On Love, Beijing and My Nostalgia for Hotel Counters With World Maps | Speaking of China

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  1. Dan Yeh
    Dan Yeh February 1, 2018 at 8:43 am | | Reply

    Hi Jocelyn,
    Thanks for sharing with us the very conservative attitude of the Chinese hotel managements (or as a result of pressures applied to them by the local authorities) in the “moral” screening of any potential hotel guests. It is news to me as I had never had such rejection, in North America, just because I brought along an opposite gender friend, regardless of her ethnicity. I would state up front at the check in desk that I had a “party of two” and they hotel employees were satisfied as long as the double occupancy rate was applied.

  2. Maria Deng
    Maria Deng February 1, 2018 at 10:30 pm | | Reply

    Isn’t it interesting how many years later, you and Jun end up moving there? Who would have known that in the future, you would be there with your husband, looking back at the same maps that you had once looked at with your ex-boyfriend. I get those feelings too, when I go to a place that I had once visited with an ex-boyfriend, I think ‘I was here many years ago with someone else’; it’s funny where life takes us! 😉

    I love world maps, seeing all of the cities, and all of the places where I would like to go one day. Jocelyn, maybe you should have been a Geographer! 🙂 Your love of the world shines through, which is something that I like about you!

    I never knew that you had to produce a marriage licence to stay in a hotel room with someone else. Is it still like that now? I can’t imagine something like that happening in North America, I think there would be an uproar if it did!

  3. S
    S February 2, 2018 at 7:36 am | | Reply

    I have had problems checking into hotels in China because they refused to believe my home country (a native English speaking country) was real. I was told my passport was a fake (and worse) – even when checking in with friends from the UK, the US, Australia etc. – even when I had confirmed bookings.

    not even a Google maps image managed to convince them. on one trip, I ended up having to check into the nearest 4 Seasons because the receptionist point blank refused to acknowledge my country of origin.

  4. jcmatt
    jcmatt February 6, 2018 at 10:32 pm | | Reply

    All the trips I took in China and not one hotel ever asked for a marriage certificate. Only got turned away once when traveling with my parents because the hotel wasn’t allowed to give rooms to foreigners.

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