Beijing Shi Local Customs

  • Eating and Drinking
    by blueskyjohn
  • Eating and Drinking
    by blueskyjohn
  • Eating and Drinking
    by blueskyjohn

Beijing Shi Local Customs

  • Eating and Drinking

    Beijing Local Customs

    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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  • Spitting

    Beijing Local Customs

    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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  • Taking Photos

    Beijing Local Customs

    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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  • Morning Exercises

    Beijing Local Customs

    Like what I've Said, senior citizens of Beijing Never had it so easy that after retiring at 55 years old, they are well taken care of by the government and provided with sustainable needs that they have so much free time to do that they usually congregate at public parks around the Beijing Area and do many kinds of activities like playing Chinese...

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  • Language

    Beijing Local Customs

    The Chinese authorities certainly have quite some sense of humour, don't they? Do you understand what they are trying to tell you? Or warn you?? But then again, they have come a long way...... At least they are trying. Good luck to you if you don't speak Mandarin, I've problem communicating with the locals, especially in Beijing. Hardly anyone...

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  • Shopping/Bargaining

    Beijing Local Customs

    They have some really nice handy craft in China, and they can be pretty cheap, if you are a hard bargainer. Bought the picture for RMB50 in a shop. Thought it was a good bargain, I bought 4. When it started, the lady asked for RMB100. After some arm wrestling bargaining, we settled at 4 for RMB200, I walked away, gleefully. Then, on the street...

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  • Festivals

    Beijing Local Customs

    During NewYear's, Beijing needs you to wear earplugs. First things said first, consider the public offices to be closed but not restaurants or all of the shops. In fact that is when many people make lots of business including malls. If you're only concerned with visiting the Great Wall, take a whole day off or 2thirds of one and go to MuTianYu,...

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  • Dress Code

    Beijing Local Customs

    The Chinese people dress more conservatively than Westerners. Men do not wear shorts and women do not wear sleeveless outfits. Chinese women also do not wear tracksuits. Blue jeans, however, are popular among the Chinese youths.

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  • Beijing Opera and Acrobats

    Beijing Local Customs

    Acrobatics have a long tradition in china, and going to see a show can be recommended. I went to a show with a guided tour, witch might not have been the best thing to do if I wanted to see top quality acrobatics, but it was OK. After all: It's a show that you can see several places.

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  • Hutongs

    Beijing Local Customs

    Red as a color of positive affirmation in China is one the ways to articulate otherwise solid, colorless walls of the buildings or as in this case, one of the gates to a residence in a hutong - a traditional living structure of homes and lanes as a homogenous unit of the city. The things as such are like 'village' within megacity, shelter of closed...

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  • Superstitions

    Beijing Local Customs

    Chinese tradition has a special veneration for mountains. That was a problem in Beijing, with the emperor's palace staying in a very flat area. The solution? Building a mountain. Thus we can see inside the Forbidden City a temple atop a pile of rocks, technically (and officially) a small mountain.

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  • History

    Beijing Local Customs

    In ancient China people divided the night into five Gengs. A Geng was an ancient time unit used to divide the night, every Geng marked a Shichen (another time division unit which is the equivalent to two hours). The first Geng came at dusk and was called Xu (dog) (from 19:00-21:00) also known as the Ding Geng; the second Geng, marking the time...

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  • Toilets

    Beijing Local Customs

    personal hygiene set for sale available at hotel rooms for 20 RMB and has towels, bath liquid soap, shampoo, lotion, tootbrush and toot paste. for people who forgot to pack their toilettries after arriving here. it is very convenient hehehe, the front desk will just charge you after you check out.

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  • Streets and Traffic

    Beijing Local Customs

    Beijing Order Car Rental Co. The Price List CarModel Airport-transfer One-day downtown BJ £¨RMB£© £¨RMB£© M-BenzS600£º 800 2000 M-BrnzS350£º 700 1600 Coaster£¨20seats£©£º 400 800 AudiA6£º 350 700 BuickGL8£¨7seats£©£º 350 700 VW Passat£º 300 550 JinBei£¨9seats£©£º 250 500 Santana3000£º 250 450 Red Flag£º 250 500 Jinlong£¨51seats£©£º 700...

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  • Games

    Beijing Local Customs

    We met a man who raises and trains fighting crickets. He showed us one of his crickets and the little jar he keeps them in. A cricket lives about 3 months, and their fighting career is only one month.

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  • Cloisonne

    Beijing Local Customs

    Cloisonne: Beijing is where cloisonne making originated. The earliest was made in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). The best was made during the Xuan De period (1426-1456) of the Ming Dynasty. During the Jing Tai period of the same dynasty, handicraftsmen found a dark-blue enamel which gave cloisonne a gorgeous, solemn look & is still used today.

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  • Art and Galleries

    Beijing Local Customs

    During 2011 Chinese National Day, I saw this beautiful Lotus and Jade Flowers displayed near the South Gate, Temple of Heaven. Chinese has own beliefs and understanding of Lotus and Jade. The signboard was written as the following: " Lotus is the symbol of loftiness and sanctity in people's heart. Jade is one of China's traditional sacrificial...

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  • Temple of Heaven (8): Other Buildings

    Besides the main buildings and monuments on the main route (south to north) of the Temple of Heaven, do spend sometime to explore the east and west portions which consists of other buildings of this big compound, such as the Divine Kitchen, Double Ring Pavillion, Butcher House, Long Corridor, All Flowers Pavillion, Beamless Palace, Easting Palace,...

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  • Temple of Heaven (7): Hall of Prayer

    The most impressive and famous structure in the Temple of Heaven must surely be the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. This is one of the most famous temple in China as well as a national icon which is commonly seen on travel brochures. If you look at the internal architecture, it is very impressive and consists of very high ceiling supported by...

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  • Temple of Heaven (6): Danbi Bridge

    After passing through the Chengzhen Gate, there is a wide and open walkway as you head towards the famous Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. Somewhere in the middle distance is a bridge called the Danbi Bridge.

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  • Temple of Heaven (5): Chengzhen Gate

    After visiting the Imperior Vault of Heaven and the Echo Wall, you will need to pass by the Chengzhen Gate as you head north towards the Danbi Bridge and the Hall of Prayer of Good Harvests (which is the most impressive building in the Temple of Heaven).

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  • Temple of Heaven (4): Echo Wall

    The Echo Wall is the famous circular surrounding the Imperial Vault of Heaven. It is said that if you stand on one side of the walk and talk softly, a person from the other side of the wall can hear it due to the design and material used to make this wall. So be careful of what you talk when you are here :)

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  • Temple of Heaven (3): Imperior Vault of...

    As you head northwards after the Circular Mound Altar, the next monument is the impressive Imperior Vault of Heaven.

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  • Temple of Heaven (2): Circular Mound...

    After entering the Zhaoheng Gate (south gate), you will reach the big and open Circular Mound Altar. This was where the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties pray to the heaven for protection and prosperity. In the centre is a raised round marble stone called the Heavenly Center Stone (see photo) where there is supposed to be a strong resonance...

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  • Temple of Heaven (1): Zhaoheng Gate

    The Zhaoheng Gate is the south gate of the Temple of Heaven and this is where most tourists start their visit by working their way northwards through all the major monuments and finally reaching the north gate. The whole trip takes about 3 hours at a leisurely place and cost RMB$35 entrance fee.

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  • Mid Autumnal Festival 2006

    Just read my other local customs tip 'The wolves...the wolves' and it made me laugh as I was talking about the moon festival two years ago and how I had been given a box of mooncakes by my work, but that they looked too nice to just eat myself and how I would take them home to my mum at Christmas!!! Well they never went back to Gibraltar thats for...

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  • The year of the Rooster

    First of all, is it a cock, a cockerel or a rooster....are the only differences the American and British ways of saying it, or are they different animals? I don't think i've ever called a cock a rooster?Hhhmmm....Anyway, moving on....This year is the year of the Rooster (let's call it that for the sake of it) and I shall tell you a little bit about...

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  • Haw apples!!!

    When I first heard of these it made me giggle..for quite a while actually! Not because I had reverted back to a 14 year old who thinks all those play on words are hysterical, but merely because it sounded so revolting!!!Have you heard of Haw Apples before? In supermarkets here, you see haw juice, haw biscuits, haw ice-cream and the best one of all...

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  • New Year Fair 2005

    Well the same as last year and the year before that and possibly the year before that too!!! The Fair at New Year in the various parks across Bejing are great to go to once or twice but they dont really change from year to year. The weather was just as freezing this year as last, the stalls were the same and AGAIN, we missed the lion dance...but it...

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  • The wolves...the wolves!!!!

    Every year China celebrates the Moon Festival....in the latter part of the year, it is called 'The Mid-Autumnal Festival'. At the beginning of the year it is 'The Spring Festival'.This year I wasn't in Beijing for the celebrations, but I was with several Chinese people, so we had our own celebrations. I was out filming a programme in the north of...

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  • Blending in with the crowd!

    This photo was taken on National Day Oct.1st on Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Hundreds of thousands of peole congrgate here on this day to see the various displays and also to watch the flag raising and descending. People will stand around here for hours just to be able to get a good view of the soldiers marching out from within the Forbidden City,...

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  • China's National Day

    This is China's National Day in Beijing on Tiananmen Square. It falls on October 1st, when the Chinese Communist Party took government back in 1949. During this week, the WHOLE of China get 7 days holiday, which means that it is UNBELIEVABLEY crowded wherever you walk! If you think you've been in the middle of a large crowd before....forget...

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  • Making jiaozi (Chinese dumplings)

    Every Chinese Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) the family gets together and makes jiaozi for the whole family and any guests they may be entertaining. Jiaozi consist of tens of different fillings for example, seafood, meat or veg in all different combinations. The most popular are pork and cabbage, chopped prawn and scrambled egg or just plain...

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  • Playing majiang (majong)

    This is a long tradition of Chinese people. They play the game mainly in the middle and south of China, especially in Taiwan, but now it's reaching all parts of China. Just pull up four chairs, grab three friends and you're on your way! The rules are difficult, according to a Chinese friend of mine, but it looks interesting to me! I keep meaning to...

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  • Temple Fair at Chinese New Year

    There are many Temple Fairs in Beijing for the two weeks before Chinese New Year runing through to a week after. They finish in Beijing this year on 28th..so youve still got two days to make it there!!!!We chose Ditan Park as it is the biggest, I had been there two years previously and it is right across the road from the Lama Temple that we had...

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  • Temple at Chinese New Year

    Obviously the most important date in the Chinese Calendar. Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year according to the moon etc. This year it was 22nd January.It was a freezing day with a high of -4 degrees centigrade, so we donned our wind proof jackets, and if I owned a pair of 'long johns', I think I may very well have worn them! By...

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