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    Beware of fake Taxi Drivers in Beijing tour spots

    by smmurshid Written Oct 15, 2011

    Favorite thing: I & my family went to Beijing last year and did the same trip, a day tour to Badaling via Ming tomb to see the grate wall. Better to go by any recognized tour company in a group with a guide. It is safe and comfortable. I would not suggest private Taxi if it is not a government one. There are Taxi drivers just putting the meter on top of the taxi pretending they are regular taxi driver. But they are not, and will deceive you charging high. We once took such a taxi.I observed the meter was running fast. The reading became 80 while it should have been 50. The Driver dropped us on a traffic signal, a little away from our destination. I gave him a 100 RMB note. He took it and said "I don't have change" I said I have only 60 but he was demanding 80. Finally he said "ok give me 60 no problem" and returned me the 100 RMB note. After returning hotel when I gave that 100 RMB to the counter they said it is counterfeit. I was surprised because all my 100s were from bank. Then only I realized the taxi driver deceived me cleverly changing the note.

    Fondest memory: We liked Beijing very much. I had dreams to see it. In brief Beijing is beautiful and tourist friendly. People are calm cool. Language is a big barrier but manageable. There are traffic jams. We miss the evening walk on the Wangfuji street, Tiananmin square and many other places. Chaina is changing fast. Young generation is different from the old. Seeing the Great Wall was our best memory.

    The bus that took us to Badaling One of the Grate wall view in Badaling spot

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    Huge vats at Forbidden City

    by victorwkf Updated Aug 14, 2008

    Favorite thing: When you are inside the Forbidden City, you will see many huge copper vats like those shown in the photos. The vats are actually for fire fighting during the ancient times. They were filled with water so when there was a fire, water would be readily available (in a way, these are the ancient version of our modern fire hydrants).

    A huge vat at Forbidden City, Beijing
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    Changing of Guards

    by victorwkf Updated Aug 14, 2008

    Favorite thing: I managed to catch the changing of guards when I was at the Forbidden City in April 2008. After that, those guards who were off-duty had a game of basketball outside the Forbidden City in their uniforms (see photos). Very interesting indeed :)

    Guards marching at Forbidden City, Beijing
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    Traditional Architecture

    by victorwkf Updated Aug 14, 2008

    Favorite thing: When it comes to traditional architecture, China is perhaps one of the best in the world in view of its long and grand history. This can be truely felt at Beijing city since it is the capital city of China for many years now. When you visit the various historical attractions, you will find that the traditional architecture is very detailed and impressive, and each have its own meaning, background and story to tell (especially carvings of mythical creatures such as dragon, phoenix, unicorn and other creatures in Chinese folklore). Not forgetting, most of the ancient monuments at Beijing are very huge and will take many hours if you wish to cover every corner.

    Traditional architecture at Forbidden City,Beijing
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  • Beijing serviced apartments for rent

    by hj_shh Written Jun 13, 2008

    Favorite thing: Beijing serviced apartments for rent
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    HaiDian ZhongGuanCun Wudaokou South HaiDian
    Fully furnished apartment on West Wudaokou Zhichun Road; Nearby Sigma Tower, China Academy of Science, Beijing Unvi, Metro Line 13 Zhichun Rd Station.

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    Be Safe Oatmeal

    by sugarpuff Written Apr 12, 2007

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    Favorite thing: For my birthday this year (Jan 2007), my boyfriend Charles bought me the most adorable American Cocker Spaniel. We called him Oatmeal and he was absolutely wonderful as many of you have already agreed on. Unfortunately coming up to two weeks ago he was stolen from outside a shop that Charles had popped into for two minutes. He was tied up outside to a post and was taken by somebody by the time Charles came back out. I was distraught and still am and cannot believe that someone would do that. And then I remembered that I live in China, where pet marketing and selling is rife and if someone can get a dog as beautiful as mine to sell onto to someone else they will at no thought to the people from who they are stealing it from. I look back at all my photos of him and smile at the great times, laugh at the funny times and cry all of the time. I just hope he has gone to a good home and is safe and happy and doesn't wonder why he is no longer with the people who loved him the most in the world. Be safe my friend...xxx

    Fondest memory: This should be changed to "what is your worst memory of Beijing Shi",as this truly IS my worst memory and I shall never forget the hurt that someone caused me and is still causing me everyday that I have to be here. Sorry to be depressing, but that's life in China sometimes.

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    Mode of communication

    by caprina Written Jan 17, 2007

    Favorite thing: One thing about Beijing is you must be prepared for difficulty communicating with the local as from my experience most of them (except the one you find at tourist spot) cannot speak english. It is difficult for you to buy something from the street peddlers, since you must bargain to get the cheapest price. Recommended for you to bring a calculator and just show them the numbers rather than trying to communicate using sign language.

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    Art & craft in Beijing

    by victorwkf Written Dec 1, 2006

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    Favorite thing: When you are in Beijing, it is worth checking out the famous art & craft here, especially the jade, silk, porcelain etc. However, it is suggest that you buy these valuable items from reputable stores to assure the good quality, as there are many shops which may not sell you the real stuff or sell you sub-standard products. If you like antiques, you can visit the Panjiayuan Market which sells a lot of so-called antiques but they are most likely not the real expensive ones.

    Beautiful wall mural at Beijing, China
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    Local people relaxing at Temple of Heaven park

    by victorwkf Written Nov 29, 2006

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    Favorite thing: When you visit the Temple of Heaven, you will see many local people relaxing at the entrance and park area. Some of them will practice dances, taichi etc while others will practice their calligraghy skills by writing Chinese calligraphy on the cement ground using water so that it will not vandalise the place.

    Locals relaxing at Temple of Heaven park, Beijing
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    Language problems?

    by victorwkf Written Nov 25, 2006

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    Favorite thing: English is more and more fequently spoken and written, so there is less of a language problem in Beijing and it will get better with the coming of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. In fact if you go around the tourist attractions, most of the signatures have English language so it is really quite easy to move around Beijing and it surroundings.

    A signage at Temple of Heaven, Beijing
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    Ethnic Minority Hospitality

    by victorwkf Written Nov 25, 2006

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    Favorite thing: When I was staying at Guangxi Hotel in Beijing, I was given good hospitality by the staff of the hotel, who are mainly from Guangxi province in south-west China which consists of many ethnic minority tribes such as the Miao people and Yi people. During my stay there, there are colourful and lively performances, as well as trying many dishes of the Guangxi province :)

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    Rising standard of living

    by victorwkf Written Nov 25, 2006

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    Favorite thing: If you have been to Beijing years ago and then now, one thing you will notice is that the number of bicycles on the road has decreased a lot and the number of cars have increased a lot. This shows the rising standard of living, together with the modern skyscrapers, shopping, what people are wearing etc.

    Bicycles and vehicles at Beijing, China
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    Food in Beijing

    by beaverk Written Oct 18, 2006

    Favorite thing: There is food everywhere in this city. Afterall, the Middle Kingdom is known for its cuisine. The key question travelers always asked is, “Is it safe?” “Is it clean?” With e coli scare frequent even in countries like USA, what about food here?

    Well, in a big city like Beijing, one needs to have common sense. If one is going into a tiny local joint, it might not be a good idea to ask for ice with one’s soda. As what kind of water is used to make that ice? Who knows!

    If one is to eat sushi, it is best to try for a more authentic Japanese restaurant. Local fares, as long as it is fully cooked, it is up to one’s preference to try for the exotic such as silk worm cocoon or lamp spinal cord hot pot.

    Because of the water, the first few days one arrives here, one is either pre-deposited to either have some tummy trouble (diarrhea or in the case, constipation.) But this is to be expected. The local drug stores do sell effective herbal tea that can help gently as laxative.

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    R.I.P my little chicken....

    by sugarpuff Updated Oct 9, 2006

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    Fondest memory: Chicken was born and raised in Beijing, China. Although we are unsure of her exact birth date or even if she WAS a 'she', she came into our lives August 2004. She was always very active and lively and loved playing with the other birds we had (two tiny tiny squirrel birds). They both died within the first week of us buying them as they were way too young and should have been with their mummy. Chicken got lonely and so we had to play with her much more. She would follow me everywhere I went..you had to be careful that you didnt step on her! We noticed as she got bigger that she had this huge lump on the side of her neck. We dont know if it was that which killed her, or the fact that it was freezing cold! I was away for the Christmas holidays and Charles rang me one day and told me he had found her outside frozen cold one afternoon! How sad I was to hear this news. She was my little baby, and only lived to see her first four months. But as Charles said, we probably gave her a better life than if she had been bought by a Chinese person, as they would have already eaten her by that age! I hope my little chicken is with her squirrel friends somewhere in chicken heaven.

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    Steeped in History

    by sugarpuff Updated Oct 9, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Beijing is a vivid metropolis with over one hundred flyovers!The city is growing at a staggeringly fast pace, leaving those poorer cities behind. However this city has an extensive past; for a thousand years Beijing saw the Imperial history being carried out here with the Chinese emperor enthroned in what the Chinese believe was the centre of the universe.

    First impressions of Beijing today for both foreigners and natives alike, are often of a bewildering vastness.So much land, so much space, but then the nearer the centre you go you will start to see a sprawl of apartments all looking the same in which most of the 12 million Beijingers live.

    Beijing is a city that almost everyone can enjoy. Shanghai and Hong Kong may still be where the money is, but it is Beijing that pulls the strings.It is here where most Chinese come to fulfill their dreams of business, political and cultural success. Foreigners on the otherhand find this city as a welcome repose having just probably been roughing it round outback China!

    There is so much to tell about this city, but not enough space to do it all in, so I recommend you go to my tip pages to find out more! There I can go into more detail about specific things that you may be more interested in.

    LONG LIVE THE MOTHERLAND!

    'Sunset by Tiananmen Square'

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