Apr 4 2018

Afternoon tea 下午茶

Ahn Luh has an All Day Dining restaurant. It has two floors and a terrace. The main dining hall is the main thing. I don’t find the terrace inviting. The second floor is very small, with one private room and a few small setting suitable for tea.

Their afternoon tea cost ¥298, ¥45 for additional person to share.

We’ve dinner last night – pretty good.  As the taxi driver told us Nv’er Hong 女儿红 is only good for pigs, so we ordered Hui 会稽山 5年 (at ¥68).

The napkins are hard on the lip: dinner is gold color and afternoon tea red. The cute little wine cup has a dent for the thumb which is nice.


Apr 4 2018

Ahn Luh 安麓

27 Yangming Road 阳明路
Shaoxing, Zhejiang

Qinsen Group 秦森 is founded by Qin Tongqian 秦同千 (chairman of Qinsen Group) that manages this hotel/resort. The major investor is Beijing Tourism (?)北旅, also the founder of Anman (can’t remember the third investor). They were in red last year and break even this year so far. Summer months are their slow season. When it snows, the staff is to clean the flakes.

Battery car, old wood, my first impression is, it feels like Aman, which is, should be – Aman group approached Mr. Qin, as I was told by a staff, Jack. Qin is quite well known for preserving vantage houses and items. Jack is very courteous and showed me around the property. We stayed at the least expensive housing, ¥2,000 a night (abt $318). The house cost ¥4,000 and the new construction with a mini pool is ¥6,000. I like the house the best – but it’s one bed situation. All housing on the ground accommodates two people only.

They don’t accept foreign credit card (Hyatt in Qingdao did …).

All Day Dinning 全日餐厅 is where breakfast (6:30-10), afternoon tea (2:30-4:30) and dinner, of course, served. The terrace isn’t too impressive.

Smoking is allowed (terrible!), unfortunately. The painted shower stall is pilling – Mr. Qin insisted to paint, instead of tiles or other durable material. Given shower wasn’t available back then, not sure this would bring anything back from the past. The classical music throughout the property is very nice.

The staff is helpful and courteous. Jack even brought tea to me in the library – thanks J! – as I’ve two hours to kill (raining) before the evening taxi to the train station.

Apr 3 2018

Anchang Oldtown 古镇安昌

Shaoxing, Zhejiang

A very small ancient town resting on a thin river. The admission is ¥50 only if you intend to visit any of the eight “museum” otherwise it’s free.

I see them washing their cloth, hair and sausage (ehhhhrrr … ) in the river.