For the Chinese National holidays in October, 2015, hubby, I and Little Song (our then 15-month-old son) make a road trip to the Arxan mountain range (阿尔山 Ā’ěrshān) in Inner Mongolia (内蒙古 Nèiménggǔ) near the China-Mongolia border.
When we arrive at our destination, we have a hard time finding an affordable hotel that will take in foreigners. Foreigners need to be registered with the police by hotels, and most turn us away saying that it’s already too late at night to register us. We finally find a lonely guesthouse on a hill and spend the night there.
The next day we eat breakfast at a restaurant owned by ethnic Mongolians. They have mouth-watering baozi and watery, but also very delicious millet congee on their breakfast menu. When we ask the owner about their rooms and if they take in foreigners, telling him that we had problems finding a room the day before, he replies: “Of course we take in foreigners. Are foreigners not people?”
Have you ever had problems finding a hotel that would take you in? I’d love to read your comments.