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  • Forbidden City

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    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

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    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

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    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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  • Tiananmen Square

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    I was there 3 years ago this November, from memory we arrived about 10am, Fistly do you know that you have to go across the road and leave everything there, e.g. camera, bags etc. it is not hard finding where you have to go, you are given a ticket and then go back across the road and get in line. I did not find the time a problem when I was there,...

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  • Eating and Drinking

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    beijing has it's share of sweets and I could say that they are truly yummy but unfortunately i could not make out the translations since they have really bad chin-glish. some are very familiar like the moon cake and a caramel colored mullet cake (similar in taste to puto binan in the philippines) and crispy fried mullets (again similar to shing a...

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  • Summer Palace

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    In China, there are many beautiful gates built, many destroyed and rebuilt. This is one of my favorite gate located at the foot of Longevity Hill and overlooks Kunming Lake. It is a symbol of era gone by where locals kowtowed to the Emperor or Empress of Chinese dynasties over the milleniums. Interestingly many have been burnt or damaged in wars...

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  • Climate

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    The thing we missed most about home was blue skies. In 28 days of travel in China, we saw only 4 days of blue skies. We were there in April 2010 and it was extremely cold in Beijing with a few morning temps down to 0 degrees. Lucky the Guesthouse offered us extra blankets and a heater because we would've never coped with these temperatures. All...

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  • Hutongs

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    When living in a hutong, you're exposed to some aspects of the locals' daily lives, such as their pets. In this case, I found these 3 furry charmers in the hutong where Red Lantern House (main and west yard) is located.

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  • Shopping

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    To Get a Feel of Local Setting I suggest you go to a local department store to be experience local beijing shopping if you have time and these are not near Wang Fu Jing but farther in Other districts, fortunately our privated tour guide showed us to one of this Local Department stores in the Dong Cheng District and shows ordinary stuff but rich in...

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  • Yuan Ming Yuan

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    The original Summer Palace was located southeast of the current Summer Palace and just north of Peking University's campus. Construction began in the early Qing dynasty (1709) and took nearly 150 years to complete. It was completely looted and destroyed in 1860 by British and French troops in a 3 day pillaging party during the Opium War. All that...

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  • Temple of Heaven

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    We enjoyed our morning at the Temple of Heaven, which we found beautiful and relaxing. There were people picnicking in the grounds, and some people playing strange one-stringed instruments and singing. It was a great experience. You can get there by subway very easily. For us it was two stops from our hotel near Chongwenmen. Don't remember the name...

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  • Beijing's Parks

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    This is a fond memory of my trip to Beijing: people (mainly elderly) in Tiantan park/Temple of Heaven complex practising Tai Chi, walking backwards, playing ball games, exercising, singing, waltzing. It was just a different way of life to what we experience in the UK and it made a refreshing change to see people so full or energy and life.

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  • Ming Tombs

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    One of the main attractions which you can visit in Beijing is the Ming Tombs. This is the burial ground of 13 Emperors out of 17 Emperors of Ming Dinasty. This map shows the Ming Tombs' unique arrangement. Sacred Road is an interesting part of the Tombs which displays unique animal and human figures believed as sacred & the guardians of the tombs.

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  • Lama Temple - Yonghegong

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    I had never thought that there was a lamasery (Lama temple) in Beijing. As we were travelling towards Tibet with its many Buddhist cloisters and temples, it was kind of surprising to see this here. But it was great to visit and to admire this culture and religion. And all this with the greatest respect for the local believers which came here to...

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  • Museums and Exhibitions

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    This was one of two Salvador Dali exhibitions that I went to during my 2002 around the world trip... The other one was in Brugges, Belgium... Both exhibitions focused on fascinating late period works such as lithographs and illustrations... Things like a series on Boccaccio's "Decameron"... Dali is generally more famous for his stunning early works...

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  • Beijing Map

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    Having just started with this site, I decided to share some of my pictures.. When you walk, rather than getting a bus (even if it drops you at your door) there is always plenty to see everywhere you look. The scam girls in the streets trying to chat you up. ^_^

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  • History

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    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...

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  • Universities

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    DONT RENT APARTMENT BEHIND XIJIAO HOTEL WEST 1 BUILDING ITS 21 FLOOR HIGH BUILDING WHITE BEHIND XIJIAO HOTEL,THERE IS SECURITY IN ENTRANCE,,MANAGER NAME"MAO" ,WILL RENT HOUSE TO YOU AND EVERYTIME WILL MAKE U PAY SERVICE FEE..THeRE IS NO SERVICE AND EVERYTIME U PAY RENT HE WILL CHARGE U.IST KUANGYE DAXUE WEST 1 BUILDING,,2 HIGH BUILDINGS BEHIND...

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  • Language

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    China can be forbidding for an American (and most other nationalities, I guess) traveler because the use of characters makes reading signs impossible. What I found is that most young people speak English. So if you need assistance, seek out someone in the 15-25 year old range.

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  • Acrobatic Show

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    We really enjoyed taking in an acrobatic show while we were in Beijing. The feats are all quite amazing. Coming from a sport background where flexibility is key I am always in awe of the contortionists. If you get a chance, do take in a show. There are several in Beijing, just inquire at your hotel.

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  • Beijing Zoo

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    I visited the Beijing zoo but was very sad at the pathetic state of the entire place. I was really tempted - at that moment - to send the park officials inside the Panda House to make them clean up/scrub the whole place!!! The poor pandas seem badly traumatised by the way they've been treated!!!!!!

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  • Beware of fake Taxi Drivers in Beijing...

    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...

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  • Huge vats at Forbidden City

    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).

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  • Changing of Guards

    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 :)

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  • Traditional Architecture

    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...

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  • Beijing serviced apartments for rent

    Beijing serviced apartments for rent http://www.apartmentcn.com/ http://www.huijiale.cn/ gohome_bj@hotmail.comChongWenMen XinJing City Fully furnished apartment on South Huashi Street; Nearby New World Marriott, TongRen Hospital, WangFuJing, Metro 1 ChongWenMen Station. HaiDian ZhongGuanCun Wudaokou South HaiDian Fully furnished apartment on West...

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  • Be Safe Oatmeal

    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...

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  • Mode of communication

    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...

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  • Art & craft in Beijing

    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...

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  • Local people relaxing at Temple of...

    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.

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  • Language problems?

    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.

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  • Ethnic Minority Hospitality

    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...

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  • Rising standard of living

    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.

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  • Food in Beijing

    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,...

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  • R.I.P my little chicken....

    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...

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  • Steeped in History

    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...

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  • ATM - Cheat Sheet

    Although ATM machines are to be found all over, the transaction is always in local currency. BE PREPARED. For example, do not go up to an ATM and think you'd like to withdraw $500 worth of local currency. You first must know the amount in local currency that $500 will buy. I always carry a currency cheat sheet when travelling. In addition to ATM...

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  • Cute little malnourished puppies :

    Unfortunately I can't change the title on this...as it's certainly NOT my fondest memory...but it's something I want to show you.In just about every subway underpass you will find people selling things, from flowers to dvds to food and finally to animals. These include rabbits, gerbils, little chicks and puppies. I passed a guy the other day and...

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  • The Darling Buds of May

    Beijing has only one good thing to offer anybody in the springtime...and that's its gorgeous flowers and buds....that's if you can see them through the yellow sand storm making its way from Mongolia!But you have to be quick with the camera or you WILL miss them!!! They are here and gone SO quickly its untrue!

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  • My impression on China

    Spending 12 days in China making me realised that Chinese are catching up with the world like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and everyone are working and rushing towards their goals. This is not quite possible in the past as they were once living in very controlled environment where government interventions are beyond any of us can ever...

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  • Just GREAT!!!!!

    Facts about Great Wall:- Qin Shihuang (246 - 221 BC) didn't built the whole Great Wall, he is just connecting them- UNESCO World Heritage: The Great Wall (Date of Inscription: 1987)- Greatest Wonders of all (most kiasu project as well)Warning:Be extra careful when you are visiting Great Wall during winter or early spring. The chill can be quite...

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  • One-Child Policy

    I think one child policy in China will eventually put Chinese into extinction, or forcing more Chinese guys to many non Chinese or more Chinese boys will turn gay. Why was it so? Chinese believe that not able to carry on the lineage is the biggest disgrace and most families chosen to keep the boy and discard girls for the pass 20 years and now...

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  • BJC

    Since China is an awaking dragon and all the automotive makers have to listen to Chinese in order to penetrate China market because anywhere outside China is already long saturated.BJC is one automotive giant that distributes all 4WD from Jeep to Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Suzuki & any SUV or 4WD models. The sad part about 4WD in China is you...

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  • China Open Door

    China open door can be considered as both good and bad in my own definition, but more towards the good.The Good- The people of China has equal access to information and technology that were so widely available out there.- Investment & working opportunities for both investors and locals.- Modern toilet wares widely available, so that I need not to...

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  • ATM's in China

    Five minutes after clearing the Customs Hall in Capital Airport in Beijing, I decided to get some $$$ from a Nice NEew ATM.I had to learn THE HARD WAY about the arrangement of the keys on ATM Machines in China. Instead of starting with 1on top left corner (like a phone keypad) they start at the bottom left (like a computer keypad). Instead of...

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