Beijing Travel Guide

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Beijing Highlights

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     The gracefulnes that lies within the mayhem of the city 

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     Polluted, crowded, difficult to communicate 

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     At first it seems surprisingly modern, but look closer and you'll find the true beijing 

Beijing Things to Do

  • Forbidden City

    A very serious advice: Pay attention to every detail of the explanation done by our guide (person or book), during the visit: that way you will find out that "peace and harmony" is the dominant concept all across the place. You will visit doors, palaces and halls of all kinds of peace and harmony: Supreme harmony, preserving harmony, Heavenly...

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  • Great Wall - Mutianyu

    Mutianyu Great Wall Spares a Graffiti Section for Tourists to Write Their Names On March 3 2014, in the Beipu house west of the No. 14 watchtower on the Mutianyu Great Wall in Huairou District, Beijing, a graffiti section was set and bestrewed with all kinds of tourist signatures and short messages. It is reported that being one of the...

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  • Lama Temple - Yonghegong

    Speaking of the Lama Temple, it is an interesting thing. Originally it served as the former residence of Emperor Yong Zheng during the Qing Dynasty. In 1744, the temple was converted into a lamasery. Nowadays the temple has become a place for worship, attracting pilgrims from afar. Resplendent within the Hall of the Wheel of the Law (Fǎlún...

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Beijing Hotels

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Beijing Restaurants

  • Quan Ju De (Peking Duck)

    The entrance is a different than most places. The entrance is on the road that goes around Qian Hai. There is a big yellow duck and thankfully there is a few hostesses that hang out there as they will direct you to an elevator to take down to the restaurant. Very open atmosphere. Service is above average and the Peking Duck is one of the best in...

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  • Beijing Da Dong Roast Duck

    Having many establishments in Beijing and one in Shanghai, this restaurant is famously known as DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant since 1985, but presents itself now as DaDong artistic conception of Chinese cuisine for the last decade. The concept, as I gather, is to create dishes with with some expression and emotional appeal. The menu itself is a...

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  • McDonald's

    Of course we wanted to try Mc'Donalds in China :-) Firstly, it was the most cheapest McDonalds ever. I mean, honestly, the most cheapest. Staff hardly speak any English, but they have papers with pictures and explanation in Chinese(?why?) so it's not hard to make an order. Almost every sandiwch is spicy. I didn't expected that even in Chinsese...

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Beijing Nightlife

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  • Wangfujing Street

    Wangfujing is also referred to as the "walking street." At night it is very lively with many tourist and locals. The road is blocked off to traffic and the streets are lined with high end designer stores. It is fun to watch the goings on of the night. Locals dancing some traditional dances as a group for exercise, food vendors and music. Select...

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  • Sanlitun Bar Street

    Sanlitun is one of the best know and most popular bar streets in Beijing. Sanlitun, which is also used to refer to the general area, is located in Eastern Beijing in the Chaoyang District and forms part of the Gongti nightlife area . Despite several threats of closure, it remains fashionable with the expat community, foreign travelers and younger...

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  • Houhai Lake Area

    After having dinner at Congee, we took a stroll towards the lakes and found Garret bar. The first thing that was appealing to me was the couches and the laid back atmosphere. We got in and immediately got served 2 cold ones =) and then that night there was live music. The singer was singing old English songs and then a Chinese girl was singing a...

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Beijing Transportation

  • Subway

    There's a lot of traffic going on in Beijing, so you should know that getting on a taxi isn't the best way to get around the city. You'll be stuck in traffic jams for a long time and even if there won't be any traffic jams, Beijing's roads are "ring roads" and it may take a while to get on the right ring. The best way to get around the city is by...

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  • Taxis

    From the airport to downtown (Tianamen Area) most hotels will arrange a taxi for you for the bargain price of £25. You may also be approached in the terminal by the cheapest taxi in Beijing £28. We simple went to an official taxi outside the terminal, he will use a meter and we paid £8.20. Don't get ripped off.

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  • Public bus

    During my 2011 trip to Beijing, I took more public buses than the metro trains in Beijing. One of the reasons is because my hotel is away from the metro subway station. All of their bus-stops' signboards are in Chinese only. You need to figure out the name of your location in Chinese characters. If you can read and listen to the announcement, then...

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Beijing Shopping

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  • Silk Market

    Hello everybody. This is the list of stuff I bought in Silk Market in 2010. D&G bag - 100 yen Keapling bag ¥ 60 A child tracksuit, a t-shirt and a nike shorts - 150 yen Adidas Adult tracksuit 100yen 2 nike t-shirts adult 100 yen Nike short for girl 60 yen 2 Belts 80 yen 3 Pants (Common Brands ...) 400 yen 4 shirts (Common brands) 380 yen...

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  • Wangfujing Street

    Wangfujing Street is a big shopping street with clothes, booksores, street food and other. This are is almost everytime crowded but as far as I visited it twice, I didn't saw many foreigners. And yes, people were asking to take pictures. MANY pitures with me... Dear page guests, please be ready, that in Beijing you should have a lot of cash....

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  • Hongqiao Market (Pearl Market)

    I thought of the three main market this one had the most shop keepers starting out with a reasonable price...... not like the silk market where they start of with some crazy price that no one would pay and you have to fight to get it anywhere near a real price... here I had shopkeepers say..... 30 rmb for a shirt... of course I still went down some...

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Beijing Local Customs

  • Spitting

    The Chinese are huges fans of hocking up everything in their throat and spitting it anywhere and everywhere. They believe that it is a hygenic thing to do, more so than our western tradition of blowing our noses and sticking the tissue in our pockets! Do not be offended by the constant sounds of loosening throats, just remember to watch where...

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  • Eating and Drinking

    Lotus pods are found being sold by street vendors. I purchased this one at Huo Hai Lake. It was 10RMB for two. You definitely should inspect the pod, looking for seed shells that are empty. The way you eat this is to remove the seed from the pod. Then peel the seed. if you like you can split the seed to see the sprout inside. The lotus seed has a...

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  • Taking Photos

    I met the lady in the Temple of Heaven Park, early in the morning. She was very friendly, started talking to me (of course, apart from 'Ni hao' I couldn't understand what she was saying) and when I asked her, through signs, whether I can photograph her, she accepted with pleasure. I generally notice that Chinese people have a passion for...

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Beijing Warnings and Dangers

  • Safety

    Hi I was in Beijing 3 years ago for nearly a week & visited the Great Wall too. In all that time from travelling on the Underground / Train & generally walking & taxis too I never encountered any problems whatsoever even with going around street markets. Like any city just take care of your valuables & respect their culture.

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  • Pollution

    US embassy issues a smog warning. Usually much different from what China announces. From what I understand Chinese people listen to the US version as it is more believable. These photos are from a day the US Embassy issued the highest pollution alert there is, Hazardous. They recommend staying indoors. This would be a good day to visit an indoor...

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  • Toilets

    Well they have these in Japan, too and I hate them. Fortunately, a lot of places (in Japan) have modern ones. China not so much (actually I'd think hardly at all). On the other hand, it's better than a tree or bush or whatnot.

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Beijing Tourist Traps

  • Tour Scams

    Day 1: We were in Beijing on 25 Dec 13. We were approaching to the entrance of Forbidden City and one lady named "Lucy" approached us. She said, she is from some university in Xian and she is volunteering a Water Paint exhibition of her university. She asked us to visit the place. We followed her to see the exhibition. On our way to the place, she...

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  • Badaling Great Wall

    About Great Wall Tour Packages : Long Di Superior Jade Factory A Virtual tourist contributor ,Confucius,reviewed a typical organised tour of the "Great Wall" .The reviewer writes a most entertaining but unfortunately rather accurate account of the seemingly compulsory stop-off at the Long Di Jade Factory.Confucius compares the visit to being held...

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  • Taxis/Rickshaws

    Our experience at Beijing Station - First, there is no line. Just a large mob of people waiting. - Second, there are constantly hustlers asking if you want a taxi. Theses people are not taxi drivers!! Instead, they charge ridiculous amounts (100 - 250 RMB), to take you to the front of the line. They take your money and you still have to pay the...

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Beijing What to Pack

  • January, February in Beijing

    Depends on where else you've been or are going to visit. It is very cold, but dry in January/February in Beijing. Make sure you have warm underwear, heavy socks and warm boots; gloves and toques/scarves. We just about froze our butts off the first week of February in Beijing but it was sunny every day and no snow anywhere in the city. I ended up...

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  • What to bring

    A good sized bag with room for any purchases. What to pack depends on time of year. summers are hot, winters are cold. Spring and Fall are best. Its best to pack in layers for sudden climatic changes. Yes, take all. Camera, spare batteries and ample cards for your camera. A good guide book or 2.

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  • Comfortable Walking Shoes are a MUST

    Make sure you have comfy shoes/sneakers as you'll be doing a ton of walking especially on the Great Wall. If you have a large foot and most westerners do - don't think you'll be able to buy shoes in China - it's not going to happen. My daughter is extremely lucky she has a size 6 foot 'small' by our standard but the norm in China so returned home...

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Beijing Off The Beaten Path

  • Great Wall

    Visiting the Great Wall of China is a must when in Beijing. Most people will visit the extremely touristy and most visited section of the wall at Badaling which is only about 50 miles (80km) outside of Beijing. Many others will opt for the Mutianyu section of the wall which is older than the Badaling section and from many accounts better to visit....

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  • Hutongs

    For visitors looking for a fun way to experience Beijing's hutong, you should consider doing a motorcycle sidecar tour. I know someone who recently started a company called Peking-Around (www.peking-around.com) that does small tours and can cater to your needs. Motorcycles can swiftly squeeze into little-seen areas of the city, not to mention race...

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  • Beijing's Parks

    Somewhere near the Confucius and Lama temples we wandered into a large public park. I do not remember its name. What made it enjoyable to stroll around was all the activity going on inside. There were people singing. People practising musical instruments. People doing tai chi. Elderly people taking part on exercise courses. There was even a very...

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Beijing Sports & Outdoors

  • 2008 Olympics (venues)

    The 2008 Summer Olympics was one of the most spectacular ever. I was in Beiing in 2007 while the Olympics complex was still under construction and our tour bus just swung by on our way to the Great Wall. In September 2008, I visited the Olympic Complex but the Paralympics was on-going so the area was crowded and a bit restricted. We took the Subway...

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  • Ping Pong

    You can see people playing ping pong everywhere in Beijing and throughout China. Don't be afraid to initiate a friendly challenge but also don't be surprised when an eleven year old Chinese girl kicks your foreign butt if you decide to start keeping score. In nearly all China's major cities you can find ping pong clubs where people pay by the hour...

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  • climbing the gREAT WALL

    Generally speaking, the Great Wall is well protected by the Chinese Central Government and local authorities, and where there is the Great Wall, and there's a scenic spot based on it, so you are not allowed to enter or climb the Great Wall without permission.http://www.chinahighlights.com/greatwall/

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Beijing Favorites

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  • Forbidden City

    There are two essentials to see - the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven Park. At the Forbidden City keep to the edges. The main central buildings are crowded and it is difficult to get through the croiwdsto see inside (in general one can't enter the buildings). It can also be hot and shadeless. In contrast keep to the edges in the shade,...

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  • Great Wall

    hi: There are many sections of wall in beijing, for those yong travellers who want to hike the wild wall, muoshikou pass is an ideal venue. it is not far from mutianyu section, it is combine water fall, beautiful valley, cave, wild wall together. most important is: it is not crowed, less tourists there. website...

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  • Churches

    Are you an expat looking for a church in Beijing? Please join us on Sunday at the Congregation of the Good Shepherd (COGS), which has been worshiping in Beijing since 1993. We are an international, inter-denominational (protestant) church located in town and open to all foreign passport holders. We have about 100 congregation members, and worship...

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Top 10 Former Olympic Cities: Beijing

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Though the Olympics had been held in Asia previously (Japan and South Korea), the 2008 Games were the first to be held in China. The city of Beijing, while steeped with history, was also a bastion of "Old China," especially when compared to more modern cities to its South like Shanghai and Hong Kong. After securing the host bid, the city vastly improved its infrastructure, as well as its air quality and public transportation. Now, in addition to the traditional landmarks such as The Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, Beijing is also home to modern architectural landmarks, such as the National Stadium, also known as Bird's Nest, designed by a group of architects that includes Pritzker Prize-winning Herzog & de Meuron. Another new addition, the Beijing National Aquatics Center, commonly called The Water Cube, has been converted into Asia's largest water park. A number of the temples, including the Temple of Heaven, were renovated in preparation for the Olympics, so they are now in prime condition for visiting travelers.

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