personal safe and a high-tech entertainment centre with 42-inch LCD TV, DVD player and iPod docking station.

 

Shenzhen Nanshan L’Hermitage
5-star hotel

Area: Nanshan, Shenzhen
Located in the heart of Nanshan District of Shenzhen city, a 5-minute drive from Shenzhen University. It offers barbecue facilities, free wired and wireless internet in all areas and luxurious rooms with iPod docking station and ironing facilities.

 

Futian Shangri-La Hotel Shenzhen
5-star hotel

Area: Futian, Shenzhen
Located in the commercial district, a 6-minute drive from the Hong Kong Border Crossing. It features free Wi-Fi, an indoor pool and 3 restaurants.

 

Hilton Shenzhen Futian
5-star hotel

Area: Futian, Shenzhen
Featuring free WiFi, a restaurant and a year-round outdoor pool. It offers accommodations in Shenzhen and guests can enjoy the on-site bar.

 

The Ritz-Carlton Shenzhen
5-star hotel

Area: Futian, Shenzhen
Centrally located in Futian District. It offers luxurious accommodations with free internet and free parking.

 

JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen
5-star hotel

Area: Futian, Shenzhen
Located along Shennan Boulevard in Futian District, about 1 km from SDG Golf Club and a 10-minute drive from Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Centre. It offers a terrace pool, free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs.

 

Ascott Maillen Shenzhen
5-star hotel

Area: Nanshan, Shenzhen
A 5-minute drive from Shekou Ferry Terminal, has a fitness centre and a business centre. Featuring an indoor pool and tennis courts. It offers modern and elegant apartments with free Wi-Fi.

 
The Top 15 Luxury Hotels in Hong Kong

The Top 15 Luxury Hotels in Hong Kong

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The Top 15 luxury hotels in Hong Kong based on location, value, star rating and most importantly, visitor reviews.

Renaissance Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel 5-star hotel

Area: Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Featuring an award-winning restaurant overlooking Victoria Harbour. It’s a Marriott Luxury & Lifestyle Hotel in Hong Kong, on the scenic Wanchai Waterfront.

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong 5-star hotel

Area: Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Directly connected to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) and a 5-minute walk from Wanchai MTR Station and Star Ferry Pier. It offers a 50-metre heated outdoor pool and a spa. Its elegant rooms overlook Victoria Harbour from floor-to-ceiling windows. Free WiFi is provided.

Mira Moon 5-star hotel

Area: Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Located in the heart of Causeway Bay. Offering a restaurant and a 24-hour gym. It’s the first boutique hotel under the Mira Hotel Collection and the well-awarded Boutique Hotel in Hong Kong.

The Upper House 5-star hotel

Area: Central District, Hong Kong

Centrally located on Hong Kong Island, right on top of Pacific Place, the city’s premier shopping mall. Offering panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and the city.

JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong 5-star hotel

Area: Central District, Hong Kong

Sitting atop the prestigious Pacific Place Complex. it has direct access to the Admiralty MTR subway station and Pacific Place Shopping Mall.

Conrad Hong Kong 5-star hotel

Area: Central District, Hong Kong

It has direct access to Pacific Place, a prestigious shopping and entertainment complex.

Island Shangri-La Hong Kong 5-star hotel

Area: Central District, Hong Kong

Soaring 56 floors above Pacific Place Shopping Complex in Central. It features luxurious accommodations and a Michelin-star restaurant.

InterContinental Hong Kong 5-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

It enjoys a waterfront location, features a spa, a large infinity pool which overlooks Victoria Harbour and 2 celebrity restaurants which offer 24-hour in-room dining.

Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Causeway Bay 5-star hotel

Area: Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Located a 5-minute walk from Times Square and Causeway Bay MTR. Sweeping city views can be enjoyed from the infinity pool.

The Peninsula Hong Kong 5-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Opened in 1928, offers 5-star service and old world charm on the edge of Victoria Harbour in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers 5-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Occupying a prime spot along Kowloon’s Nathan Road and Victoria Harbour, features an outdoor pool with stunning city views.

The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel
5-star hotel

Area: Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

A 2-minute walk from Causeway Bay MTR, right across Victoria Park. Accor Group’s only luxury hotel in Hong Kong is newly refurbished and offers comfortable and stylish rooms and suites with stunning views, three dining outlets, business friendly facilities and services, as well as a shopping arcade on the ground and first floors.

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
5-star hotel

Area: Central District, Hong Kong

Overlooking Victoria Harbor, offers elegant rooms with 37-inch flat-screen TV, 10 dining options including Michelin Star Pierre restaurant, a spa and fitness center.

Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel
5-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

It offers well-furnished rooms with spectacular views a mere 350 yards from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR. It features an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center.

Hullett House
5-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

It’s a winner of the TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice for 2015, is in a beautiful colonial building dating back to 1881.

J Plus Hotel by YOO
5-star hotel

Area: Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

The first hotel in Asia designed by award-winning Philippe Starck. It offers free drinks of 24 hours, afternoon cakes and evening wine at the lobby.

The Langham Hong Kong
5-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Located in Central Kowloon, a 5-minute walk from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR. Featuring a 3 Michelin-star restaurant, T’ang Court and a rooftop pool.

Kowloon Shangri-La
5-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

In the lively Tsim Sha Tsui District, overlooks Victoria Harbour. It features 7 dining options, indoor pool and rooms with free wired internet.

Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui
5-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Located in K11, one of the tallest skyscrapers in Kowloon. It features an outdoor heated swimming pool and luxurious rooms and suites with spectacular views of Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Island or Kowloon.

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
5-star hotel

Area: Central District, Hong Kong

Located in the heart of Central, sets new standards in Asia for deluxe contemporary accommodation and state-of-the-art in-room facilities. It offers beautifully-appointed rooms and suites-providing the largest average room size of any hotel in Hong Kong.

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
5-star hotel

Area: Central District, Hong Kong

Located on Hong Kong Island, boasts rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of Victoria Harbour, Victoria Peak and Kowloon and free Wi-Fi. It is home to 2 Michelin award-winning restaurants.

The Royal Garden
5-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Located just a short walk from Victoria Harbour waterfront, The Clock Tower and the famous Avenue of Stars. Offering free Wi-Fi access.

The Pottinger Hong Kong
5-star hotel

Area: Central District, Hong Kong

Providing a restaurant. It’s is the winner of Asia’s Best City Boutique Hotel Award 2014. Free Wi-Fi access is available.

InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong
5-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

In a great location overlooking Victoria Harbour, features fitness facilities and an indoor pool.

The Mira Hong Kong
5-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Featuring Michelin Star dining and stylish lifestyle-designed rooms, provides exclusive personalized concierge service.

The Mira Hong Kong
5-star hotel

Area: Central District, Hong Kong

Stylish and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi and free minibar items are available.

New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel
5-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Located by the Victoria Harbour waterfront in the lively district of Tsimshatsui East. It offers 6 dining options and a health club with a rooftop swimming pool.

The Luxe Manor
5-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Located next to trendy Knutsford Terrace, boasts fairytale-style interiors and European architecture. It has free Wi-Fi and a modern gym.

Harbour Grand Hong Kong
5-star hotel

Area: North Point, Hong Kong

A 2-minute walk from Fortress Hill MTR subway station, featuring an outdoor pool and a free area shuttle service.

Hotel ICON
5-star hotel

Area: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Designed by famous local architects, features harbor views in Tsimshatsui East Kowloon. It has a rooftop heated pool, pampering spa services and a health club.

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong
5-star hotel

Area: Kowloon West, Hong Kong

Located on floors 102 to 118 of The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. Offeringky-high luxurious rooms with free Wi-Fi.

W Hong Kong
5-star hotel

Area: Kowloon West, Hong Kong

Towers over busy West Kowloon with its 76th-floor outdoor pool, pampering spa treatments and its 73rd-floor 24-hour gym.

Harbour Grand Kowloon
5-star hotel

Area: Hong Kong

Offers spacious accommodations with spectacular views of Hong Kong City or Victoria Harbour. All rooms and suites are well equipped with Wi-Fi.

Cordis Hong Kong at Langham crowne-plaza-hong-kong-causeway-bay
5-star hotel

Area: Hong Kong

Rising 42 stories over busy central Kowloon, enjoys direct access to Mongkok MTR subway station and Langham Place Mall.

Royal Plaza Hotel
5-star hotel

Area: Hong Kong

Centrally located in Mongkok atop the Mong Kok East MTR Station, enjoys direct access to MOKO, a large shopping mall with over 200 shops and a big cinema. It offers a 40-metre Roman-style outdoor pool and a free shuttle to Tsim Sha Tsui and Kowloon Station.

Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East
5-star hotel

Area: Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong

Located above Tseung Kwan O MTR subway station and PopCorn Shopping Mall. Featuring luxurious, modern rooms overlooking the city, it has 4 food and beverage options including a rooftop restaurant.

Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin
5-star hotel

Area: Shatin, Hong Kong

A 5-minute drive from Hong Kong Science Park and Sha Tin Racecourse, features luxurious rooms and facilities such as a spa and outdoor swimming pool with deck.

Hong Kong SkyCity Marriott Hotel
5-star hotel

Area: Hong Kong

Located on the shores of the South China Sea, offers spacious accommodations with direct access to AsiaWorld-Expo.

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The Top 15 Hotels in Guangzhou

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These Guangzhou hotels are selected based on proximity to the city center, visitor ratings, overall value and suitability for foreign visitors.

Guangzhou is the capital of Guangdong, and in all respects, a mega-city with population exceeding 9 million. Popular attractions include Yuexiu Park, Canton Tower, Ancestral Temple of the Chen Family, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Baiyun Shan, Bright Filial Piety Temple, Chimelong Tourist Resort and Baomo Garden to name just some.

It’s also a key destination for international trade featuring regular trade shows mostly held in the Panyu District, and many wholesale markets with the clothing markets being world famous, it’s also famous for shopping at Shanxiajiu Pedestrian Street and Beijing Lu shopping street, see here for a full list.

Fraser Suites Guangzhou 5-star hotel

Area: Tian He, Guangzhou

Just steps from the Shipaiqiao subway station. It provides luxurious self-catering apartments in downtown Guangzhou.

The Garden Hotel Guangzhou 5-star hotel

Area: Yue Xiu, Guangzhou

Just in front of Taojin Metro Station (Line 5). It has modern accommodations in central Guangzhou.

Langham Place Guangzhou 5-star hotel

Area: Hai Zhu, Guangzhou

A 2-minute walk from Pazhou Complex. It features 5 dining options and luxurious rooms with light d閏or and upscale amenities.

Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou 5-star hotel

Area: Tian He, Guangzhou

Featuring 5-star luxury in the center of the city, has an indoor pool, 7 dining options and hot tubs.

Crowne Plaza Guangzhou City Centre 5-star hotel

Area: Yue Xiu, Guangzhou

Has spacious rooms offering stunning skyline views. Featuring free Wi-Fi, it has a spa, fitness center and 4 dining options.

Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich 5-star hotel

Area: Tian He, Guangzhou

Towering over Tian He Business District. It features elegant rooms with 40-inch flat-screen TVs and iPod docks.

Marriott Guangzhou Tianhe 5-star hotel

Area: Tian He, Guangzhou

Located in the heart of the Tianhe Business District, a 5-minute drive from Guangzhou East Train Station.

Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou
5-star hotel

Area: Hai Zhu, Guangzhou

Featuring luxurious 5-star recreational facilities. It has commanding views of the Pearl River and beautifully landscaped grounds.

W Guangzhou
5-star hotel

Area: Tian He, Guangzhou

Offering 5-star luxury in the center of the city, a 15-minute walk from Guangzhou Museum. It features contemporary d閏or and trendy rooms offering upscale interiors and city views.

Oakwood Premier Guangzhou
5-star hotel

Area: Tian He, Guangzhou

It features modern and well-designed studios and apartments with a private sauna and free wired internet.

Grand Hyatt Guangzhou
5-star hotel

Area: Tian He, Guangzhou

Located in the central business district of Pearl River New Town. It offers luxurious rooms with free Wi-Fi.

The Westin Guangzhou
5-star hotel

Area: Tian He, Guangzhou

Located next to Citic Plaza. It features 5 food and beverage options and a luxurious spa. Just a 25-minute drive from Pazhou Complex, it also features an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.

Hilton Guangzhou Tianhe
5-star hotel

Area: Tian He, Guangzhou

Standing tall in Guangzhou’s central business district. It offers 5-star luxury in rooms with flat-screen TVs, ample workspace and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Doubletree by Hilton Guangzhou
5-star hotel

Area: Yue Xiu, Guangzhou

Located in the central business district, Guangzhou. Featuring outdoor pool and a spa center Free Wi-Fi access is available in public areas.

Jianguo Hotel Guangzhou
5-star hotel

Area: Tian He, Guangzhou

Located within Guangzhou抯 Central Business District. It offers quick and easy transportation links while its facilities include an outdoor pool and rooms with free high-speed internet access

The Top 15 Macau Hotels

The Top 15 Macau Hotels

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The city is of course famous for it’s casinos but also for it’s Portuguese heritage. It’s a place I quite enjoy visiting, a fusion of cultures and much more. Macau is a must visit, and here’s the top 15 hotel options based on visitor reviews and overall value.

Casa Real Hotel
5-star hotel

Area: Macau Center, Macau
Located adjacent to the Macau Ferry Terminal and offering an indoor pool. Each room has a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and a minibar. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with a bath and a hairdryer.

 

Rio Hotel
4-star hotel

Area: Macau Center, Macau
A 10-minute walk from Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal, offering an indoor heated pool, a spa and wellness centre. Free WiFi access is available.

 

Grand Lapa Macau
5-star hotel

Area: Macau Center, Macau
Enjoying beautiful views of Macau City and the Macau Grand Prix Race Track. It provides an outdoor heated pool, spa and free parking.

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StarWorld Hotel
4-star hotel

Area: Macau Center, Macau
A 30-minute drive from Macau International Airport, featuring a casino and daily live entertainment. An outdoor infinity pool and steam bath are offered.

 

Harbourview Hotel Macau
4-star hotel

Area: Macau Center, Macau
A 10-minute walking distance away from the Macau Ferry Terminal, offering an all-season indoor swimming pool and Gymnasium.

 

Grand Emperor Hotel
4-star hotel

Area: Macau Center, Macau
Located right on Avenida Comercial De Macau, beside Yaohan Department Store. It offers modern accommodations with 3 restaurants, a casino and free Wi-Fi access in business center.

 

Sofitel Macau At Ponte 16
5-star hotel

Area: Macau Center, Macau
Located in Macau’s historic quarter, just steps from the busy center of the city. It features 5-star waterfront accommodations.

 

Ascott Macau
4-star hotel

Area: Macau Center, Macau
Located in the Macau Center neighborhood in Macau, just half a mile from Lotus Statue. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Every room comes with a flat-screen TV.

 

MGM Macau
5-star hotel

Area: Macau Center, Macau
Rising 154 metres into the sky. It features a unique glass exterior which reflects the colours of the South China Sea and Nam Van Lake.

 

Mandarin Oriental Macau
5-star hotel

Area: Macau Center, Macau
Located on the Peninsula, a 5-minute drive from A-Ma Temple and Senado Square. It offers an outdoor pool, a luxurious spa and free parking.

 

Hotel Riviera Macau
4-star hotel

Area: Macau Center, Macau
Located on Penha Hill, a 10-minute walk from Macau Centre. Overlooking the Praia Grande Bay, it features 2 dining options, a 24-hour front desk and free parking.

 

Altira Macau
5-star hotel

Area: Tapia, Macau
Located in the heart of Taipa, 2 km to Taipa Houses Museum and the Orient Golf Club. It features an indoor pool with floor-to-ceiling windows, a fitness centre, casino and spacious contemporary rooms with free Wi-Fi access.

 

Hotel Okura Macau
5-star hotel

Area: Macau
Located within the Galaxy Macau Resort, a 5-minute drive from Macau International Airport. It features 2 swimming pool and free Wi-Fi access.

 

Banyan Tree Macau
5-star hotel

Area: Macau
A 15-minute drive from Macau International Airport. It’s the first high-rise urban resort in Macau, featuring a private pool in all its spacious suites and boasts full-size resort villas.

 

The Ritz-Carlton, Macau
5-star hotel

Area: Macau
A 12 minutes’ walk and 2 minutes’ drive from The Venetian Macau. Offering upscale experience for travellers. Features outdoor pool, on-site water sport facilities and business centre.

 

JW Marriott Hotel Macau
5-star hotel

Area: Macau
World-renowned for its iconic luxury, Asia’s largest JW Marriott. It brings its guests an approachable luxury experience through the richness of authenticity.

 

Galaxy Macau
5-star hotel

Area: Macau
It offers luxurious 5-star accommodation within the Galaxy Macau Resort, across Macau抯 慜ld Taipa Village? It features the world抯 largest Sky Wave Pool and offers free Wi-Fi in rooms.

 

The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel
5-star hotel

Area: Macau
It offers accommodation in Macau. There is a casino and a games room on site and guests can enjoy the on-site bar.

 

City of Dreams – Crown Towers Macau
5-star hotel

Area: Macau
A 10-minute walk from Taipa Houses Museum and Cunha Street. It’s part of the City of Dreams in Macau’s Cotai Strip, a large holiday complex with a casino and a large shopping arcade. It boasts a pampering spa, an outdoor pool and stylish rooms with free Wi-Fi.

 

Grand Hyatt Macau
5-star hotel

Area: Macau
A 5 minute drive from Macau Airport, offers large rooms, an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. It features a spa and free Wi-Fi.

 

City of Dreams – Hard Rock Hotel
4-star hotel

Area: Macau
Features exciting and luxurious getaways with an in-house casino, a large outdoor pool and a day spa.

 

Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Cotai Strip
5-star hotel

Area: Macau
A 5- minutes’ drive from the 18-hole Caesars Golf Macau. Lounge at the private pool-side cabanas with a flat-screen TV, or take a swim in any of the 5 outdoor pools. Signature treatments like honey body scrubs, marble full body massage and cold stone facial massages are available at the spa.

 

Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central
5-star hotel

Area: Macau
Towering over the Cotai Strip, features 3 outdoor pools, pampering spa treatments and a 24-hour fitness center.

 

Conrad Macao, Cotai Central
5-star hotel

Area: Macau
Located within the Sands Cotai Resort on the Cotai Strip, features luxurious rooms with pool or city views. It has 4 food and beverage options, a gym and a spa.

 

Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central
4-star hotel

Area: Macau
Located at the heart of Sands?Cotai Central, Macao’s integrated resort. It features an outdoor pool, health club and tranquil gardens.

 

Studio City Hotel
5-star hotel

Area: Macau
Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant. It offers accommodations in Macau. There is a water park and a casino on site and guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.

 

Grand Coloane Resort
5-star hotel

Area: Coloane, Macau
Just steps from Hac Sa Beach, provides 5-star accommodations overlooking the South China Sea.



For more about Macau including guides to the top sights, top casinos, resorts, and more detailed hand-selected hotels options visit MacauShopper.com

The Top 10 Hotels in Foshan, Guangdong (inc Lecong and Shunde)

These Foshan Hotels are ranked and chosen based on their suitability for foreigners, their locations and by the reviews of previous guests.

Foshan is a famous industrial city in Guangdong, located south of Guangzhou. Foshan is the ancestral home for overseas Chinese including it’s most well known, Li Xiaolong (Bruce Lee).

 

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Crowne Plaza Foshan 5-star hotel

Area: Foshan

Located in the center of the city, a 10-minute drive from the train and bus stations. The hotel features an outdoor pool and provides free internet access.

 

Marco Polo Lingnan Tiandi Foshan 5-star hotel

Area: Foshan

Features elegant rooms with free wired internet access.

 

Swissotel Foshan, Guangdong 5-star hotel

Area: Foshan

Located in Guangdong, a 10-minute walk from the famous Zu Miao Temple. It offers free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and luxurious spa services. 4 dining options are available.

 

Hilton Foshan 5-star hotel

Area: Foshan

Only 6.2 km from Foshan Ancestral Temple. Features sumptuous comfort with luxurious guestrooms, convenient modern facilities and a variety of recreational activities.

 

InterContinental Foshan 5-star hotel

Area: Foshan

Located in the Nanhai District, 7 miles from Foshan Airport. Offers 5 dining options, a health and fitness center and free parking on site.

 

Classical Plaza Hotel 5-star hotel

Area: Foshan

Located in Foshan, 2.7 km from Foshan Railway Station. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all areas.

 

Hotel Fortuna Foshan 5-star hotel

Area: Shunde

Located in Shunde, showcasing a year-round outdoor pool and spa center. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. All rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV.

 

Ramada Plaza Shunde 5-star hotel

Area: Shunde

A 15-minute drive from Bijiang Golden House. Features accommodation with free Wi-Fi and satellited TVs.

 

Park Lane Hotel (Lecong Shuiteng Branch) 4-star hotel

Area: Shunde

A 5-minute walk from Shuiteng Park, Surrounded with furniture shopping mall. Free WiFi access is available.

 

Wyndham Foshan Shunde 5-star hotel

Area: Shunde

Located beside Shunlian Square. Boasting a spa and wellness centre, fitness centre and an outdoor pool.

 

Ramada Foshan Nanhai 4-star hotel

Area: Nanhai

Located in Nanhai, only a 5-minute stroll from Nanhai Central Park. It features comfortable rooms, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi access in the entire building.

 
 

Aloft Nanhai, Foshan 4-star hotel

Area: Nanhai

Located in Foshan a 2-minute walk from Shishan Square Shopping Mall, Aloft Nanhai features a fitness centre and indoor pool.

U Service Apartment 4-star hotel

Area: Foshan

A 3-minute walk from the Ancestral Temple and Lingnan Tiandi. Features self-contained accommodations with free Wi-Fi. It also provides car rentals and meeting facilities.

 

Bodun International Serviced Apartment 4-star hotel

Area: Foshan

A 5-minute walk from Baihua Square, Bodun International Serviced Apartment features self-contained accommodations with free internet access and a private kitchen.

 
The Top 10 Hotels in Dongguan [inc. Top Ten Attractions, Transport and district guide]

The Top 10 Hotels in Dongguan [inc. Top Ten Attractions, Transport and district guide]

Heading to Dongguan for business or for sight-seeing? Here are my picks for the top ten places to stay in the area, plus the top ten things to see and do.

The city is located between Shenzhen and Guangzhou and is renowned as an industrial region being home to many factories along with several trade shows throughout the year. The area is surprisingly large, filling the space between Shenzhen and Guangzhou, and the Pearl River and Huizhou on its other sides.

This you may not believe, but the city is home to some 44 million people! You see, Dongguan is a megacity, a city of cities which includes 32 towns. The largest town is Humen which is home to over 630,000 people.

Dongguan, especially with local Chinese, has a notorious reputation for its vibrant sex & massage services, although that shouldn’t worry anyone as you are unlikely to see or even notice it unless you really went looking for it. Dongguan is much more than that. The city is China’s fourth largest export area, home to a diverse range of manufacturing bases and skills, the Chinese home of basketball, ranked 13th in Forbes China’s listing of the most innovative mainland cities, 18th in Foreign Policy’s listing of the most dynamic cities in the world. It’s also home to numerous worthy sight-seeing attractions. Add to all that, that the fact that it’s also a key part in the new Greater Bay Area.

 

Map feat. The Top Ten Hotels in the area

 

The Top Ten Attractions in Dongguan

1. Naval Battle Museum & Opium War Museum (海战博物馆) – Humen Town, Guancheng District
2. Weiyuan Fort & Humen Bridge – Humen Town, Guancheng District
3. New South China Mall (新华南MALL) – Wanjiang Rd.
4. Keyuan Garden (Dongguan Park) – No.32 Keyuan Road, Guancheng District
5. Dongguan Yinxian Resort – Licheng Avenue, Changping Town
6. Qifeng Park – Qifeng Road, Dongguan Avenue, Nancheng District
7. Songshan Lake Park – Huanhu Road, Dalingshan Town
8. Dongwan Guanyin Mountain – Shixin Main Road, Zhangmutou Town
9. Dongguan Walking Street – West Road, Dongcheng District
10. Dongguan Museum – No.36 Xinfen Road, Guancheng District

 

The Towns/districts of Dongguan

 

 

District – CN name – est population – manufacturing focus

Dongguan central consists of four districts
Dongcheng Subdistrict – 东城街道 – Pop. 492,000 – Electronic products, furniture.
Nancheng Subdistrict – 南城街道 – Pop. 289,000 – Electronic products, metal products, shoes. Local government Base.
Guancheng Subdistrict – 莞城街道 – Pop. 162,000 – Electronic products
Wanjiang Subdistrict – 万江街道 – Pop. 244,000 – Electronic products, textile & garment, paper-made products.

Medium size towns
Shilong Town – 石龙镇 – Pop. 141,000 – IT products
Changping Town – 常平镇 – Pop. 386,000 – Metal products, woolen products, electronic products, rubber products
Humen Town – 虎门镇 – Pop. 638,000 – Textiles, electronic products, toys
Shijie Town – 石碣镇 – Pop. 246,000 – Digital products
Liaobu Town – 寮步镇 – Pop. 418,000 – Electronic and electrical products, computers.
Fenggang Town – 凤岗镇 – Pop. 318,000 – IT, garments & textile
Chang’an Town – 长安镇 – Pop. 664,000 – Electronic & electrical products, toys, shoes, textile.
Houjie Town – 厚街镇 – Pop. 438,000 – Shoes, electromechanical products, furniture
Tangxia Town – 塘厦镇 – Pop. 482,000 – Electronic devices, home appliances, Precision machinery

Smaller towns
Gaobu Town – 高埗镇 – Pop. 217,000 – Electronic products, plastic products, toys, metal products.
Qishi Town – 企石镇 – Pop. 121,000 – Artificial flowers, lighting, metal products
Hengli Town – 横沥镇 – Pop. 204,000 – Mould, electronic products
Qiaotou Town – 桥头镇 – Pop. 166,000 – Electronic products, rubber products, mechanical products
Chashan Town – 茶山镇 – Pop. 156,000 – Textile, toys
Shipai Town – 石排镇 – Pop. 160,000 – Electronic products, metal products, plastic products
Xiegang Town – 谢岗镇 – Pop. 99,000 – Electronic products, metal products, toys
Dalang Town – 大朗镇 – Pop. 310,000 – Woolen products
Huangjiang Town – 黄江镇 – Pop. 231,000 – Electronic products, rubber products, metal products
Qingxi Town – 清溪镇 – Pop. 312,000 – Computer & Accessories
Dongkeng Town – 东坑镇 – Pop. 138,000 – Electronic products, rubber products, garments
Dalingshan Town – 大岭山镇 – Pop. 279,000 – Furniture, electronic products, printing
Shatian Town – 沙田镇 – Pop. 177,000 – Electronic products, plastic products, metal products
Daojiao Town – 道滘镇 – Pop. 143,000 – Electronic products, food products, metal products
Hongmei Town – 洪梅镇 – Pop. 58,000 – Paper-made products, glass products, textile, leather products
Machong Town – 麻涌镇 – Pop. 118,000 – Paper-made products, textile & garments, food products
Wangniudun Town – 望牛墩镇 – Pop. 84,000 – Textiles, electronic products, metal products
Zhangmutou Town – 樟木头镇 – Pop. 132,000 – Rubber products
Zhongtang Town- 中堂镇 – Pop. 139,000 – Paper-made products

 

Transport

Bus

There are direct buses that go between Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, or Shenzhen Baoan International Airport, to the Airport Dongguan Check-In 东莞城市候机楼(侧门).

There are bus stations throughout the city that can connect you to cities within Guangdong and to other provinces inc. Hong Kong. Several of the major hotels have buses that stop at the hotel and connect to Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and the airports.

Three main bust stations for intercity travel are:

Dongguan Central Bus Station 东莞汽车总站 – Si Huan Road and Xin Wan Road, Qu Hai community, Wanjiang, Dongguan (万江曲海社区四环路与新万道路交汇处)
Dongguan Nan Cheng Bus Station 东莞南城汽车客运站 – No.99, Hongtu Road, Nancheng District (南城区宏图路99号)
DongGuan East bus station 东莞汽车东站 – Dongguan, Changpingzhen (东莞市常平镇)

There’s a list of all the stations and routes for Dongguan here.

For travel within the city, there are five convenient tourist lines

Line 1 (No.58): departs from Keyuan Garden to Humen from 06:30 to 17:40. CNY1.
Line 2 (No.59): departs from Dongguan General Bus Terminal to Jinsha Park in Shilong Town from 06:20 to 19:00. CNY11.
Line 3 (No.60): departs from the General Bus Terminal to the Hermit Villa in Changping Town from 06:15 to 19:00. CNY12.
Line 4 (No.89): departs from the General Bus terminal to the National Forest Park of Guanyin Mountain in Zhangmutou Town from 06:30 to 19:00. CNY6.
Line 5: departs from the General Bus Terminal to Green World from 06:00 to 20:00. CNY2.

Taxi

The flag-fall price is 8 CNY which includes the first 2KM plus 1 CNY (fuel surcharge). Subsequent km are charged at 2.6 CNY per KM. At night add 20%.

Metro (aka Subway)

Dongguan subway line 2 connects Humen Railway Station and Dongguan Railway Station. The stops include Humen Railway Station – Exhibition Center – Shanmei – Liaoxia – Chenwu – Hadi – Xiping – Hongfu Road – Qifeng Park – Dongcheng – Tianbao – Xiaqiao – Liuhua Park – Chashan – Dongguan Railway Station.

Train

Dongguan Railway Station – services Guangzhou Railway Station, Guangzhou East Railway Station, and Shenzhen Railway Station (Luohu) via fast intercity C type trains.

Dongguan East Railway Station Train – is only serviced via long-distance trains to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Xiamen, Wuhan, Chengdu. These are the older K and T type trains with sleeper options.

Humen railway station (虎门站) – this station is serviced by the fast bullet G type trains and connects to Guangzhou South and Shenzhen North Stations.

Zhangmutou railway station (樟木头) – services Guangzhou Railway Station, Guangzhou East Railway Station, and Shenzhen Railway Station (Luohu) via fast intercity C type trains.

 

Hotel List – These Dongguan hotels are chosen and rated based on their suitability for foreigners, proximity and guest reviews.

 

Leisure Hotel 4-star hotel

Area: Dongguan

Located 11 miles from Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Centre in Dongguan. It features a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant.

 

Pullman Dongguan Forum 5-star hotel

Area: Dongguan

Centrally located in Dong Cheng District, with direct access to Qi Feng Mountain. It offers 2 pools, free Wi-Fi and an art gallery.

 

Dongguan Kande International Hotel 5-star hotel

Area: Dongguan

A 2-minute walk from Dongguan International Conference & Exhibition Center. It provides you with comfortable and luxurious accommodations with modern facilities.It offers an outdoor swimming pool, a spa centre, a tennis court and 5 on-site dining options. Additionally, free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property

 

Hillview Golf Resort Dongguan (Former: Sofitel Dongguan Golf Resort) 5-star hotel

Area: Dongguan

A 3-minute walk from Hillview Golf Club. It offers 5-star accommodation in Dongguan Huying Country Park.

 

Grand Mercure Dongguan Shijie 4-star hotel

Area: Dongguan

Located in Shijie Town, a 15-minute drive from Dongguan Train Station. It offers a swimming pool and rooms with flat-screen TVs. Internet and parking are free.

 

HJ International Hotel 5-star hotel

Area: Dongguan

Located in Houjie Town, HJ International Hotel features upscale accommodation with well-equipped modern facilities and elegant decor. It offers 4 on-site dining options, an outdoor swimming pool, sauna rooms and a business centre with meeting and banquet facilities. Free Wi-Fi is provided in all areas and free private parking is possible at the property.

 

Kande Club Hotel 4-star hotel

Area: Dongguan

Located along South Kangle Road Commercial Street. It’s a 10-minute drive from Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Centre.

 

Aloft Dongguan Songshan Lake 4-star hotel

Area: Dongguan

Located in Dongguan.Offering a restaurant and a fitness centre Free WiFi access is available.

 

Grand Mercure Dongguan Humen 4-star hotel

Area: Dongguan

Centrally located within Dongguan City, a short walk from Huanghe Shopping Centre.

 

Parklane Hotel 5-star hotel

Area: Dongguan

Located in Donggguan, Guangdong Province. Features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, pampering spa treatments and a private golf course.

 

Eurasia International Hotel 5-star hotel

Area: Dongguan

Has 5-star luxurious accommodations in Dongguan. It features numerous recreation options including an outdoor pool, a tennis court and spa center.

 

Pullman Dongguan Changan 5-star hotel

Area: Dongguan

Centrally located within Changan business district, Dongguan. It offers a seasonal outdoor pool, a fitness centre and pampering spa treatments.

The Top 10 of Changsha:  Attractions, What to Eat & Where to Stay

The Top 10 of Changsha: Attractions, What to Eat & Where to Stay

Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province, is home to 7 million people and renowned for its spicy local cuisine. For most tourists its a jumping point to head onwards to Zhangjiajie, Fenghuang, Wulingyuan, or Shaoshan and the birthplace of Mao Zedong. That’s a shame as Changsha offers quite a rich mix of history and cuisine.

 

The Top Ten things to Eat in Changsha

 

 

1. Steamed Nesting Birds (San Ceng Tao Ji  三层套鸡)
2. Spicy Chicken Cubes (Mala Zi Ji 麻辣子鸡)
3. Crisp Sesame Duck (Maren Xiangsu Ji 麻仁香酥鸭 )
4. Deyuan Steamed Bun (德园包子)
5. Non-Yolk Eggs with Mushroom (Huagu Wu Danhuang)
6. Kouwei Shrimp (Kou Wei Xia)
7. Dumpling in Soup (Liu Defang Tangyuan)
8. Changsha-style stinky tofu (Changsha Chou Doufu 长沙臭豆腐)
9. Mao’s braised pork (Mao shi hongshao rou 毛氏红烧肉)
10. Beer duck (piji u ya 啤酒鸭)

 

 

 

The Top Ten Attractions and Things to do in Changsha

 

1.Yuelu Academy (岳麓书院)
Address: 273 Lu Shan Lu, Yuelu Qu, Changsha
Admission: 50 yuan

2. Juzi Island (橘子洲)
Address: Xiangjiang River
Admission: Free

3. Mawangdui (马王堆)
Address: 89 Guhan Rd, Furong Qu, Changsha
Admission: 2 yuan

4. Jinggang Ancient Town (靖港古镇)
Address: Baojian St, Wangcheng, Changsha
Admission: Free

5. Tianxin Pavilion Park (天心阁公园)
Address: 3 Tianxin Rd, WuYi ShangQuan, Tianxin Qu, Changsha
Admission: Free

6. Changsha Window of the World(长沙世界之窗)
Address: No.485 Sanyi Avenue, Kaifu District, Changsha
Admission: 130 yuan

7. Shiyan Lake (石燕湖)
Address: Shiyan Village, Tiaoma Country, Changsha
Admission: 100 yuan

8. Kaifu Temple (开福寺)
Address: 136 Kaifusi Rd, WuJiaLing ShangQuan, Kaifu Qu, Changsha
Admission: 15 yuan

9. Changsha Ecological Zoo (长沙生态动物园)
Address: Xihu Village Muyun Town, Changsha
Admission: 80 yuan

10. Daweishan Forest Park (大围山森林公园)
Address: Liuyang City, 148 kilometers (91.96 miles) from Changsha
Admission: 50 yuan

 

Map: Top Ten attractions and places to stay in Changsha

 

 

The Top Ten Places to Stay in Changsha

These Changsha hotels are chosen based on their reviews by fellow travelers, proximity to the city center and suitability for foreign travelers.

 

Wanda Vista Changsha 5-star hotel

Area: Kai Fu, Changsha

A 5-minute walk from Wanda Plaza, Wanda Vista Changsha provides an artful oasis of pure comfort. It boasts an indoor pool, a fitness centre, and majestic meeting rooms.

 

Crowne Plaza Changsha City Centre 5-star hotel

Area: Kai Fu, Changsha

Located in Wuyi Square, Crowne Plaza Changsha City Centre offers luxurious rooms with internet access and a flat-screen TV. Providing free parking, it has 3 restaurants and 2 bars.

 

Sheraton Changsha Hotel 5-star hotel

Area: Kai Fu, Changsha

Located in the Yunda Business District, a 10-minute drive from Changsha Railway Station. It offers a spa, a fitness centre and an indoor pool.

 

Wyndham Grand Plaza Royale Furongguo Changsha 5-star hotel

Area: Fu Rong, Changsha

Located in the business center of Changsha. It features a heated outdoor pool, a yoga room and 24-hour room service.

 

InterContinental Changsha 5-star hotel

Area: Kai Fu, Changsha

Located in the heart of the North Star Delta, serves as the nearest international five-star accommodation to and from Changsha Huanghua International Airport.

 

Empark Grand Hotel Changsha 5-star hotel

Area: Kai Fu, Changsha

A 10-minute drive from the middle of Changsha, Empark Grand Hotels & Resort offers 5-star rooms with flat-screen TVs. Featuring a pool and gym, it provides free internet and parking.

Howard Johnson Huachen All-Suites Apartment Hotel 5-star hotel

Area: Yu Hua, Changsha

Located in Changsha. Free WiFi access is available.

 

White Swan Hotel Changsha 5-star hotel

Area: Tian Xin, Changsha

Located in the heart of Tianxin District. It features contemporary decoration, an indoor swimming pool, and a hot tub.

 

Changsha Hopesky Hotel 5-star hotel

Area: Tian Xin, Changsha

Featuring European-style accommodation, the 5-star Hopesky Hotel was elaborately designed and offers collections at the property.

 

Longchamp Garden Hotel Changsha 5-star hotel

Area: Yu Hua, Changsha

Located 15 km from Wuhan-Guangzhou Highspeed Railway Station, Longchamp Garden Hotel Changsha features an indoor pool and fitness centre. Soundproofed rooms offer free wired internet.

 

 

Transport in Changsha

 

Flights

Changsha Huanghua International Airport serves domestic and international destinations. It is located 25 KM from the city center and transfers to the city are available via shuttle buses and maglev train (20 CNY) that connects to South Railway Station and Line 2 of the metro system.

 

Trains

There are two railway stations being the original Changsha Railway Station and the newer South Railway Station that services High Speed Rail services. You can get to South Railway Station via metro line 2 and major destinations include Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Guilin, Tianjin, Xian, and Zhangjiajie.

 

Bus

There are three dedicated tourist bus lines as follows

Tourist Bus No.1 
Operation Hours: 06:00–22:00
Stops: Main Railway Station – Changdao Lukou – Wuyi Square – No.4 Hospital – Hunan Normal University – Mount Yuelu Scenic Area – Kejiao Xincun

Tourist Bus No.2 
Operation Hours: 06:00–21:00
Stops: Lijun Community  – Beichong Reservoir – Xiangzhang Road – Central Hospital – Anzhen Hospital – Shahe Street – Wuyi Square – Jiayi Former Residence – Juzi Zhou Bridge – Ferry Terminal – Hunan Chinese Medicine Hospital – Xiangya Hospital – Kaifu Temple – Hua Xia

Tourist Bus No.3
Operation Hours: 07:00–18:00
Stops: Railway Station – Liucheng Bridge – Tianxin Pavilion – Museum of Bamboo and Wooden Slips – Bixiang Street – Lingguandu – Xihu Bridge – Martyr Park (South Gate) – Yuanjialing – Railway Station

 

Taxi

The flag fall is CNY8 and includes the first 2 km (1.2 mi). CNY2 is charged for each 1 km (0.6 mi) thereafter. Over 13 km (8 mi) and the rate increases to CNY3 per 1 km.

 

Metro

 

 

Useful Resources

Changsha Government site (English) – http://en.changsha.gov.cn

WikiTravel Changsha – https://wikitravel.org/en/Changsha

TravelChinaGuide Changsha – https://www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/hunan/changsha/

 
The Top 15 Hotels in Xi’an China

The Top 15 Hotels in Xi’an China

XI'AN

Xi’an was one of my favorite destinations and I place I highly recommend to anyone touring China. You can read more about my journey here. These are top rated hotels in Xi’an that are also convenient to all the major attractions such as the Drum and Bell Towers, the Mosque, City Wall and so on, also they are highly suitable for foreign visitors. For the Terracotta Warriors, no matter which hotel, you’ll need to organise transport, for which the concierge at these hotels will be able to assist.

The Top 15 Hotels in Xi’an China

Hilton Xi’an 5-star hotel

Area: Xincheng, Xi’an

Centrally located within the ancient city walls of Xi’an, the luxurious Hilton Xian offers an indoor pool and 4 dining options.

Sofitel Xian On Renmin Square 5-star hotel

Area: Xincheng, Xi’an

A 10-minute walk from Bell Tower & Drum Tower and Muslim Street, Sofitel Xian On Renmin Square features an indoor heated pool and luxurious spa. It has 4 restaurants and 3 bars.

Grand Soluxe International Hotel 5-star hotel

Area: Xincheng, Xi’an

218 yards from Xi’an Train Station, Grand Soluxe International Hotel features a fitness center, a sauna and karaoke facilities. All of the rooms have free wired internet. Free parking is available.

Crowne Plaza Xi’an 5-star hotel

Area: Beilin, Xi’an

The luxurious Crowne Plaza Xi’an is located within Shaanxi Xinxi Tower, one of the tallest buildings in Xi’an.

Grand Mercure Xian On Renmin Square 5-star hotel

Area: Xincheng, Xi’an

Grand Mercure Xian On Renmin Square is a luxurious 5-star hotel just a 10-minute walk from the Bell and Drum Tower. It offers massage services, a restaurant and free parking.

Grand Park Hotel Xi’an 5-star hotel

Area: Beilin, Xi’an

Grand Park Xian offers modern rooms, a gym and day-spa in the heart of historic Xian. It is a 15 minute walk from the Bell Tower and Park of Revolution.

Shangri-La Hotel Xi’an 5-star hotel

Area: Yanta, Xi’an

Shangri-La Hotel Xi’an is a luxurious 5-star hotel situated in the Gaoxin High-tech Development Zone, and a 35-minute drive from Xi’an Xianyang International Airport.

The Westin Xi’an

Area: Yanta, Xi’an

Boasting an on-site Chinese museum with over 2000 artifacts, The Westin Xian offers a luxurious getaway in one of the major ancient cities of the world – Xi’an.

Sheraton Xi’an North City Hotel 5-star hotel

Area: Lianhu, Xi’an

Neighbouring Exit B of Longshouyuan Subway Station (Line 2), the 5-star luxurious Sheraton Xi’an North City Hotel is a 5-minute walk from Daming Palace, a famous tourist spot.

Branley Hotel Xi’an 5-star hotel

Area: Yanta, Xi’an

Branley Hotel Xi’an is within a 30-minute drive of the Xi’an Railway Station and the Downtown Bell Tower. This luxurious 5-star hotel offers 3 dining options, an indoor pool and rooms with free Wi-Fi.

Tang Dynasty Art Garden Hotel

Area: Yanta, Xi’an

With distinct oriental elegance, Tang Dynasty Hotel is in a location next to Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Pedestrian Street. It features cultural displays with its music performances and tea shows.

Jianguo Hotel Xi’an 5-star hotel

Area: Beilin, Xi’an

Jianguo Hotel Xi’an offers elegant and spacious rooms near Xing Qing Park. Less than a 5 minute walk from the city’s East gate, it boasts an indoor pool, jacuzzi and gym.

Holiday Inn Xi’an Big Goose Pagoda

Area: Yanta, Xi’an

Holiday Inn Xi’an Big Goose Pagoda offers accommodations in Xi’an. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Each room includes a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.

Wyndham Grand Xian South

Area: Yanta, Xi’an

Offering a spa and wellness centre, Wyndham Grand Xian South is located in Xi’an. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and a hot tub.

Sofitel Legend People’s Grand Hotel Xi’an

Area: Xincheng, Xi’an

Offering a sun terrace and garden, Sofitel Legend Peoples Xi’an offers 5-star accommodation with modern facilities and 24-hour butler service in the heart of Xi’an.

Guandong Victory Hotel Shamian Island Guangzhou

Guandong Victory Hotel Shamian Island Guangzhou

If you’re looking for accommodation in Guangzhou and you’re after somewhere peaceful to stay, I think it would be pretty hard to beat Shamian Island. It’s relaxed, peaceful but still only a short taxi fare to the major shopping streets and main tourist attractions of the city.

I think there are four hotels on Shamian Island, including the White Swan Hotel, Guangdong Shamian Hotel, Customs Hotel and the Guangdong Victory Hotel. We chose the Victory Hotel simply due to the deal they had going at the time.

The hotel was built back in the early 19thcentury by the British who used it as a bank, so as you could imagine it’s a pretty grand old building. The building is in two sections with an east and west side, we stayed on the east side. The interior is a little dated looking, but still clean and comfortable.

The room was small but again clean and comfortable apart from the blocked toilet, and when you drained the bath, it regurgitated the water back up the drain hole in the bathroom floor, nice. I guess that’s all a legacy of a nearly 100-year-old building.

Probably the coolest feature of this hotel is the rooftop swimming pool.

 

For more info and latest discount rates check out the hotel page here, also see a map of hotels on Shamain Island.

 

Map

 

 

Accommodation in Humen: the Grand Noble Hotel

Accommodation in Humen: the Grand Noble Hotel

While in Humen we stayed at the Grand Noble Hotel. It’s a clean, comfortable hotel, the food at the restaurant was more than fine and there was even English speaking staff.

The room at the Grand Noble

 

Even more interesting is that there is a Starbucks on site, so coffee and somewhere to chill is taken care of. The hotel is also very central to the main shopping area which is packed with clothes stores. It’s also easy to get to the city’s main attractions including the Weiyuan Fort, Naval Battle Museum, Humen Bridge, and Opium Museum.

 

For rates and more info on the Grand Noble Hotel here. See here for my top picks for hotels in Dongguan, Guangdong China.

 

 

V Inn Hotel Xiamen

V Inn Hotel Xiamen

I’m glad I left the Xiamen Huaqiao Hotel to come here, whilst the room is not quite as nice, the service at the V Inn makes all the difference.

The staff are friendly, and some speak English, while at the four-star Xiamen Huaqiao Hotel, combined with a CTS travel agency, couldn’t book a bus ticket, the staff at this hotel had it done in minutes. Really so helpful.

Id also made this reservation with cTrip over the phone who managed to find a place at a great price even on the weekend with only hours notice.

As for the hotel itself, it’s a good walk away from the ferry terminal and Zhong Shan Road, but taxis are pretty cheap and seem easy to get hold of. I didn’t try the restaurant at the hotel, but at the end of the street, there’s a KFC if you need. This must also be ‘flower shop street’ as every second shop on this short street is selling bouquets.

The room was a good size, basic but clean, the bathroom was showing it’s age. The room had a free broadband connection too.

Check here for a map of Xiamen hotels and intro to the city. And my picks for the top 15 hotels in the city.

Address:

Map

Fuyulou Changdi Inn and Hukeng Village

Fuyulou Changdi Inn and Hukeng Village

After a full day tour of the tulou buildings it was back to the Fuyulou Changdi Inn just in time for a tea drinking session with the owner and guests. Here they grow there own tea, and it’s good gear, so good, I made sure to take some home. After an hour of solid tea drinking it was time for dinner, and fortunately they have english menu, and even a French menu too!

Fuyulou Changdi Inn

The food from the in house kitchen is top quality, fresh, tasty and fairly priced. It’s just what I needed after a sleepless night on the train and a long day exploring the tulou buildings throughout the area. Even better, was having the French couple as company for dinner.

With a stomach full of food I headed straight for the room, keen on a shower and to get my head onto a pillow. I had a room on the second floor and actually had a choice of rooms, one with an 800 year old bed, or one with an simple but more modern looking double bed. I went for the double bed. The rooms are simple with a fan, TV and table, but full of character, after all this building was built in the 1800’s. And it’s that fact that makes this such a special place to stay.

Another shot of the Fuyulou

The Fuyulou building is still in the hands of the family that built it all those years ago and it’s well preserved, and now open to the public as a hostel run by its family owners. The place has a uniquely relaxed feel, perhaps due to it’s use of natural products in its construction, it’s design, it’s location alongside a fresh flowing stream, or perhaps from the friendly people who inhabit this special place, maybe all of the above.

The building is conveniently located within the ‘Yongding Hakka Earth Building Folk Cultural Village’ perhaps they need to take a lead from Lijiang and just call it ‘old town’ or something…! The village itself is packed with culture and ancient buildings making it a great place to wander around and explore. 

Stone Bridge

From the Fuyulou I ventured over the old stone bridge to see a small round tulou, and then followed a cobblestone path along the peaceful river to an ancient temple and further down is the Zhencheng Building, perhaps one of the cleanest and best preserved round tulous of the whole area. There’s plenty of other sights to see too, just follow the path which is marked with signposts (in chinese+english) along the way. There’s also a guide map available.

Rusheng Toulu across from the Fuyulou

Fuyulou Changdi Inn  contact details:

Stephen Lin (speaks great english) – http://www.fuyulou.net – fuyulou@163.com

Hukeng  Town – Village Maps:

http://www.fuyulou.net/newsview.aspx?id=50

Macau Accommodation: Ole London Hotel

Macau Accommodation: Ole London Hotel

Initially, I’d only booked two nights at the Pousada Marina Infante Hotel and when I got around to asking to extend for another night, the price had doubled, bugger. So it was onto the online accommodation sites again and this time cTrip had the best deal.

The Ole London Hotel was the cheapest option listed and looked reasonable,  its located on the main part of Macau and very close to Macau’s Historic area.

All the taxi drivers know the place by its English name too, which is handy, and the place is right next door to the Best Western Sun Sun. The hotel is a bit of a walk to the major casinos like Lisboa, Wynn or the MGM Grand, but it’s only about 17HKD in a taxi (less than $3 aud). There’s also a bus stop nearby.

There’s nothing extravagant about the Ole London Hotel but it has the basics right, very right, they could probably teach many of the four-star places I’ve stayed at a thing or two about how to set up a bed, and how to keep a place clean!

The hotel has a really nice cozy feel to it featuring tasteful but simple decor matching the Macau heritage. The staff are very friendly, easy going and helpful with local knowledge.

The cleanliness is A1, both in the rooms and the throughout the hotel. The rooms feature a modern looking bathroom with new looking fixtures and fittings, the shower has plenty of hot water, plenty of pressure and a wonderful big shower head. The bed was nice and soft! A really hard thing to find in China! The pillows were nice and fluffy as was the bedspread/doona. So comfortable I didn’t want to get out of it!

The rooms have free wi-fi internet, which works ok at times, along with a large screen LCD with loads of channels, many English speaking, and an air-conditioner.

The mini breakfast buffet is extra but only 28 HKD, or MOP, which is pretty cheap and included freshly cooked eggs, ham, and sausage along with noodles, cereal, salad, juice and great coffee from the cappuccino machine.

Final thoughts on the Ole London Hotel: It’s basic, but would definitely stay again, it’s comfortable, relaxed, clean and quite. Friendly and helpful staff are a big bonus (English speaking too!).

For the latest rates and specials at the Ole London see here.

Check here for a map of other Macau hotels and an intro to the area.

Chinese Address

Ole London Hotel Map Location

Macau Accommodation: Pousada Marina Infante Hotel Macau

Macau Accommodation: Pousada Marina Infante Hotel Macau

Accommodation in Macau is nowhere near as cheap as the mainland, and can even be on par with western hotel prices during busy periods. After searching Hotel Club, eLong and Ctrip to find the cheapest, most reasonable hotel in Macau, at the time, Hotel Club ended up having the best deal and I stayed at the Pousada Marina Infante Hotel Macau. Accommodation in Macau is a little like Hong Kong in that you need to book in advance to get really good deals.

The hotel is located on Taipa Island so its a little way from central Macau and the casinos like the Grand Lisboa, Wynn, Sands or MGM, but it’s close to the Venetian, The Plaza and the City of Dreams or what’s often referred to as the Cotai Strip.

The hotel provides a regular free shuttle service to the Cotai Strip casinos and the Macau Maritime Terminal. Taxis are easy to get from the hotel and it doesn’t cost much to get to central Macau. There’s also a bus stop just a short walk away, and it’s only a short 2-minute walk to the Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino.

The Pousada Marina Infante features a gymnasium with pool and steam rooms, a 24-hour restaurant, concierge service and a casino but this was closed at the time of writing.  

The hotel is pretty clean and while it’s not new by any means it’s in quite good shape. The room I had was clean and even featured a good sized bathroom with shower and even a small bath. The rooms have broadband internet access but unfortunately, it costs extra, you have to buy at CTM prepaid broadband card and it’s extremely overpriced at 180HKD ($26) for 24hrs access.

When I picked up a mobile phone sim card in Macau, I’m sure I read somewhere in the brochure about a reasonably priced wi-fi service.

The room had a tv, fridge, and mini-bar with reasonable prices. The room is nice and quite too, sometimes cheaper hotels can be quite noisy but here the walls and doors are nice and solid, allowing for a peaceful nights sleep. There’s no high-traffic roads, bars or clubs nearby so in general the place is pretty quite. 

Free buffet breakfast for two was included in the deal and it was quite ok featuring western and Chinese dishes.

The staff are friendly and helpful with local knowledge and the concierge has plenty of useful maps.

I stayed for two nights and would have liked to stay here longer but when I asked to extend my stay the rates had gone from 800HKD for two nights to 800HKD for one night. Quite oddly they suggested booking via an online hotel booking site for a better deal which I found bizarre. Why they wouldn’t match an online hotel booking sites price for their own hotel and save the commission payable to the site I’ll never understand, but, it’s not the first hotel I’ve struck like this.

I’d happily stay at this hotel again, and once the new Galaxy Macau site across the road opens it will be a comfortable but fairly priced place to stay while in Macau.

For current specials and discount rates check here, check here for a map of Macau hotels and also see a list of hand picked list of hotels in Macau here.

Address

Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus, Taipa, Macau

Pousada Marina Infante Hotel Location Map

Cheap Hong Kong Hotels: Mirador Mansions

Cheap Hong Kong Hotels: Mirador Mansions

Mirador Mansions on Nathan Rd of Tsim Sha Tsui is an extremely well-known building that has been frequented by travelers to Hong Kong for many many years. The building takes up the whole block width ways and is about 15 stories high, and was built back in the 70’s is my guess. For many years it has been home to several different independently run hostels, including the well known Cosmic Guest House.

It has a great location, being less than a five-minute walk to the all the attractions along Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. It’s also very close to Kowloon Park and its right across the road from the new iSquare shopping complex. Temple St Night market is within walking distance too.

But, hmmm, the name maybe a little bit of a contradiction, it’s no mansion!  The front of the building faces Nathan Rd and along the frontage, you’ll find camera stores, jewelers and even a strange looking herb shop (strange to me at least!). The main entrance is halfway along the front street, and when you first walk in you may want to just turn around and walk out again.

It’s a little run down, a little dirty looking, and at first look there appears to be plenty of shady looking characters hanging around the front. But fortunately, they turn out to be harmless locals that are either living or working in the building, the building is also home to many businesses.

The entry could do with a real good clean or refurbish, but fortunately, the hostels are much cleaner than the entry hallway! In the hallway, you’ll also find tailors, phone shops selling sim and calling cards, shops selling luggage and also traditional Chinese clothes. They don’t wait in their shops for business to come to them either,  most shop staff are out the front touting their goods and trying to lure you into their shops. Calls of ‘tailored suit, shirts, copy watches sir…’ can become annoying, but they are friendly, and many speak English so they can actually be helpful in rare instances.

There is a pair of elevators in the middle of the building and a pair towards the rear, the ones at the rear are mostly used by businesses moving goods up and down. Both sets can quite often be busy, and it’s worth noting that they are turned off at ten pm, although the ones at the rear still seem to work later in the night.

Lilys Guest House is located on the 11th floor and Lily herself speaks English and seems very helpful and friendly too, I saw the room but did not stay there as I had already booked at Cosmic Guest House. I think Lilys Guest House would be ok to stay at as the bathrooms may have been a little bigger and being at the rear of the building there may not be so much road noise from the busy Nathan Rd.

Cosmic Guest House is located on the 12th floor which is surprisingly cleaner than the entryway! The staff are all friendly, helpful and the main staff speak good English. The floor feels safe and the rooms are clean, perhaps not immaculately clean but if you have been traveling around China for a while you’ll have adjusted your standards to a new ‘norm’ and for China, it’s on the good side.

Like most rooms in China the rooms are small, so don’t expect much. Both the rooms I stayed at in the Cosmic Guest House were comfortable though, and if you’re staying in Hong Kong you really shouldn’t be spending much time in your room, and when you get home you should be so tired that you could sleep anywhere, so what’s it matter, right! The rooms were clean and had a small TV with a few English channels, air conditioning, a thin mattress, thin doona and two slightly flat pillows. Both rooms had a toilet and shower fitted into one of the smallest bathrooms I have ever seen. It’s really cool, you can go to the toilet and shower at the same time…

See: The top 9 hostels at Mirador Mansions (as rated by past visitors)

Nathan Road is a busy arterial that runs up the center of Kowloon, so there’s plenty of traffic noise, I made good use of my earplugs which are a necessity in China anyway, and the hum from the air conditioner helps to drown out the noise…

The Cosmic Guest House has a free left luggage room, free internet, a laundry service which looked to be reasonably priced.

Close By
On the same block as the Mirador Mansion is a Seven Eleven, a little expensive but they have a small range of beers, snacks, and goods for other basic needs, walking down Mody Rd you’ll find the new K11 building which has a coffee shop, restaurant and some other shops. Along the nearby Hart Avenue, you’ll find the Panorama Hotel which has a bar and restaurant at the top featuring a wonderful view over Hong Kong city and the harbour, drinks and food are pricey but it’s a classy place with an amazing view.

A reasonable walk away is the Hong Kong Museum of History And the Hong Kong Science Museum, near to that is Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, and there’s a load of bars on the nearby Prat Avenue. There are more bars and clubs in Tsim Sha Tsui near Grandville Square and also some shops and some great little cheap eateries.

Possibly the best feature is the closeness to the harbour, it’s only a short walk and your there, where you can get on a Star Ferry, go to the Hong Kong Science Museum, the Hong Kong Art Gallery, walk along the Avenue of the Stars and watch the Symphony of Light Show.

Also, check out the Budget Hotels in Hong Kong featured by booking.com plus the comprehensive list of Hotels in Hong Kong at HotelsCombined. Plus personal hand-selected list of budget hostels and guesthouses in Hong Kong.

 

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Hong Kong Accommodation: Dorsett Kowloon Hotel

Hong Kong Accommodation: Dorsett Kowloon Hotel

Formerly known as the Dorsett Olympic Hotel, the place has 141 rooms and is located on Anchor St at the northern end of Kowloon in the area known as Tai Kok Tsui. It’s well back from the main attraction of the Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour but close to Mong Kok which will please shoppers.

To their credit, they run a free shuttle bus at regular intervals from morning through into the night. The shuttle bus is a modern 21 seater that stops off at the nearby MTR station, it also runs through to the Dorsett Seaview Hotel and to the airport.

Being located close to Mong Kok made it easy to visit all the nearby markets such as Temple st Market, the Mong Kok Computer Center for electronics, the Ladies Market and more. Plus it’s only a short trip in the taxi the harbor, or use the free shuttle bus and Hong Kongs excellent subway. The bonus from being a little way away from the action is that it’s not so noisy.

The staff at the front desk speak some English, and I booked via Hotel Club to get decent rates for my two-night stay. They were very good rates as it turns out, the reception desk staff seemed almost a little shocked at the price, they definitely didn’t want to extend my stay later on at those rates!

It pays to book in advance where possible for accommodation in Hong Kong, as rates fluctuate continually, and can go up dramatically on weekends or if there’s a sudden influx of visitors and demand becomes high.

It’s also worth remembering that accommodation in Hong Kong, barring slack periods, can be comparable in price to western rates and it’s impossible to find the same extraordinary value that can be found in mainland China.

Hotel rooms in Hong Kong could be defined as spacious cubicles…

The Dorsett Kowloon Hotel is very clean and reasonably modern, the room was small but acceptable as most rooms in Hong Kong are tiny. It had air conditioning, small flat screen TV (only two channels were watchable), a comfortable bed (note: Chinese like their mattresses hard, I’m starting to get used to it!), broadband internet (you have to pay extra), shower, wash basin and toilet. There was also a closet with a small safe.

The hotel has a small cafe which serves a reasonably priced breakfast featuring a small buffet with the usual toast, coffee, tea, cereal and some hot foods including dim sum, baked beans and bacon.

Nearby to the hotel is a McDonalds, a small local shopping complex with a seven eleven, a supermarket and some small retailers.

SEE: latest rates for the Dorsett Mong Kok and here for latest rates and specials for Hong Kong hotels . For more, see the list of hand-picked hotels in Mong Kok and the top 5 luxury hotels in Mong Kok

Chinese Address for the Dorsett Hotel Kowloon

Location Map – Dorsett Hotel Kowloon

Shenzhen Accommodation: The Orient Sunseed Hotel

Shenzhen Accommodation: The Orient Sunseed Hotel

I found and booked this place via the cTrip website and it seemed to be a reasonable compromise between price and comfort at just under 200RMB ($31AUD) and still in the Nanshan District of Shenzhen. I stayed here just before heading over to Hong Kong.

The place isn’t really close to anything, but at the same time it’s not too expensive to get a taxi to anywhere you need to go. If you after reasonable budget accommodation in Nanshan it’s probably worth checking the rates.

The place is starting to show its age but for a budget price it passes ok. The rooms are kept clean, but the carpets in the room I had graced a few stains. Otherwise everything works, the shower is clean, plenty of pressure and hot water and free toiletries included (toothbrush, soap, comb, etc.).

The building also has a KTV (like a karaoke bar) on 4th floor if I remember rightly, and it gets noisy, particularly on a Saturday night. Get a room on the highest floor possible!

The free breakfast buffet is acceptable and I even found some english magazines to read there while munching my way through the toast and small selection of dim sum. The restaurant serves both western and chinese dishes.

The staff are friendly, helpful, some speak english and they also held my luggage for several days while I was in Hong Kong for no extra charge. The service made the hotel a good experience.

Chinese address for the Orient Sunseed Hotel

Map Location of the Orient Sunseed Hotel

Holiday Inn Nanshan, Shenzhen China

Holiday Inn Nanshan, Shenzhen China

The Holiday Inn is an American hotel chain, so, it’s guaranteed that the prices are going to be higher than your run of the mill Chinese hotel. But what do you get for the extra cost?

For a start, the Holiday Inn Donghua in Nanshan District is clean, like, western style clean and has western style service with attention to detail, and all the staff seemed to speak some level of English. Don’t get me wrong, I love roughing it in China, but sometimes the sense of familiarity is comforting.

Photo: Lobby at the Shenzhen Holiday Inn

There is two things that stand out about the difference between a western managed hotel and localy managed one, the attention to the small things. First of those is the cleanliness, every nook and cranny of the room I stayed in at the Holiday inn was clean. Many Chinese hotels I’ve stayed are only clean on the surface, look around and you’ll find stains, dirt around fittings and fixtures, and beds that have never had the vacuum cleaner under them or even near them for that matter. This place was clean, the room had a crisp, clean fresh feel which was a refreshing change.

The next noticeable difference is the beds, the Chinese love a bed that’s as soft as concrete floor but this was different. Here the beds are soft, the doona is plush and the bed has two pillows on each side. The pillows are full of life, as if they where new, when you are arrive the pillows are also labelled ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ so you can choose the most comfortable pillow for you. Again a refreshing change and a surprising attention to detail.

Inside the room.

The hotel has a large lobby bar and restaurant, upstairs there is also another bar done in a American sports bar style featuring large video screen and a constant feed of live sport and another restaurant. There’s also a Japanese bar and restaurant. I never ate at the resturants but Im told they are good. There’s often a happy hour for drinks at the sports bar which is good value.

Something I found frustrating about this place was the trouble the staff had with operating the cash register, whether it was a snack at the lobby bar or a drink at the sports bar, it seemed to take an eternity just to get your change and go. I started asking for the bill as soon as I ordered…but, small things I guess..

The hotel is walking distance to the new Coastal City Shopping Centre and Haiya Supermarket where you can find McDonalds, KFC, Starbucks, Cafe De Coral, supermarkets, cinema, theatre, multi level shopping mall and a small night market. There’s also a health spa/sauna in near the gym and in the surrounding streets there’s several small Japanese bars.

The hotel also features a gymnasium which is well equipped, a large indoor pool, steam room and sauna which were all free to use. The staff at the health club are friendly, helpful and speak English.

I hadn’t watched TV for a while apart from CCTV 9 which is a English news channel operated by the China Central Television Station. This place had satellite TV with many foreign channels including sports, BBC news, CNN news and movie channels. The room also had free broadband internet.

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Address: 2307 Donghua Park, Nanhai Road, Nanshan, Shenzhen

Chinese Address for Holiday Inn Nanshan, Shenzhen

Holiday Inn Shenzhen Map

New Asia Hotel Shanghai

New Asia Hotel Shanghai

I booked the New Asia Hotel through HotelClub and at the time it was pretty cheap, and for the location, it was far cheaper than anything that was close to the Bund, Nanjing Rd and so on.

So I wasn’t expecting much, not for the price, but I was surprised to find that this was a quality hotel, it’s not new by any means, but it has English speaking staff, it’s clean and tasteful.

The hotel also features a bar and a restaurant on the ground floor and another restaurant which serves a buffet breakfast. I ate at the ground floor restaurant twice and enjoyed a tasty meal of fried eel and dumpling soup, on another occasion I ate a simple fried rice, both were good. The buffet breakfast is great value and comes with some real friendly and welcoming staff.

The room was clean and comfortable featuring a desk, flat screen TV, double bed, modern and clean bathroom with a bath and western style toilet.

Room at the New Asia Hotel
the bathroom

A big downside of the hotel is the fact they charge extra to use the internet, what’s even worse is that they advertise a ‘pay for what you use’ system with a maximum charge of 60RMB, no matter what you do, you will be charged the full rate of 60RMB.

The hotel is located only 10 minutes walk from the Bund and Nanjing Road, there are bus stops nearby also. Taxis often wait out the front of the hotel but its best to ask for the concierge to get one for you..

[update: it’s now called the Golden Tulip Bund New Asia!]

For the latest rates, deals and more info see Golden Tulip New Asia Hotel Shanghai. And even more Hotels in Shanghai. Also, check out GoShopShanghai which has hand-selected lists of the top hotels near the Bund.

Chinese address for Golden Tulip New Asia Hotel Shanghai

New Asia Hotel Map

Beijing Accommodation: The Redwall Hotel

Beijing Accommodation: The Redwall Hotel

The first thing that struck me about the Redwall Hotel was the incredible service provided by the concierge team. As soon as I put my foot on the steps of the hotel there was someone bounding out the front door to help with my luggage and escort me to the reception to check in.

Oddly, and to my benefit, the concierge even helped out in securing the best rate possible and matching the Ctrip price which initially the reception desk was unable to do.

The hotel is starting to show some age, the rooms are kept very clean and are well maintained with everything working as it should. Unfortunately, the same cant be said about the restaurant, it’s rubbish, the food is average and the place looks like it hasn’t had a decent clean in years, it really lets the rest of the hotel down. The breakfast is acceptable though, and reasonably priced by Beijing standards, but I’m sure better could be found if you were prepared to travel away from the hotel.

The Forbidden City, Jinsheng Park, Behei Park and Wangfujing St are all within walking distance of the Redwall Hotel. So is Tiananmen Square, if you enjoy walking, but taxis are pretty easy to get also.

The streets immediately surrounding the hotel are not exactly modern touristy streets, they’re far from it. That doesn’t mean they are not interesting, I enjoyed wandering around these streets to see the way many in Beijing really live and seeing a small section of local life in this big city.

One nearby street (in the photo below), is quite handy featuring fruit sellers, people on the street selling their wares out of bicycle trailers, laundry services and there is even a supermarket. The people are friendly although no one speaks English, they are happy to help you, I even managed to get a well-needed hair cut in one of the local shops, without a word of English spoken!

If you are after more modern shops, don’t fear, the very popular Wangfujing St is only a ten-minute walk away where you’ll find mega-modern shopping complexes and eateries galore.

The major redeeming factors of this hotel are its closeness to the Forbidden City, the great price (by Beijing standards) and the great service from the concierge team. The concierge is extremely helpful, they have free maps and can help with choosing the best sights to see and places to visit.

They also have a tour desk which can book plane and train tickets, I booked a train ticket with them and had no concerns, although, I booked a trip to Badling section of the Great Wall and it turned out to be a sales tour stopping at Jade salesrooms, and various other crap places rather than spending time at the wall. Admittedly the tour wasn’t expensive, and after expressing my dissatisfaction they did offer my money back. Ask plenty of questions about any tour you book.

The hotel also has a hair salon in the building, a small shop selling bags and souvenirs, and a massage service.  But for a massage you’d be crazy not to experience Dragonfly which is not too far away or try Massage Town at 77 Wangfujing St.

Final thoughts on the Redwall Hotel – If you’re looking for accommodation close to the Forbidden City, for a fair price, then this is probably hard to beat. Skip the restaurant except for the bacon, eggs, and toast at the breakfast buffet. Ask for Mark who is on the concierge team, he’ll help with any concerns.

For latest online specials and more info see Red Wall Hotel Forbidden City and, also see my picks for the top 15 spa hotels in Beijing

Redwall Hotel address in Chinese

Redwall Hotel Map

The Melody Hotel and Where to Stay in Xian

The Melody Hotel and Where to Stay in Xian

Stupidly, I hadn’t booked a hotel when I went to Xi’an and by the time I got on the bus from the airport I was starting to get a little nervous. Fortunately, as I got off the bus in the center of Xi’an it stops right out the front of the Melody Hotel. I walked straight in and booked a room, probably paying twice what I would have had I booked via the net….

The hotel is quite conveniently located right in the center of the city and it’s straight across the road from the Drum Tower, walking distance to the Mosque and the markets, walking distance to the Bell Tower and much more. Whilst it’s not sparkling new by any means, the rooms are comfortable, clean and many have great views towards the Drum Tower.

I’m kinda glad I had a hotel that was quite central within the city walls, only for the sake of making it easy to see some of the key attractions.

Melody Hotel Address: 86 West Street, Xi’an

Check out the latest deals for the Melody Hotel Xi’an. Being a major tourist spot there is a lot of hotels and hostels in the city, see here for my personal picks of the top 15 places to stay in Xi’an

 

Also see my Intro to Xi’an and the top ten attractions

 

Melody Hotel Xi’an Map

The Traffic Hotel Chengdu

The Traffic Hotel Chengdu

The Traffic Hotel is located south of central Chengdu alongside the Nanhe River. Right next door to the hotel is the Xinnanmen Bus Station (Tourism Passenger Transport Centre) which is the Chengdu’s main bus station with services to many long distance destinations like Emei, Leshan, Jiuzhaigou and many more places in Sichuan Province.

The Traffic Hotel/Inn (previously the Communications Hotel?) sits somewhere between being a hotel and a backpackers hostel. Some rooms feature shower and toilet and other rooms just have a toilet. Common use showers are available on each floor. The rooms are basic but clean.

What makes this hotel great is three things, the caring service from the staff at the front desk with one senior staff member speaking great English providing me with endless assistance in booking tours and flights, secondly the wonderful food from the hotels restaurant, and thirdly the ability to easily book tours whether heading to Tibet, Emei Shan, Leshan or just to local Chengdu attractions. 

The hotel also has a laundry room and a secure area for leaving your extra luggage while out on tour. A major downside is a non-existent wi-fi, although on the second floor there where some cables at a central desk where you could plug in your laptop.

At the front of the hotel is a bar and a Thai restaurant, but the bar never seemed to really get going, and the service at the Thai Restaurant was that bad I walked out…but, looking back, I wasn’t having the best day that day, perhaps I was a little rash!

The restaurants own hotel is a great place to eat, the staff was friendly and considerate towards my inability to speak Mandarin. And the food was great value. Pictured below are a sizzling beef stir-fry and pork dumplings:

 

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Traffic Hotel address in Chinese

 

Traffic Hotel Map

The Shudu Mansion Hotel Chengdu

The Shudu Mansion Hotel Chengdu

Booking over the phone with Ctrip
I hadn’t sighted the hotel prior to booking but at the time there wasn’t much choice as there was a major conference on in town and accommodation was hard to find. That’s where Ctrip, the China-based travel booking service, saved the day once again.

You can book accommodation, flights and more travel services with Ctrip either via the Internet or via phone. As I found out later they do have an English booking service over the phone too, but in this case, my kind new friend Ran had done the hard work and saved the day by arranging a place to stay.

The Ctrip service is quite reassuring too, after booking over the phone you’ll then get a series of text messages to your mobile confirming the booking and providing hotel address, price and room type confirmation and a contact number you can call if you need someone who speaks Chinese to give the hotel address to a taxi driver etc.

I’ve now used Ctrip many times and the rates have always been better than booking direct, how that works I’m not sure but I’ll take it.

The Shudu Mansion Hotel in Chengdu
When it was new I could imagine this would have been a very classy hotel but the place is starting to show its age although still presentable. By Chinese standards, it’s kept extremely clean.

When I checked in it was quite busy so its hard to place judgment on the staff, and I think only a couple may speak some English.

The hotel is in a great location, close to the major shopping area and very central. There are plenty of eateries nearby including many of the big name western fast food outlets. The hotel also has its own revolving restaurant which provides a wonderful view over central Chengdu. I didn’t try dinner but their breakfast, included in the room rate, was a Chinese/western buffet and very enjoyable.

The room was large, the bed was comfortable (albeit hard like all Chinese beds), and it was clean. The bathroom was clean with shower and western toilet.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the Internet to work and was too tired to be worried about it. The TV worked fine but I couldn’t find any English stations at the time.

I only stayed here one night as that was the only night they had available, but I would be happy to stay again.

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Also see my Intro to Chengdu, inc the top attractions and places to stay

Map

 

Accommodation in Lijiang: Sleepy Inn Lijiang

Accommodation in Lijiang: Sleepy Inn Lijiang

The Sleepy Inn is located in Shuhe Ancient Town which is a short taxi ride away from the more famous part of Lijiang being the ‘Old Town’. Don’t let this put you off though, as Shuhe Ancient Town feels much more authentic than the Old Town and it’s much more relaxed.

The Sleepy Inn is in a traditional ancient style Chinese building featuring two levels and a courtyard. It doesn’t feel like you are staying in a backpackers or a hostel, or a hotel for that matter, this place feels like a home.  It has real warmth and charm. 

And you don’t have to rough it either, the bathroom looks newly renovated featuring a modern shower and basin, the bathroom shelves are stocked with all your needs including new toothbrushes, shampoo, soap and much more.

The room and the whole place are immaculately clean. And the big bed, wow, it’s one of the best I have slept in, not just in China, but anywhere, 10 out 10 for the beautiful mattress, and soft doona and comfy pillows. I have stayed in some 5-star places that could learn some lessons on a bed making from this place…

But the best part about the Sleepy Inn is the service, Amanda, who speaks great English, is incredibly helpful. On several occasions when I was lost she came to my rescue! Even walking halfway across the city, in the middle of the night, to find me and help me home when I was lost! Turned out I was only 20 meters from the door!

Amanda can help out with local area knowledge, maps and where to go and what to do. Also can help out with booking flights, transport etc. etc.

I have been a long way around China now and to date, this is still one of my favorite places I have stayed in. I booked this via Hotel Club but you can also contact Amanda at the Sleepy Inn direct.

Sleepy Inn address: No.8 Qinglong Road, Shuhe Ancient Town, Lijiang, China. Phone: 86-888-5165-933

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Photo of their business card with the address in Chinese:

Map:(only rough location, as some streets don’t appear on Google maps)