Xi River and Other Delights
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I stayed at the Sofitel, a large hotel right on the river. The high up room had an impressive view, but photography was usually better from a patio on the 6th floor where no glass was in the way. The river has a distinctly industrial look. The Sofitel had a large casino packed with Chinese gamblers. Although there were bars in the casino, nobody was drinking. There was a counter where free Cokes, tea, coffee and water were dispensed. Other than gambling, no entertainment was offered. Of course there were no US style barmaids in skimpy outfits. Chinese take gambling seriously.