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Tianjin to Beijing in December

by ellecll

I have planning to fly to Tianjin and then transit to Beijing on 25 December and then back to Tianjin on 4-Jan.

As I have heard of sandstorm and terrible weather, what is the possibility of being stranded after reaching Tianjin? If I do get stranded, roughly how long is the wait?
What is the best transportation for the transit, and what is the cost and time?

Re: Tianjin to Beijing in December

by crewrower

Hi ellecll

The chances of that are almost zero. The sandstorms usually only hit in March, and they almost never affect traffic to the point of cancellations.

There are frequent trains and buses between the two cities. You can catch a bus to Beijing outside of the Tianjin train station, which is probably what I would do (they tend to depart every 20 minutes and you can avoid the hastle of having to buy a train ticket and deal with the station).

Re: Tianjin to Beijing in December

by yangzhigong

standstorm is only appears in early spring sometimes, don't worry about it. a new type train will use from Auguest 1st, it only cost less than half hour. ticket price is about 10$

Re: Tianjin to Beijing in December

by ellyse

Don't think you need to worry about weather affecting your travels.
There's a new fast train that takes only half an hour, I think? If not, the usual trains should take around an hour or so, and there're plenty of those.

Travel Tips for Beijing

Hotel website

by cpim2004

There are two websites for the hotel reservation,

Ctrip, http://english.ctrip.com/index.asp

Elong, http://www.elong.net/, even you can book hostel,car and check some vacation package.

Spitting in Beijing

by Confucius

"Oh Confucius! That's disgusting! How dare you include "spitting" as a local custom in Beijing!!"
Yet it's true. Although not officially sanctioned as a local custom, spitting is a fact of life in China and especially in Beijing.
You will see signs all over the city, occasionally with English translation, that spitting is forbidden. In fact, the Great Hall of the People on the west side of Tiananmen Square is where the national government convenes and is also where you can see the world's largest "Please don't spit" sign. (Discreetly located to the left of the front stage when seen from the 10,000 seat auditorium, no English translation)
When the political wind is blowing particularly strong (or the Olympic Committee is in town) neighborhood militia are organized to patrol the streets and fine spitters a token penalty, armed with a red armband on their sleeve and a humiliating bullhorn.
Beijing citizens do not justify spitting because of the air pollution or sandstorms, nor are they unaware that spitting transmits the flu and a few other diseases. They simply believe it is a necessity of human existence and will spit on streets, on the bus, and even spit bones on restaurant floors (the cheap restaurants that foreigners never go to).
Will Beijing ever crack down on spitters with stiffer fines and other punishment?
As Johnny Cochran once observed in Tiananmen Square, "If they need to spit, then you must acquit."

What can I see in here?

by ntm2322

Business in the Underground City is blooming. Just to have an idea I can tell you that the number of hotel beds (in the Underground City) is almost the equivalent to the half of the total offered at guest houses in Beijing. Can you believe it?

What you can see in the Underground City:

- Wangfujing: the underground air raid shelters are now used for youth hostel, shopping and business centre,

- Chongwen and Xuanwu: there are two underground theaters, Chongwen Theater, to the south of the east gate of the Temple of Heaven Park, and Xuanwu Underground Theater beneath Xuanwu Cultural Center. A constant temperature of 20-25ºC is maintained year-round.

- Qianmen: for silk and carpet outlets,

- Xicheng: the bomb shelter has been converted to a wholesale market of about a thousand stalls.

- Xidan shopping area: the stores underneath occupy an area of over 5,000 square meters north of Chang'an Hotel, 4,000 used for storage, the rest for business. A constant temperature of 27ºC is maintained year-round with relative humidity never above 78 percent.

Underneath Xidan there are also four restaurants:

a) "The Plum Garden", serving Western cuisine,

b) "The Bamboo Grove", serving Western cuisine,

c) "The Blue Valley", serving Western snacks and beverages,

d) "The Chrysanthemum Park", serving Western snacks and beverages

- Ditan: Do you like skating? A spacious roller skating rink below Ditan opens daily between 8 AM to 9 PM.

For those interested in seeing part of the Underground City, the address is

- 62 West Damochang Street, Qianmen, tel. 6702-2657, 6701-1389

- Beijing Qianmen Carpet Factory at 44 Xingfu Dajie, Chongwen District, tel. 6701-5079

- 18 Dazhalan Jie in Qianmen.

Tour groups can enter free of charge without prior permission, whilst individual tourists are charged 20 Yuans (US$2.4).

Personalized calligraphy

by melosh about Liulichang Antiques Street

If you are looking to have someone put a personal message on a scroll in Beijing I would suggest you go to the Liulichang street shopping area.

I suggest this area because many, if not most, of the shops have active painters and calligraphers on site. You can compare quality, style and price (after some negotiation)all in one little area. You will see that price drops quickly as you shop and demonstrate that you will not pay the first asking price. You might find one of the several small shops at the far western end - actually around the corner - particularly attractive both for price and setting because they seem to be one person owner-calligrapher shops. Also, because you are at the end of the street they generally know better than to initially ask for outlandish prices like you will hear at bigger shops. Getting a personal message into calligraphy and onto a wall scroll should be easy even if you do not speak Chinese (I do not.). The only problem might be the question of how correctly the Chinese will express your message. If you can not read Chinese how can you know for sure what the characters mean?

So your first step might be to have the message written in Chinese by several Chinese and then have others check them by translating them back to you. Many Chinese young people can do this even if they speak no English. You could then choose whichever one seems to convey most reliably your message and/or has the potential to look most beautiful.

Although lots of the shop people in this area speak some English, I think you would do best to come with the message you want written already checked out. The cost will depend on the size, quality of the scroll and your ability to negotiate. You can pay as much as you like. I am sure that you are aware that there is a danger that you might be asked for some exorbitant prices. This is especially likely in the area recommend because of the high Chinese and foreign tourist traffic. This is true whether you are buying a blank scroll, a printed scroll, a painting, or a personalized scroll.

Visit Badaling on public transport

by bazoeker

I have read from others about joining tour buses to Badaling and how:
1. the time spent is limited at the Great Wall
2. have to go to Ming's tomb
3. have to spend plenty of time at 'shopping' places
4 costs about 20euros.

So I decided to go there independently but found the information on the web to be rather scarce. Hopefully some info here will help others to this otherwise absolutely amazing place!

The bus which goes to Badaling from Beijing is 919. But there are several versions of 919 and the one that we want is 919 'kuai' (express). The bus stop is at Deshengmen, which is located close to Jisuitan metro station. So the directions are the following:

Go to Jisuitan metro station. From one exit (sorry did not note down which one) turn right and walk along the road. You should see a pedestrian overhead bridge some distance away (like in the photo). Walk further down the road so that you can cross over and take the overhead bridge and get to the other side of the road. Continue to walk along the same direction (you will probably see other 919s at this stage but ignore them) until you reach a bend to the left and a nice looking building looms ahead of you. Continue walking for about 50m and you will see a 919 signboard across the road, bwhind the large building. That is the bus that you will need to take. Crossing the road is a challenge, you may want to cross before you turn left at the bend.

The bus itself is a little small, and space may be tight. It costs 12yuan for each journey, and Badaling is the second stop (the first stop is Juyonguan). I do not know the schedule but I arrived at 8am and the bus left almost immediately. My return trip I arrived at ~12pm and again there was already a bus there. I have the feeling that the driver tries to wait until the bus is almost full before departing but I may be wrong. The journey takes about an hour each way.

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