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Private Custom Tour: Beijing in One Day
"In Beijing there are must-see destinations cultural and historical landmarks. Then there are those special activities and local attractions that you've read about and put on your list to do. No tour itinerary can cover exactly what you want to see in Beijing until now. Let us help you create your own personalized day in Beijing using public transport with a professional guide and interpreter. If you want to visit the Forbidden City and take in a show with world famous Chinese acrobats we can arrange it. Care to climb the steps of the Great Wall by day and have an authentic Peking Duck dinner in the evening? Well make it happen. Always wanted to tour the Hutongs by pedicab then visit the exquisite Lama Temple? Well put them both on you helping you bargain for the best prices on jewelry handcrafts
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Beijing Your Way: Private Independent Tour with Optional Guide
"After pickup from your hotel travel by comfortable private vehicle to the city’s historic sites and visit local attractions. If you’re touring independently use your suggested itinerary and tell your driver where you’d like to go. Be sure to confirm your custom itinerary with the tour operator prior to your arrival in Beijing; that way they can carefully plan your independent excursion for you.A half-day independent tour takes you to top destinations within Beijing. Visit the Forbidden City and Summer Palace or explore the hutongs (alleyways) by pedicab. If you’ve selected a full-day independent tour you can also drive beyond the city to climb the steps of the Great Wall which offers sweeping views from above.Full- or Half-Day Guided Tour UpgradeGo more in depth with interesting commentary from a knowledgeable guide who helps you customize your tour. Your personal guide can take you where the locals shop
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Backstreet Beijing Walking Tour
"Head to the Red Building of old Peking University from where the University students went out to Tian'anmen Square for demonstrations and initiated the famous 5.4 Movement. Then you will stroll along the old cultural Wusi & Wenjin Street one of the most beautiful street of Beijing We pass the corner tower of forbidden city wall and moat a bridge divided Beihai Park and Zhongnanhai Lakes till arriving at the old palaces of Beijing library one of the five biggest libraries in the world. It is a spectacular palace courtyard with historical stone lions and pillars moved from the ""old Summer Palace"".After that visit the Northern Cathedral
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China can be forbidding for an...

Favorite thing 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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Dec 28, 2008

Learn some Chinese

Favorite thing Here is some common Chinese that might help with your trip. I’ve tried to write thing phonetically where I could. Hope it helps.

Hello ni hao

Goodbye Zi Chi-en

Thank you shay shay

I’m sorry/Excuse me Dui bu chi

I don’t speak Chinese. Wo bu hui jun wen

Do you speak English? ni hui ying yu ma?

How much does it cost? Duo shao chi-en

I don’t understand wo bu dong

Too expensive tai qu-e la

Can you reduce the price? Nang pe-en yi ma?

Good/Ok/Fine Hao

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Dec 07, 2007

Baffling English Signs

Favorite thing The Chinese are trying their best to reach out to foreign guests. Unfortunately, some of the best effort in translations turned out to be more baffling than useful at times, leaving you even more bewildered.

I actually had a packet of drink advising me that it contained no antiseptics, when they are trying to explain to you that the item contains no preservatives.

There is still a long way to go but giving the people credit, at least they are trying!

Aug 05, 2007

How to say... in Chinese?

Favorite thing I have made a set of cards with names of touristic sights/streets in English and in Chinese. Really handy if you are lost somewhere or need to communicate with a taxi driver.

Please click on the following link:

(For some reasons Chinese characters do not appear on this page)

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Jul 20, 2007
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Signs in Asia

Fondest memory I love the signage in Asia, and was particularly fond of the signage in Beijing. Translations into English don't always work out how they are supposed to, or they seem silly. I find this novel, and it always brings a smile to my face. This sign was situated next to a patch of grass at the Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs.

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Things to Do Near Beijing

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Beihai Park

a tibetan Buddhist stupa in the Tibetan buddhist temple in Qiuongha Island in Behai Park called the Dagoba by Tibetans and Bai Tai by Han Chinese, built by Qing Emperor Shunzhi in 1751, made the Behai...
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Church of the Saviour - North Church - XiShiKu Church

Not too sure about the spelling there, but it should come out to something like that. This church, a little bit west of Beihai Park, is one of the most beautiful in Beijing. During certain times, you...
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Jingshan Park

Jingshan Park is directly north of Forbidden Palace. Most people visit the park in early mornings and day time. However, i recommend taking some time to visit the park in the evening as well. A lot...
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Forbidden City - The Palace Museum

A very serious advice: Pay attention to every detail of the explanation done by your guide (person or book), during the visit: that way you will find out that "peace and harmony" is the dominant...
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Back Lakes - Hou Hai

Shichahai is comprised of three lakes, Qianhai, Houhai and Xihai. Situated just above Beihai Park, there are many restaurants and bars along a quiet roads that run around the lake. Along the lake you...
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This is the street and area to stay if you are on a budget in Beijing. I liked the street, it is located in an old area of Beijing. You have everything there, hostels at affordable prices in...
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Getting to Beijing


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