Hotels in China are rated according
to established international star-rating standards.
By the end of 1997, there were 2,724 star-rated
hotels in the country, including 57 five-star
hotels, 157 four-star hotels, 895 three-star hotels,
1,339 two-star hotels and 276 one-star hotels.
In other words, more than half of China's hotels
open to foreigners have been star-rated.
These tourist hotels, star-rated ones
in particular, bear the brunt of the flow of foreign
visitors to China, providing them with food, lodging
and many other services according to international
A hotel rated with three or more stars
has the following:
- The rooms are cozily appointed
and furnished, and the toilets are equipped
with 110/220-volt electricity sockets and provide
hot water 24 fours a day.
- Each guest room is equipped with
an air-conditioner or central air-conditioning
that is good enough to keep room temperature
at a comfortable level.
- A telephone is installed in each
room to allow the guest to make domestic or
international long-distance calls through the
- There are both a color TV set and
a stereo system in each room.
- There are effective soundproof
facilities, as well as curtains that can block
- Stationery appropriate to the rating
of the hotel is available in every guest room.
Services & Facilities
The following facilities and services
are available in hotels rated with three or more
Chinese restaurant, Western restaurant,
caf¨¦, banquet hall, ball room, massage
parlour, store, beauty parlour, meeting hall,
commercial center, gym, florist's shop, clinic,
parking lot, bookstore, credit-handling and foreign
exchange conversion center, DDD and IDD telephone
services, room service, child care, facilities
for the disabled, karaoke hall, KTV room, chess
and card playing room, billiards room, and ping-pong
Some four-star or five-star hotels
are also equipped with swimming pools, bowling
alleys, tennis courts, squash courts, golf courses,
saunas, safety-deposit boxes, as well as facilities
for fishing, boating, horseback riding, hunting,
sharp shooting and other sports.
The policy at every hotel in China
is that you check out by noon to avoid being charged
extra. If you check out between noon and 6pm there
is a charge of 50% of the room price - after 6pm
you have to pay for another full night.