Monday, February 28, 2011

Hotel Kapok Wanfujing

The Hotel Kapok Wanfujing is like Ritz Carlton Hotel Financial Street, the Grand Hyatt Beijing, and the Shangri-La Beijing considered one of the top ten luxury hotels in Beijing.




Conveniently located in a quiet neighbourhood close to Wangfujing and the Forbidden City, this Chinese take on funky boutique wraps its distinctive milky-green latticed frame around a five-storey former government building. Designed by influential local architect Zhu Pei, the 89-room hotel flips the traditional hutong concept on its ear - re-working the system of courtyards and public spaces in the vertical for the modern-day traveller. Glass corridors wrap around a central courtyard leading to the 27 suites and 62 standard rooms, some with private pebble courtyards. Service can be sketchy, but great value considering the location.



Price per night: RMB 500+
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16 Donghuamen Street
Dongcheng
Beijing



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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Shangri-La Beijing

Like the Ritz Carlton Hotel Financial Street and the Grand Hyatt Beijing, the Shangri-La Beijing is considered one of the top ten luxury hotels in Beijing.



Despite the Shangri-la's slightly inconvenient location and rather drab exterior this is more than made up for by luxurious rooms, sumptuous spa and easy access to Summer Palace and Western Hills.

Three great in-house restaurants, plus beautiful hotel garden with al fresco bar.

Price per night: RMB 1000 - 1800
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ritz Carlton Hotel Financial Street

The Ritz Carlton Hotel Financial Street caters to a corporate clientele but retains a homey feel - with the best beds in town.

Spacious marble bathrooms come with his-and-her sinks and televisions anchored in front of the bathtub. The basement health club and spa are top-notch. Upgrading to an executive room gives you access to a 24-hour club lounge, plus free WiFi. In-house restaurant Cepe serves the city's best upscale Italian fare. About 20 minutes to Tiananmen Square by metro.



Price per night: RMB 4500 - 8000
Nearest metro: Fuxingmen
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Monday, February 21, 2011

Grand Hyatt Beijing

Great location above Oriental Plaza Mall and close to Wangfujing, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Standard rooms are spacious and well-equipped, service second to none. The palatial lobby is a popular meeting place, with live music in the evenings. Some of Beijing's best eateries - including Noble Court and Made in China - can be found at the Grand Hyatt Beijing.



Price per night: RMB 3800

Nearest metro: Wangfujing

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Peking Duck Recipes

Cooking Peking Duck properly is something of an art.


First the duck needs to be hung and correctly dried preferably in a natural environment though an electric fan can be used indoors.

Then bring a wok full of water with dissolved corn starch, spring onions, Chinese wine, ginger, honey, and vinegar to the boil. Baste the duck with the liquid and then leave to dry again for a number of hours.




When completely dry, the duck is roasted and turned for about one hour.

Peking duck is eaten with hoisin dipping sauce and small circular Mandarin pancakes or crepes.



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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Chinese Chess

象棋

Outdoor games of Chinese chess are a common sight in Beijing's hutongs and parks.


Chinese chess (Xiangqi) is an ancient game played between the black and red armies with 16 pieces per player with the object to checkmate the opposing "general".


© Daniel Allen & Beijing-Visitor


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