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Monday 24th of November 2014

Changsha (Grand Sun City Hotel)

City: Changsha
Province: Hunan Prov.
Month/Year of Travel: July - August 1999
Travel Route in China: Beijing-Changsha-Guangzhou
Name of Hotel: Grand Sun City Hotel
Comments about Hotel: Fairly new, 5 stars (Chinese stars), pool was nice but VERY crowded on weekends. Three very good restaurants. Business center with Internet access and FAX. Very friendly staff. Very clean for a Chinese hotel though not quite up to the White Swan. Short taxi ride to shopping areas. It is fairly close to one of the orphanages, like walking distance.
Office or Orphanage: Our daughter came in from Hengyang-adoption took place at Ministry of Civil Affairs in other location of Changsha
Sights to See in this city: Provincial Embroidery Research Institute, 2100 year old woman, Orange Island, several Buddhist temples across the river by Hunan Univ.
Baby supplies can be purchased at: Some at hotel arcade, Friendship store 5 minute cab ride, 10 yuan
Places to eat we liked: Hunan Style restaurant was really good. They had a special Singapore buffet in the main restaurant. Special presentation changes every few weeks. They also had a fancier restaurant with live music on traditional Chinese instruments, informal dress but slightly more "exotic" menu...lots of things Americans are definitely not used to eating.
Things you ought to know while staying here: Changsha is very much built up from when we adopted there in October '95!

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