Hey, I was just back to Hong Kong and am currently catching up with some work these days. Here’s a quick sharing of my weekend business trip in Guangzhou, China and also tips of keeping energy and happiness in a time-consuming business trip.
Luxury traveller? backpacker? honeymoon seeker? Whatever traveller type you are, the most most important thing to me and I am strongly pushing on you guys is, hotel! For a business person, you probably won’t worry about hotel selection for your secretary will take care of it, but for a self-employed person or normal traveller, do it yourself and make it as good as possible! We spent some time to search the hotel, read the available services and the reviews when we were planning Guangzhou trip, even it’s just a 2 nights stay. Normally, I will use booking.com but also keep in mind of all our points/miles-related programs which can save us money, room upgrade or offer us extra benefits in the future trips. The most-concerning information of a hotel for me is,
- Service they have: Wifi (free in room!), pool (indoor for rainy days / outdoor for sunny days), late check-out (for the ease of last day), 24 hours hot water for showering (don’t laugh, in some awkward places, this is not a mandatory facility), bath (a bath break with a book/magazine would be perfect)
- Different room pricing: It really affects my last decision-making, because if I see a slightly more expensive option which I don’t bother to save few cocktails, I will go for a nicer option.
- Photos: It’s a bit difficult to link the right image to the right room type, but you cannot miss this action before any decision.
- Location: Downtown and easy to reach anywhere for a traveller to go.
We chose Hilton Guangzhou Tianhe for the reason of loyalty program, free in-room wifi and bath! 5-minute of taxi drive from train station (Guangzhou East) is totally acceptable and it’s 30 minutes drive to our main working venue. I was super happy to discover that I was staying with Facebook and Instagram all the time in hotel (This is really important for international business traveller nowadays when they enter into China). The direct impact was, I spent over one hour in the bath with Instagram and magazine. I always enjoyed the sleep in a good hotel, this time is not an exception, plus had little fun by jumping around 😀
Basic needs during a business trip could be mostly covered by hotel (if you are a fan of in-room services, it will be more than “mostly”). However, if we have time, at least one dine-out in the city would be good enough. We’ve visited the nearby shopping mall (Teemall) and discovered a modern Sichuan cuisine called Sajiao Chilli. The hot spicy dishes were wonderful and drove us crazy! The most recommended is the Green Chilli Boiling Fish! Before we leave for Hong Kong, I insisted a visit of Hilton’s T Lounge & Bar because I was “set” by the high ceiling when we firstly arrived. A slow afternoon with little ice cream and warm waffle was our only leisure in this trip.
无论是奢侈旅行家，背包客，或是蜜月探索者，酒店是我总结下来最重要的！就算是只有2夜的广州行，我们都花了少少功夫选酒店，包括查看酒店提供的服务项目和大家酒店预订网上留下的评语。商务旅行的话通常都不会有挑酒店的痛苦，可爱的小秘们都包了，但如果你是自由工作者或旅行家，那还是老老实实把酒店选好了。我比较常用 booking.com 不过也会时刻记得查一下自己名下的一些会员计划，说不定能抵用积分、升级套房或者订特定的酒店来赚额外积分。找酒店时，我最先看的有以下几个部分：
Hitlon Guangzhou Tianhe
No.215 Linhe Xi Heng Road Tianhe, Guangzhou, China
208 Tianhe Rd, Tianhe, Guangzhou, China (Metro Line 1 or Line 3, Tiyu XiLu)