Our review is about the restaurant which is part of the hotel. Food served in this restaurant is tasty and they serve big portions. We ordered some vegetables, rice and noodles, all of which was freshly prepared. We also had cheap beer (5 yuan). Prices are quite reasonable and the meal is worth it, so no complaints here.
The restaurant is not far from the main road and is in one of the side streets. It is not hard to find, however, we did not have to look for it. We wouldn’t have known about this place if it hadn’t been for Mr Hu himself, who is a nice man speaking English and offering his help to ‘lost’ foreigners.
He appeared when we were getting off a bus from Tunxi (the driver stopped somewhere in Tangkou – not at the bus station – and asked us to leave). We suspect this is how it works – a driver lets Mr Hu know about foreign tourists on board, and Mr Hu comes. Anyway, Mr Hu approached us and asked which hotel we had booked and when we told him, he said that the hotel was about 5 km away and that it did not offer a shuttle service. He offered to give us a lift to our hotel for 10 yuan, to which we agreed.
On our short way there, he told us about his hotel and encouraged us to have a meal in his restaurant (plus free ride to and from). He also showed us a thick notebook with testimonials from grateful foreigners. Then he accompanied us to the hotel reception and even helped communicating with the staff.
We decided to have a meal in his restaurant at noon, especially that he told me that that there was the only cash machine of China Merchants Bank right next to his hotel (I really need this particular bank’s ATM). And here is the first thing that was evidently wrong: After we arrived there, it appeared that it was not China Merchants, but China Construction Bank’s cash machine. I got angry but we stayed and enjoyed our meal at his restaurant; and we don’t regret that.
Another thing is that later we found out that our hotel was much closer to the place where we were left by the bus driver (not more than 1.5 km, which we could walk or take a taxi for much less than the price we paid. And we also found out that the hotel offers free shuttle. Another thing was that when we were trying to find out where east gate was, Mr. Hu, whom we accidentally met again, misinformed us, claiming that the east gate is just across the bridge. Well, just across the bridge we found not the east gate but a bus station from which we got to the foot of the mountain (20 yuan). One more thing – as if to make sure you don’t leave, everyone will tell you ‘tomorrow it will be a very nice weather’, which was not true in our case…
To sum up, the restaurant is ok, but we have mixed feelings about the owner. Our advice is - just be very careful while staying in Tangkou. Be aware that there is a lot of confusing information and often not enough of it, so tourists might be easily taken advantage of.