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I am a hotelier and have been in the industry for more than 20 years. I speak English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.
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The reservation was canceled 13 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
The reservation was canceled 11 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
Christine and Bill are wonderful hosts. We loved their warm personality, their beautiful garden , the dogs, parrots (and even turtles). They met us at the MTR with welcoming bottles of drinking water, walked us to their house, and gave us a good orientation of their neighbourhood. We liked the convenient location and 'hutong' feel of the house.
We enjoyed staying at Christine's place, very pleasant and homely. Lovely home and nice garden and beautiful views of the pearl river.
my daughter loved the parrots and dogs and they were happy to see her every morning too.
We loved staying there so much that we will be back again next month!
Christine and Bill offered an outstanding hospitality during my stay. My airconditioned room was nice and clean, had it's own bathroom and a stunning view over the roofgarden and the Zhu Jiang river. Christine speaks very well English and - during her absense - communication with Bill was the easiest via Google Translate on my mobile (because my Chinese is still on toddler level).
A few times we have eaten together, without careful planning beforehand but purely because it coincided well. Bill made tasty dishes and every time it was enjoyable.
The house is located outside the city center in a quiet area and not far from the river. In the vicinity are many shops, restaurants and converted wharfs along that river. With both bus, metro and taxi was this location easily accessible.
This most friendly couple is very welcoming and creates an atmosphere where everyone's privacy is respected. Together with their 4 dogs and 2 parrots, they made it a 5-star experience.
We, a family of four, had a great experience with Christine and Bill. The apartment has western standard, the room is very spacious, the view from the garden very nice, the location pretty central for Canton (especially the close Metro station is good, plus the 2 bus lines into old town), the many animals fun (we all loved the parrot most) and the hosts extremely helpful; with advice, guiding the taxi, picking us up on the street, showing us around, helping us plan our stay; we even had dinner together twice. Bill is an excellent cook.
I was very lucky to have chosen this apartment. I doubt that there are many apartments in Guangzhou with its own garden and river view!! I would like to thank Christine and Bill for being so hospitable, maybe being hoteliers has made them understand what it is to be a great host! When I called Christine to tell her I had landed at the airport, she was waiting for me at the metro station when I arrived (and she had brought some water for me because it was so hot). The apartment is well located and close to the metro, only 5 min walk. As for the house, it is a very comfortable two level apartment with plenty of space and privacy. I love their garden, it was so relaxing to sit and look at the river view, also there is fresh fruit in the garden which I was lucky enough to try. There are many pets in the house, which created a nice atmosphere as they are all very well behaved and great fun to be around. Lucky the parrot (my favorite of the pets!) is really beautiful and loved to have his head rubbed and take photos! I would like to say that Christine and Bill, as well as being good hosts respected my privacy and let me enjoy the apartment freely, and allowed me to approach them if I needed help rather than the other way round. Christine’s English is excellent, and both her and Bill helped me with my Mandarin as I needed to ask for help with directions and useful phrases.
I highly recommend staying with this lovely couple and if I return to Guangzhou I will be sure to book again!!
I have known Christine for a little over a year, enough time to know her preferences in oatmeal, chocolate, coffee or tea…personality, and how many coffee she needs per day. Since you will be living with her you can have the pleasure of finding those out yourself; but here is a glimpse of your soon to be new housemate:
I have been pretty sheltered my entire life living in San Francisco, CA. It was a huge transition for me when I made my very first transpacific move to Guangzhou. The first person I met was Christine and she managed by some alchemy to easy my every process during this phase.
Christine helped me settle in China, ease many of my concerns, and given me sensible advice only when I approach her. It’s great when you meet a person who doesn’t pry into your problems; she understands how much and when personal space is needed. (Note: different culture has different notions of “personal space”). What I admire the most are her morals when it comes to privacy, you can trust her when you want her to keep a secret; and I cannot remember a time when she was badmouthing another person. Rather, Christine would always give he/she the benefit of the doubt. It is her selflessness nature and of course her adorable pets that so many of her friends want her company. But she would always opt for relaxing work nights and weekends with her husband, while tending her rose garden and pets on her outside patio. You can expect her typical schedule to be: wake up around 7am to get to work, get home around 8pm, tend to her pets and husband before going to bed. Christine’s simply life makes her the most relaxing person to be around on a Sunday afternoon. But you will find that Christine can be quiet very frank at times, but it is only because of her career driven personality that sometimes dominates, but otherwise Christine’s alacrity to help others when asked and her sense of humour really shines through.
If you need more information about her habits, her preferences (for gift giving, house warming presents), or any other aspects of your soon-to-be new housemate just contact me.