Sunday, May 9, 2010

Electrical Issues

As soon as we checked into the hotel, I decided that it was very necessary, after a long day in the airport and overnight flight, to take a shower. But the bathroom was pitch dark and no amount of flipping switches would turn on anything. It was as if the room had no power, which didn't make sense, seeing as the hotel I'm at is pretty swanky.

Then after much exploring I saw a little box inside the door that looked like it swiped a room key card. The light was red. So out of curiosity and hope, I swiped my key card and viola! Light!

So I hopped in the shower, and was halfway through shampooing my hair when the lights turned off again. Pitch dark. Half of me laughed at my awkward predicament, and the other half of me immediately thought of Psycho/Bates Motel. I rinsed my hair, hopped out, and re-swiped the card.

It took until the lights turned off for the third time that I figured I was doing something wrong. I then discovered what I probably should have realized the first time around—you have to leave the room key in the slot while you want the lights on. It prevents people from leaving their lights on all day so they wont waste electricity.


  1. Very smart! I was showering during the crazy christmas snow, and my power kept going on and off. I have a window in my bathroom,but it doesn't bring in any light. It was terrifying!
    Hope you have a great time!

  2. That's how most every hotel and hostel in China are. It took me a few times to figure it out too. Don't feel too bad. It happens to the best of us.


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