Beijing Shi Tourist Traps

  • South facing Exit doors of the Mausoleum
    South facing Exit doors of the Mausoleum
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    The one in the grey suit is Rocky.
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Beijing Shi Tourist Traps

  • Tour Scams

    Beijing Tourist Traps

    The scam... Ive been in Beijing for the past week and I wanted to write a friendly note to travellers that are going to come here. This is my 2nd time here and I thought I was pretty good at seeing through a ruse. Well apparently not... Watch out for the fake money scam. Its more prevalent than you think! Heres our story. My girlfriend and I...

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  • Badaling Great Wall

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    expensive, you must haggle! one of the more popular souvenir items at the various Great Wall Locations of Badaling, Juyongguan, Mutianyu, etc is the Great Wall Coffee Table Books being peddled by the souvenir shops and hawkers. they are glossy and with great pictures and is nicely done but are really expensive, so if you really want to buy one as...

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  • Shopping

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    I was in Beijing a few weeks ago and did some shopping. We told the hotel concierge we wanted to go to the Silk Market and Pearl Market but to this day I'm not sure that's where we were taken! The receipts say Silk Mansion. It was a huge multi-storey place with thousands of cubicle shops. Although the "clerks" were pretty aggressive I got into an...

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  • Taxis/Rickshaws

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    Arrival at the airport is not a great deal of fun, but it gets somewhat more hectic if you need a taxi. As soon as you get in the area lining up for taxi's, you will approached by guys who ask you if you need a taxi into the city. If you say yes, they grab your bags and head out at high speed. You have to be very determined to stop them as these...

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  • Beijing Zoo

    Beijing Tourist Traps

    I was expecting to see a very carefully recreated environment, with small, planted and protected bamboo forests, where the pandas could live in a half free but controlled condition. It was frustrating to see the pandas through a window cage. When we go around, the back of the cages show a small open space, but the sensation remains. I think it...

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  • Mao's Mausoleum

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    The security all around the huge Tiananmen Square is naturally fairly tight, which ensures everyone has to go through check points and have baggage scanned with airport type x ray type machines. There are no problems taking cameras into the square but they, or cell phones, are not permitted into the Chairman's Mausoleum so they have to be checked...

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  • Art Students

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    My husband and I loved China, and I had read all about the scams before we left for our trip. But, on arriving, I had totally forgotten everything I had read! We hadn't been in Beijing five hours (in the middle of winter on 26/12) and we were approached by a pretty girl wanting to chat to us about where we were from and wanting to go somewhere and...

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  • Ming Tombs

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    During the third Ming emperor, he built Ming Tombs, where were buried several members of the imperial family. Their layout is according to the rules of feng shui and has several buildings ... To be very honest, an area full of tourists, with restored old buildings and empty spaces do not attract me very much ...

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  • Amusement Parks

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    Hi, I'm a native chinese boy. In my opionion, the Tian'anmen squre is boring. But it's big, and takes you more than one hour. So I suggest you can go to the forbidden city directly. Because the forbidden city is a too big palace, to fully enjoy the forbidden city, I usally spend more than half a day. You can live near "Houhai" district, because...

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  • The No. 2 Travelling Bus

    I had some friends coming to visit me so I thought I'd take them to the Great Wall. The No. 2 Travelling Bus also included the Ming Tombs, which my friends wanted to visit, so that was ok. So we arrived at the bus stop (near the main Beijing Railway Station) and chose the 'luxurious' bus to travel on for 50yuan round trip. At 9.30am we all chugged...

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  • 919 Bus to Badaling Great Wall

    In the guide books it tells you to go to Deshengmen bus station to get the 919 bus to Badaling Great Wall. As a matter of fact, its not the bus station you go to, but 'Gulou' which is a big watch tower. The buses are directly behind it. The bus station DOES have 919 buses but they are city buses and wont take you anywhere near the wall. The ones...

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  • Beware of lying touts when taking...

    Went to the aviation centre at Xidan to take airport bus. Bought the tickets (16yuan) and was about to board the bus. There were a few guys standing next to the bus and one held out his hand to examine the tickets. He then went on to ask me for my flight timing. Subsequently, he exclaimed that i will not be able to make it in time, claiming that...

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  • Beware of Private Cabs

    There are some private cabs (with no company names or the usual color that cabs have on the road) with tampered meter... beware! Either agree on the price before you board the cab or don't take such cabs at all. Take those cabs that you see on the streets. Identify them by the colours of the name of the company. The newer sedan cabs are slightly...

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  • Beijing Taxi

    Avoid "non-authorized" taxis by getting your cab at the hotels or in the authorized stops. We caught a cab at the back end of our hotel and got duped by their tampered meter. It read "75 rmb" and we knew that it should have been much less, but we couldn't argue since we didn't speak the language. Caught a "real" cab back from that same point to our...

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  • Hiring a Taxi

    When at the airport be sure to select a taxi that is in line outside of the airport, beware other people trying to get you to go with them. I fell for their line and ended up paying 3 times what I should have. Ignore any person that comes up to you inside of the airport termianl and offers their taxi service. They will keep talking to you but just...

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