|tanithryudo (tanithryudo) wrote,|
@ 2011-09-18 07:35:00
|Entry tags:||china, vacation|
China 2011: Day 2 Morning
So as it turned out, I was still too tired to go out last night, so I begged off the whole distant relatives thing. I stayed in and sort of "rested my eyes" while my mom went by herself. She later came back rather disgruntled at the food they had available in Taiwanese restaurants here. Apparently none of the dishes ordered me her tastes. She brought back for me a to-go order of sushi she picked up on the way back.
After a good night's sleep, I woke up sometime around 6 AM again. *shrug*
Might as well take some time to describe the Hotel. Palais de Chine is the name. It's supposed to be a five star. Motif is very dark.. as in dark brown wood, low lighting, and glass/mirror strips everywhere that are decorated with black patterns that my mom thought was rust at first.
No free internet, alas. No LAN connection either that I've found. They charge for wireless access here at something like NT$100 for one hour (exchange rate is something like $1 ~ NT$29, so that's like slightly less than $4). Boo.
The controls for lights are very... confusing. I think I got them worked out now, but it's not very intuitive. Same for the shower tabs. Although the nice thing is there's a tab that allows you to adjust the height of the shower-head, which is good for short people like me. Another amusing bit is the toilet, which is one of those fancy things with a control station next to it with a bunch of options, including washing your butt or, quite literally, blowing hot air up your... :P
Elevators are kinda annoying also. Apparently, if you want to select any of the guest room floors, you have to swipe your room card first. That's kinda odd to me, because what if you wanted to visit someone on another floor? Is that not allowed? Meh.
Breakfast was okay. Nothing to surprising at the buffet tables. I still don't think it's as good as the hotel I had last year in Shanghai. But, well, Shanghai. Which incidentally has about the same number of people in its metropolitan area as the whole island of Taiwan, I'm told. Yeah, no wonder the streets remind me more of Chinatown in the US than of anywhere in China in terms of population density (and cleanliness, and lack of air pollution, etc.)
Another thing I've noticed here, in various stores, and even the airport. A lot of fairly low ceilings here. Especially at the airport on our way out. Even I felt the ceiling was low and my height is puny. I can only think that most foreigners with some height on them would probably be able to smack their heads onto the overhanging lights at that place. It's somewhat interesting.
Also, noticing a lot of Japanese everywhere. It's pretty pervasive, on signs, instructions, reading material, tour groups... hell, every waitress/waiter/service professional gives that impression with the whole service with a bow thing. I guess the whole 50 years of occupation pre-WWII really left a mark.