Darkness came very early in Beijing during winter. By 4.30pm the sky started to turn gray and was in total darkness by 5pm. Due to the coldness we retired early back to hotel after dinner around 8pm. We all wondered what sort of hotel we were staying although it was quoted as 5-star hotel when we booked the tour.
We stayed at the JW Marriott during the entire tour and it turned out to be a comfortable and lovely hotel, near a big high end shopping mall. The rooms are spacious and breakfast provided was international buffet, offering Western, Chinese and Japanese food. As the lighting was not conducive that I did not take any food photos.