Stayed there a week. Nice big room, bathroom, and TV; good air conditioning for the 95 degree heat and humidity of southern CHINA. Next door was the Fortune Tower where breakfast (American style), lunch and dinner could be had. Stay away from the chewy, rubbery pancakes and the so-called orange juice. Hard to find was cold, fresh water except in the room frig, along with some other things to drink but everything was carefully counted and charged for if used. For me the bed was too hard - like sleeping on a board with a mattress over it - no give at all. The neatest thing I remember is the room key - a card, like a credit card and when entering the room you placed it in a specific holder which completed the electrical circuit for your lights,TV, a/c and anything else electric. When departing you removed the card and the TV and air conditioning would shut down. The down side is that returning to the room it was hot and had to be cooled down again which could take ten or fifteen minutes. The Chinese are excellent hosts but few spoke English so if you had questions it was sometimes hard to get an answer but they would do whatever they could to find someone who could help you. There was a bar on the first floor, rather upscale, one bottle of Coca-Cola was five US dollars. Parking spaces were limited but most Chinese do not seem to have cars - motorcycles and bikes ruled. Most cars were taxis. There are sentries at the front gate, probably to keep out undesirables from bothering the paying guests. Watch out either walking down the street or taking a cab - China has the highest mortality rate for drivers. You will find cars in every lane at one time or another, whether or not it is the correct lane for them. Taxis do not have meters - they will bargain with you on the cost of a trip. If you are obviously a newbie from America, you will probably pay more. For a Chinese resident to get to the airport it is 50 or 60 yuan; for an American to get from the airport to the hotel it can be 100 -200 yuan. The NANNING hotel needs a small bus for this airport and hotel trip. It is a good idea to get your yuan (Chinese money) at the departing American airport - such as San Francisco. I do not know if the taxis or merchants will even accept the US dollar or if it is legal to try to spend US dollars in a communist country. Don't push your luck - you do not want to call the embassy to get you out of jail. Enjoy your trip.
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