Heart of Beijing: House with View 2
Heart of Beijing: House with View 2
3 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
3 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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确定一下我家真的适合你们。非常简单的装修,非现代不豪华。没有电视有线,因为我们不看国内电视节目。
另外,因为和其他客人共享院子的公共空间,所以禁止喧哗,也不允许把非客人的朋友带来聚会。
如果你觉得要求过于苛刻或者你们喜欢的是电视大宅门里感觉的四合院加高质量现代内装,那我家真心不适合你们。

If you are looking for something fancy or sterile, you need to look further. This is just an ordinary household in an ordinary Hutong neighborhood of ordinary people. And Beijing has the reputation of being polluted and dusty.

I would appreciate it a lot if you can finish reading the description carefully before you contact me for Q&A. :)

This is a private residence after all. If you hire a tour guide/driver on the Internet, please don't tell him/her my gate code or have them inside my yard. It happened before that some tour guide started harassing other guests trying to sell their service. Besides, it's not safe for me or other guests when there is some random stranger who has access to the gate code (which we update on a regular basis)

A FREE cooking lesson can be arranged if you are interested. It's really basic introduction to Chinese home styled cooking. If you are really serious about learning from a professional chef, you need to sign up for some culinary classes in Beijing.

I have two bikes for guests to use free of charge.

I have moved some furniture around. The first pictures are updated recently. So it's exactly how the room looks like now. I also keep some old pictures on the listing to give you a better idea of the size of the room.

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 room is located in the back yard of a double courtyard. It has a double-bed. A mattress or camping bed is available at request.

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.

Please click on my profile to read the FAQs.


Amenities
Breakfast
Wireless Internet

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed

House Rules
Check in is anytime after 2PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

Non-smoking in the rooms.
Do remember to turn off the air-conditioner or heater before you go out to explore the city. Otherwise they will be turned off for you.
A RMB50 fine will be required if you lose the keys.


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Chris User Profile
July 2017
What can we say? Cindy and Nick are the best hosts anyone can ask for. If the exciting city of Beijing wasn't right outside their beautiful sanctuary, we would have been content to spend the whole week in the garden. The accommodations are exactly as described. Simple, clean, and homey. If you want to experience beijing life as a local this is the way. Cindy provides all the information you need to explore the city on your own, avoiding all the infamous tourist traps. We can really say we feel we saw the best Beijing had to offer, much due to Cindy and Nick's spot on advice. If it seems like I'm laying it on a little thick, you just have to book a room and see for yourself.

Tami User Profile
June 2017
Cindy and Nick are excellent hosts! They are quickwitted, thoughtful conversationalists who love to laugh and enjoy a good time. We travelled with our three kids ages 16, 14 and 11 and they were patient, friendly and helpful with all of them. Cindy even hooked up our 16-year-old son with some Serbian skateboarding friends who helped him meet some local Chinese skateboarders. It's been the greatest thing as our son has been consistently online with his new friends every day since we've been home. He has developed a terrific friendship as a result of Cindy and Nick's kindness. As international travelers who have also lived abroad we enjoyed the international community of friends in Cindy's home. We visited with Anders and Rasmus from Denmark, Alberto from Spain and two other Americans. If you are the type of person who wants to hole up in your room and not talk to anyone else, this is definitely not the place for you. The interactions with other guests was probably the most enjoyable part of our visit. We enjoyed a pizza 3 foot in diameter with everyone the night before we left and it was the greatest way to end our vacation! If you pay careful attention to Cindy's description, you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect. It's a house in hustings. It is in a fascinating neighborhood, but it is by no means a hotel. You're staying in someone's home. You have your own room with private bathroom. The patio area serves as a common area and there is a kitchen area with a fridge and sink and dishes and utensils that everyone has access to. Again, if you read and believe Cindy's description you'll know exactly what to expect. We had a great time. It was our favorite place of all the places we stayed during a three week trip and we highly recommend it!

Catherine User Profile
January 2017
We have stayed in the hutong before so we were already familiar with the area, and Cindy's place was easier to find than others. Very convenient from the subway and easy gate access. Check-in and service from Nick was excellent. Very comfortable bed!

David Minh User Profile
November 2016
Had a great time at Cindy and Nick's place! Convenient and comfy. Cindy and Nick were excellent hosts!

Matthew User Profile
October 2016
This is a real siheyuan in a real hutong. Cindy goes out of her way to emphasize this in her listing, but it bears repeating, as those who seek more commercialized environs may be disappointed. However, if living like a local is what you're after, you'll be glad you stayed here. Communication with Cindy and Nick before and throughout the stay was great. During the booking process I got all the information I needed, and got it quickly. During my two-week stay I found them to be the best kind of hosts: always accessible and helpful, but never obtrusive. And both are possessed of an active sense of humor. If you're the type who likes to chat over morning coffee, there will be plenty of time to partake in fun and engaging conversations. If you're more of a loner, you won't be pestered or pressured into anything. In either scenario, your privacy will be respected, as they won't enter your room unless they are invited or there is an emergency need. Of course that means the cleaning is up to you. The neighborhood, near the center of the city, is crowded and lively, convenient to restaurants, markets and public transit. Despite that, the courtyard is very quiet at night. It's also, like the rest of Beijing, safe. Don't hesitate to put some money on the transit cards that Cindy loans you for your stay so you can use the subway or buses. The subway is cheap, clean, safe, and easy to navigate. Having them available for guests was a nice touch. I had a great stay. My traveling companion, a native of Beijing's Xidan district and no stranger to siheyuan life, did too. We got a spacious room in a traditional setting for a reasonable price. The hosts are nice, the location is convenient and the commode isn't in the shower, something repeat visitors to Beijing's hutongs will appreciate. Can't ask for much more than that.

Andrew User Profile
October 2016
Great place and great hosts. Would stay again.

Robin User Profile
October 2016
Cindy and Nick are warm and welcoming hosts. They go the extra mile for their guests, arranging transportation and tours, providing maps and directions and even special treats...like Donkey Burgers! The room we stayed in was spacious and clean and included all the necessary amenities. Their house is in a nice, safe neighborhood within walking distance of restaurants, shopping, subway and bus lines. I highly recommend this Airbnb property to anyone looking for an authentic. Beijing experience.

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Beijing, ChinaJoined in March 2011
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