Beijing Travel Guide

  • Beijing
    by mingomatic
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  • Great Wall of China - Jinshanling
    by wilocrek

Beijing Things to Do

  • 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 concept all across the place. You will visit doors, palaces and halls of all kinds of peace and harmony: Supreme harmony, preserving harmony, Heavenly...

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  • Summer Palace

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Even with the strength of an exterior door or the glittering colors of the decorative doors, doors are a detail where Chinese art is always in evidence. Any cultural reason? Maybe! I didn't heard or read anything specific about it.

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  • Temple of Heaven

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    In the large complex of the Temple of Heaven, all the eyes go to the Hall of Prayer, but facing it, there's a smaller structure with similar architecture, and where the crowds are not so dense, allowing more time to see the details. Travelchinaguide (who took me there) writes: The Imperial Vault of Heaven is a round pavilion with a double-eave...

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Beijing Hotels

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Beijing Restaurants

  • Quan Ju De (Peking Duck)

    4 out of 5 stars

    We found a large Peking Duck restaurant near the Peace Gate. Many famous people have dined here. It has a cheaper fast foody version next door. We ate a delicious meal there. We enjoyed that we could watch the chefs preparing the food, too. To eat the duck: Pick up a pancake, add raw spring onions dipped in a few splashes of bean sauce to the...

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  • Beijing Da Dong Roast Duck

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Having many establishments in Beijing and one in Shanghai, this restaurant is famously known as DaDong Roast Duck Restaurant since 1985, but presents itself now as DaDong artistic conception of Chinese cuisine for the last decade. The concept, as I gather, is to create dishes with with some expression and emotional appeal. The menu itself is a...

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  • 1 - Local Foods - General

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    At Wangfujing, Xitan and all over Beijing street stalls, you can buy sticks of squids, muttons, chickens and other exotic barbecue for 3, 5, 10 yuan. It is cooked over fast fire and a variety of sauces to dip to your taste of spiciness. Fun to eat but can be oily.

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Beijing Nightlife

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  • Wangfujing Street

    The place is nice and a walk with a good friend to the nearby tian'an men square is nice. The people and store keepers where nice yet the below mentioned threats still exist. We encountered them twice last night probably. They tried to be kind of friends out of now where and suggesting good places but showing them interest in looking around and...

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  • Acrobats

    there are three main Acrobatic Show Theaters in Beijing that showcase the more than 2,000 year history of the death defying acrobats of China of which the Chaoyang Theater is the Largest and most popular and the Tiandi and Tianquiao Acrobatic Theaters are the second and third respectively. The Acrobatic Show and the Kung Fu Show are usually offered...

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  • Peking Opera

    A funny and original idea: Some actors prepare the opera in a public corridor, allowing the audience to watch their work of characterization. Thus, the show starts immediately as you enter the building, even before sitting.

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Beijing Transportation

  • Subway

    It’s a good thing that our hostel has included directions on how to get there coming from the airport and one of the options is to take the Airport Express which I find the most convenient. The Airport Express is a subway that links the Beijing Capital Int’l airport (Terminals 2 & 3) with the Beijing’s urban areas. The fare is 25RMB and has 2...

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  • Taxis

    This is China's version of a Tuk Tuk, a small motorcycle driven taxi. These can be found in the outer ring roads, usually 5th or 6th ring. They are not found closer to the center of Beijing because they are illegal. even out in the 5th and 6th ring roads they are illegal but authorities look the other way because traditional taxi's are harder to...

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  • Trains

    When you visit China, you may want to visit some other places besides Beijing. The speed train which connects major cities of China to each other, is a good option for comfort and saving time. A regular flight from Beijing to Shanghai will take about 2 hours. If you include time to reach the airport and check-in, the whole journey easily takes at...

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Beijing Shopping

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  • Wangfujing Street

    most prestigious department store in beijing, it is comparable to Bloomingdales. Unlike shanghai, beijing has less luxury department stores and this is the most popular, situated in the hip wang fu jing street, it carries many foreign brands such as Calvin Klein, Nina Ricce, Gucci, Prada, Lanvin etc. The first floor is home to cosmetic brands such...

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  • Silk Market

    So I went to silk street today and wanted to give advice, after all this site definitely helped me! I've been 3 times, once to look, twice to buy, First of all prices, I know I didn't always pay rock bottom, but that's okay. Prices in Yuan and original asking price in brackets. Hollister jeans (so comfy) 100 (700) Diesel chinos 100 (650) Burberry...

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  • Hongqiao Market (Pearl Market)

    I thought of the three main market this one had the most shop keepers starting out with a reasonable price...... not like the silk market where they start of with some crazy price that no one would pay and you have to fight to get it anywhere near a real price... here I had shopkeepers say..... 30 rmb for a shirt... of course I still went down some...

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Beijing Local Customs

  • Eating and Drinking

    If you are fond of Dried Fruits, moreso the dry and crispy kind, then you won't be dissapointed as Beijing has many kinds of Dried Fruits on sale on the various Supermarkets, Souvenir Stalls, Convenience Stores around the City and they come in vacuum packed goodness and is available into various temperate fruits like dried apples, dried apricots,...

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  • Shopping/Bargaining

    another cheap souvenir item that I sometimes Buy during my travels. The Keychains are the stereotypical cheap souvenir items that you give to your friends as a gift and a memento of your travels. while I love to collect mostly shot glasses and fridge magnets of my travels, I also do buy other souvenir stuffs and being in Beijing, I bought a...

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  • Festivals

    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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Beijing Warnings and Dangers

  • Safety

    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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  • Traffic

    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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  • Pollution

    Beijing is one of the most polluted cities I have been too. After a few hours, my eyes were burning. Not much one can do but grit and bear it and hope that they wake up and do something about the issue.

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Beijing Tourist Traps

  • Tour Scams

    Please do not use this tour/travel agency for any tours in Beijing. It is managed by a person called Lee and he will lie to get your bookings - A seasoned conman!! The reason we booked this specific tour was due to a mobility issue but guess greed got the better of Lee. Myself along with family & friends - 5 adults (including a senior citizen) & 2...

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  • Shopping

    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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  • Badaling Great Wall

    Some people condemn the stalls by the monuments, and their oppression on the tourists. Some times they are right - it becomes uncomfortable - but not always. In an isolated place, where thousands of people merge each day, a basic structure of support is fundamental. If they don’t force you, (and here they don’t), if they are just there, hopping...

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Beijing What to Pack

  • Temperate Climate

    Beijing is a temperate climate so you must pack according to the season, ranging from heavy clothing in the winter for below zero temps to light clothing for the summer heat. In spring and fall you need to be prepared for anything as temps can vary from day to day and throughout a day.

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  • Bring Appropirate Attire for the Season

    Beijing is located in the Northern temperate Area of China and has 4 seasons ( So Bring approprate gear for the season when you visit the Capital City. During the Summer Season and Fall Season is also the typhoon season, so when visiting during these seasons, I would suggest you just bring T-Shirts more so the light colored ones as to somewhat...

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  • Bring Large Luggage & Extra Bag for...

    So if you are a shopaholic like me, you pack light on your travels so that you can have many space in your luggage to fill up with goodies since here in Beijing ,you can shop till your drop at the various Malls along Wangfujing Shopping Street, various Shopping Areas around Dongcheng District and the various souvenir stall along the many...

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Beijing Off The Beaten Path

  • Great Wall

    When i got to where the public buses leave for Badaling i was surprised to find that the last bus was at 1230pm so i had already missed the last one. A driver with car was waiting there for customers and after checking that were for sure no buses i took his price of 400 yuan to go out to the Great wall. He agreed that he would be giving me time, ie...

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  • Beijing's Parks

    you would see at the Parks around Beijing like around the temple of heaven, summer palace, behai park and a lot more, many Old People doing various activities like Tai Chi, Dancing, Playing Chinese Chess and board games and instruments and having old group activities with fellow senior citizens as they are allowed free access at all parks and most...

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  • Hutongs

    For visitors looking for a fun way to experience Beijing's hutong, you should consider doing a motorcycle sidecar tour. I know someone who recently started a company called Peking-Around (www.peking-around.com) that does small tours and can cater to your needs. Motorcycles can swiftly squeeze into little-seen areas of the city, not to mention race...

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Beijing Sports & Outdoors

  • 2008 Olympics (venues)

    The 2008 Summer Olympics was one of the most spectacular ever. I was in Beiing in 2007 while the Olympics complex was still under construction and our tour bus just swung by on our way to the Great Wall. In September 2008, I visited the Olympic Complex but the Paralympics was on-going so the area was crowded and a bit restricted. We took the Subway...

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  • Ping Pong

    You can see people playing ping pong everywhere in Beijing and throughout China. Don't be afraid to initiate a friendly challenge but also don't be surprised when an eleven year old Chinese girl kicks your foreign butt if you decide to start keeping score. In nearly all China's major cities you can find ping pong clubs where people pay by the hour...

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  • Great Wall - Jiankou East to Mutianyu

    From Zhengbei Tower, the hike east to Mutianyu is easy. There is one steep section but it is down hill when hiking in this direction. The Wall here is wild and much has plants, bushes and trees growing on top. Some of the walls have collapse over time. You can tell these sections from the direction and size of the bricks on the ground.I was...

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Beijing Favorites

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  • Forbidden City

    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

    Tower 23 is the western most point of the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. I approached this tower from the west and the end of the Jiankou section of the Great Wall. From Jiankou, this is the start of the reconstructed Mutianyu. With this reconstruction comes the crowds of tourist. However, Tower 23 sees the least amount of people because the...

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  • Eating and Drinking

    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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Top 10 Former Olympic Cities: Beijing

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Though the Olympics had been held in Asia previously (Japan and South Korea), the 2008 Games were the first to be held in China. The city of Beijing, while steeped with history, was also a bastion of "Old China," especially when compared to more modern cities to its South like Shanghai and Hong Kong. After securing the host bid, the city vastly improved its infrastructure, as well as its air quality and public transportation. Now, in addition to the traditional landmarks such as The Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, Beijing is also home to modern architectural landmarks, such as the National Stadium, also known as Bird's Nest, designed by a group of architects that includes Pritzker Prize-winning Herzog & de Meuron. Another new addition, the Beijing National Aquatics Center, commonly called The Water Cube, has been converted into Asia's largest water park. A number of the temples, including the Temple of Heaven, were renovated in preparation for the Olympics, so they are now in prime condition for visiting travelers.

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