Hotel Gongti (Gongti Biguan)
Lily Wong decided randomly to photograph the Gongti Hotel where Orlando Jones was staying in Beijing. On the map of the city that Orlando Jones had consulted while trying to book a room from Jinzhou, the hotel appeared to be in a small side street near the east gate of the Worker's Stadium. On arrival, she discovered to her delight that the hotel was actually built into the outer wall of the stadium. It was the most curious little hotel with reception on the ground floor (1st floor in China) and two floors of rooms above. The rooms opened onto a corridor that curved around the circumference of the stadium. She did not know what happened when there was a concert or a sporting event in the stadium. She speculated that one would have to either become a spectator or an absent guest. As it was there was no such event in the stadium during her stay. She was enchanted by her temporary Beijing abode. Outside one corner of her window was the reverse side of part of the neon sign for the restaurant next to reception. The restaurant closed early so that the sign did not disturb when she wanted to sleep. This was not often as she was either photographing Beijing street life or trolling the bars of Sanlitun Lu (Jubi Ji, Bar Street). Outside of her hotel window, guarding the entrance to the stadium, there was a white statue of a gong fu swordswoman.
It was in this hotel that Lily Wong accidentally photographed a body.