Heart of Beijing: House with View 2

House - Entire home/apt · Dongsi 8th Alley, Beijing, Beijing, China

The Space

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

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.

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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $15 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $420 /week
Monthly Price: $1600 /month
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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Cancellation: Strict

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  • Cindy and Nikos were really friendly to us from the moment we arrived ever willing to help and answer questions and, for example, arrange a car to take us to the wall. They went out of their way to make us feel at home. The accommodation was relaxed, comfortable and a really quiet oasis away from the lively, teeming city that is Beijing. Great.

    April 2014
  • We stayed in Cindy's place briefly .
    Cindy and partner (sorry I forgot his name) was very kind , place was very comfortable , also I like the neighborhood which is still full of life.
    I loved the little courtyard and rooftop terrace.
    She is very organized and you can rely on her a lot of things. (transport etc)
    I recommend strongly to anyone who want true Beijing experience!

    April 2014
  • I don't think I can add much to all the previous reviews. This is an extremely nice place, in a great location with some very nice and friendly hosts. One of the best airbnb places I've been to so far.

    April 2014
  • We found Cindy and Nick's place very easily thanks to their excellent directions. They were wonderfully welcoming and hospitable and everything we needed for breakfast was there for us. The rooms were large and very comfortable, and we felt very safe. Highly recommended.

    March 2014
  • We had a wonderful time staying here! Cindy and Nick were incredibly welcoming, friendly and helpful. Our room was comfortable and had everything we could need. Cindy provided lots of useful information in advance of our trip, and was generous in helping to make some arrangements for us, even for a part of the trip before we were staying with her. We had fun making (and eating!) dumplings. Cindy joined us on a shopping trip to a local market, which was a highlight for our 9-year-old daughter. It was her first trip to a foreign country, and Cindy and Nick made her feel right at home. Don't know when we'll make it back to Beijing, but if we do, we would be so happy to stay here again.

    March 2014
  • Cindy and Nick were impeccable hosts, and their home was a perfect base for my work trip to Beijing. They even let me have a small meeting in the courtyard. Great location, quiet, pleasant, clean, and lovely traditional decor. Thanks for a great stay!

    March 2014
  • We stayed only for a few days from 15-18 March, arrived at Bejing at 6:30am. Thankful to Cindy for making arrangement with friendly driver Zhang Shifu to meet us at the airport. With 2 big luggages ready for lugging home our shopping (mostly not mine), most local taxi probably wouldn't be able to fit hubby & I in. Chose Cindy's place as I've never stepped foot into a siheyuan before, & I didn't want to stay at yet another hotel. Nik showed us our room, complete with 5 heaters & heating lamps to be used in the shower! No fear of being caught in the cold here! It wasn't too cold when we were here, so we used the heater only to dry our washed clothes.

    Spent some good time chatting with Cindy & Nik especially during breakfast. Sweet of Cindy to get non-beef chinese snacks when she knew my hubby doesn't take beef. Love her infectious laughter! And really grateful to Cindy for offering to place orders thru Taobao even before I arrived & time taken to check thru the orders & items. Not sure if she'll still offer her service to others after her experience with mine! I'm the undisputable "shopping queen"! Under her guidance & directions, we managed to get around Beijing on our own on public buses & taking the subways, which are my preferred mode of transport anyway. The nearest subway is just about 10-15 mins walk away, depending on your pace. Went to several of her recommended eateries nearby too when we didnt want to go far off.

    Met other guests of the house too, Teresa & friends from Malaysia. Regretfully didn't spend much time with them.

    Like how Cindy kept her kitchen opened to guests whole day through, just like your own. Room is definitely big enough for both of us with our luggages & shopping bags. Caught up with a few movies while there with their collection of DVDs.

    Highly recommend Cindy's place if you are looking for a local stay experience! I am quite sure I'll see more of Cindy & Nik again. : )

    March 2014
  • Wonderful time here. Quiet courtyard that's in the middle of the city but provides a respite from the business of Beijing. Room and bathroom are great. Cindy was also great, giving detailed information about the surrounding area as well as giving us the opportunity to make traditional Chinese dumplings. Cindy also created a great atmosphere for all of the guests to get to know everyone.

    March 2014
  • This was our first airbnb stay where we actually met our hosts & it made such a difference. Cindy & Nick were incredibly generous, both with their time (endless local knowledge) & supplies (amazing dumplings for breakfast, lava cake & beer to name a few!). Location was good, a short walk from the nearest subway & reasonably close (by Beijing standards!) to the Forbidden City. Cindy organised us a driver for the Great Wall which included lots of little extras which we might not have got elsewhere - it was a really fantastic day. Overall we enjoyed our time there immensely & only wished we could have had longer..thanks again to you both :)

    March 2014
  • Dear Cindy is very kind and warm host!!
    The house is very well located, near to several important site and MRT station.
    Chinese style decoration, very cute and comfy :D.
    Will definitely come back if we travel Beijing again!!

    March 2014
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Born and raised in Beijing. The courtyard has been my family property for 4 generations ever since my great grandmother bought it in 1948. If you want to experience a most genuine Beijing, I can assure you life doesn't get more real than here. If you are looking for a luxurious service apartment, you need to look further. This is just a ordinary household. If you need, I can walk around with you as an introduction to my neighborhood. The super market, banks, post office, ticket agencies, bus stations and subway stations will be pointed out to you so you can immediately get a vibe of living a local life. 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. Before I accept your reservation request, I would like to know a little bit about you. I am not going to accept your request if your profile is empty with just a name. After your reservation request is accepted, I will e-mail you my own Beijing survival guide. Please read it carefully and tread with caution when you are in Beijing. This will prevent you from getting scammed. There are only 3 of us living on such a huge private property (20 rooms on a land of 480 square meters/5160 square feet). That's why we have spare houses for guests. THIS IS NOT A HOTEL. There won't be annoying additional charges. Beer, tea, coffee, snacks are on the house. But because THIS IS NOT A HOTEL, I am not your concierge or receptionist either. Mutual respect + adequate consideration is a must. If you want 1. a relaxing place to stay in an authentic traditional neighborhood where daily life unfolds 2. English speaking hosts who can be reached all the time 3. a well compiled kit with survival guide, neighborhood restaurants list, detailed instructions on how to get to major touristy sites, etc 4. restaurants and shops that don't charge rip-off foreign tourist prices 5. attending yoga/belly dancing class in the evening at a community center nearby with the locals very likely, you will enjoy staying here. If you love 1. getting pampered in fancy hotels 2. residing in the middle of noisy, dazzling night life 3. feeling a part of an expat community most definitely, you will NOT enjoy staying here. I try to be the kind of host I would love to meet when I travel. I am happy to help you work out an itinerary whether you want a slow-paced trip or a action-packed one. All guests will be given a local mobile. It's great feeling to know you always have somebody to call when you need a bailout. ATTENTION: My phone will be off between 11:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. Answers to most frequent questions: 1. All the reservations need to be made on airbnb. Airbnb cancellation policy should be respected. Please finalize your trip before you make reservation. 2. The name of my neighborhood is Dong Si. One of the earliest populated neighborhood in the city center. It is a very safe area. Actually, Beijing is a relatively safe city. The nearest subway stations are Dong Si Shi Tiao (LINE2) on the east and Zhang Zi Zhong Lu (LINE5) on the west. It's a 5- 10 minutes walking distance. 3. The answer to "I am/my friend is in Beijing, can we come over to have a look" is a most definite NO. If you are still suspicious after checking out heaps of photos I post here and nearly 300 reviews my guests have written, I know it is not going to be a pleasant hosting experience for me. 4. If you want to visit most of the major sites in Beijing, you will need 3 full days at least. A couple of days stay in Beijing is way too short. 5. There are different parts of the Great Wall that are open to tourists. They are between 1 and 4 hours drive from the city center. So my place is DEFINITELY NOT near the Great Wall. 6. Beijing is a huge city that spreads out (over 20 million population) with touristy sites in different parts of the city. So my place is DEFINITELY NOT close to all the sites. But from my place, most of the sites can be easily reached on foot or by subway. 7. I can help you hire car/driver for airport pick-up/drop off or trip to the sites.I make sure the drivers I work with don't make annoying stops at touristy shops. 8. My pleasure to help you book tickets to different performances (acrobatics, martial arts, Peking Opera, National Opera House etc.). They are normally much cheaper on Chinese websites. 9. You don't really need tour guides. Most people don't speak good English here in Beijing. But majority of them are friendly to foreign tourists and are quite willing to help. 10. All the rooms have air-conditioners, big electric heaters and boilers for shower. AND they are in GOOD WORKING CONDITION. 11. Each house has its own private bathroom. You don't need to share with us or other guests. 12. I can teach you all the bargaining tricks and how to make most of your shopping money. BUT...and this is a big BUT... please don't bargain with me. I really don't like it.
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