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A FREE cooking lesson (including guided tour of a nearby farmer's market) can be arranged if you are interested.
If you want home cooked dumplings/steamed buns for breakfast, please let me know in advance.
In the very center of Beijing. Yet a peaceful retreat in a city where tranquility is a luxury.
LOCATION: in the same neighborhood as the Red Capital Club, Crescent Moon and Da Dong Peking Duck Restaurant. These are top famous eat outs mentioned on most travel sites.
I have 4 guest houses located in the same double-courtyard (century old family property). The front yard and the back yard is connected by a small corridor.
I am a big fan of open space, sunshine and fresh air (in a polluted city like Beijing, this means good ventilation). You can be sure you will enjoy all these.
Each house is independently located in the yard. You won't hear people talking on the other side of a thin wall.
The rooms are located in the back yard of a double courtyard. There are three connected rooms: bigger room has a double-bed + smaller room has a double bunk bed + private bathroom.
This is a genuine Beijing neighborhood where daily life unfolds. Dong Si is one of Beijing’s oldest populated areas. Looking out on the terrace, you see modern glass buildings rising along the second loop of Beijing. Waves of time have been washing away traces of the traditional Beijing. Yet, in my neighborhood, things haven’t changed much in more than 60 years of Red China.
The location is to the east of famous tourist sites such as Nanluoguxiang, Houhai, Beihai Park, Jing Shan Park, the Forbidden City, the Drum Tower, etc. The famous food street (the ghost street) and infamous bargaining arena Ya Show market are both within a leisure walk.
It is within the 2nd Ring Road of Beijing, and just a short 5 minute walk away from 2 subway stations: Dong Si Shi Tiao (LINE 2) on the east and Zhang Zi Zhong Lu (LINE 5) on the west.
All the rooms listed have air conditioners, electric heaters, a TV and DVD player, electric water kettle, hair dryer, shampoo, shower gel, towel, soap, tooth paste, etc. The TV doesn't have signal since I don't watch Chinese TV at all. But you are more than welcome to check out my DVD collection.
There is a laundry room with a washing machine in the yard (sorry, no dryer). In winter, all the laundry dry over night if you hang them in front of the big heaters in your room. In summer, the sun or the air-con in your room will dry them pretty fast.
Toaster, fridge,microwave and electric cooker can be found in the common area.
I provide a mobile phone with local SIM card. As a world traveler, I understand what sense of security it can bring when you always have somebody to call when in a country you don't speak the language.
Banks, super market, pharmacy, massage salons (legit ones), fruits shops, varied restaurants, post office, train/flight ticket agencies, tea shops, bakeries, gym that offers different classes (yoga/belly dancing/pilate) in the evening,etc……Easy access to everything you may need in the neighborhood.
A map of Beijing and a print-out with brief introduction to around 20 restaurants in the neighborhoods (how to get there, what kind of food they serve, etc) will be waiting for you in the room when you check in.
Taxi from Beijing airport: RMB65 -75
Airport train + subway from Beijing airport: RMB27
Bus from Beijing station: RMB1
Subway from Beijing south station: RMB2
Taxi from Beijing West station: RMB40 -45
There will always be coffee/tea/soft drinks/cookies/toast/jam/peanut butter in the breakfast room. Feel free to grab a bite whenever you feel like it. It's on the house.
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Wonderful experience staying with Cindy! Had a short two night stay and Cindy could not have been more helpful in helping us see all the sites, eat the best food and have the best experience. Her place is a perfect location and so very charming!
Cindy's place is situated in the middle of 2 subway lines (Lines 2 and 5 on either side) both about less than 10 minutes walk either way. Located in a Beijing residential area with lots of eating places and a hypermarket within walking distance. Good location to take the subway to go to all the nearby touristy sites.
We arrived sometime in early/mid November when the weather was changing and we stayed in a nice refurbished hutong which was very quaint and clean and had all the amenities available, heater, wifi, running water, toilet, TV, the works.
Cindy, her mom and Niko (Hope I got the name right) were very helpful and made us feel very much at home. We enjoyed our stay immensely and Cindy's mom especially was a tremendous help in charting our way to the Beijing suburbia as well as to the Great Wall of China.
We also had a great time having first hand experiences related about Beijing/China history and its tumultuous periods during way back when and how modern Beijing/China is like now currently.
All in all, we look forward to going back after another 2-5 years time to visit Cindy and her family again.
We had a great stay at Cindy's place. The room was cozy. It was a good experience to stay in a hutong with a traditional courtyard outside the room. Cindy and Nick were very helpfuland gracious hosts.
I am Lily, who is the airbnb host in beautiful garden city---- Suzhou, China.
Even though I am using the airbnb website for a long time of hosting travellers all around the world, this is my first time to book the room from airbnb---Cindy's nice Hutong house. I enjoyed the staying there, very beautiful and characteristic house, the quiet and cheerful yard etc. Everything is so good!
However we are so busy, we only have time for visiting Beijing on weekend, so time is too tight, it is a pity that I dind't have chance to meet Cindy, maybe next time. I really hope that Cindy and your husband could visit Suzhou in the future. Suzhou is very beautiful, famous gardens, hills, water town etc you will enjoy and love it. Keep in touch. Wishing you all the best.
Airbnb host Lily from Suzhou City, China
the better place to be in the Beijing's center. Traditionnal,Quiet, and the host are friendly.
Cindy is a wonderful host, quick to reply and always ready to help & advise you about your travels in Beijing.
The rooms are spacious & clean and the courtyard is a great place to sit in the sun and relax.
Cindy and Nick are fabulous hosts! We spent a wonderful time in Beijing. We were provided with all the information to discover important sites in Beijing and restaurants nearby Cindy's place. It's like a home away from home. Cindy was always available for us, we felt welcomed at all time.
The location is extremely conveniant. Cindy and Nick were friendly and provided superb advices during our six nights stay. Privante bathroom, laundry facilities are most conveniant.
Cindy's place is lovely and really nice with the peaceful roof terrace. We were close to the subway, shops and restaurants. We've had the pleasure to share good moments with Cindy and her husband. They're nice people, friendly and interesting to speak with. Cindy has good advices to make your trip in Beijing perfect. She has written a survival guide very helpful ;). We enjoy our stay in Cindy's place and we didn't want to stay in another place.
A big part of traveling for me is the people you meet. The kindness and human experience you can encounter demonstrates what's good in the human spirit.
It was with this in mind that I was so pleased to have stayed with Cindy and Nik. Although I had been to Asia a number of times this was the first time with my kids.....a son aged 11 and daughter who is 13. I really wanted them to experience how warm people can be when you're traveling - Cindy and Nik excelled at this. They genuinely went out of their way to make our stay a fantastic one and for that I can't thank them enough. It was like staying with long standing friends who couldn't do enough for us.
As for the accommodation - it's fantastic, an amazing place to stay in a great location.
Thank you both!