The hotel is very nice. There
are 8 different restaurants. We had hard time to choose among the
Italian, Japanese, Western, Chinese food and sports bars (kids are
allowed). It was 8:30 pm and we were not too comfortable to go out to
eat. We finally settled in the Mongolian Gher - a strange look Mongolian
Hut with only 5 tables in the middle of the 5-star hotel. The food was
strange but the price was a 5-star!!we did enjoy the service and
entertainment. The host and hostess dressed in traditional Mongolian
customs and sang Mongolian songs.
I could not sleep well the next morning and felt sick. I left the hotel
room early to wait Berthold and the kids in the lobby in hoping the
fresh air would make me feel better. Instead, I ran into a group parents
who just adopted their Chinese daughters and were on their way home. Two
of them adopted their daughter from Anhui and stayed at the same hotel
we will stay in Hefei, Holiday Inn. It was so nice to hear their
experiences and see these beautiful babies and happy parents. By the
time Berthold and kids came to join me, I was already felt 100% better.
We wished them safe journey home and hope we will have our daughter
We made up what we missed with the food by going out to eat. We walked
about three blocks away from the hotel and ate at a small family
restaurant. We were the only ones there, I think because 10:00 am was
just a wrong time to eat in China. We had so called "hot pot". We cooked
our food ourselves in a soup broth over a propane flame through a big
opening in the middle of the table. We had vegetable, mushrooms,
dumplings, lamb and noodles. We dump these ingredients into the soup and
choose what we like to eat. We had great time. Toby ate most of the
colorful mini dumplings. Joshua enjoyed his noodles and they both tried
lamb for the first time and liked it. We all agreed that this was the
best meal we ever had and there were no stars on the price tag either.
We paid only $12 for the entire family!!