Tuesday, April 21, 2009


I don't know if the hotel we stayed in rural China back in the 1980's is still there. It was a very simple affair, nothing like a standard San Diego hotel with amenities we consider as standard and sometimes take for granted. Like what? For starters, our room did not have an ensuite bathroom. What they had was a washbasin and a (?)potty. There was a communal bathroom though, although I do not like getting up in the middle of the night to go out of the room in my nightwear in order to answer the call of nature. I'd like some privacy too when taking a shower. I know it's standard for most dorms and cheap accomodations, but, hey, the place did call itself a hotel! Or maybe, it just reflected how backward the place is that we could not really get more luxurious accomodations. The upside is that our accomodations were cheap and quite clean. They also had no phones in the rooms. The lighting was ordinary fluoresecent lamps.

I don't know if it's because I haven't gotten back to the more rural places, but the next time I went to China, I had more "standard" hotel accomodations with the usual ensuite bathroom with hot/cold water, telephones and sometimes even WiFi. China has certainly come a long way, and I hope that it would not just be the case with the big cities but also with the smaller towns.