The Most Attractive City in Western China – Jiayuguan
When you are traveling silk road, one of the important stop is Jiayuguan. It boasts many historical relics and one of the important one is Jiayuguan Pass/Tower. During my stay in Jiayuguan, we stayed a night in Jiayuguan Hotel.
Jiayuguan Hotel is located in the bustling commercial downtown area of Jiayuguan city, so it is very convenient if you want to do some shopping at night. Just about 200 m away you can find restaurants & shops across the street.
We stayed in non smoking room and it is spacious with comfortable beds and clean linen. Warm lighting are used in the room.
Square Dancing/Plaza Dancing 广场舞
There is a window for you to look out to the street. You may find people doing Chinese “Square dancing” at the open space near the plaza. It is popular with middle-aged and retired women who have been referred to as “dancing grannies”. I wasn’t lucky enough to see any of the dancing grannies doing their exercise at the open space Plaza, I would love to see their street culture very much. But be warned that it can be quite loud with the Chinese popular music played.
Bring your own coffee!
Bring your own coffee if you are particular about coffee. The free coffee provided here may not up to your standard and some don’t even provide coffee. Chinese people drink tea instead of coffee – that is their national drink. In fact they only started drinking coffee recently. Coffee is consider a luxury item and expensive in China. I saw the coffee cost up to USD 10 a cup at the airport in Urumqi Xinjiang. Well, if you travel in big cities like Beijing and Shanghai, the hotel may provide coffee but probably not in Gansu Province which is located north-west of China. Still, there are particular groups of people or new wealthy people, they and their kids like to flaunt their new-found riches with drinking Starbucks coffee, the pricey beverage.
The lighting used in the bathroom is white light. There is a bathtub and shower head running with hot and cold water. What I like about the bathroom is; there is a glass door preventing the water from the shower to spill over to the toilet area.
Hotel Car Park
Hotel Breakfast Review
The buffet breakfast offer a wide variety of choices but most of them are in Chinese style. Choices here are a lot more compared to other hotels so far.
The restaurant is huge and can sit up to 1000 people. Luckily I was here during off-peak so there is no big crowd of mainland Chinese tourists. As you know the mainland Chinese people have the reputation for boorish behaviour 🙂 That is why the hotel I went during my Eastern Europe tour (probably Prague or Budapest, I can’t recall well which country), has to separate the mainland Chinese tourists with other tourists when arrange the seating for the morning breakfast.
Western food corner has lesser choices as compared to Chinese corner. Available choices are bread, pastries, bacon, sausages, eggs & bean.
Hot Noodle Bar & omelette
The Business Center offers various other services such as booking plane and train tickets , photocopying and fax. Located at the lobby.
There are shopping stores at the lobby which offer foot massage & salon facilities. Several stores are open till late at night.
The barber pole outside the barber & beauty salon is not the old fashion red, white & blue lighting but the shape is still the same though 🙂
Gansu Most Popular souvenir – Luminous cup/ 夜光杯
Gansu is famous for it Luminous Cup. It is made of jade and it is named because it sparkles when fill with alcohol and placed under the moonlight. The origin of the Luminous Cup is at Jiuquan. Jiuquan is an ancient town with a 2,000-year history. (It was ashamed that we did not stopover at Jiuguan this time. ) Now Luminous Cup become of the most popular souvenir from Gansu. There is a very famous poem on “Luminous Cup” by Wang Han poet who also created Three Hundred Tang Poems /唐诗三百首.
Luminous Cup Poem by Wang Han / 王翰 (poet)
葡萄美酒夜光杯, Fine wine in luminous cup,
欲飲琵琶馬上催. Drinking with Pipa but was summon to fight.
醉臥沙場君莫笑, Please don’t laugh if we lay drunken in the battlefield!
古來征戰幾人回? How many warriors ever come back safely?
When the soldiers are about to drink fine wine in luxurious cup, they were suddenly being summoned to fight in the battlefield.
The general said: “Please don’t laugh if I am drunk on the battlefield, ”
From past to present,how many people who are going to the battlefield can return safely?
葡萄美酒夜光杯 / Fine wine in luminous cup!
This poem is mainly about the turbulent life and arduous environment in the border, making it difficult for the frontier soldiers to get a banquet. Fortunate enough to have one banquet, it is easy to imagine the scene of drinking and drinking. This poem is a portrayal of battlefield life and feelings. The wine in the poem is the grape wine that is abundant in the Western Region of China; the cup is said to be the wine-cup made in era of Zhou Muwang /周穆王. It is as bright as the “Bright Moon Night”, so it is called “Luminous Cup”; the instrument used by Hu people / 胡人 called pipa / 琵琶. There are also words such as “sand field” and “battle”. All of this shows a rich border color and the flavor of military camp life.
Shoes Polish Machine
Guests are free to use the shoes polish machine. China hotel usually provide shoes polish machine.
Chinese Noodles Takeaway Shop
Near the car park hotel, there is a noodle takeaway shop. Just few steps walk out from the front lobby. Price list were at the menu board beside the ordering window.
No More Bicycles
Across the street are shops and commercial buildings. If you notice, there is no more bicycles these day in China compare to few decades ago. Cars became a status symbol in the 1990s, bikes became associated with the poor. But now public bike share emerged as a popular option especially in big cities such as Shanghai.
Final thoughts :
The Jiayuguan Hotel is conveniently located in the downtown of Jiayuguan city. It is very affordable hotel and the room is up to our standard. The breakfast buffet has wide-spread of choice.
I didn’t see many western tourists staying in this hotel and the staff here may not be able to speak fluent English. Probably you need to use google translator if you don’t speak Chinese or may be it is a good chance to practice your Chinese. 🙂
Luminous Cup – Review
Glad to learn about the history of Luminous Cup in Gansu Region China. I have gotten a set of 4 pieces back home as souvenir. The cups are in mottled dark green colour and flecks of sparkle. This type of jade was found in the Qilian mountains in this region. Yet to test out the cup under moonlight, I hope it shines as bright as the moon light. 🙂
Nearby Attractions :
- Mingsha shan Mountain & Yueyaquan / Crescent Moon Lake Dunhuang
- 馬踏飛燕 Wuwei Letai Flying Horse of Gansu
- Zhangye Colorful Danxia Landform
- Zhangye Dafo
- Jiayuguan Great Wall