Stay connected in Beijing
You may consider the option of renting a mobile in Beijing to stay connected with folks back home as you can bring with you the moble all the time. Last time a friend of mine from the United States come to Beijing, he rented a phone, which is a surprise package of reasonable rental fee, low internaitonal IP call rate plus live English assistance. If I remember correct, the mobile rental service is called Yoyoor. Maybe you can google it to find out more.
No dippers needed
A quite usual scene in Beijing and the rest of China.
Chinese children up to 3 years just don't wear dippers... or anything else.
Shocking at first, but then you get used to it and apparently the kids are feeling just fine. It is quite practical too, mums don't have to change dippers they just lift their kid and... out it goes.
The Underground City opened in 2000 and is a ‘bomb shelter’ initially built for military defense beneath Beijing’s downtown area.
It is said that these tunnels link all areas of central Beijing, from Xidan and Xuanwumen to Qianmen and Chongwen districts, to as far as the Western Hills. Besides, there is an underground passage that goes from Beijing all the way to Tianjin, simply amazing.
Why an underground city?
In 1969 there was a conflict involving the Soviet Union and China over Zhenbao Island in northeast China’s Amur River (Heilongjiang).
In the event of a Soviet nuclear attack, Chairman Mao Zedong ordered the construction of subterranean bomb shelters which were built between 1969 and 1979. As a result a 32-kilometer city was born, covering an area of 85 square kilometers, eight to eighteen meters under the surface and having around a thousand anti-air raid structures.
The Underground City was then equipped with facilities such as stores, restaurants, guesthouses, clinics, schools, theaters, reading rooms, factories, a roller skating rink, a grain and oil warehouse as well as barber shops and a mushroom cultivation farm, for growing foods that require little light.
Over 2,300 special ventilation systems with hatches were installed, and gas and waterproof hatches constructed against chemical attack. There are also more than 70 sites inside the tunnels to dig wells. The temperature is said to be at a constant 27 degrees Celsius.
To supply construction materials for the complex, centuries-old city walls and towers that used to circle ancient Beijing were destroyed (Xizhimen, Fuchengmen, Chongwenmen and other city gates). Only Zhengyangmen and Deshengmen watchtowers survived.
The Underground City was never needed for its intended purpose but it has been maintained by city officials. It is now claimed to have ninety entrances but for safety reasons most of the tunnels have been shut off and foreign visitors usually see (accompanied by a guide, of course), some small approved sections.
Haggling in Silk Market
Market - Best place to shop in the whol of china Leather goods - belts, shoes,
Fake designer stuff
Chines Clothes Pashmina should be 40 - Yuan - always pay in Yuan, never accept first price.
Look shocked when they marketeers mention first price, walk away - they come chasing.
Famous phrases - YOU KILL ME WITH PRICE !!!!
Not true marketeers win every time.
Touch is one of the ten bars that have been built by the lake in the awkwardly named Super Bar Street, a street where the sterility (don't any of Beijing's planners recognise the trend??) of the similarly planned Chaoyang Bar Street has been narrowly avoided.
Touch is half-open at lunchtime. You might be lucky and find one person there who might serve you a drink - they are friendly people.
This French-owned bar opened in mid-April, and is arguably the best of the bunch along the lake. The bars on the street behind are all clubs - all empty, belting out a bizarre mix of 1980s pop and serving expensive foreign beers.
Touch has a "touch" of class, and the outdoor terrace is great in the early evening. You can't watch the sun go down, but it is still a tranquil scene as people walk and cycle home.
They serve a limited menu of food (It is the only bar on this stretch that does), but the food is good.