The Friendship Hotel
, located in the Haidan
District of Beijing
, is one of the largest "garden style
" hotels in Asia. It is over 330,000 square meters, 250,000 of which are outdoors, covered with plenty of trees, grass, and other vegetation
. Designed using traditional Chinese architecture
, it consists of several 7 story, typical hotel buildings, and many more apartment-style
buildings, home to tourists, businessmen, and sometimes even the businesses themselves. The apartment-style residencies are fairly spacious, and include color television
, air conditioning
, and basic kitchen conveniences.
The on-site amenities
are quite expansive, ranging from swimming pools and gyms, to bowling lanes and driving range
s for those wanting to work on their golf. Shops and restaurants are plentiful as well, including an American
-styled T.G.I. Friday's
. There is also a "guest coach
" in which residents can ride, as a method of getting place to place, or just to enjoy the scenery.
Perhaps one interesting thing to note about the Friendship Hotel -- or most anything in Beijing containing the word "friendship
" -- is something generally not told to tourists
and visitors. That is, "friendship" is a term used primarily during the Cold War
, and represented facilities
(lodging, stores, restaurants, etc.) catering to Soviet dignitaries
who were in Beijing at the time. Indeed, the Friendship Hotel itself used to be just that -- lodging and office space
for Russian ambassador
s, and scientists!