Green T. House

“Green T. House”:http://travel2.nytimes.com/top/features/travel/destinations/asia/china/beijing/restaurant_details.html?vid=1124996111864 is amazingly confusing to find because, for one thing, its chinese name (??? zi3 yun2 xuan1 or purple cloud pavillion) has nothing to do with its English name. It is a violet flower in Chinese. Also, it is on the side of a gigantic mall area call 100 Gongti Xi Lu where there is a big bowling alley. Some of the real locals at “BeijingEats”:http://bbb.typepad.com/beijingeats/2005/10/green_t_house_b.html think it is way over-rated though.

Still it is incredibly chic. I felt like I was in London at a nouveau Asian place. You need reservations and the seating is actually family style. The crowd doesn’t get there until late. John did the smart thing and took the recommendations of the waitress there. We got delicious beef, lobster and a really neat noodle dish that I’m still not sure what it is.

This is nouveau food, so don’t expect lots of it, but the presentation is just amazing. The nice thing is that since it is on club row, there are lots of cabs outside to take you home.

6 Gongti Xi Lu, Sanlitun, Beijing, China
Phone: 010-6552-8310
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Hilton Beijing

“The Hilton Beijing”:http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=BJSHITW When Natalie booked us, we were a little worried about what this hotel would be like. We’ve stayed at the Grand Hyatt Beijing (amazing but incredibly expensive) and the Kerry Center Hotel (functional, but not pretty). The Hilton Beijing is much closer than both of these hotels to Qinghua and Beijing University and it is amazingly nice having just been renovated. It’s in the northeast on the third ring road.

There is a huge construction project going on right next door, so you really have to make sure to get as high as possible. We were lucky enough to be on the 22nd floor and the jackhammering was tolerable. The concierge level is very good for business meetings although a little cramped. The service is quite good and the folks are attentive, so for instance, when we needed to find a restaurant they were great about finding a great one (The Green Turtle), and when the taxi cab guy didn’t know where it was, the valet called and found out and finally when I left by glasses there, they sent them the next day. Very reasonably priced for a business hotel too.

1 Dong Fang, North Dong Sanhuan Rd, Beijing, China 100027
Tel: +86-010-5865 5000 Fax: +86-010-5865 5800

Beijing Airport Air China Club has Wifi

It’s never clear in China where you’ll get Wifi access, but the Air China Club in the domestic terminal has free Wifi access. They also have about a dozen network taps but about half seem to be broken all the time. Also the “airport”:http://www.bcia.com.cn/en/index.jsp has real time arrival information which is pretty valuable if you live in China.