Summer Garden & 2 New Yorker Hosts

Apartment - Private room · Guangqumen S Alley, Beijing, Beijing, China

We are two transplanted New Yorkers in Beijing. You will have your own room and bath in this 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment at the center of Beijing, close to the Central Business District, the Forbidden City and most tourist sites!

Your host, Ali&Val
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We are two transplanted New Yorkers in Beijing. You will have your own room and bath in this 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment at the center of Beijing, close to the Central Business District, the Forbidden City and most tourist sites!

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We are a couple who are transplanted New Yorkers, and we have been living in Beijing for more than 3 years now.

We both are young expats working in financial services and education, respectively. And we would love to have you stay with us in our guest room, with your OWN bathroom :)

See detailed info below & shoot us a message if you have any questions!

O u r A p a r t m e n t

This is a 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom apartment in the southeast of Beijing -- on the East Third Ring Road, to be exact. Our neighborhood is called Shuangjing, and it's 10-15 minutes of leisure walk or one subway stop from Guomao (the Central Business District, or CBD, of Beijing).

You will be staying in our guest room and you will have your own non-shared bathroom. You will share with us the kitchen and a spacious living room (with an enclosed balcony overlooking a giant, leafy garden). Every room including the kitchen and the two bathrooms are heated with centrally supplied heating system, which is perfect for this time of the year. Our building also provides 24-hr HOT water, So you can hop into the shower anytime of the day.

You will have plenty of linens, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner, as well as tea, coffee and juices and simple pastries, all provided to you on the house :)

S u r r o u n d i n g s

Our apartment is inside an exclusive, gated (with key access) community called Fulicheng (R&F Residences).

We are right next to a new, giant shopping mall called Viva (Fuli Zhongxin), and a Safeway-style supermarket called Lianhua. In addition, the subway station (Shuangjing Station on Line 10) is literally downstairs from our building. (2 mins leisure walk) Outside the Viva Mall and along the avenue known as the Starwalk, there's many Chinese-style tea houses and Western cafes and bars, as well as clean, inexpensive Chinese restaurants featuring regional foods.

Ours is a completely safe neighborhood which has a good mix of locals, Westerners, single professionals and families.Painful rush hours aside, Beijing is actually a very liveable and fun town with genuinely indigenous Chinese culture to offer almost everywhere.

O u r L o c a t i o n

Transportation and access to tourist sites:


- Airport Express and then Line 10 (costs 27 RMB, 25-30 min)


- You could take the train and then bus (costs less than 20 RMB but a bit complicated) or we could help you arrange a chauffered car to take you there and back (1 full day, 500-600 total for a group of up to 4)


- Take Line 10 --> Line 1 (costs 2 RMB and about 10-15 min on the subway)


- Take Line 10 --> Line 1 or Line 6 and then Line 5 (2 RMB, 15-20 min)


- Line 10 (2 RMB, 10 minutes) then walk for 8-10 min


- Line 10 --> Line 6 (2 RMB, 15-20 min)


- Line 10 --> Line 6 --> Line 2 --> Line 8 (2 RMB, 30-35 min)


- Keep in mind that it's always hard to hail a cab in Beijing and SUBWAYS ARE CLOSED AFTER 10:30 OR 11PM EACH DAY!

If you are a first-timer to China, esp. to Asia, be extra, extra careful at tourist spots including sites, shops, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, etc. etc. We don't need to remind you there's pickpockets, but please really beware bait-and-switch schemes, frauds, and just tricks in general to bilk naive tourists in every possible way. Be less trusting of strangers while not losing your humanity at the same time! (And do tell us if you are a first-timer. We have a Fraud Prevention Primer for you!)

Shoot us a message if you have any further questions about our place, the neighborhood, Beijing, or China in general. We look forward to showing you our favorite parts of the town.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Security Deposit: $200
Cleaning Fee: $20
Cancellation: Moderate
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • This was my first airbnb experience and I might have been spoiled. Val was so nice (I am sure Ali is too, she was just out of town so I didn't get to meet her) and the apartment was ideal.

    The apartment is as close as you can be to a major subway station (all you really need is the subway to do every sightseeing thing possible) and they had super clear directions on everything from how to get to the airport to how to find the apartment.

    The room was great - nice and clean and private (with blessed air conditioning) - and Val made me feel at ease in their home.

    As a host, he went above and beyond - giving directions on how to get around, going with me to the best Chinese restaurant (I'm embarrassed to say that was the only Chinese food I ate in Beijing, but it was yummy!), and even helping me find the perfect souvenir. I would recommend Ali and Val's apartment to anyone traveling to Beijing, and I would happily stay there again!

    June 2014
  • My girlfriend and I went there for four nights.
    We had a wonderful journey : Val is very welcoming, the bedroom and the bathroom were very clean, the bed was very comfortable.
    Lovely place, with beautiful gardens, very close to the metro.
    We highly recommand it !

    June 2014
  • This was my first Airbnb experience and Val made it a great one. He was very responsive and guided me through the entire process, from helping me find his place to letting me borrow his subway card. We went out to eat together a few times and he gave me a local's perspective on Beijing.

    The location is very convenient, steps from the subway, close to a mall and shops. Val's place was very clean and he provided towels and bottled water. Overall, a very positive experience, and I would definitely stay with him again the next time I visit Beijing.

    June 2014
  • I had a short weekend stay at Ali&Val's and had a great overall experience. The location is convenient and they were very responsive to my messages. We kept in touch throughout.

    Before my arrival, they sent me a detailed map with explanations on how to arrive at their apartment. Ali was traveling in the U.S. so I did not get to meet her but Val was very pleasant and easygoing. The apartment was clean, tidy and he provided me with plenty of bottled water.

    I had to check-out when Val was not home but the check-out process was easy as he made arrangements for me to leave behind the access card and the house keys.

    (The only thing that you need to take notice is that the sensor that operates the lighting in the hallways of the apartment building is a **voice** sensor and not a motion sensor. I was told by friends that this is commonly used in apartment buildings in China to conserve energy).

    I will be back again. Thanks Val!

    May 2014
  • Val is the best host in the world! When I was in Beijing,Val was very helping and considerate. He added my Line so I can ask some questions when he's away for business trip. When he came back, he took me for to the restaurants he recommended. I had to say he has very good taste on food. During the days, I was out for my Beijing adventure; when I came back in evening, we read books and talked about the movies, humanity, society, politic and even wars and trades. Thanks to him, I had a wonderful times in Beijing!
    Ps. he owns a special recipe of making blueberry smoothie, I literally like it a lot!

    May 2014
  • Unfortunately, I lost my passport in Beijing and wasn't able to leave the country as initially planned. Fortunately, Val's place was still available for the following week as well, and so I made another booking with him. I enjoyed it just as much as the first time.

    April 2014
  • Val was a great host and enjoyed my stay a lot at his place. He was easy to communicate with, both before and during the trip. His apartment is very clean and modern, located in a high-rise building in a gated community and with easy access to the subway. We also went out for some good dinners and one night he invited me to his French friends' place for raclette. That was great! :-) Looking forward to meet up with him in San Francisco.

    April 2014
  • If you want to experience how living in a residential area of Beijing feels like, this is the right place. The well equipped apartment is situated on the 15th floor of a 30-storey high-rise building in Shuangjing, which is only one metro station away from Guomao, the Central Business District in Beijing. It's part of a modern gated complex and you've got everything you need in the nearby Viva Mall, e.g. Starbucks and a big supermarket. We met Val only shortly, as he was on the way to a business trip, and Ali was in the States, thus we'd got the place by our own. Communication via WeChat and phone with Val went absolutely smoothly. Thanks, pals!

    December 2013
  • A great place to stay!! Val was a great host who checked in with me throughout my stay to make sure everything was ok. The room and bed were comfortable and the location was perfect.

    November 2013
  • My friend and I stayed with Ali & Val for a few days while on vacation and we found their place to exceed our expectations. Everything was clean and they really went above and beyond in helping us out. We went out for dinner and were in frequent communication in case we needed any assistance. There is a train station right next to their building and getting around the city is pretty easy from here.

    Overall, I would highly recommend Ali & Val's place to friends and family.

    July 2013
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Edward R. Murrow High School
We are from New York City, currently working in Beijing in education and financial services, respectively. We were both born in China but grew up in the U.S. We both love traveling, hiking, tennis, gardening, and we do find living in Beijing challenging for an expat, especially because everything seems like a rip-off :P. But as time progresses, we have been finding more and more bargains and life has gradually become easier ^.^
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