By Huang Pin
“Mama, I am coming,” says the black man as he enters the hotel, opens his brawny arms, and hugs a middle-aged woman. The woman is the hotel’s Chinese cleaning woman, and the man is an African businessman who often stays there.
Located in the LeJia Road, Sanyuanli, Lejia Hotel targets African people in Guangzhou. It is a small hotel—about a 200-square-foot storefront with 40 rooms on three floors.
In this hotel, Africans are the majority. Pokam Balerg, 25, has been a frequent customer at LeJia Hotel for a long time. As special citizens living on the edge of this big city, many Africans get along with the hotel staff, including Balerg. The hotel staff might be these black people’s only Chinese friends.