Holiday Tags: China

This is a fine hotel, although we had a bad experience in the dining room which I hope was a one time isolated incident.

Otherwise we would not consider staying there again if ever returning to Xian.

The accommodation etc. is modern & the rooms are large, clean & comfortable.

The organization at the buffet breakfast is worth a review. Omelets or fried eggs were available to individual order, while you wait – except the chef did them one at a time & this generated needless queues.

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We stayed here during a week long visit to China (4 days Beijing & two days Xian) prior to joining a Far East cruise. The hotel was part of the overall package, breakfast included, as provided by the travel agent & we had no input in respect to it’s selection.

We were very pleased with the accommodation which was modern, well appointed & had good facilities. The rooms were large, clean & comfortable.

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Experience the rich nomadic lifestyle in the grasslands of Inner Mongolia. Share in their simple way of life as you stay in the beautiful Gers, unwind, share a meal, ride a horse and feel like a nomad.

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Lonely Planet author Michael Kohn spends 24 hours in Beijing. He visits the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Dashilar Hutong, the markets and then explores the nightlife where bars, restaurants and even street aerobics are a buzz.

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I would like to warn travellers to Beijing, China about a scam that has hit me twice now personally. In the lead up to the Olympic games in Beijing, the warning may be very useful, especially for solo travellers who are particularly vulnerable. I have travelled in many developing countries such as Russia, Thailand, South Africa, Indonesia etc but never come across anything as subtle as this scam.

There is an old saying “Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me”. I still don’t know whether to kick myself for

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Rough it up with Lonely Planet author Michael Kohn as he adventures through the Beijing loop of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Travel with the locals from Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia to Beijing, China all the way to Ulan Ude, Russia. Sleep on three tiered bunks, ballroom dance on the streets of Beijing, brave some snake elixir and spend endless hours riding through the raw countryside.

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