Beijing Shi Warnings and Dangers

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Beijing Shi Warnings and Dangers

  • Safety

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    Hi I was in Beijing 3 years ago for nearly a week & visited the Great Wall too. In all that time from travelling on the Underground / Train & generally walking & taxis too I never encountered any problems whatsoever even with going around street markets. Like any city just take care of your valuables & respect their culture.

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  • Pollution

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    US embassy issues a smog warning. Usually much different from what China announces. From what I understand Chinese people listen to the US version as it is more believable. These photos are from a day the US Embassy issued the highest pollution alert there is, Hazardous. They recommend staying indoors. This would be a good day to visit an indoor...

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  • Toilets

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    Well they have these in Japan, too and I hate them. Fortunately, a lot of places (in Japan) have modern ones. China not so much (actually I'd think hardly at all). On the other hand, it's better than a tree or bush or whatnot.

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  • Restaurants/Nightclubs

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    DONT GO TO BARS LIKE" PROPAGANDA BAR" ETC IN WUDAOKOU AREA CLOSE TO BLCU,,AS WELL IN SANLITUN,MY U.S FRIEND WENT TO TOILET IN PROPAGANDA BAR -WUDAOKOU ,CHINESE PEOPLE ASKED HIM WHERE HE IS FROM THAN BROKE HIS NOSE ETC,,ALMOST EVERY DAY IT HAPPENS HERE,NEVER ACCEPT INVITATION FROM CHINESE PERSON INVITING U TO A BAR OR COFFE PLACE,THEY HAVE AGREEMENT...

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  • Taxis/Pedicabs

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    On some of the side streets at the corners of Wangfujing are Taxi stands. Be sure to ask the cost of the fare to your hotel before you get in the cab. I was quoted 100rmb for a ride that should cost 30rmb. As I walked away, the fare dropped steadily but only bottoming out at 70rmb. You would have to walk a few blocks away to catch a Taxi that will...

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  • Beggars

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    At the some location somebody ( in my case two young girl at qianmen dajie) will asking you, where we are come from. Then, if we can't speak Chinese, she will speak English fluently. They want some money to buy bread, food, go back to their home. If, we not give them, they will talk to somebody else to call police with Chinese languages. Beware.

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  • Change Money

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    Beware of street traders giving you counterfeit notes in your change. Check the watermark and feel of any notes you are given. In the Summer Palace I bought some postcards from a hawker using the correct money. The hawker then tried to get me to change some small RMB notes to a larger one - at least one of the notes she tried to give me was a...

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  • Shopping

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    I spent 5 nights in Beijing in March 2010 during which I made 2 purchases using credit card : one for hotel bill, the other in a well established restaurant well known for its peking duck. Both credit card slips reflected entire credit card numbers instead of last 4 digits commonly practice by all merchants as security measures. As a result, my...

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  • Health

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    BEIJING When travelling here in China it is immediately noticeable that locals tend to spit anywhere and anytime. Apart from it being really unhygenic it is a common custom practiced allover. The pollution being extremely bad from motor vehicles and northern dust storms it doesn't take long to suffer from its affects. The constant sounds of...

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  • Crowds

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    CROWDS! Everywhere and every time. The great wall follows the rules, and it is a long stripe of people slowly gliding upon a rocky construction. No matter where you look, there is people. Try to make a picture, and, even being selective, it will be filled with strangers. So, give up! People is life! And China is... millions of people.

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  • Great Wall

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    I was about to write " a nightmare" but it was a lye: not even that, only... impossible. Our only chance to access the wall in Badaling was to leave the bus more than 2 km before it, and walk along the desperate row of jammed cars. No problem... it's China.

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  • Climate

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    The Chinese Wall in July and August can be a very hot experience. I was there one day in August, and it was 40 C and no wind. Puh... Make sure you have enough water, or money to buy refreshments. The price is higher here, and it's also a entry fee for the toalet.

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  • Traffic

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    Be careful when crossing streets. Not onlky do you have to watch out for for the usual cars and buses, but also bicycles and scooters. These frequently dont abide by the rules as the 4 wheeled vehicles.

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  • Don't fall over the edge

    People have been seen standing on the ledge overlooking the river 200 meters down for the sake of taking photos. play it safe and just look at the cannons and the ledge. You can see the river without taking chances

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  • Haze and sandstorm during springtime

    If you are going to Beijing, choosing the right time to go is very important to avoid the haze and sandstorm. When I was there in April 2008 (spring time), the haze was quite bad, and usually sandstorms will occur during middle of the year or so. I think the best time to visit is autumn (October to November) when the temperature is cooling and the...

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  • Beijing International Airport

    Because of the Beijing Olympic Games 2008, the Beijing International Airport has expanded a lot and there is now several terminal/buildings.While the airport now looks very modern, do expect delay because your plane may take longer time to move from the runway to the airport terminal. Furthermore, the airport is so huge that it takes quite long to...

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  • Tea House Scam

    If you randomly walk around Tienanmen Square or other popular tourist spots, without a group, expect to be solicited by the multitudes of "can I practice my English with you" con-artists. Usually it will be a couple of cute girls claiming to be college students, but sometimes it's a guy & gal, and it could even be a solo practitioner.They will make...

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  • Illegal Taxis in Beijing

    There are lots of illegal taxis in Beijing so be careful. If the taxi does not have a meter, try not to take it as the driver will try to quote you a high price if you are a foreigner who do not know the price well. I was told that some foreigns had to pay RMB$600 for a taxi ride from the airport to Beijing on illegal taxis when the actual cost in...

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  • Pollution, sandstorms and cold winters

    Because Beijing is still using coal as a main form of energy in the city, you will notice that the city will get smoggy and polluted. This is made worse by the many constructions going on in the city. However, all this will be stopped a few months before the 2008 Beijing Olympics so that the city will be in good shape to welcome visitors from all...

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  • We're college students & want to...

    Wangfujing Street is a great place to people watch. If you are a single guy, walking on the street alone after 5:00 PM you will be approached by beautiful young girls pretending to be college students, who want to practice their language skills. They may very well be students. They may want to practice English. But, first they will ask you if you...

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  • mind the sandy air

    1) If you wear contact lenses, make sure you have a pair of spare opticals, just in case your eyes can't tolerate the polluted air, you can always change contacts into the glasses.2) Lip stick, and plenty of moisturing cosmetics to protect your skin and lip skin from sands and the dry air.3) Check the weather before your trip, make sure if they...

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  • Hotel search

    Don't even try to leave your hotel without any paper with the name and the address of the hotel in Chinese. Othervise you probably will have a pleasure to look it all the night. Chinese are very nice people, but with all the good welling their english isn't very well

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  • Duck-napped@Quan Ju De (Peking Duck)

    Please do not "duck-nap" these chopsticks holders from Quan Ju De (Peking Duck) like I do. I just cannot resist this cute little thing. Probably I did it out of my respect for the quality Peking ducks served by Quan Ju De. Try to find an excuse for the mistake done. Hehe!!!

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  • Internet Intrusion & Virus Planting

    In China, I get more internet intrusion in 1 day as compare to my whole year web browsing back in Kuala Lumpur.Make sure you have an updated antivirus & firewall software on your computer. And I noticed most of the attackers are from Russia.I have special advice to attackers who are too free to do all the intrusions. Go “play” yourself.

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  • Watch out when you cross the road

    I come from a country where the drivers are on right hand drive. The drivers in China are on left hand drive. In our country, when we want to cross the country we first look to the right for oncoming cars. In China, it is the opposite, left first. A few times, I almost got into accidents. Since I jay walked when I have the chance. Remember look...

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  • Grass silly sign!

    On one of my many tourist trap trips, this time at the Ming Tombs, we walked past this gloriously wonderful garden in bloom! I just had to take a photo to remember just how 'luxuriant' this grass was.I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I did!

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  • Silly subway signs 3

    Unfortunately to ' properly using onboard emergency alert device' you must at least be able to reach it! If due to stunt growths when you were a child (maybe to do with too much smoking..or so they say!) you will now be unable to protect yourself from then engulfing flames around you! Try not to panic though...just find someone a bit taller who can...

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  • Silly subway signs 2

    In the case of fire on board the train, please get off in a quiet and fashionable manner to avoid panic. Then look out for the guy in a checked jacket (you will notice him quickly as he is not wearing stripes as you and the rest of the passengerrs are!) who will shout orders and direct you straight into the heart of another fire! Do not panic, do...

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  • Subway silly signs

    Im telling you right now....if there's a fire practically on top of me and Im sweating and looking as crazy as this guy.....dialling 119 is going to be the LAST thing on my mind....I think something along the lines of ' RUUUUUUUUUUUUUN' is what I'll be thinking of!!!!

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  • Winter in Beijing

    When u visit Beijing in winter, watch ur steps, as most of the ground of those ancient buildings (etc. Forbidden City...) are made of mabble stones, thus it can be very slippery!!Visit to the Great Wall is also not a good idea in winter for the same reason.

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