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Bādálǐng

Most visitors encounter the Great Wall at Bādálǐng  (Bādálǐng Chángchéng; 6912 1338/1423/1520; admission Y45; 6am-10pm summer, 7am-6pm winter), its most-photographed manifestation, 70km northwest of Běijīng. The scenery is raw and yields choice views o...

Běihǎi Park

Běihǎi Park, northwest of the Forbidden City, is largely occupied by the North Sea (běihǎi),  a huge lake that freezes in winter and blooms with lotuses in summer. Old folk dance together outside temple halls and come twilight, young couples cuddle on be...

Confucius Temple

An incense stick's toss away from the Lama Temple, the desiccated Confucius Temple had a pre-Olympics spruce up that failed to shift its indelible sense of otherworldly detachment. Like all Confucian shrines, China's second-largest Confucian temple feels ...

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Do in China

Do in China Giving a present If you want to give a present, do this with both your hands. In this way you are showing that you give the most of yourself to the person. No sense in something? Excuses are in China more acceptable...

Do not in China

Do not in China Watch as a gift? For us a watch is a nice gift, but never give someone in China a watch. It means something like: I wish someone's death soon. Bag on the ground? Do not place any bag on the ground if you really...

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Jīnshānlǐng

The Great Wall at Jīnshānlǐng  (Jīnshānlǐng Chángchéng; admission Y40), near the town of Gǔběikǒu, has 24 watchtowers and remains relatively undeveloped. More significantly, it marks the starting point of a 10km hike to Sīmǎtái. The journey takes aro...

Lama Temple

This exceptional temple is a glittering attraction in Běijīng's Buddhist firmament. If you only have time for one temple (the Temple of Heaven isn't really a temple) make it this one, where riveting roofs, fabulous frescoes, magnificent decorative arches, t...

Ming Tombs

The Ming Tombs  (Shísān Líng; admission per tomb; 8am-5.30pm), about 50km northwest of Běijīng, are the final resting place of 13 of the 16 Ming emperors. The Confucian layout and design may intoxicate more erudite visitors, but some find the necropol...

Mùtiányù

Renowned for its Ming dynasty guard towers and stirring views, the 2250m-long granite section of wall at Mùtiányù  (admission Y45 ; 6.30am-6pm), 90km northeast of Běijīng in Huáiróu County, dates from Ming dynasty remains, built upon an earlier Northern Q...

One day tour suggest

One day tour suggest. BadalingGreat Wall      750RMB (1 to 3 people)   800RMB (4 people) Mutianyu Great Wall   700RMB (1 to 3 people)  750RMB (4 people) Ming Tombs and Great Wall  ...

Panjiayuan weekend Market

Beijing’s most beloved flea market sells almost every Chinese knick-knack imaginable. It’s a great spot for souvenirs, but bargain hard and treat any claims of antiquity with scepticism. Not much goes on here during the week. Instead, get here early on ...

Pearl Market

The cosmos of clutter across from the east gate of Temple of Heaven Park ranges from shoes, leather bags, jackets,jeans, silk by the yard, electronics, Chinese arts,crafts and antiques to a galaxy of pearls (freshwater and seawater, white and black) on...

Practical Information in Beijing

REQUIREMENTS To enter China, you must have a passport valid at least six months after your return date, a visa, an identity card and you need to fill in a form. Please note: the form can be downloaded from the embassy's website . It often takes ...

Restaurants

Le Petit Gourmand  Located on the 3rd floor of Tong Li Studios e San Li Tun Bar Street NORTH. Tel. 64176095 / open from 10h to 01h. Do you want to eat something else then Chinese food, try to eat at the best French restaurant in Beijing. ...

Silk Market

The six-storey Silk Market is one of the most popular in Beijing, thanks to its wide array of high-quality fakes of big-name brands. Always packed, it’s best forclothes, but you can find bags and electronics here too. The silk is on the 3rd floor and i...

Sīmǎtái

(temporary closed due to renovation) In Mìyún County 110km northeast of Běijīng, the stirring remains at Sīmǎtái  (admission Y30; 8am-5pm) make for a more exhilarating Great Wall experience. Built during the reign of Ming dynasty emperor Hongwu, th...

Simon-Xiao

Simon Xiao, car service and your private guide for Beijing /and its neighborhood Welcom to Simon Service website. My name is Simon who has been conducting car and tour service over 6 years. I am traditional Beijinger. Simon service is providing...

The Forbidden City

Ringed by a 52m-wide moat at the very heart of Běijīng, the fantastically named Forbidden City is China's largest and best-preserved complex of ancient buildings. So called because it was off limits for 500 years, when it was steeped in stultifying r...

The Great Wall

 China's mandatory, must-see sight, the Great Wall (Chángchéng) wriggles fitfully from its scattered remains in  Liáoníng province to Jiāyùguān in the Gobi Desert. The ‘original’ wall was begun over 2000 years ago during the Qin dynasty (221–207 BC), w...

The Temple of Heaven

A tranquil oasis of peace and methodical Confucian design in one of China's busiest urban landscapes, the 267-hectare Temple of Heaven Park is encompassed by a long wall with a gate at each compass point. The temple – the Chinese actually means '...

Tiān'ānmén Square

Flanked by stern 1950s Soviet-style buildings and ringed by white perimeter fences, the world's largest public square (440,000 sq metres) is an immense flatland of paving stones at the heart of Běijīng. Height restrictions have kept surrounding buildings l...

Trafic and transport in Beijing

Getting Around Beijing has a reputation for being a difficult city to get around in, though that promises to change somewhat with additions to the subway and highway systems coming on line by mid 2008, just in time for the Olympics. The city's notorious...

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