Thursday, May 7, 2009

Guangzhou, China 101: Where to stay?

I am a very cautious traveller. While majority would prefer an adventure-filled trip where anything goes; I would prefer having a set itinerary, a guaranteed accomodation and clear transfer arrangements. This, I figured, would save me from all the headaches and hopefully maximize my budget too.

Since it will be our first time in Guangzhou, we didn't want to take any risk in ending up homeless in a place where English is not their primary language. Finally, after a week's worth of internet surfing and getting recommendations from travel agencies, we finally got a lovely room at the Grand Continental Service Apartments.

The hotel is located at the tip of the famous Beijing Road which is a pedestrian street lined with bargain shops and stalls. Normal room rates range from CNY 248 (approx. Php. 1860 / $38) for the Standard Single Room to CNY 1380 (approx. Php. 10,350 / @212) for the Deluxe Three Bed Rooms apartment.

The room is fairly big and the bed is very comfortable. I love the lcd screen TV complete with a DVD player and an IPOD dock too. Peering outside my window, I can see the beautiful Pearl River where boats decorated with colorful lights would go around and around at night.

A look at the neighborhood

The locals love to walk! During our stay at Guangzhou, we have visited most of its tourist attractions by walking. For instance, the Guangzhou Pearl River is within walking distance from the hotel and so is the Metro Station which is 5 blocks away but is pretty walkable too.

Hungry? Just walk two blocks down and you'll see a wide array of restaurants, food stalls and a lot more! There's even a movie theater in case you're in the mood to watch some Chinese flicks.

The Grand Continental Service Apartment is a good choice for those who wants to be in the shopping district minus the noise and chaos.

However, if you would prefer to go closer, there's the Lido Hotel that is right at the heart of the Beijing Pedestrian Road. This is convenience at its finest with Cafe de Coral and Mcdonald's within the building.

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