A Priceless Room Service Menu
Seeing sights, interacting with the locals and sampling the cuisine is all well and good – it’s a large part of why we travel. But every now & then you come across something a little different, a little unexpected, something you just know will end up being an abiding memory of a trip. That happened to me today when I entered my hotel room here in Leshan, Sichuan province, China, shortly after arriving off a butt-busting 8-hour bus trip (advertised at 5 hours) from Chongqing, some 400 kilometres east of here.
The hotel room is average enough. It’s comfortable, but nothing fancy. However, it does boast an awesome room service menu, one with a difference. Seemingly everything in the room has a price. Yep, everything from the thermos flask supplying the room with boiling water (yours for RMB 60, €6) to the lamp shades (also RMB 60) to the mirror in the bathroom (RMB 100, €10). Even the window is up for grabs – a steal at RMB 250 (€25). How about a door for RMB 500 (€50) or a TV for RMB 3,000 (€300)? Just after a souvenir? OK, the ashtray. Yours for RMB 10 (€1). There’s only one though so as a couple you’ll have to share. I could go on. And on. But take a look at the picture below to see what’s on offer for yourself. Everything may have its price but it is stuff like this that is actually priceless. Go China.
Getting up close & personal with Dafo, the Leshan Giant Buddha.