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Beijing - Living Like the Locals
Planning a trip to Beijing can be difficult. Beijing is one of the busiest and most populous cities in the world, and finding quality accommodation can often be a problem. A holiday apartment rental can be a great option for those looking for something different from the usual hotel scene. A private apartment will not only allow you a greater level of convenience and freedom than a hotel, but will also give you the unique experience of living in the local Beijing scene.

The increase in tourism in recent years has led to new trends in accommodation options. With hotels becoming increasingly expensive and often overbooked in this busy city, short-term apartment rentals are a convenient and economical alternative. Many apartment complexes have adapted their rates to accommodate short-term visitors, at prices which can be much cheaper than hotel rooms. These will usually have laundry facilities, internet connections, cable TV, and all the amenities that you would get from a hotel. You also have more space, privacy and freedom than you would in a hotel. It’s a perfect option for those on medium-length holidays who prefer to live “like a local” with a little more independence.

There is no better way to get your finger on the pulse of Beijing than by living in an apartment, in the centre of downtown, among a community of Chinese and foreign Beijing residents. In a holiday rental, you won’t be waited on hand and foot. But for those who enjoy the comfort and independence of having your own space, a holiday rental is the way to go. Here you will find all the appliances and amenities that you have in your own home (and maybe more.). Also, if you enjoy cooking or even just wandering down to the fridge for a late-night snack, having a full kitchen will be an added convenience.

Some people may worry that staying in an apartment would be more difficult than booking a stay at a hotel, because they would have less services and facilities at their disposal. However, today most apartment rentals that offer short-term rentals have the needs of visitors in mind. They can help you with any questions you may have, language or cultural barriers you may encounter, and transportation options (although taxis are cheap in Beijing and most drivers can speak some English). Also, the apartment owner or manager has only a few clients to look as compared to a busy hotel, and therefore will have more time to help you with your needs. So put your worries to rest, and try to enjoy the adventure of living like the locals in Beijing, the next time you visit.
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Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Accommodation in Morocco and Vacation Rentals.
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