Beijing

From my diary:

15th April 2012- Beijing

Arrived, snarky and bedraggled, and our crazy taxi driver nearly killed us on the way to our hotel.

Beijing tourist tourism

Shopping Beijing tourist tourism travel hutong

Shopping Beijing tourist tourism travel hutong

Imperial Courtyard Hotel in Beijing is in the Hutongs, a crazy mix of old style buildings and a hip shopping district and all at once exactly and nothing like what you expect China to be.

Imperial Hotel in Beijing China tourist tourism travel hutong

Imperial Hotel in Beijing China tourist tourism travel hutong

Side note: is snarky a word?

Not from diary:

Last time I stayed in Beijing, it was in a big chain hotel.

This little place in the Hutongs looked like the set of a theatre, tucked away down some seedy looking alley.

I got devoured by mosquitoes which wasn’t good, but everything else about Beijing was!

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