We are located in the heart of Beijing. The house is in one of the few remaining Hutong areas (alleyways) of old Beijing, with courtyard houses. Along the nearby lakeshore it is very scenic and there is a lively nightlife. But once inside the alleys, there is no sound of traffic and the tranquility of traditional life still prevails.
Our home is a 7 minute walk to Prince Gong’s Mansion; a 15 minute walk to Beihai Park; a 30 minute walk to Jingshan Park ("Coal Hill"), where the last Ming Emperor ended his life; a 3 km walk to Yonghegong (Lama Temple); and a 4 km walk to the Palace Museum (Forbidden City) and Tiananmen Square. We have excellent access to public transportation including subway lines 8 (station called Shichahai, 450m from us) and 6 (station called Beihai North, 800m), plus bus lines to many parts of the city.
This is a private home of a Canadian + Chinese couple, with backyard garden (in spring/summer), rooftop deck, kitchen, living room, and laundry room. We have modern comforts including decent bathrooms, hot water, purified drinking water, coffee machine, floor heating, air conditioners, and comfortable mattresses.
We are an English-Chinese bilingual and retired couple who can offer assistance in getting around Beijing. We are happy to show you around the neighborhood, the local supermarket, farmers market, bank, post office, department store, swimming place, and the like. We can help you figure out what public transport to take to get to places in Beijing or suggest places to go for buying specific things or having items made.
Our ideal guests are mature English-speaking travelers who are interested in sampling life in Beijing but not wanting to give up some basic comforts. We are not suitable for young students coming to study Chinese or who are looking for jobs. Young travelers: please check out Backpackingchina, it's a youth hostel in our neighborhood, cheaper and more suitable for you. We have one short-haired house cat. So people with cat allergies please be forewarned.
This is an ensuite room (i.e., with private bathroom).
Stayed with David and Yang for 8 days in February 2014. They are wonderful hosts - helpful, informative, generous and gracious. Their home is in a great location for seeing the Beijing sites - close to bus routes, subways, food and drink, stores, the lakes, etc. The room was spacious and comfortable and the bathroom was good-sized and modern. They certainly made us feel at home and assisted us with getting to various places etc. I would certainly recommend them to friends and family.
We had a wonderful time. Our hosts were welcoming and contributed so much to our enjoyment of Beijing. The house is ideally situated, tucked away but near the lakes and the subway station. Its all very informal with access to the kitchen for breakfast and a living room for meeting and chatting with the other guests.
Some say in this page that Glady's Garden is like being at home. I don't agree ; David and Ms Yang's Garden is much better than that : Ms Yang is wise in the perfect Chinese way : very clear in her ideas…..very strong intellectually but at the same time very sweet and lovely woman with a lot of humanity that most of the time is smiling (I saw her in the early morning walking like a cat and moving her hands like dancing in the air……a picture I will never forget !!). David is smart in all the sense of the word : cultivated gentleman with a good sense of humor and ironic position about everything in life : a good mix that made me really enjoy talking to him. Can you get this at home ???……very very few can say that.
So for me was an unforgettable experience that made not only more enjoyable my visit to Beijing but also I think now I can understand a little better the mind and soul of Chinese people . …….Both of you and Ian no doubt, will be always in my mind …..Thanks for what I learned and thanks for everything you did to me. To those who are reading this review : Tourists better look for Hotels, that's why they are made for……Travelers looking for enjoyable
experiences don't hesitate : you will always be welcome at Glady's Garden!!
We had such a delightful time in your home. It was the true essence of what B&B is about. As I go through our 600+ pictures back home I feel like I stayed at my friend's home in Beijing. For those of you thinking of going to China you MUST stay here. It is a new home with all the modern conveniences and the hosts are just lovely. You feel like your company home to your best friend's home every night to tell them about your adventures. It's a perfect location in a typical old neighborhood, but totally convenient to everything in Beijing by subway, bus, or cab. The subway is as easy to navigate at London, or Washington D.C., very clean modern subways and cheap! We saw all the historic temples and visited the Great Wall...breathtaking! Great bargains in China too if you want clothing, watches, eye glasses, silk and pearls. Thanks for everything!!!
David and Yang Zhi have the coziest, warmest and most welcoming hutong in Beijing. I had a great stay at their place, and Yang Zhi makes the most delicious banana bread. I was quite busy during my stay, but I very much enjoyed the conversations we had and great knowledge that David and Yang Zhi have. I would almost say I learned more about China than I have learned after half a year in Shanghai! I can definitely recommend this place, and hopefully it will not be fully booked next time I come to Beijing.
David et Zhi , très discrètement présents, nous ont accueillis avec une convivialité naturelle dans leur confortable maison : nous nous y sommes sentis très à l'aise, en cette fin de voyage un peu fatigante. Equipement à l'occidentale et " touche" orientale dans le design comme dans l'art de vivre de nos hôtes. Situation privilégiée à Beijing, au cœur d'un tranquille et typique hutong (un peu difficile à atteindre) près du lac Houhai. Accès facile aux "spots" touristiques de la ville, à pied, en métro, ou sur les vélos prêtés par David et Zhi. Une mention + pour le Breakfast cake de l'hôtesse! Nous reviendrions avec plaisir.
Marie and Bob, it was a delight hosting you in our home. Interesting conversation and pleasant exchanges. We are envious of your own beautiful home on an old volcano in the middle of France--if only we could come and visit (we hate to travel too long a distance, sigh). Please do come again. Your own travels sound marvelous.
Gladys garden is the perfect location to start your explorations of beijing. Central, and all amenities are there. David and zhang yi are very very hospitable and i enjoyed talking with them a lot. They helped me making the stay in beijing most memorable... There are even bikes that you can use, and i loved cycling through the city. Gladys garden felt like being at home!! I will definately come back....
One more great recommandation on this wall. This place is perfectly located in the old and charming hutongs, the hosts are very sweet and helpful, the house is beautifully decorated, it is also big and clean. Moreover, the banana bread and the jazz music at breakfast are a must.
We really felt home and cozy there, we thus highly recommend this house.
It was a real pleasure to stay at Glady`s Garden. The location is central and convenient to reach by every public transportation system but more important is the friendly and nice atmosphere, the great hosts and the environment of the home. Dont hesitate, book! You wont regret a single day!