The Forbidden City.. Please...
The Forbidden City.. Please try not to take a tour.. it will tkae all day to see it properly..Their are beautiful carved details everywhere and to absorb the atmosphere of what it must have been like to live there in the time of the Emperors takes time..Try and avoid the many hawkers outside..
So we did visit Beijing during the month of July. And I can assure you that it can be very hot in Beijing in July.
Also there was almost no wind. Lucky for us it was kind of foggy, or was it just smog . . .
But as you can see also the local police men found a cooler place to sit down, and rest and enjoy their break.
Factory 798 - Dashanzi, Beijing
Factory 798 is the 20,000 square meters district where galleries, studios and trendy eateries collide. It is the much talked-about child of the international art scene - CNN even rated it one of the top five tourist sites in Beijing.
Open gallery doors encourage browsing, new exhibits often rotate in, and classy cafes provide welcome rest stops. Be prepared for cultural ilgrims photographing themselves in various poses amidst the unique blen of factory-chic and art.
Pearls and everything else
Name Pearl Market is somehow misleading. This big market offers everything, from pocket knifes, copy watches, sports wear, bags, shoes to actual jewelry.
It is somehow chaotic – but so is every market in China (the ones locals visit are even harder to pick through). On ground floor you can find some electronics, basic photo equipment, copy watches and other small stuff (pocket knives, thermos for tea…). On second floor they have shoes, women’s and men’s clothes, bags and some sporting goods – remember when bargaining - they are all fakes! At the top of the store they keep pearls, other jewelry and souvenirs (lamps, stamps, coins, kites, silk craft…). You can make the best deal buying pearls and copy watches (they are really cheap here, if you know how to bargain).
For other stuff you can make a better deal on other more local markets. Allways BARGAIN. As low as I could get:
better (fake nike, addidas...) shoes - 50/60 RMB
fake bags - 40 RMB
men's T shirts - 30 RMB
women's shirts - 10/30 RMB
pearls - 6 RMB for the small necklace, 30 RMB for a string of pearls
copy watches (rolex, brightling) - 120 RMB
copy watches (CK, DKNY, Gucci) - 30/50 RMB
Remember, they will start with the skyhigh prices - don't get discouraged - BARGAIN!
Club Havana - right next to...
Club Havana - right next to the Workers' Stadium. It's a great little club - you can sit on swings outside or dance with hip young Chinese trying to Latin dance. There are some foreigners, not too many, and many from non-western countries so it's usually a great time. Oh and the mojitos are FANTASTIC!!!