Local traditions and culture in Beijing

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    Beijing Local Rice Cakes

    by machomikemd Written Oct 28, 2014

    various Rice cakes are a staple all around the East Asian, South Asian and South East Asian Region and various Countries and regions in them have many kinds of rice cakes. Since I am fond of eating the variety of rice cakes, I bought a local Beijing Rice Cake Assortment in one of the many convenience stores and this beijing variety is in one plastic pack with 24 pieces of different flavors and different rice cake fillings and they taste really good and it cost RMB 34 a pack at the various convenience stores and supermarkets around Beijing.

    You should try them.

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    Beijing City Maps

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 7, 2014

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    english maps are virtually non existent in Beijing so you have to buy one and one cost 6 RMB on the various Souvenir stalls and Convenince Stores Around Beijing and these maps provide various information on the sites around famous Beijing Landmarks and Tourist Attractions.

    Or if you want a cheaper alternative, then dowloand the Beijing Maps from your Google Map APPs on your trusty Smartphone for free using the free wifi service on your hotel or beforehand in your country of origin (via your local internet provider) to have a free option of Beijing Street Maps.

    the map buy one
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    Olympic Games 2008 Memoirs

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 7, 2014

    they have various posters in the Beijing Capital International Airport and various parts of Beijing to remember the beijing olympics done in 2008 which was the People's Republic of China's Breakout Year and this poster also gives thanks to the major sponsors of the said Olympic Event that made it possible.

    remembrance
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    A Chinese Aphrodisiac in a Satchet

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 3, 2014

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    I don't know the contents and the ingredients of this Satchet but it is a chinese aphrodisiac to be spread to pudendal area 15 minutes before lovemaking hehehe (it's in the directions). it might make you into a Cassanova or a Don Juan. Available in hotels for 10 RMB per satchet and if anyone of you can translate what it says, then post a comment to this tip.

    the aphrodisiac instructions
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    Clothes Wash Detergent In A Satchet

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 3, 2014

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    again available in the hotel rooms and cost 3RMB per small pack and you could already wash quite a number of clothes with just one satchet to last you for 4 days, you can use your bath tub as a cleaning area for clothes then hang at bath tub divider or the moveable clothesline just above the bath tub to dry your clothes and your underwear and socks if you don't want to pay extra for the hotel laundry service (you cheapskate).

    the detergent instructions
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    "dehydrated towels"

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 3, 2014

    this is one of those many things that I found in my hotel room like the other peculiar things that I have here in the local customs tips as my local hotel has a container full of these oddities that you can use and then pay later at the hotel counter after checking out.,

    This is called the dehydrated towel, which is actually compressed mini face towel and you just add water (just a little) andit would expand in an instant and viola, you can use it right away and bring it home with you as it is reusable.

    it cost 10 RMB per piece.

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    Chinese Tea Ceremony

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 13, 2013

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    This latest trip was the first time I had the opportunity to experience a tea ceremony. The procedure an basically the same for all types of tea with the exception of temperature to heat the water. Some teas need to steep at a lower temperature than others. Length of time may also vary. Traditionally, Oolong tea is used in the ceremony.

    You should never handle the tea and only use wood or bamboo dispenser. The tea leaves are placed into a small teapot. An important note here is that traditionally separate teapot is used for each different tea. The small teapot is made of clay. The best being Yixing clay pots. Once the water is at the correct temperature it is poured into the clay teapot and steeped for 10 to 30 sec. The remaining water is used to pour into the tea cups to regulate the temperature of the cup and over the clay teapot to bring the outside and inside temperature closer together. This first steep is not meant to drink. After this steep, the tea is poured into the tea cups and the remaining tea is poured over the tea pot. The clay absorbs the tea and eventually gets "seasoned." This is why there is a separate tea pot for each kind of tea.

    The second steep is for drinking. Oolong tea does not need to steep long. However, with each additional pour, 10 to 30 seconds is added to the steep time to keep the taste even.

    The tea ceremony is wonderful to watch and is a great tradition.

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    Matchmaking

    by JessieLang Written Oct 14, 2012

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    In the park that adjoins the Temple of Heaven, parents who think their kid isn’t trying hard enough to marry come to one specific area with pictures, resumes, etc. There were a lot of people here, and there seemed to be some conversations going on. I have no information on what those children think about the idea.

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    AVOID BREATHING BAD POLUTION WEAR A FACEMASK

    by DennyP Updated Feb 5, 2012

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    BEIJING
    To avoid the bad polution that you will find in China especially in Beijing wear a particle mask. Do what the locals do and wear a face mask. I carried some after my trip through Vietnam..The first time I admit was a real wake up call as to the huge amounts of polution here in Asia. I realised that it wasn't fog that was about but extreme polution. I especially had a difficult time with the chronic bad air in Beijing and used the facemasks a lot..The locals seem to also use these masks everywhere.
    This is particularly difficult for persons travelling that suffer from breathing related problems..ie: Asthma , Bronchial problems as these particle polutants can trigger an asthma attack anytime. Anyone travelling to China with an asthsmatic or bronchial problem and needing to ues inhalers...Make sure that you carry more than normal..I personally had to cut my visit shorter than what I wanted due to a chest infection. Most markets and supermarkets sell these masks ..They are a very popular item and easy to find even street traders sell them/..Always handy to carry some..
    Carry extra inhalers (if you are a user)and eye drops when travelling here

    SO MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF PARTICLE FACEMASKS DO WHAT THE LOCALS DO AND WEAR A FACE MASK
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    Meeting people

    by Winkie Written Apr 25, 2010

    My best tip is to smile, make an effort to learn some Chinese with the locals' help, and let others laugh at you. Most people there are intrigued by Westerners anyway, but a sense of humor will take you a long way.

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    Different ways of exercising

    by marielexoteria Updated Dec 1, 2009

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    The pictures show 2 things that Chinese people use to exercise their bodies and minds and then one thing that I saw one person do but I'm not sure if more people do it as well.

    Pictures 1-3: while walking to find a place to eat, I found these women dancing. I have no idea what the dance is called but they were so good and the music was so festive that I couldn't help but take their picture. This was at the parking lot of one of the malls on Xinjiekou Nandajie.

    Picture 4: this man was trying to keep a dreidel turning with 2 strings. Whenever the dreidel was spinning, it was making a weird (to me) sound. The picture was taken at Temple of Heaven park.

    Picture 5: this woman was pedaling a child size tricycle of the sort. She was to change direction as another woman walking behind her would clap, and with each clap she would turn left or right. She was sitting on the tricycle in the opposite way a child would and I think she was working on her balance, hearing and coordination. The picture was also taken at Temple of Heaven park.

    The dancers going back... ...and forth The musicians Oh dreidel, dreidel, dreidel... Put your pedal to the medal
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    Chinese Boxer Shorts

    by machomikemd Written May 24, 2009

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    Nuff Said! as everyone knows, we had lost luggage so we are forced to buy stuff and I bought these chinese boxer shorts at a chinese 7-11 convenience store for 15 RMB a pair and what can I say, they are quite comfortable to wear and really light. Again just get it and buy but look at the sizes first as they have very small sizes here.

    very comfortable
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    Chinese Deodorant

    by machomikemd Written May 24, 2009

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    Again very useful and very cheap! it only costs 10 RMB at 24 hour convenience stores around Beijing (we bought ours at 7-11) and again due to the language barrier, just point it and pay it at counter. Like what I've said, having our baggages lost by the airline is such a hassle that you are forced to buy these stuff again hehehe. Good thing We had our baggages found and delivered pronto to our hotel after midnight.

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    Chinese Tooth Paste

    by machomikemd Written May 24, 2009

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    very cheap at 10 RMB a 150 ml pack and is available at chinese convenience stores outside (just point it since they hardly understand english), useful to buy if you forgot to pack a toothpaste in your luggage or if your airline lost you luggage on your first night (like what happened to us hehehe) that is why we are forced to buy this and other stuff. (our bags arrived just after midnight at the hotel).

    toothpaste anyone
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    Eat Jian Bing in Beijing! You must!

    by crewrower Written Jul 8, 2008

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    Make sure to try a "jian bing", which is a Chinese ommelette. You see them being made through the city, especially in alleys. The tell tale sign is a circular stove (like a smooth hot plate). The jian bing is made by first covering the stove with batter (like pancake mix), then an egg or two is added, then hot sauce, duck sauce, and a fried fritter, some onion leaves, and then it's wrapped up and put into a think plastic bag for consumption. And it costs RMB2.5. Not very healthy, but sooo delicious. I live in Shanghai and my mouth is watering just thinking of jian bing. Beijing has the best ones in the whole country, except for maybe Tianjin.

    mmmm, Jian Bing...

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