We chose the Jingshan Garden for the second part of our stay in Beijing. The courtyard is gorgeous and since they have very nice chairs you can actually use it for a quiet afternoon break in the sun.
The rooms were the best we had while in China, very spacious, beautiful furniture, great shower!
Breakfast was good, many Chinese and Western options in a buffet style, freshly prepared eggs to go with it, so very filling.
The hotel is conveniently located close to Jingshan Park, Drum Tower and the lakes, but keep in mind that the next subway station to get to other spots is about 1 km away! So it can be quite a walk that you might have to do 4 times a day in case you also go out for dinner. In that case take the business card for taxi drivers with you (from reception), because Beijing subway stops at 11 pm. The card has a map (most drivers did not understand it) and the address on the other side (we had more success with that side).
Some more advice: Get up early and watch Chinese morning exercise between 6 and 7 am in Jingshan Park. This is when you can also get the best views of the Forbidden City.
For the evening, have Beijing hotpot at Manfulou close by on Dianmen Inner Street and venture out further to Qianhai lake for some beers! The best bars are close to the bridge that connects Qianhai and Houhai.
One unfortunate fact: The only time we were cheated in China was when we took a motorized mini-cab (similar to a Tuktuk) from the subway station to the hotel in heavy rain. Although we agreed on the price using Chinese numbers (50 yuan, about 6 Euro, which is already quite much for the short trip, but it was raining buckets…), the driver insisted when we arrived, that the 5 min drive had actually been a hutong tour and what he meant to say was 50 Dollars! So be careful, this area close to the commercialized hutong of Nanluoguxiang was the only time we had problems like that with drivers…
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