Radisson Blu Hotel Review
Yangshuo, Guilin, Beihai, and Weizhou are the main tourist attractions in Guangxi Province, but being a big province there are a lot of other urban areas that tourists tend not to visit, Liuzhou being one of them.
Interestingly, something I learned before the trip is the Chinese saying of Be Born in Suzhou, eat in Guangzhou and die in Liuzhou. I was aiming not to die on this trip, but apparently, you can buy souvenir coffins here.
Why Radisson Blu Hotel?
One of the best things about these level cities is you tend to get great hotels for a fraction of what they cost in big urban areas. The Radisson Blu would usually be slightly out of my budget, but I managed to get the room for around $60, so decided to treat myself.
What are Radisson Blu Hotel rooms like?
For the price, the room was pretty damned big, nice little office area, decent wifi, and a real genuine bathtub! Decent movie channel, and queen-sized bed.
Radisson Blu Location
About 25 minutes (RMB 18) from the train station, and slap bang in the centre of town, next to a big park.
Lots of good dining options nearby.
Viet Village Hotel – Facilities
Great bathroom, cable TV, airport shuttle, swimming pool, spa, restaurant and decent if not somewhat expensive bar.
Conclusion on the Radisson Blu Hotel
If I’m honest I can’t really see too many reasons that I would come back to Liuzhou, a very typical third-tier Chinese city with little in the way of nightlife, or anything to do really. Touristically it lacks the charm of Guilin, Yangshuo, or even Chongzuo.
That being said, if I do for some reason need to travel to Liuzhou again, I would certainly hit up the Radisson Blu, due to its great price, and location.
Now reasons why you might want to come to Liuzhou? Its only two hours from Yangshuo, via the fast train. Tourist site wise there’s an old temple of Confucius, Dongmen Ancient city gate, and that’s pretty much it.
There’s also a lot of minorities living here, such as Zhuang (Guangxi is their autonomous zone), Miao, Yao, and Dong, with it being possible to visit some of their traditional villages.
For the YPT communist geek, you can also visit the former residence of Ho Chi Minh, although it is somewhat understated…