Hotels in China – Part 7: Don’t Drink the Water

Don’t want this to be you in China? Well, I don’t either. Hopefully, this image evokes some uneasy feelings of something you ate or drank in the past that didn’t sit too well with your system. You probably vowed to avoid that something for a very long time. Well, tap...

Hotels in China – Part 6: Hotel Beds

Hotel Beds to Lie Down For One of the things I enjoy most about hotels in China is the firmness of the mattresses! The mattresses are consistently firm in every part of China where I have stayed, and the beds seem to be a little lower than what we would usually...

Hotels in China – Part 5: Electricity

The Key to Electricity In America, the story goes that Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity by flying a kite with a metal key in a thunderstorm. Well, in China, almost 300 years later, channeling electricity to your hotel room may well be in your hand – with...

Hotels in China – Part 3: Tipping

Tipping The only place in China where I have experienced a tipping environment is at a hotel.  After you have checked into your hotel, and if you are staying in a nice facility, there may be a bellman available to assist you with your luggage. He’ll probably escort...

Hotels in China – Part 2: The Check-in Process

The Check-in Process As Westerners, and specifically Americans, we are used to the American hotel honor system: reserve the room with a credit card, check-in and stay for the length of the reservation (or longer), and pay upon leaving. Sweet!  We even get to wait...