A large ensuite double room in a new apartment (May 2016) a short walk from Cambridge station. Under-floor heating for year-round warmth. Black-out curtains for restful sleep. Pret A Manger and other breakfast options are 2 minutes away. The apartment is within walking distance of city centre, colleges and river. Mandarin is spoken here. Lihong is a former top-rated massage therapist in 5-star hotels in Beijing and London. Competitive rates are offered to guests. Please ask for details.
We offer you a large, uncluttered ensuite bedroom with a hand-made wooden bed, under-floor heating, black-out curtains, plentiful built-in cupboard space. We provide you with the essentials for your stay: bed linen, towels and hand towels, shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel.
Interaction with guests
We are happy to interact with guests and help you with any questions you may have. If you prefer privacy, we will respect that.
Lihong is a native Mandarin speaker from Liaoning Province. Charles speaks some Mandarin and has visited China on several occasions (Beijing, Shenyang, Dalian, Hohhot, Xi'an, and Guangzhou). Lihong speaks Turkish fluently. Charles speaks some French.
Other things to note
Please enquire about Lihong's massage therapy service.
Lihong is an outstanding massage and beauty therapist who counts Chinese singers, film stars, and entertainers amongst her former clients as well as western politicians and dignitaries visiting Beijing, and Chinese politicians and senior officials based there. She has worked in 5-star hotels in Guomao, the commercial district, and Xicheng, the financial hub.
Lihong is originally from Liaoning Province in China’s north east. She attended ethnic minority Mongolian schools until the age of 14 when a family tragedy forced her to leave to support her mother in raising her two younger sisters. Her sisters have now qualified as a doctor and a teacher respectively.
At the age of 22, Lihong was able to continue her own education. She trained and qualified in beauty therapy, massage, and acupuncture at the Practical Skills Training College in Zhaodong, near Harbin, the capital of Heilongjiang Province. Her first job as a therapist was at a spa in Dalian, a seaport close to the Korean peninsula. It was there that Lihong’s particular abilities were identified by a Taiwanese entrepreneur who attended a series of massage treatments. She invited Lihong to become a therapist at the health club she was opening at the Ramada Hotel in Istanbul. It was an unexpected but exciting opportunity and Lihong decided to take it.
She stayed for almost two years in Turkey where she continued to develop her skills, learning much that was new, enjoying the warm weather and adding fluency in Turkish to the Mongolian and Mandarin Chinese she already spoke.
Lihong returned to China in 2009 . Upon her return to Beijing, Lihong was employed at the 5 star Ascott Hotel but later that year she joined the Heavenly Spa at the Westin Hotel in Financial Street where she worked for the next five years. In addition to her own duties, she trained visiting European therapists in oriental massage treatments. She is also proficient in using both European and US beauty products.
In 2014 Lihong and her husband settled in the UK. She worked at the 5 star W Hotel, in Leicester Square in London's Chinatown. She numbers theatrical producers and TV news readers amongst her clients. She and her husband now live in Cambridge.
Slippers are provided. Shoes should be left on the shoe rack in the lobby.
Stilettoes must not be worn anywhere in the apartment.
We ask that you respect our privacy between 10.00 and 17.00 so that we have some time to ourselves in the apartment.
Please note that cooking facilities are not available to guests. There is no fridge-freezer food storage space.
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I am from Edinburgh in Scotland. Lihong is from Liaoning in north east China. In addition to Mandarin Chinese she speaks English, Turkish, some Mongolian and a little French. I speak English and some French and Mandarin. I own a website based business. Lihong is a beauty therapist and masseuse. We've used Airbnb to visit France, Scotland and other parts of England.
I love visiting China. In the future, I would like to visit Brazil.