Xilong Hotel (Beijing Beisanhuan North Road)

No.40 Xingtan Road, Haidian District, Beijing, Beijing Region, 100091, China
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Beijing First time Questions on Taxi/Water/Hostel/Market:

by ymail

Visiting Beijing March 20-25, first time to China and have few questions. I booked a budget hotel (Far East Hotel: www.fareastyh.com) via web.

We are three people, shall I accept Hotel offer for 180 RMB Arrival pickup OR take a shuttle (which No???) to main station and then take local taxi?

Does the hotel (hostel) has self kitchen? I couldn't get a a clear answer so far? I need kitchen due to my vegetarian eating habits.

Is the tab water in Hostel/Hotel/China drinkable?

How far is Silk Market from Far East Hotel and how to go?

Sorry for lots of Qs and Many thanks for answers in advance :)
Regards

Re: Beijing First time Questions on Taxi/Water/Hostel/Market:

by johnmperry

Don't drink the tap water! Chinese people don't.

180 is a bit over the odds, but it saves you a lot of hassle - airport bus is around 22 per head, and local taxi might be another 20. I don't know where the Far East hotel is.

Hotels don't usually have self-catering. Vegetarians are just about tolerated, but not understood. I'm sure there are vegetarian restaurants in Beijing.

Re: Beijing First time Questions on Taxi/Water/Hostel/Market:

by ellyse

What time are you arriving?
No, the tap water isn't drinkable unless you boil it.

Re: Beijing First time Questions on Taxi/Water/Hostel/Market:

by balidean

i can only answer 1 of your questions . most hotels in china provide you with a flask of clean drinking water everyday in your room.

Re: Beijing First time Questions on Taxi/Water/Hostel/Market:

by honestjohn

if you have many luggage, accept the hostel's 180rmb offer. After all, a round trip from the fareast hostel to airport could cost nearly that price. if don't have much luggage, you could take the shuttle to Xidan, then take one taxi, cost around 3*16+20=68rmb, and save a lot money.
From the hostel's chinese website, I cannot find it has self kitchen.
Tab water: Generally for each room hostel provide electrical heater to make water boiled.
I estimate it is about 20rmb from hostel to silk market by taxi.

Re: Beijing First time Questions on Taxi/Water/Hostel/Market:

by CarinaWest

Hi!

I'm currently writing a guide for a website on the Beijing vegetarianism topic. It 'll probably not be ready til you arrive in Beijing but if you send me an e-mail on carina_westman@live.se I can give you some tips on vegetarian dishes and restaurants.

/Carina

Re: Beijing First time Questions on Taxi/Water/Hostel/Market:

by meltyan

no matter what, DO NOT accept whatever offer they make! run the meter!

I have experienced twice (TWICE) overcharged taxi. once was from the airport, a lady approached us by offering us 500 rmb to the hotel which we had no idea how roughly it's gonna cost us to the hotel. then we said no.. she offered 400 .. we said no.. okok.. 350 last price.. we were like.. ok, it's more or less the same back home. then we asked our business partner in the hotel, he told us he was charged like 80 rmb.. what a joke... ! always run the meter, otherwise dont take it!

Re: Beijing First time Questions on Taxi/Water/Hostel/Market:

by ymail

I visited Beijing last weekend and though it will be good to share the information that I was looking for before going:

Far East Hotel / Hostel: It was nice hotel, but surrounding is quite old so not a good feeling while approaching. The building is good and our room was OK, 280 RBM, with three bed, 2 chair, TV and bathroom. The hotel has a basement with hostel option. The basement has small self kitchen where you can get boiled drinking water (from small boiler). So you need to figure out where to store that boiled water so that it gets cool and you can drink. The Kitchen has microwave, and one small hot plate.

Hotel charged me 150 RMB for Airport pickup and drop (each) that was good with family.

The nearest train station is around 15 minutes walk, and Forbidden city will be minimum 30 min walk.

Travel Tips for Beijing

Steamed Buns Galore

by machomikemd

Steamed Buns are a Generic in Asia and every country has it like Banh Bao in Vietnam, Siopao in the Philippines, Kung Pao in Singapore, etc but thie original started here in china and since im more used to the cantonese variety of stewed pork and dumpling fillings that are sweet, i have to try the Beijing variety and it has more kinds of fillings like spicy vegetables, spicy dried fish and spicy pork fillings. delicious and it costs 1 RMB each (very cheap!) but i still prefer the sweet cantonese variety w/ is similar to the philippine siopao.

Lots of Activities for Senior Citizens at Parks

by machomikemd

Like what I've Said, senior citizens of Beijing Never had it so easy that after retiring at 55 years old, they are well taken care of by the government and provided with sustainable needs that they have so much free time to do that they usually congregate at public parks around the Beijing Area and do many kinds of activities like playing Chinese Checkers, Singing, Dancing, Tai Chi, Card Games and many more. You can see them at the public parks around especially in the huge Temple of Heaven Area of Beijing.

Bell Tower

by Lemonita

If you have time, why not climb up a few stairs to see the most ancient bell in Beijing ?

It would take around half an hour and 5 RMB to see it. I thought it is nice if you're in the neighbourhood. I would also have liked to see the Drum Tower (which is 100 metres from the Bell Tower) but it was still close at the end of June...

Beijing's Biggest Art Store: Gongmei Dasha

by Nprawira about Wangfujing Street

6 floors of Chinese art products, offering a one-stop shopping for souvenirs and collectibles. 1st floor: Jewelry. 2nd floor: Glass, fans, caligraphy, figurines, gold statues, and jade. 3rd floor: Woodcarvings, vases, lacquerware, ivory and bronze carvings. 4th floor: Jade, ceramic, glassware, and tea pot. 5th and 6th floors: Shoes, clothes, glasses and sportswear.

To Bike Or Not To Bike? That is the question.

by jono84

If ever there was a city made for the bicycle,
Beijing is it.
Chaotic traffic-filled roads, more-or-less completely flat land, and knockdown cheap rental makes the city the perfect arena to wipe away the cobwebs, and test out those long-forgotten cycling skills.

Yes, it can be heart-in-mouth stuff at times, but its an experience you will not forget!

For me, it was cycling down the main stretch at Yongdingmennai Dajie during rush hour, with huge crowds of locals coming home from work. It was crazy; hundreds of terrible cyclists all banging handle-bars and swerving to avoid each other. Magic!

You can rent a bike easy enough from most hostels for around Y10-30 a day, and the city is very bike friendly, with plenty of designated areas for your high-spec. machines.

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