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 upstairs bedroom for one person, with shared bathroom (shared with up to two other guests). This room has a private entrance -- when you come home from that late event, you don't have to bother others!
Being an airbnb host, I've had wonderful guests from airbnb and I decided that for my trip to Beijing, I would stay with another airbnb host. And it turned out to be wonderful. It is located in a peaceful and quiet Hutong but with the amenities of a modern house. The hosts are very welcoming. Centrally located near Houhai (I went ice sleighing on the frozen lake), short walk from 2 subway stations, and walkable to the forbidden city if you have the legs. Ask for the Muslim restaurant nearby, where I had one of the best Chinese meal ever. I will not hesitate to stay there again on my next trip to Beijing.
Note: in my former review in this page I overwrite and I hugely apologize : "it's not of my concern the difference between Tourists and Travelers and who is welcome or not at their house. That only concern to the Judgement and decission of Mr David and Ms Yang . I highly recommend Glady's Garden place as one of the best I'd ever been and for sure one of the best you can find in Beijing"...
It's pleasure and a privilege to live at David, Yang Zhi and Yoda's house. It’s so good to feel home, welcomed and accepted. David and Yang Zhi have such gentle and generous ways, attentive to one's need and allowing the person be private.
The house is so comfortable, well heated, with good wifi, plenty of hot water and the banana bread is always such a treat.
David calls Yang Zhi "the fixer", surname that fits her numerous search to help us, visitors. From bus/subway routes, search for second hand English books in Beijing or fix a dentist appointment and coming along for the translation. Thanks for all you've done for me.
Not only, I do recommend highly to stay there, but also to buy a copy of Yang Zhi’s excellent book on traditionnal Chinese tales retold by her. “THE CHINESE NEW YEAR and OTHER FANTASTIC CREATURES”
It is such fun read and at the same time it has brought me to discover and appreciate many aspects of Chinese ways. Reading the book reconnected me to the joys I felt when I was a child.
Thank you again and bao zhong.
I had a great time in Beijing, thank you David and Yang Zhi for your comforting place. Central heating, place is accessible to HouHai Lake -- which is very lively at night, and they have satellite TV ( I was able to watch an important American Football game on a timely manner ;) Had a nice dinner with David as he introduced me to Chinese liquor and shared stories, and Yang Zhi was very helpful to book my trip to the Great Wall as soon as I arrived, thank you again! Your home is very clean, beautifully rennovated, and the best part about this location is that it gives you a nice "Old Beijing" vibe being located in a hutong neighborhood... not too far from the Drum and Bell tower, 10 min from the Forbidden city, and lots of cool little shops around the corner. I wish I stayed longer because there is so much to see in Beijing, I would definitely recommmend this place to anyone planning their trip to Beijing! Thank you again David and Yang Zhi!
I highly recommend staying at David & Yang Zhi's house. Everything is right about this place - the location, so close to the action and yet secluded enough to allow you some peace and quiet should you desire it.
They're wonderful hosts. The big things (room, bathroom etc) are all excellent but they take care about the small details too e.g. local food recommendations, a metro card to use, lovely coffee, delightful banana nut bread, suggestions on where to go etc.
Most importantly, they're willing to share stories and have great conversations.
I miss eating the roasted lamb & Peking duck along with a beer. It was a great experience
Beijing is a great place. My trip was even more memorable thanks to David & Yang Zhi.
Look no further .. this is the place!
I can't recommend Gladys Garden highly enough. Yang Zhi and David are wonderful hosts who somehow make you feel at home right away. Their home is the perfect place to be based for a visit to Beijing, as it is very clean and spacious and very well located in a central yet quiet hutong area. What's more, there is a casual atmosphere conducive to relaxation as well as interesting conversations with the hosts and other guests. Thank you for making my visit to Beijing so memorable!
Dear Yang-Zhi, thanks for the picking-up, taxi-orga, Great-Wall-Tour, hot-pot night, bringing me back to the cap, etc.
Beijing is a wonderful city, the two of you are very kind hosts, your hutong and the area are the nicest in the city (from what I can say) - and for sure it is not self-understood to stay with hosts who meet you at 5 in the morning to bring you along the taxi junction!