Stayed in Beijing for 3 days.
I visited Beijing in the year of 1997 with Wendy, with a budget of a little bit over 1000 RMB for two persons and 7 days. We stepped to most of places in Beijing. I did spend a lot of time to calculate the most economical route to take buses, which turned out to be good exercise to know the roads of the city. That was wonderful time I always remember.
© Jian Shuo Wang. The flower on the wall of the Forbidden City.
This trip should be, at least, my 10th business trip to Beijing. However, I don’t think my knowable about the city significantly improved after so many visit since 1997. There are two reasons:
- There is no time to go to any other place in the city than the office building.
- I never took subway or buses in the trips since my taxi fee is covered. So I lost many chances to get a deeper touch with the people in the city. Because of the same reason, the geographic concept of the city is still blur in my brain.
Business travel is the comfortable but boring travel. The five-star hotels anywhere are very similar with the standard greetings, standard smile and standard guest room. The differences were killed by the five-star standard. It is much more comfortable but less interesting to stay in hostels.
Cheaper Hotel is More Interesting Hotel
Compare the two hotels:
© Jian Shuo Wang in courtesy of Renaissance Beijing Hotel
© Jian Shuo Wang Image in courtesy of Fanrong Hostel
One picture is taken at Renaissance Beijing, costing 80 USD per night (discounted price) and the second is the Fanrong Hostel with less than 4 USD per night.
I even stayed at the best guest room in a hostel at 1.2 USD per night. See the room inside below:
© Jian Shuo Wang. Taken at a small hostel in Tantou, Zhejiang
It turned out that the lower the price is, the more memorable the trip will be.