Bargains in Beijing: Pampering at InterContinental Beijing Financial Street
Alone among U.S. carriers, Continental Airlines launches a new nonstop service to Shanghai (from its Newark hub) later this month, and its introductory pricing set off a fare war. Flights to China can now be scored for as little as $800 roundtrip with a modest advance purchase. With overall hotel occupancy rates hovering around 50 percent in Beijing and Shanghai, bargains are everywhere. Room rates as low as $100 a night in newly built, four- and five-star properties with familiar Western brand names are common.
If we had our druthers, we'd check in to the InterContinental Beijing Financial Street to gawk at the 18-storey atrium and cool contemporary design. The spa is pretty fab, too. Ask the concierge about Tea Time; you can get a taste of Beijing culture on a visit to the Lao She Teahouse. The hotel can also arrange personal walking tours of Beijing with your very own private guide: the InterContinental's chief concierge.
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