Gubei Water Town suddenly just come in mind in such raining fire days. I guess this resort-style town should be a good choice to enjoy cool air, which is about one and half hour drive from Beijing.
In fact, it is a real fine choice.This town is situated at the foot of Simatai Great Wall, near the hills and by the water. To our satisfaction, it is indeed much cooler than in urban, especially on the entrance to the lane, breeze gently blowing. My daughter, Xixi said she likes it very much.
It is Great Wall Library theme hotel that we choose to live, for the family room is specially designed for family trip with large room area, particularly, with two beds, big one and small one, which are more than sufficient for sleeping.
For travel, Xixi has special hobby, staying on the queen-size bed in hotels. She deems a big bed is like a stage, where she can play toys, read books, dance, and even crazily roll…… Oh forget it, don’t you imagine I will list them one by one, or else hotel workers might give me trouble for bedding damages.
The decoration of the hotel is rich in Chinese characteristics, making poetry books ornament for the ceiling of the lobby. Very bookish. Surely, the decoration of rooms is also filled with Chinese features, black wooden-grid windows, greyish-green wardrobe, blue-and-white cups and platters, which are full of pristine style of the old days.
Quite a surprise is the slippers that hotel provides. Xixi likes her little embroidered slippers so much that nearly won’t go anywhere without wearing them.
The open-air pool, situated on the roof of the hotel, attracts me most for people can overlook the beauties of the water town, and farseek the views of Simatai Great Walls at the same time.
Only with cool water, it can be called real comfortable summer. Both adults and little children are into it very much.
We choose Yuetang Restaurant to have our dinner. There are oodles of cuisine to choose, personally I prefer the farm chicken simmered in crock pot. Tasting very palatable.
About 8 o’clock, lights are lit, the most glittering moment in Gubei Water Town has come. Sitting on the sculling boat, passing under bridges and lanes, with lights reflecting in water and breeze softly blowing, it’s such relaxing time.
For kid, almost everything is fresh at night, the green leaves lane that walked along with mom, uneven stoney roads, whispering crickets chirp.
Of course, plus the red lantern.
Xixi, carring her little red lantern, looks very content, passing by the stoney bridge, flower shrubs at night.
Many shows are held in the town, such as folk acrobatics show performed in the afternoon on Riyue Island, and Peking Opera, Cross Talk played in the evening at Miyun Grant Drama Stage.
The Cafe terrace near the mountaintop church is a perfect place to overlook the night scene of this water town. Distant hills, rivers and houses are blends in lights, drawing an exquisite picture.
Plus, mountaintop church also provide “Starry Night Class”, teaching kids about constellation, and observing night sky and playing games.
For the first time, Xixi knows she’s Cancer. But compared with constellation, apparently, she prefer dacing and playing games with these sisters there.
Stars all over the night sky, like a fairy tale, is flowing over our head, and the glittering Gubei Water Town.