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City Guide Beijing, China

Visiting Beijing

Capital of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing has been the scene of a long cultural history. Today you can see evidence of all those who contributed to the development of the city making for some pretty interesting explorations.

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Beijing City Reviews

  • 60%

    edkahoe1066

    Beijing is a BIG city

    people traveling to Beijing, a fare warning, that this is one of the biggest cities in the world (number 2 overall) with around 22 million people in it. I myself have been all over the world in hundreds of cities and trying not to sound like a little girl but this city scared my, it is so big its unbelivlable, no body and i mean no body speaks english. so a tip, know what you are doing, how you are doing it, when you are doing it and even have a back up plan so if the first plan falls out.

    Insider Tip:know what you are doing before you get off the pane or bus

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    The "Chinese" City

    Wonderful city, still quite exotic and strange. It's definitely the city within China that is the most "Chinese" in atmosphere and feeling.. many of China's other cities are just becoming international cities, but this one retains it's old world charm. You must have Peking Duck (Kaoya), it's a Beijing specialty.

    Insider Tip:Only visit the summer palace if it's a clear day (without much fog or pollution) otherwise you can't see anything, especially as this palace complex is perched on a hill and over looks a grand lake.. it's quite far out from the city center, so do it on a good day. Don't follow anyone who offers to take you to a "cool bar" with "cheap beers",you're in trouble... you'll sit down for awhile and some girls will demand "lady tips" for talking to you. Wear a mask if the pollution level is high,you'll be thankful

  • 60%

    Anonymous

    Beijing is changing

    Beijing is an important stop if touring China (Great Wall, TS, Forbidden City, etc). That said, do not expect a great deal of friendly co-riders on any means of transportation or in public places as many people are pursuing their own agenda and will push/shove/trample to get where they are going. Big cities are difficult to keep clean, but take no surprise at the occasional adult relieving him/herself on city sidewalks.

    Insider Tip:TS and Forbidden City are closed on Mondays. Forbidden City has limited tour which is disappointing. Food in the hutongs is the best and has the friendliest service and great prices. Be prepared for polluted air (despite China's self-professed ratings)--see USA or other country's ratings of the air quality and take precautions. Don't expect to see sun light. The silk market has changed dramatically and is more like a busy mall. See Lucy for pearls at Pearl Market and stay at the Red Lantern Hostel.

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    Ive stayed in 4beds dorm even though i had booked 6 dorm. All beds are seperated enough, and the room is pretty clean ! There is courtyard behind the

    Ive stayed in 4beds dorm even though i had booked 6 dorm. All beds are seperated enough, and the room is pretty clean ! There is courtyard behind the bar, so having good time with calm and peaceful atmosphere :)

    Insider Tip:Ive stayed in 4beds dorm even though i had booked 6 dorm. All beds are seperated enough, and the room is pretty clean ! There is courtyard behind the bar, so having good time with calm and peaceful atmosphere :)

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    City of History

    Great Wall of China is a must visit place. One of the 7 wonders and it offers such majestic view from the hill.

    Insider Tip:Everything is quite expensive in Beijing. So better spend wisely.

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