Taxi drivers everywhere in China are looking for a free hand out. You have to remember there is no tipping. I stayed at the Shangri la Hotel which is a good move in the end. The hotel checks out all... more
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... more
I’m currently studying Chinese here in Beijing and I’m an intern on Heyrobics. Heyrobics is a fun and social way to exercise.
Before coming here, I was very worried about the pollution. Everyday I... more
DONT GO TO BARS LIKE" PROPAGANDA BAR" ETC IN WUDAOKOU AREA CLOSE TO BLCU,,AS WELL IN SANLITUN,MY U.S FRIEND WENT TO TOILET IN PROPAGANDA BAR -WUDAOKOU ,CHINESE PEOPLE ASKED HIM WHERE HE IS FROM THAN... more
I spent 5 nights in Beijing in March 2010 during which I made 2 purchases using credit card : one for hotel bill, the other in a well established restaurant well known for its peking duck. Both credit... more
Beware of street traders giving you counterfeit notes in your change. Check the watermark and feel of any notes you are given.
In the Summer Palace I bought some postcards from a hawker using the... more
At the some location somebody ( in my case two young girl at qianmen dajie) will asking you, where we are come from. Then, if we can't speak Chinese, she will speak English fluently. They want some... more
Using a taxi in China is quite cheap. However, it can be difficult to catch taxis at certain locations during festive seasons. This ia because the traffic jams is quite heavy and the taxis do not find... more
The Chinese Wall in July and August can be a very hot experience. I was there one day in August, and it was 40 C and no wind. Puh... Make sure you have enough water, or money to buy refreshments. The... more
I was about to write " a nightmare" but it was a lye: not even that, only... impossible. Our only chance to access the wall in Badaling was to leave the bus more than 2 km before it, and walk along... more
When travelling here in China it is immediately noticeable that locals tend to spit anywhere and anytime. Apart from it being really unhygenic it is a common custom practiced allover. The... more
Be prepared to share your space with lots of people.
The Forbidden City is huge, but we hardly imagine how could have lived there about 8000 people.
I think that the simultaneous visitors will be... more
Few cities in the world besides Beijing have served as the political and cultural centre of an area as immense as China for so long. Described as "One of the world's great cities", Beijing has been an...