Escapist Travel Through China

Yann Busquets from France is a project leader from Alcatel-Lucent who is currently based in Beijing. His travels have have taken him to many cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin, Lhasa, Harbin, Kunming, and Hong Kong; as well as Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

When do you normally go on holiday?

Annual Leave:+++++
Spring Festival:+++++
Traditional holiday:++++
National Day holiday:++++

Which city that impressed you most during your holidays: Pingyao

Reasons for choosing a travel destination (please specify if not listed below):

Natural environment:+++++History and culture:+++++
Sports programs:+++Religion:+++
Shopping:+Food:+++
Golf+Drift:+
Diving:++Ski:+++

Which hotel impressed you most?

Four Points by Sheraton Shanghai, Pudong ++++

Please score each of the factors of the hotel that impressed you (marks out of five).

Hotel Brand :+++
Location:+++
Room Reservation Service:++++
Room Rate:+++++
Reception Service:++++
Concierge service:++++
Hotel security (hardware and security guard):++++
Elevators:+++
Transportation:++++
Hotel service:++++
Hotel catering service:++
SPA:++++
Hotel and surrounding environment:++

Your comments on the hotel rooms:

Room type: Standard

Door lock:+++
Air-conditioning:++++ Quiet, efficient
Power points:+++
Ventilation system:++++
Cabinet/clothes rack:++++
Condition of bath towels and robes:++++ New
Internet broadband connection:+++ Not free
Safe:++++
Shower and Bathtub:+++++
Lighting:++++
Turndown Service:N.A.
Quietness/noise-proofing:+++++
Floor/direction/natural light/scenery:++++
Room size:++++
Television size and channels:++++
Newspaper (domestic/local/English):No
Bed (special brand bed products):No
Sanitary facilities:++++
Mini bar:+++
Work area:N.A (didn’t use it)
Room decoration:++++

Rooms are new, nicely furnished and of an acceptable size. Bathrooms are clean and well-designed. All standard amenities expected from a four-star hotel are there: Satellite TV, Internet (not free), laundry service, and a fitness center (although there are only a small number of machines). The breakfast buffet is good and has a wide range of choices. It would be better if the food could be delivered more quickly. (I personally tried the pizza and the pasta). Nearby the hotel there is a subway station that makes traveling to and from the hotel quite convenient, given its location. The hotel is a good choice for value for money. Prices are definitely low compared to top-end services provided. I would recommend it.

What places did you visit during you stay and which scenic spots made a deep impression?

Yu garden, the French concession, and Xitang

Xitang was a nice experience. Located a few kilometers far away from Shanghai, it is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can spend a day there wandering among canals and art galleries.

How would you rate the amenities of the destination (marks out of five)?

Geographic environment:++++
Folklore:++
Transportation:+++
Climate:+++
Please recommend three bar:Bar Rouge, Velvet, Mint
Recommended shopping venues:Nanjing Road, Tai Kang Lu
Recommended restaurants:M on the bund, T8, Tang Dynasty Restaurant,
City construction:+++
Cultural and Historical Relics:Yu Yuan Garden, French Concession, and the Bund