About this listing
A double-balconied apartment in the centre of Sanlitun! The area has some of the best shopping and nightlife in the city but our apartment is on a quiet road overlooking a forest of trees. Five minutes from the subway, great kitchen, bathtub & cats!
The place has a huge amount of character with high ceilings, wooden floors, two balconies and a diverse collection of art and antiques throughout.
It has a large fully-equipped modern kitchen with all modern appliances (including a washing machine and oven; not always a part of Chinese kitchens), a bathroom with bathtub and shower, a large dining room with a home computer and printer/scanner/photocopier (with WI-FI throughout the house) and a spacious lounge with tons of books, a piano and a projector (with a collection of about 800 movies that you can watch). Each room has its own AC unit so you can keep cool on warm days.
The house also has a water cooler that we will supply with three extra big bottles of water so you don’t run out, two bicycles that you can use (and Beijing really is a wonderful city for cycling) and, this may well make or break the deal, two extremely friendly cats called Mouse and Greta! The apartment also has an ayi (cleaner) who comes for two hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. She cleans the entire apartment, washes clothes and dishes and deals with the cat litter!
The apartment is in the Diplomatic Compound so the neighbours are diverse and the immediate area is extremely quiet. To the north are the embassies of Yemen and Zimbabwe which means the only sound in the evening is the rustling of the trees in their gardens… not bad for central Beijing! The closest subway station is Tuanjiehu on line 10 which is about eight minutes’ walk. The area where we live, called Sanlitun, is probably the most lively area in the city and is well-known for its bars, restaurants and shopping areas. The Worker’s Stadium is about fifteen minutes’ walk if you want to go and watch Beijing Guoan play football, there is a canal that is wonderfully charming in the evening about ten minutes away and Chaoyang park is a ten minutes cycle ride to the east.
We are a Danish and British couple who have lived in China for seven years and we will be absolutely more than happy to give you all of the inside tips on the best places to eat, drink, visit sights, travel to the wall and answer any other questions that you might have.
Smoking on balconies is fine. As long as everything is kept clean and tidy, and you don't take anything from the kitchen apart from salt and pepper, we are pretty relaxed about having you in our home. No hour long showers in the morning though. Please be respectful of our belongings... this is our home.
I teach History of Art at a British School in Beijing whilst Anna, my Danish girlfriend, works for a Danish environmental consultancy firm. We like eating, especially Japanese, reading and travelling. I'm currently studying for an MA in Antiques and I'm a pretty big collector of antique books and vintage movie posters.