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Forum Posts

Sightseeing via Subway

by Dissidium

Hello everybody,
I am currently in Beijing and would like to do some sight-seeing. Although taxis are quiet cheap, I am already annoyed of being stuck in the traffic most of the times, and it's always nice to save a couple of RMB. Since the bus system is almost impossible to understand (at least for me), I would like to do a little bit of sight-seeing by using the subway. But for this, I need your help. Maybe we can put together a list with some tourist sights or Olympic places ("Birdnest" Stadium, new Swimming Stadium) and which subway station is close to it.
Which is the closest subway station from the Lufthansa Center (Kempinski or Sheraton Hotel?). When are the "new" lines supposed to open.
Thanks everyone for their input!!!

Re: Sightseeing via Subway

by ellyse

Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City: Tiananmen West, Tiananmen East
Wangfujing pedestrian street: Wangfujing
Summer Palace: Wudaokou
Temple of Heaven: Tiantan East
Yonghegong Lamasery and Confucius Temple: Yonghegong
Military Museum: Military Museum

Re: Sightseeing via Subway

by johnandlynclarke

If I have done my homework correctly: Silk Market=Yong An Li (right Elyse?)

Re: Sightseeing via Subway

by ellyse

Heh, I don't know about that one.

Re: Sightseeing via Subway

by CarinaWest

johnandlynclarke: yes, Yong'anli is correct.

ellyse mentioned most of the important ones. The drum and bell towers is located close to the Guloudajie station. Just acouple of hundred meters/yards south.

You've probably allready found it but for info about the new subway lines i would suggest wikipedias page:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beijing_subway

Re: Sightseeing via Subway

by johnandlynclarke

How about Panjiayuan Market?

Re: Sightseeing via Subway

by ellyse

Either Guomao, or Tiantan East.

Re: Sightseeing via Subway

by johnandlynclarke

Speaking of Guomao subway, isn't that the stop for the WalMart at Wanda Plaza, too?

Re: Sightseeing via Subway

by ellyse

Nearest metro stops for Walmart Wanda are Guomao as well as Dawanglu.

Re: Sightseeing via Subway

by ellyse

This map might also be of some help for you: http://www.beijingtraveltips.com/transport/subway/maps/print/beijing_subway_map_2024_1444_print.jpg

Re: Sightseeing via Subway

by johnandlynclarke

Thanks Ellyse, you are terrific. Hopefully, other readers will find the sightseeing by subway helpful, too. I am putting together a list and studying the maps.

Re: Sightseeing via Subway

by ellyse

No problem, you're welcome. :)

Re: Sightseeing via Subway

by johnandlynclarke

OK- here's a new one. How about the Hongqiao Pearl Market?

Re: Sightseeing via Subway

by ellyse

I would suggest Ciqikou or Tiantan East, on line 5.

Re: Sightseeing via Subway

by johnandlynclarke

Hi Ellyse- This is exciting- you are on at the same time! Once again, thanks for the info.

Re: Sightseeing via Subway

by ellyse

No problem, you're welcome. :)

Travel Tips for Beijing

Tiananmen Square, the largest square in the world

by ntm2322

Tiananmen Square is located at the center of Beijing and has an area of 440,000 m2. Here you can visit the following:

Tiananmen Tower (situated at the North end, built in 1417),

Monument to the People's Heroes (situated at the center of the Square, built in 1952),

Great Hall of the People (situated at the West of the Square, built in 1959),

Mao Zedong Memorial Hall l (situated at the South side of the Square)

China National Museum (situated at the East side of the Square, built in 2003, it is a combination of Chinese History Museum and Chinese Revolutionary Museum)

Flag-raising ceremony (between 4.45 and 5.00 am)

Flag-lowering ceremony (between 7.00 and 7.50 pm)

In Tiananmen Square you can also stroll or relax all day long, flying kites, taking shots, chatting with friends, shopping in all those shops nearby, etc.

Tiananmen Square has also witnessed a great number of important events such as

The May, 4th Movement of 1919

The proclamation of the People’s Republic of China in October 1st, 1949

Mass rallies during the Cultural Revolution

Students protests in 1989

The 1984 and 1999 military parades celebrating the 35th and 50th anniversaries, respectively, of the People's Republic of China Stay right in the middle of Tiananmen Square and take a deep breath, look at the majestic places surrounding Tiananmen. This square breathes history, makes you broaden your mind.

Chicken Feet

by rui_bijie

The Chinese are very economical - they eat every part of an animal.
We were invited to have some chicken feed one day. In order not to be impolite we tasted them. What shall I say? It's for sure not my favourite food - but maybe it's yours!

If you've already seen...

by Kisu

If you've already seen everything in Beijing, go and visit the countryside...three hours by train and you'll spend a nice weekend in the valley surrounded by mountains....

There are several activities you can choose from: horseback riding, rent a jeep, and in the evening you'll be served a grilled lamb, vegetables and chinese beer in karaoke bar...

Trip is very cheap, but accommodation is poor...

I wish I could remember the name of this specific little town I visited...

Fun shopping in narrow streets

by MickeH about Lots of stores

Just south of Tiananmen Square is a maze of small streets lined with shops selling clothes and souvenirs. You can walk among the many small street, exploring the whole neighbourhood while beeing on a shopping spree.

Here you will find those shopping streets you think about when you think china. Lots of signs and flags and smells and people. All while hawkers cry out to the crowds that their store is the place to visit. Most stores simply have a megaphone shouting out a pre recorded message over and over again on a loop.

I can especially recommend it in the evening, maby in combination with a stroll over the square to the north, and a visit to the japaneese restaurant just south of Qianmen subway station. Mostly clothes and souvenirs

Always have your location written down

by emoja

Read up on all the other taxi tips here at VT, they seriously came in handy during my trip.

The only thing I want to add is that you must have EVERYTHING written down in Chinese when you travel around Beijing. Not one driver knew any English, and we were in over ten taxis during our trip. No matter how much you say the name of your hotel in English, there's a 99% chance that they will not understand you.

If you need a special taxi service (such as negotiating with a driver to take you to the Great Wall and return you to your hotel), find a younger person who speaks some English to write the entire negotiation out for you.

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