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Accommodation in Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games

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There are only about six months left before the 2008 Beijing Olympics begin. Claudia asked us in an article related to China if it was expensive to stay in Beijing. He is planning to visit the Asian giant during the Olympic Games and, as is evident, accommodation in events of such magnitude is one of the most delicate issues when planning the trip.

I was in Beijing for a couple of weeks resting the back of so much backpack after a non-stop that had taken me through Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and the interior of China. In comparison with the regions of the interior of the country, Chinese cities are much more expensive. Anyway, do not be scared because I did not find any two or three star hotel that exceeded 30 euros. The problem is that we were used to paying a euro and a half in the hostels of Yunnan or Sichuan and dropping eight euros for a bed seemed a savage ... Things of the custom. Now we go to Barcelona and pay 20 euros for a taxi time and we don't complain.

During the first days we were staying in a family hotel a few minutes north of the forbidden city. It's called The Star of Yulong. I have not found any information on the internet but incredibly I keep the card of the establishment. Unfortunately, the address is in Chinese so I will not try to copy the characters here. The hotel workers did not speak English and looked at us a little surprised, a sign that few foreigners travel the area. The neighborhood is authentic, with lots of little shops, places to eat and have a beer and breathe village life right in the middle of one of the most crowded cities in the world and very close to the historic center. The price was around 16 euros double with private bathroom, western washbasin, television and air conditioning. A luxury.

The last days in Beijing I stayed alone and chose to go to a hostel. I found the Beijing Jade Youth Hostel very close to where I was previously staying. Rocked in the hutongs, it is a modern hostel with all kinds of facilities: individual safe, new bunk beds, bedrooms and doubles, internet and breakfast. He went out for about 6 euros a night in the bedroom and is a step away from Tiananmen, the forbidden city and the commercial center of the capital. Dongcheng Flame District and Beiheyan Street.

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