Star-level hotels in China are divided into five ranks based on standards issued by the China National Tourism Administration. Many of them are rated as 3-star or above (according to international standards). Most of them have comfortable and convenient facilities.
In China, one or two- star hotels are economical and clean. But they may have very limited English speaking staff. They must have at least twenty guest rooms, most with private bath and offer breakfast or other meals.
Three-star hotel rooms and above are always equipped with an air-conditioner, color TV, refrigerator, telephone, double curtain and a private bathroom. Hot and cold water is available 24 hours a day and internet access may be available except in remote areas or cities like Lhasa. Three-star hotels also have restaurants, bar and coffee services, banquet halls, conference rooms, ballrooms and laundry facilities. Some of the staff can speak basic, everyday English while other may be able to speak only Chinese.
All three-star hotels and above offer a choice of numerous TV channels, including several of the popular international ones. Popular English or Japanese newspapers and magazines, such as the International Herald Tribune, The Times, Asian Wall Street Journal and Far Eastern Economic Review can be obtained at the front desk free of charge. International and domestic long-distance call can be made directly from your room and services such as telegram, telex or fax are available in the commercial center.
Some of the three-star hotels (or above) also provide bowling alleys, swimming pools, multi-function halls, ballrooms, beauty parlors, massage rooms, saunas, clinics and ticket booking offices. Sometimes, shopping malls, banks and post offices are also available.
Additionally, some traditional Chinese lodgings like those found in the quadrangle in Beijing are becoming more and more popular among foreign visitors. In China, not all hotels are permitted to receive foreigners depending on whether or not they meet certain requirements. There is extensive information about accommodation in the country on the internet. For detailed descriptions of accommodations in various locations, please refer to the city guides on our website.
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