Mao-Er B&B - Farewell

Trip Start Oct 06, 2011
Trip End Nov 05, 2011

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Mao-Er B&B

Flag of China  , Beijing,
Saturday, November 5, 2011

We woke up to rain and the challenge of making our luggage weigh the right amounts.  I guess
we’ve accumulated more gifts and souvenirs than we thought since we’re pushing the weight limit on our check-in bags.  We brought a portable luggage scale, which has worked really well.  We were hoping for a nice walk around the lake with Aunt Yun but it has been raining all morning and does not look good for a walk.  So I thought I would take a moment to write about the B&B where we’ve staid for the last week.

We found Mao-Er B&B on Tripadvisor.  Like Cindy’s Courtyard B&B, it is an old hutong that has been renovated and markets as a western style B&B.  B&B’s hardly exist in Beijing and a place like this has done really well with the westerners.  It’s a small courtyard with maybe 4 or 5 guest rooms surrounding a courtyard.  At Mao-er B&B the courtyard has been glassed in so it is actually mostly indoors and heats well in the wintertime.  The owner also owns a wood furniture factory and most of the furniture here comes from that factory.  Much of it involves hand carved elements and it is all very beautiful.  The king sized bed is especially beautiful.

Mao-Er also has a great location.  Cindy’s hutong is in the middle of real hutong neighborhood.  While it was easy to visit historic sights from her locale, the neighborhood was more authentic.  Mao-Er is very close to both the Back Lakes and Nanluogu Xiang.  You can walk out your door and find tourist shops and restaurants in just a few minutes.  There are even two bars right across the street from Mao-Er.  In some ways this is fun but I am glad we had both experiences.

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