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.
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.
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!