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Friendship Hotel (Yǒuyì bīnguǎn)
At a Glance
- a bit of history
- gardens are attractive
- far from the city center
- needs updating
- not much to do nearby (unless you're a student in search of cheap drinks)
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Friendship Hotel (Yǒuyì bīnguǎn) Review
The name is telling, as the hotel was built in 1954 to house foreigners, mostly Soviets, who had come to help rebuild the nation; these days, it relies more on tour groups and those who need to be close to the university area, since it remains far removed from most sights; still, this place retains a certain glory as one of the largest garden-style hotels in Asia, even if many of its rooms could do with the gentle caress of modernity. The architecture is traditional Chinese, and the rooms are large, although filled with somewhat outdated furnishings. Facilities include restaurants, a swimming pool, and a driving range.
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