Jul 18 2011

三味书屋

Sanwei Shuwu
010 6601 3204
复兴门内大街20号
Opposite from Minzu Gong 民族宫.

A neat book store with reading area near Canzhen Hutong. It opens at 12 noon. They used to host discussions on various topics on Saturdays but haven’t done so since beginning of 2011, because was ordered not to. Ok, at least, whoever up there still let them operate. An improvement? Looking at brighter side of the equation.

sanwei 三味书屋, July 2011


Jul 16 2011

Mao’s Snow

Feb 9, 2013

Feb 9, 2013

I’m obsessed with Mao’s poem Snow 毛泽东的诗词 雪 .. or just simply in love with the winter wonderland 银装素裹,分外妖娆.

Feb 9, 2013

Feb 9, 2013

Feb 9, 2013
Jan 1, 2013, Pawling
Nov 8, 2012
Jan 27, 2011
Jan 19, 2011, Harvest on Hudson
Jan 12, 2011, Flushing pool
Dec 30, 2010, 42nd St
Feb 2006, Whistler

July 16, 2011 in Beijing, Mao’s poem ..

 


Jul 15 2011

Qinghua Chi 清华池


北京市宣武区虎坊路4号 Xuanwu District, 4 Hufang Qiao Road
010.6303.2224, 6354.6663

Breakfast 7am-9am
Lunch 12noon-1pm
Dinner 6pm-8pm
Midnight 11pm-12am

This is an old name establishment since 1905. Like this picture depicted, it is really a foot treatment place than a bath house, although it does offer the bath but it felt as the second thought. They don’t offer private rooms, common lounging area only which is free.

We were really disappointed, my fault since I didn’t do any homework, like asking around. The entrance fee was ¥109. We were the only ones in there one weekday afternoon, having missed their lunch which’s from 12-1pm. The locker room was small, the shower room was cold. The clerk did turn on the steam room but it took too long to be warm, so I didn’t use it. At the make up counter, I found this hair spray, perhaps it’s Hair cream instead of the Hiarcrea? It beats me: why do the products sell in China need English to begin with?
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Jul 13 2011

Bizhonghai 碧中海

北京碧中海商务会馆
北京市丰台区右安门东滨河路2号
10.6357.7777; 10.8354.8888

Good: buffet, restaurant, decor,
Bad:

This one is my favored. It doesn’t have the water fall but the entire club feels right and spacious, nicely proportioned. More pix on FB

¥138 entrance fee, 18 hours cycle.

Meals served:
早茶:07:00–08:30
晚餐:18:00–21:00
夜宵:00:00–02:00

After tennis at Keda, and long wait for a cab, we decided to go. The cab driver wasn’t too happy because he had to make an U turn. What’s the bit deal that you have to make an U turn? Beijing cab drivers are selective and getting a cab is a trip!
We passed by this one the other night from YiHai. I didn’t know the dinner time is only served to 9pm. After shower, it was 8:50. When we got to the dining hall, it’s very empty with about 5 diners. The attendants were very helpful and eager, asking what would we like and bring them to our table. The buffet was mostly gone but judging from the left overs, they are good. We took a table over looking the South Second Ring 南二环. The decor of the dining hall is very comfortable and feeling clean. The seats are generous. We sat there, chatting and eating, till almost 10pm, in peace.

Their karaoke was lively and popular.

Afterward, as usual, we tour the premises. The layout is spacious and sensible. The scrub is ¥48 for 45 min, 足疗 foot massage is ¥139 for 70 minutes. Room range from ¥188-¥1888. I found a condom match stood silently out side of one conference room. ¥5 each. Guess free condom days were long gone.

All the bath houses we visited, although some were dingy but none was sleazy. The massage attendants that work in the common area, some are young and some are old. Customers can choose to have the service in the open area or private. Few times, as we were touring, I saw young girl giving massage in private room, with the door wide open.


The above two pix are from their pomotional booklet. The left one read:”Noble and graceful vip club reception lobby 高贵典雅的会馆大堂” and the right one read:”East Lndian Style JINGE restaurant 充满东南亚风情的 金阁食府”. Some one didn’t proof read it carefully.

2019


Jul 12 2011

The pride of Beijing

Unfortunately the Water Cube wasn’t open for business. The Bird’s Nest 鸟巢 is mostly empty .. not a good planning ..

the Water Cube

Beijing National Stadium, 鸟巢


Jul 12 2011

Fish Head Restaurant 鱼头泡饼

Yutou restaurant has few branches. The one we went was in Zhongguancun, in a basement. Pretty neat, a big plate of fish head, delicious. It comes with a basket of prata, 薄饼 thin pancake. Soak them in the fish head sauce, yummmmy goood. More pix on FB

fish


with prata


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Jul 11 2011

Yihai 艺海国际商务会馆


Beijing Yihai International commercial Club 北京艺海国际商务会馆
Haidian, 12 S Zhongguancun Street 海淀区中关村南大街12号
(located at south of Lianxiang Bridge 联想桥南)
010.6216.6216, 010.0610.0610

Good: two separated dining areas on different floors; ample parking
Bad: expensive

My 2016 visit.

The club is founded 8 years ago. The entrance fee is ¥169 for 18 hours. 4 meals provided: 6am-9am, 11am-2pm, 6pm-10pm, 12am-2am. The cheapest room is ¥160, it has no window, to the presidential suite of ¥12,800, with 5 bedrooms.

The scrubbing room is a large hall, two rows of beds, without any dividers. Laying there, feeling like a pig being slaughtered, for all to see. They charge ¥188 for a 40 minutes scrub down, ¥5 for the green mitten and ¥20 for a pack of fresh milk. This is a common practice. The mitten is for hygiene and the milk supposedly is good for the skin. It normally requires two packs for the session.

My friend is a member there who explained, for tax purpose, it’s an advantage to join the club because there is a limit as how much one can expense the entertainment and meals. The club fee (or the club bills the client differently), however is unlimited. Yes, many business people carry truck load of club cards, from restaurants to hair salons, to bath houses … not to mention the discount the card holder enjoys. For this club, the top tier membership cost ¥300,000 to join with ¥210k matching from the club. A 510,000 RMB spending account.

We had dinner with my friend and friend’s significant other. They have been together for nearly a decade although they both are married and will stay married to their spouse for the time being. While we were getting the foot massage at the lounge, the common resting room, my friend opened a room and gave me the room number, said join them after the massage.

The foot rub at this club was ¥98 for 70 minutes. I got an older man and Pump got a young girl. He proposed to use ginger pad for the knees, asked if I’m allergic to ginger and alcohol because he used 75% alcohol to clean the knife, which he used to carve out some thing off my feet.
The lounge is equipped with large sofa with individual TV mounted to the left. Few sofa can be flatted and they’re mostly occupied. Costumers can stay here for the night, it’s free. Many of them do.

I must got the room number wrong. After the foot rub, when I knocked on the door, a smallish man opened it. I backed up a step. Before I could say sorry, he walked pass me to my right. A second later, three young girls trickled out of the room one by one, following him. I looked to my right, they soon disappeared in the soft dim lighted hall way.


Jul 7 2011

Hefei

An real estate billboard out side of the HFE, the Hefei airport Luogang International Airport 合肥骆岗. It says if you have no time to travel to seaside, at least you own the 200,000 sq meter sandy park in front of your door. Very enticing, except the typo. But guess no one knows or cares. Why English? Does English on a ad makes the product more desirable or prestigious?

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Great Chage Great Dream

Lakeside Holidays


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The mini van we were provided.

Cities in China large or small, are all dotted with 农家菜馆 peasant meal, peasant cuisine, peasant gastronomy. Even in the countryside. I never questioned the difference between the peasant meal and emperor’s banquet. Just eat myself to death. More pix on FB


Jul 4 2011

Morley Holy Club 摩力圣汇

Address: No. 9 Jinsong Road 劲松路, Chaoyang District, 10.8777.4488, zip 100021
Route: East 3rd Ring – Jingsongqiao; go straight westwards and you will arrive

If Hair Salor or Sunna don’t bother you, this Beijing Hotspring Guild Hall 北京温泉会馆 is a neat place to go, although not sure where the spring is coming from.
They don’t allow taking pictures, and for once I followed the rule. We came after our studio photo session, feeling dirty and spent.

Good: plushy towel, toiletry, buffets
Bad: on the expensive side; layout is on the smaller side

The entrance fee that includes bath, sauna, steam room (wasn’t functioning at our visit) jacuzzi and buffet is ¥158 RMB (beer cost ¥20, Red Bull ¥15, etc.), good for 18 hours.
The buffet hours: breakfast 7am-9am, lunch 12noon-2pm, dinner 6p-9pm; mid-night meal 12am-1:30am.
The white thick bath towel is in abundant supply, as are the young attendants who follow you everywhere, open the locker for you and put on the towel after showering and gave you a quick rub on the shoulder. Bit overly dotting. The toiletry are pretty nice, they offer Shiseido, Evian.
In all the bath houses we visited, sauna is always working fine while the steam room is a second thought. For someone who likes steamer over dry heat, it’s a little disappointing.
The Presidential suit is ¥4,280 for the 18-hour cycle. It has two bedrooms (one room has a queen/king bed and the other has two double) are in the second floor loft.
The cheapest room is ¥200. The room with a card table plus a bed goes for ¥480. Hair cut at Hair Salor, kids ¥38, men ¥58 (or ¥68?).

All the bath houses have tons of PJs on display, for purchase. At this club, an older woman was looking at them. Two young girls with accents were trying hard to sell her one. After the conclusion of the transaction, the customer left and the manager came. The two young girls excitedly asking the manager to buy them Popsicle,
“because she wasn’t going to buy it but we convinced her!”
Wow, can you imagine that achievement? Guess they were two newbies?


Jul 4 2011

Peninsula hotel

王府半岛酒店 (原王府饭店) on Jinbao 金宝街, couple of blocks east of WangFuJing St. in Beijing. Relaxing and enjoyable.


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