Beijing is a very interesting...
Beijing is a very interesting city with modern metropolitan life but also maintain its unique Chinese ancient culture, you won't be bored at all with so much things to do, so much things to see. Sspend at least 5 days in Beijing if you have not been there before!! Imperial Palace, Tian-An-men Square, amust to see!!
Never buy clocks as gifts for Chinese friends
You should never buy clocks as gifts for Chinese friends (unless they do not mind). Many older folks still frown at that as the Chinese words for "sending clocks" sound almost the same as "sending you to your grave". So, if you are intending to buy a gift for a Chinese friend, clocks should never be a consideration!
On the other hand, watches are fine.
Outdoor Sports ABC
1. What kinds of outdoor sports are available in Beijing?
There are many mountains at 2,000 meters above sea level around Beijing, so hiking is one of the favorites of outdoor sports lovers. Also available are rock climbing, ice climbing, and hang gliding.
2. How do I choose suitable sites for outdoor sports?
Although many mountains are scattered around Beijing, not all of them are suitable for outdoor sports. Choose those with convenient transportation, stable communication facilities, and sufficient clean water supplies.
3. What areas are banned from outdoor sports?
There are military zones on some mountains in Beijing, where signs are usually posted warning people not to enter. Note that according to relevant laws and regulations, except for those in several scenic resorts, other sections of the Great Wall have been prohibited to visitors since August 1, 2003. The forbidden sections include Huanghuacheng and Jiankou, which many foreigners used to be able to visit.
4. What if any emergency occurs during my trip?
If any dangerous emergency occurs, you should dial the 110 police hotline with a mobile phone. In the areas without adequate signal coverage, you can ask for help at 437.5000 MHz or 409.8500 MHz through a radio. In addition, most of the areas around Beijing are populated. Continue in a single direction, and you will find someone to help you.
5. What kinds of outdoor sports clubs are there in Beijing?
Because some outdoor sports can be dangerous if attempted alone, you would be wise to join a club for such outings. In Beijing, there are many different outdoor sports clubs for you to join, including Sanfo (www.sanfo.com.cn), Fengyuxue (www.e-outdoor.com.cn), and Lvye (www.lvye.org).
Shopping in Beijing - How to save time and money
Great news for those amongst you who are tired of bargaining for hours on end for souvenirs or other stuff that is supposed to be cheap in Beijing. Being there on buisiness I could not waste a lot of time looking for the right present for my wife amd kids. Then a collegue of mine told me about the Beijing Shopping Assistance. One of their assistants just took me to a couple of places with their personal driver, and only a few hours later, I had everything I needed. Silk scarfs, DVD's, computer games, porcelain, etc. they knew the right place for it, and all the purchases were settled quickly, hardly any bargaining needed so it seemed. She even gave me same suggestions on where to eat and found me a decent sauna. Good service, not expensive at all, considering the time she put into helping me.
If you need help like I did, call 13621068731 Brand named clothes, bags, shoes, watches, jewellery, dvd, cd, antiques, .... You will pay the bottom price. You pay Ilse a small fee. She is not paid by the stores she takes you to. Brand shirts 35 rmb, CD 6 rmb etc
The Big Easy features genuine Cajun cooking, good service and reasonable prices. Jazz and blues acts perform nightly.
The place itself looks like it was plucked right out of New Orleans with a sit-down bar area, a second-floor dining area and a balcony with tables. The interior is great very dramatic early New Orleans style. I enjoyed sitting on the balcony and having a drink.
The Big Easy is known for its killer cocktails, such as the specialty Mississippi Dream (Baileys, Kahlua, Malibu, banana and milk), although I just stuck with a jack and coke. Dress up a bit.