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China is a tourism supermarket, when it comes to sightseeing! Only within Beijing, you have the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Confucian Temple, and a hundred more well-known sights to see. Yes, it is impossible to squeeze them all into one day (let alone appreciating any one of them!). If you only have an overnight stay in Beijing, tour guides advise choosing no more than three items for either personalized guided, or self-guided tours.

Even one attraction could be enough to keep you going for the whole day ... the Great Wall of China, for example, is pretty big! Some of the least famous Beijing attractions can also create some of the most-loved memories, so don't be afraid to stray off the beaten track when it comes to planning your single day in Beijing.

The Shichahai hutong area, Yuanmingyuan Park, Peking University, and the Ming Dynasty tombs offer some amazing experiences, but are less busy. And the authentic Chinese experience doesn't have to stop when you wander off the streets - a careful choice of Beijing luxury hotel or accommodation in Beijing can really set off your whole day.

Hotel G in Beijing is a glitzy, gracious and glamorous example of what life is like in the new Beijing ... one where food is plentiful, war is a distant memory, and hutongs are slowly being replaced by high-rises. The Beijing designer hotel takes pains to be different to the usual international accommodation offering. Instead of beige walls and minimal decoration, here you'll find a celebration of art, eclecticism, and life in general.

The entire facade glows neon at nighttime, and guests can choose the color of their particular window. Even the gym at Hotel G Beijing is part of a new technological age for China, who has always been a forerunner in consumer technology. It is Technogym branded, and contains amazingly innovative variants of the gym machines that you are used to from home. This Beijing luxury hotel offers a great way to contrast a history-filled day of sightseeing with an experience of the modern Beijing.

If proximity to the main attractions is your focus in choosing a Beijing Hotel, Beijing Shijia House is a less busy but just as beautiful place to stay. The five star hotel is about ten minutes from both Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Wangfujing shopping district.

It is a courtyard style hotel in traditional Chinese style, and located within an old-style hutong - but with the facilities of the Hilton! Amazingly unique traditional features at this Beijing luxury hotel like stone walls, enormous indoor plants, precious ancient pottery, and the distinctive Chinese style windows will have you feeling well and truly immersed in the real China.

Hotel Kapok in Beijing is a testament to what modern designers can do with the rich inspiration of Chinese history. The exterior is modeled on the traditional Chinese lantern, but looks ultra-modern. It is a great way to experience the business side of Beijing - the efficiency, politeness and polish of corporate life in China. However modern this Beijing bed and breakfast is, it has not forgotten its history or culture.

You can rent bicycles from the front desk, and there are other old-style services like shoe shining, packed lunch creation and an evening turn-down service available at this Beijing hotel.

Hotel G Beijing is the first of an exclusive beijing boutique hotel brand launched by Hong Kong-based real estate private equity management firm Gaw Capital - and a model to be rolled out in selected cities of Asia.

Article Source: Boutique Hotels in China and Must-Sees for Beijing Stopovers

 
Conde Nast's subtitle is 'Truth in Travel' - and this motto is more than just words. Conde Nast journalists travel unannounced, and pay their own way into the hotels, restaurants, pubs and clubs they review. A positive write-up in Conde Nast is worth more than gold to tourism establishments across the world! And with readers interested in Chanel, Mercedes, Dolce and Gabbana and Bvlgari, there are some fairly high expectations to live up to. Making their way out of a wasteland of poorly-served, sub-standard establishments are a new breed of boutique Beijing hotels, restaurants and cocktail bars in Beijing. We have a look at those that made it to the pinnacle of Conde Nast's opinion for 2009, in Beijing.

The neon windows that ensure you'll never lose your way home may be one of the most important features of Beijing's Hotel G for Conde Nast writers, but the features of the hotel certainly don't end there! The windows are only the beginning of a decadent, artistic theme throughout the entire hotel, with artworks by locals at the nearby 798 Dashanzi Art District adorning many rooms. Hotel G's 'Great Room' is recommended by Conde Nast in the 2009 Hot List. The Beijing boutique hotel's furnishing is luxurious, in spaces starting from 55 square meters for Great Rooms. Breakfast is complimentary, as is broadband and Wifi, tea and coffee, minibar drinks, and newspapers and magazines in-room. Hotel G's rooms also feature iPod docking stations, a pillow menu, and a Nintendo Wii upon request!

Dining is also part of Conde Nast's review, and while 25 Degrees, Hotel G's restaurant that drew such attention for its American style burgers and funky atmosphere, may have gone, the same effort and thought has been put into Scarlett Bar and Morio, the two remaining restaurants on site at the Beijing bed and breakfast. Hotel G's restaurants are now in the company of Conde Nast recommended restaurants in Beijing like Alameda, Garden of Delights and Green T. House.

The Park Hyatt hotel in Beijing also made it onto the Conde Nast Hot List for 2009, and while it may be decidedly further to the 'extravagant' end of the price scale than Hotel G's affordable funk and personality; it certainly has some awesome features. The lobby is on the 63rd floor, with amazing city views, and the hotel features 8 traditional Chinese medicine treatment rooms as well as two 24 hour fitness centers.

Aman at Summer Palace in Beijing hotel has the dubious distinction of being the most expensive standard service hotel in the city. However, the honor of making it to the Conde Nast Hot List certainly offsets that! Here, it is the ground space you are paying for - the Aman comprises 51 guest rooms, a Pilates and yoga studio and an indoor lap pool within 7-acre grounds. These Beijing hotel rooms have a gorgeous Chinese historic feel, with polished Jin clay tile floors, closets made from Chinese wedding chests and stacked bamboo cases for room service orders.

Hotel G Beijing is the first of an exclusive beijing boutique hotel brand launched by Hong Kong-based real estate private equity management firm Gaw Capital-and a model to be rolled out in selected cities of Asia.

Article Source: Beijing Bed and Breakfasts Hitting the Conde Nast Traveler Hot List 2009

 
China's mark on the world is much more visible in the culinary area than anywhere else. While most of us cannot say 'Hello' or 'Thank you' in Chinese, we do understand what chop mein, dim sum and ginseng are, and their effect on our taste buds! While the traditional Chinese cuisine has been a part of global culture for many decades now, cuisine in China is changing and evolving, bringing international flavors and sensibilities to a cuisine that many of us know like our native ones.

You can now find expertly made sushi and Japanese dishes in the city's streets and Beijing design hotels, get Middle Eastern cuisine with a Chinese twist, have a delicious pizza and wine for lunch, and experience one of the world's best chocolate souffles. Yes, in China! We look at some of the best exotic eateries, as well as the best exclusive Beijing boutique hotels to help you find and enjoy them.

Hotel G is one of a new breed of Beijing luxury hotels, with a retro chic look and feel - and it just happens to be attached to one of the city's most renowned Japanese restaurants, Morio. Japanese chef Morio Sakayori heads the fine dining restaurant, blending traditional Japanese with international flavors with Iron Chef Grace and ingenuity!

Green tea creme brulee, spider rolls and stewed black hair pork are great examples. Hotel G is also home to the Scarlett wine bar and restaurant, where tapas and cheese are done with Chinese spice and talent. Many of the dishes at this bar inside Hotel G are imported, and the place has quickly become popular with young executives in Beijing.

For Hotel G, though, the Beijing dining options are only the icing on a much sweeter cake of one of the most modern designer hotels in Beijing. This boutique hotel in China is decorated in 1960s style, with deep colors, rich fabrics and artworks that make your stay a truly sensual experience.

The hotel has a state of the art gym with innovative, ergonomic machines as well as the old favorites, spreading over both indoor and outdoor spaces. The pool is crisp and sparkling, and the sauna and steam room always popular. The loft style suites include free Wifi and iPod docking stations, and the attentive service reflects a modern focus on experience rather than rock bottom prices.

The Aman at Summer Palace is another exclusive Beijing boutique hotel, one with the dubious distinction of being the most expensive in the city. Naoki is the restaurant here, and again, a blend of East and West seems strange on paper, but is well-regarded by reviewers and raved about by guests.

French Kaiseki fare can be had at this Beijing boutique hotel, a mix of French and Japanese also served in Japanese style with guests seated around a Japanese counter. The Grill, also at Aman, serves prime meat cuts and seafood.

The Ritz-Carlton is not exclusive to Beijing, the name is known worldwide. However, the appearance of this Western chain in Beijing is another harbinger of a new age in dining and accommodation in Beijing.

The Ritz-Carlton bar is this hotel's Beijing cocktail bar, combining Latin Jazz with sweet, salty, and spectacular cocktails. Aroma is the Ritz-Carlton restaurant, another blending international flavor in amazing style, with Indian, Japanese, South East Asian, and Chinese and Western dishes all available under the same roof.

Hotel G Beijing is the first of an exclusive beijing boutique hotel brand launched by Hong Kong-based real estate private equity management firm Gaw Capital and a model to be rolled out in selected cities of Asia.

Article Source: Beijing Exotic Eats and Exclusive Boutique Hotels

 
China, as a nation, has gone through a startling transformation in the early part of this century. The color, tastes, values and life of the West are starting to seep in. People are driving, women are empowered ... and the entire look of the country is changing.

One of the best places to see this metamorphosis is through Beijing's boutique hotels, one of China's first points of contact with the outside world and one of the areas with the most rapid response to global market forces. From the superstition and imperialism of centuries past, to the reign of communism and beyond, we look at how Beijing is assimilating the culture of the West ... starting with some beautiful boutique hotels in Beijing with a distinctly Chinese flavor.

Hotel G is a new Beijing luxury hotel that perhaps embraces modernism in its truest sense, when the movement was at its height in the 1960s. Hotel G's designer, Mark Lintott, looked to the middle of last century for design inspiration and gave it a noughties-twist, with stunning results.

The hotel facade is most stunning at night, with an array of artfully arranged different colored neon windows. Rooms incorporate enormous full sized original artworks, not only prints, and the deep colors that many corporate hotels cringe at are celebrated in this Beijing designer hotel.

The designers are not the only ones paying attention to Western trends and influences. Hotel G's service and product offering is also stunningly modern. It is one of the first Beijing hotels to include iPod docking stations in room; Wifi is complimentary throughout the hotel, and the enormous plasma TVs show international stations as well as local Chinese programming.

The Beijing cocktail bars and Beijing restaurants on site, Scarlett Bar, are run independently of the hotel, allowing them to change and thrive as necessary in the city, staying on top of current trends.

Just as modern, but in a completely different way, are a new breed of corporate hotels in Beijing like the Intercontinental Hotel on Beijing Financial Street. The Intercontinental is styled in the way that so many Western hotels are now, with a muted color scheme but rich, superb quality fittings. There is not a Chinese coin or dragon to be seen, and the services and amenities have moved just as far away from Beijing's old-style personality.

The on site health and fitness center is extensive. Where spas were once the specialty of South East Asian countries and France, this Beijing luxury hotel is catching up. Spa treatments are preceded by herbal tea and followed with not just any shower - a Vichy shower.

In the not-too-distant past, the discouragement of Western enterprise by the government meant that there were only a couple of luxury hotels in Beijing, and these were built before the rise of Mao. Now there are plenty of Western chain hotels in Beijing, with the Holiday Inn, the Regent, The Grand Hyatt and the Ritz-Carlton all making an appearance.

One of the chain hotels in Beijing so new it is partly still under construction is the Hilton Beijing Wangfujing. Hotel trends like walk-in rain showers, iPod docking, open plan designs and complimentary luxury bath products have found their way to the Hilton, and are starting to make good penetration into the hotel market in the city generally.

Hotel G Beijing is the first of an exclusive beijing boutique hotel brand launched by Hong Kong-based real estate private equity management firm Gaw Capital and a model to be rolled out in selected cities of Asia.

Article Source: Beijing Boutique Hotels Now Reaching Out Into the Modern World

 
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