- Full Pension （全套）：住宿、早餐、午餐及晚餐
- Half Pension （半套）：住宿、早餐、晚餐（除午餐）
E.M. Forster 1908 novel, A Room with a View opens with the protagonist Lucy Honeychurch and her spinster cousin and chaperone Charlotte Bartlett complaining about Pensione Bertolini, where they are staying in Florence Italy. A pension is a type of guest house that typically offers not only breakfast, but also lunch, dinner and sometimes even tea. Rather than paying for the room and each meal separately, guest select a plan which either comprises
- Full Pension: Accomodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or
- Half Pension: The preceding without lunch
Lucy Honeychurch was undertaking a custom called the Grand Tour, a traditional and education trip of Europe, in the 17th to 19th century. The New York Times in 2008 described the Grand Tour in this way, Three hundred years ago, wealthy young Englishmen began taking a post Oxbridge trek through France and Italy in search of art, culture and the roots of Western civilisation.
Though the location and time period has changed, the rationale and issues faced by Lucy has not changed in modern day Qingdao. The convenience of accomodation and food bundled together when in pursuit of a grander objective, whether the Grand Tour or a Postnatal Care program, still remains attractive. The unhappiness with the provided room view, is still a common complaint in Qingdao where southfacing unobstructed seaview is still in high demand. And finally, a romance or friendship with a fellow boarder or new baby, always add spice to the program and form the main plot of the Novel. The Pension is simply the backdrop and in the appendix, could not be found again by George Emerson despite returning to Florence after World War 2.