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Private Custom City Sightseeing and Shopping Tour of Beijing
"The tour starts with a pick up from your hotel in Beijing. Your exact itinerary is flexible so you can customize your tour based on your preferences. If there’s something you want to see more or less of simply let your guide know. Your professional guide will make all the sites you want to go in order as long as time allows and make an ideal itinerary for you.The city sites you can choose include:Tian'anmen square and Forbidden City --recomm please add the sites in the 'Special requirement' box when you make the booking. After the historical sightseeing you will have a Chinese lunch in a local restaurant. Then you will start your exciting shopping tour in the afternoon. When making your booking please provide your shopping interests in the 'Special requirement' box. Your guide will recommend the right s your guide and private vehicle will drop you off at your hotel or site you want to go in the city."""
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Private Tour: Panda House Visit And Cruise To The Summer Palace With Imperial Dinner
"Meet your guide in your hotel lobby around noon time (12:30pm) and head to the Panda House of the Beijing Zoo to visit the lovely pandas. Next take a short drive to the Imperial Dock in the Purple Bamboo Park. Take a scenic 40-minute cruise from Zizhuyuan Park to the South Gate of the Summer Palace on a boat that was once used exclusively by the Qing Emperors and Empress Dowager Cixi. Pass many including the working and living quarters of the emperor; the Long Corridor the longest covered walkway in the world with 14000 exquisitely painted pictures; Longevity Hill the best place to have a panoramic view of the Summer Palace; Marble Boat the iconic building of the Summer Palace which used to represent the stability and eternity of the Qing Dynasty; and Suzhou Street
From $118.00
 
Beijing Private Culture Experience With Lunch Inclusive
"Temple of HeavenPick up at 8:30am from your hotel to visit the Temple of Heaven where the Ming and Qing emperors performed their ritual ceremonies. The best time to visit it is in the morning to see the local seniors exercising practicing Tai Chi playing Shuttlecock doing ground calligraphy as well as singing and dancing.Liulichang StreetYou can visit Liulichang Culture Street which is known throughout China and the world for its ancient books calligraphy paintings brushes
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Beggars Tips (18)

how to keep children beggars happy

as you may have read in other posts, when goin to beijing you will no doubt at some point encounter some children beggars,
if you give them some money more will arrive very quickly, if these beggars happen to be somewhere where you walk daily it can become quite costly and/or annoying,
i found the best way to deal with it was by buying a big bag of sweets in the super market keeping some loose in my bag or pockets and handing them out when approached the kids are far more happy it seemed than giving them money because they could actually keep this for thereselves,
they never after this pestered or insisted for money, just ran off with beaming smiles stuffing sweets down there neck. i bought three of the kids a cornetto each once, they nearly lost there minds! :)

RiddiM
May 20, 2004

Begging Childeren

The most difficulty I had in Beijing was walking the street. Women would walk with thier childeren of but mayby five or six and follow you for miles chanting in mandarin. Locals warned me to avoid giving as you may be targeted again by more and more beggers as they often netowork and will harass westerners known for giving. Watch your watches and wallets as they will hurd and literally start climbing on you untill you figure out how to remove them. The hardest part is some of them actually need the money, but you will never know who.

brideauj
Feb 17, 2003

After 9:00pm, you will see...

After 9:00pm, you will see some ragged-dressed kids touring around the main streets. They won't let you go if you don't give them money. Yes, you may take pity on them. Yet remember that all the monies you give them will not be theirs. They are orphans and picked up by gangs for a begging business. The guys give the kids place to sleep and eat while these kids work as beggars for them. If you give money to one of the kids, you will find that 3 seconds after he/she leaves you, more will come up to you to ask for money. My advice is that, walk straight forward and just let the kids follow you until you go back to your hotel. They can't go into the hotel with you.

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CLOUD282
Sep 08, 2002

There are alot of beggars that...

There are alot of beggars that crowd around the entrances of tourist attractions. Just be aware that pick pockets will watching out for supposedly rich tourists in famous attractions such as the; Forbidden City, Beijing Zoo, Summer Palace and Lama Temple.

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Aug 25, 2002
 
 
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Beggars are prevalent from Xi...

Beggars are prevalent from Xi Dan all the way up to the third ring but, the worst are around Silk Alley. If you want to avoid the worst of it, at the Friendship Store take the side road and then the next right. You pass the American Consulate and will eventually end up at the back end of Silk Alley but, without having gone through all the beggars

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anglosaxon
Aug 25, 2002

Sellers and beggers is found...

Sellers and beggers is found everywhere. The sellers often will try to cheat you for money...and the beggers often use their kids to beg to get money...

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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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Nanluoguxiang

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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