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Want a taste of real Beijing life in the very heart of the city without compromising the comfort of modern living? This newly remodeled two-bed-room apartment is situated inside a historical villa built by Rockefellers as a residential villa for the doctors of the Peking Union Hospital at the turn of last century. The apartment itself is over 60 years old with sturdy architecture, high ceilings, plentiful of windows for natural lighting and is certainly hard to find in the area these days. Only minutes walk to many attractions in Beijing: Oriental Plaza, the famous Wang Fu Jing shopping district, Tian An Men Square and to public transportation, including subway No. 1 and 5.
Although located in the heart of Beijing, the apartment gets its tranquility and peace from the shelter of matured trees, shrubs and flowers through out of the villa. It comes with living room, one bathroom, kitchen, dinning room. Hardwood floor through out the living room and bed rooms. Ceramic titles in the kitchen, dinning and bathroom. There is a electric fire place in one of the bed room. It is fully furnished with wash and dryer, refrigerator, microwave and all the kitchen equipments such as rice cooker, coffee maker and more. WiFi and cable TV are also available. It basically have everything. All you have to do is to move in. The villa has 24 hours security guard on the site.
Room cleaning is available every other day for daily renting. Short term and long term lease are all welcome. Due to big discount for the rate of monthly renting, room cleaning is available with extra charge.
Keywords: 2-bed room apartment, fully furnished, wash/dryer, full private bathroom, dinning room, newly remodeled, quiet neighborhood, near public transportations, subways, near major attractions
I was born and raised in Beijing, as matter of fact, in the very apartment I am renting out.
Because this apartment is situated in a western style villa, I had a lot more space and friends when I grew up compared to many kids grew up in typical Chinese courtyard. I still have fond memories of the games we used to play in the green and spacious courtyards. We used to chase each other on top of the brick walls and climb the trees.
Now we have all grown up and left the villa. We only come back to visit once a while. The villa has far less kids nowadays.
Eventually I left home too, after college and went to the United States for graduate school.
Now I have returned to live in Beijing with my cat and two sons who keep me very happy.
Betty Wu purchased this apartment in 2002
I was born and raised in this apartment until I went to the United State for graduate school. For many years this was the only place I called home. I have many memories of this apartment.
The villa this apartment is situated is a historical villa built by the Rockefeller family as residential villa for the doctors of the Peking Union Hospital at the turn of 20th century. Although the apartment is the newest building in the villa, it is over 60 years old. It is the only 'modern' style building in the villa, which consists of some 30 houses and townhouses with gardens throughout. The villa has been declared by the Beijing Municipal Government as a historical site.
The alley, or hutong, where the villa is located is also full of history. During the Ming Dynasty the hutong was called 'Shi Da Ren Hutong' after 'Master Shi', who was a powerful general at the time. He built a mansion on this very spot in 1456, which is one of the eight famous mansions in Beijing.
Its current name, 'Waijiaobu', means Department of Foreign Affairs. It comes from the Qing Dynasty when the guest house of the Department of of Foreign Affairs, designed by an American Jerry Johnson, was built. It later became the site of the Department of Foreign Affairs complex during Republic of China era. It was one of the most luxurious Western-style buildings in the capital at the time.
When I remodeled the apartment, I had in mind providing modern comfort as well as preserving the original architecture. I selected only top quality materials for renovation. The bathroom cabinets, some furniture, and paint for the walls are imported from United States. I kept the high ceiling, deep window cells, and door paths which were special features from the original design. In addition, some of the furnishings are from when my parents lived here. Some of them are over 70 years old.
The best feature of the apartment is its location. While it is located in the heart of Beijing it is in a quiet and secluded neighborhood. Tucked away in the back of a historical villa it is sheltered from the busy street. Although it the villa is located in the centre of one of the busiest cities in the world, there is no sense of the fast paced urgency that exists right outside its walls.
The villa also features a beautiful common garden for residents to enjoy. There are many old trees that provide shade and tranquility. This is especially welcome when the greenery help soothe the heat and humidity of the Beijing summer.
Another nice feature of the apartment is it's near many attractions. The famous Wangfujing shopping street and the Oriental Plaza are only a short walk away. The Tienanman Square, Forbidden City, Line 1 and Line 5 subway stations, as well as a multitude of museums, temples, and other attractions, are also nearby.
Perfect location within walking distance to many iconic tourist locations (Tiananmen, Forbidden City, Beihai Park, Wangfujing street). The apartment had all the necessary amenities including air conditioning for the summer time. I liked the courtyard for the apartment complex.
There were some minor issues with the water heater, but it worked most of the time.
We couldn't have been more pleased with our hostess (Betty) and accommodation in Beijing. The location was perfect, being right in the heart of the city to access many attractions by foot or subway and yet able to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. It truly is an oasis tucked away in the city, peaceful and beautiful in a little courtyard garden just off a major downtown street. We are a family of 4 and found it to be a perfect fit for us. We highly recommend it!!
Beijing is simply amazing - big, bustling, exciting, and beautiful. However, as travelers, you'll definitely need a respite from all the excitement and fun. Betty's apartment is just that. It is simply startling to step out of the heart of Beijing, down a small alley, into a courtyard that seems to be situated in the countryside! Then, the apartment itself is cozy, well-appointed, comfortable and peaceful. And, the location has to be best in Beijing, close to everything a traveler would want from the Forbidden City to shopping to both expensive and hole-in-the-wall restaurants. Most of all, Betty is a gracious and very responsive hostess, who will do everything to accommodate your needs. Cannot recommend it enough!
We had a wonderful experience staying at Betty's apartment. The apartment was very quite and yet located in a busy neighborhood convenient to subways and restaurants. We did not do any cooking (although you could if you want to). We found the washer and dryer to be very useful and easy to use. The space was nice for us (two adults and two kids). We will definitely stay at this place again.
We were very happy with our spacious 2 bedroom apartment in Beijing! The location was amazing- walking distance to Tiananmen Square area, very close to 2 metro stops that can get you anywhere in the city, and a great little "alley" right outside our courtyard with delicious local food and grocery stores. The best part was being able to walk into a secluded, quiet, courtyard and instantly feel at home and relaxed after a busy day of sight-seeing in Beijing. Betty provided excellent information prior to our arrival and was so very helpful in communicating via email or phone. She included suggestions of restaurants, shopping, sights to see,etc. She also recommended , Kevin as a tour guide, and he was fun and extremely helpful. We stayed at the apartment for 6 days- I would definitely stay here again- it is so much better than a hotel. Check it out!
nine days in Beijing was made even more special because of this great home base! it is everything that is documented in the many positive reviews. we are 4 first-time visitors between 34-70 years and, without hesitation, would HIGHLY RECOMMEND and RETURN. here are other things, some seemingly incidental, that made the place great. (1) owner Betty answers emails in a timely manner with much information about food, shopping, weather. we started corresponding 8 months before our arrival. she is supportive and friendly as well as professional and efficient. (2) the electric outlets have adaptations for western plugs. there was no need for us to bring adapters. (3) the 3 main rooms (bedrooms, parlor) are very large. we left Beijing with 10 suitcases and never felt cramped. (4) the townhouse is in its own separate, secure courtyard. there is a sense of calm and quiet within this area despite it being centrally located in Beijing. (5) hot water is readily available for a shower at any time. the bathroom is the best lit one i have ever been in. (6) the separate washer and dryer were two of the most important items when choosing the place; we used them daily. if we didn't want to use the dryer, there is a large, indoor drying rack in the same room. (7) miss Lu came by every other day to change bedding and towels, sweep and tidy-up, remove recyclable containers. she greeted us when we arrived and was there when we left; both times were at night. (8) the wireless router never failed nor gave us any problems. (9) Betty's recommendations for a local guide and eating establishments were excellent!
The apartment is conveniently located in the very heart of Beijing downtown - 5-10 min walk to two subway stations (Dongdan and Dongshidonggou) and is also in walking distance to some of the main sights such as Wanfujing Street, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden Palace. There are numerous local restaurants nearby.
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