Homely hotel with friendly staff: Dandy Hotel Tianjin Branch (丹迪旅店)

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Dandy Hotel Tianjin Branch. Initially, finding the hotel was a challenge despite having looked up its address on Google Maps, since the hotel is located on a back street away from the trunk roads. This, however, turned out to be a blessing as that also meant the location is quieter. At approximately 5 minutes walk from an underground station access was easy. The front desk staff were friendly, courteous and efficient. Whilst we…

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Hizen-ya (肥前屋): Excellent eel rice outside Japan

肥前屋 has one of the best eel rice I’ve had outside Japan. This the locals know only too well, as evidenced by the persistently long queue outside the shop, which at times has over 60 waiting customers and stretches to the next block, despite the rather out-of-the-way location of the restaurant on a back alley off Tianjin Street. The dilemma of this shop is that for tourists (like us), the only way we can easily find it is by locating…

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