Dan Harrison, from San Francisco, USA, joined Lotus Homestay-Only program in Dec 2002
Jason Huang and his wife made my visit to Beijing very special. As this was my first visit to China, Jason really helped me get a feel for what his city and country are like. During my stay, Jason and his wife introduced me to lots of new foods (they are both excellent cooks), and helped me figure out many practical things, like how to get around town on the bus and how to get a cell phone. As I roamed around Beijing, I noticed all kinds of new things and it was great to head home and ask Jason, "I saw this thing, what does it mean?" Jason's English is very good, and him and his wife were very interested in finding out about me, and really enjoyed sharing their vast knowledge of Beijing and Chinese culture.
Their flat is on the top floor of a brand new high-rise apartment building, with an amazing view of the city. Their apartment is very modern and clean(similar to a 5-star hotel!) and I got to have my own room, bathroom and shower.
I really enjoyed my homestay with them, and would recommend it to anyone who wants to have an experience in China that you just can't get from staying in dorms and eating in restaurants.
I also want to praise the Lotus Educational Foundation for helping me arrange my stay in Beijing. I was a bit worried at first about booking my stay over the Internet, but I found the Lotus Educational Foundation to be quite reliable; they mean what they say on their website, and there were no hidden surprises. I plan to use their services again in the future.