While traveling from Beijing to Wutaishan, I took fast train from Beijing. The hotel I had booked near Wutaishan wanted 1000 rmb to pick me up as hotel is 50 miles n of Tiayuan. I cancelled the reservation as they advertised shuttle service from airport on Booking.com, who were not helpful when I complained hiring a taxi is not a shuttle service.
I asked cab driver to take me to first 4 or 5 star hotel that could speak English. He brought me here to regroup. I was going to ask to use wireless to book another room. The desk manager showed me the rate card, twice what I was paying before, so I said no, and she upgraded me to a business suite for same price as first hotel.
As with all Chinese hotels bring your own coffee. McDonals's next door is helpful for the coffee less. The breakfast is not bad. For Chinese breakfast buffet. Staff tries at English, but do not travel to central or north China and expect anyone to speak English except at western 4 or 5 star. They always having English speaking staff.
The hotel also arranged a driver for me to go to Wutaishan (3 hours one way) and wait for me and bring me back for 1200 rmb. You see the villa in Wutaishan would have charged you 1000 to get there and another 1000 to get back to Taiyuan. He was excellent, good road, good driver, no English. I recommend visiting the area from Taiyuan rather than Datong. Road much safer.
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