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    Be aware that the traffic jam...

    by monica78 Updated Sep 7, 2002

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    Be aware that the traffic jam can make you loose a lot of time.
    If you have decided to take a taxi to for example the Beijing Opera, then try to make a good timetable, so that you will not miss it because of all the traffic...

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    Careful walking

    by cwest03 Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Pedestrians are lowest on the food chain on the streets of Beijing. You must watch out for everything. After pedestrians come bikes, then cars, then cabs and finally buses. Cabs stop for no one with the exception of buses. A friend of mine told me that his cab hit a guy on a bike. Most cars, especially cabs, will honk to let you know that they're coming. This is a warning to get out of the way. The will most likely not stop or even slow down. Even ifit seems that you have th righ of way as a pedestian a cab will just move on in. You will quickly learn how and when to cross the streets in Beijing. I'm amazed that I saw no accidents with cars, bikes or pedestrians when I was there.

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  • Be careful on pavements -many...

    by dave987 Written Aug 24, 2002

    Be careful on pavements -many holes, spikes, levels etc. You get used to it after a while
    Be even more careful crossing roads -try and be with someone else or in a group
    Potentially dangerous foods are everywhere -enjoy!
    The worst is probably McDonalds and other 'western' cuisine. Pizza Hut is a possible exception.

    Public transport is good esp subway. Busses are a good way of getting around.

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    Also, be careful crossing...

    by bokononist Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Also, be careful crossing streets, traffic is crazy and really busy, as you can see in the picture!! Until you know what you're doing shadow someone or use the overpasses. Same for bike riding.

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    Traffic... Who said rush hour...

    by darthmilmo Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Traffic... Who said rush hour traffic was bad back home...jeez. Careful with the bicycles as well :).

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    The street are crowded with...

    by Yubert Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The street are crowded with buses, cars and even these 3-wheeled motorized bikes, so be careful when crossing the street.

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