Feb 18, 2015 à 05:23 AM
Beijing municipality covers an area of about 17,000 km². It is divided into six urban or inner districts eight metropolitan or outer districts and two rural counties. Moreover, residents of Beijing measure the distance from anywhere in the city center by describing its location relative to concentric ring roads. It can be confusing for foreigners there first ring road at all. It is a purely imaginary line that includes the historic center of Beijing, ie, the Forbidden City and Tiananmen, the Gate of Heavenly Peace. The Second Ring Road confined to the limits of the city of 1949, while the urban expansion of Beijing is extending beyond the beltway No 6. A seventh Ring Road, officially known as the Outer Ring Road Great Beijing, total almost 1000 kilometers in length when (and if) construction was completed in 2017. Most of Beijing will be connected to its neighboring provinces. According to the last official census in 2010, there were about 92,000 foreign residents living in Beijing. Other sources, however, estimate the number of foreigners in Beijing at about 180,000 in 2011/2012, which is actually less than 1% of the population of the city.
Dec 07, 2014 à 12:36 PM
Located just outside the Fifth Ring Road to the northeast, about 18 miles (30 km) of each center, this large suburban district called shunyi has been developed as an area of villas to be high end. High-end villa compounds most popular are located in western Beijing airport highway along Jingshun road and Wenyu River. Shunyi District offers excellent living environment for families with children and people who prefer a lifestyle of leisure, outdoor space, and want to escape the pollution in Beijing. Expatriates can easily find amenities like restaurants, supermarkets, cafes, banks, grocery stores, pet shops, salons and flower markets. However, a car for daily transportation needs. Expats living in Xicheng usually work in financial street, which is home to multinational companies, particularly in the banking and insurance sectors. The expatriate residential market continues to take shape here, with only a limited selection of apartments and high-end apartments available, so rental rates relatively high. Of course, for sightseeing or for commuting to the office, has to move in Beijing. Due to the high rate of accidents and conditions often chaotic traffic in Beijing, driving yourself is not recommended in particular. Some companies even forbid their expatriate employees take the wheel while living in Beijing
Dec 09, 2014 à 10:17 AM
There are many popular places to shop in Beijing that will give the most cherishable of his life time. Beijing Hongqiao Market is located in the south central area of Beijing, just east of the Temple of Heaven. It is covered with a seafood market in the basement mall, and is three stories high. It is filled mostly with cheap electronics products such as portable CD players, VCD players, video cameras, batteries, sunglasses, electronics and home phones. Items for sale tend to be really "no name" brands of Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai companies not try to supply consumers aware of the brand. The largest center of Beijing, completed in 2012, it's worth going just for the architecture, which would not look out of place in a science fiction movie. Shopping is expensive, but some of the restaurants and coffee bars are reasonable. Solana mall is a good place to hang out, since it is not only commercial but also restaurants and bars. The products are medium to high grade. Beijing Sanlitun Village Stores, Flagship for many famous brands, especially sports brands, are in Sanlitun Village. It is very popular among young people in Beijing as well as tourists.
Jan 14, 2015 à 04:26 PM
We have already talked about the popular attractions in Beijing which are world famous and loved by tourists. Some of these include Great Wall sections in Beijing, Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City and Ming Tombs among others. These are the most popular historical sites in the city. However, Beijing has some manmade modern places of attraction too. Some of these interesting places to explore in Beijing include Beijing world Park, Beijing Ocean Park, Shijingshan Amusement Park, Pacific Underwater World, Fundazzle and Blue Zoo Beijing among others. The list also includes many museums and galleries. The Beijing World Park is the place where you can find the miniature version of popular landmarks in the world. This place opens from nine in the morning to nine in the evening during summers, while the time is from nine in the morning to five in the evening during winters. You would require enough time to explore this place. Beijing Ocean Park is another interesting place to explore in Beijing. This is an indoor aquarium of huge size where you can find thousands of aquatic creatures. You can visit this place from nine in the morning to five in the evening daily. You would need at least half a day to explore this place well. The Shijingshan Amusement Park is spread over a vast land area and this amusement park presents exciting recreational facilities along with giving you the opportunity to see the statues of Disney characters. This is again a place where you need more than half a day and it opens from nine in the morning to five in the evening daily. The Pacific Underwater World is another very interesting place. With attractions like Penguin House and Marine Animal Performance Pool, this is one place to be in. Here you can enjoy watching penguins struggling for fishes. This place opens from nine in the morning to five-thirty in the evening every Monday to Thursday and on weekends (Friday to Sunday) it opens from eight-thirty in the morning to eleven in the evening. Beside there is Fundazzle, which is an indoor playground offering many interesting activities for kids and elders and is another interesting place to explore in Beijing.
Dec 22, 2014 à 07:15 AM
Among the few most important things to remember in Beijing include the fact as to how and where you can exchange money in Beijing. This is because unlike in many foreign countries, there are no money exchange centers on the streets in Beijing. Usually tourists can exchange money at the banks or ATM machine at the Beijing Airport after arriving, or they can do so at their hotels in Beijing where they stay. While going for money exchange, don't forget to take your passport and also keep your receipt as is valid for three months. This receipt can be used to exchange your RMB back to your country’s currency when you leave China. Another thing to remember in Beijing is that at any point of time during your stay if you run out of money, you can get it exchanged at the counter of your hotel in Beijing. Most hotels have the capacity to do the money exchange since Bank of China or even other banks in China has their counters at some of the good hotels. While traveling in Beijing if you find yourself in emergency, the urgent telephone number for police, fire and ambulance are 110, 119 and 120 respectively. Since foreign tourists are likely to be the victims or targets of thieves, so you should keep passports and money safe from pickpockets. Also keep away from wearing impressive jewelry or to disclose money in public. These are few small things to remember in Beijing. Again, when traveling solo you should be more cautious as compared to traveling in a group. Females traveling alone in Beijing should avoid deserted places at late night or late in the evening. While calling taxi tourists should check if the taxi is using meter and it is a legal one. Also one should avoid befriending with strangers, especially solo woman travelers. If you are conscious about few minute things in Beijing this is a nice and safe city to travel in with numerous interesting and historic places to explore. Moreover, while in Beijing, you can also plan trips to Macau, Hong Kong and other good places in China and enjoy the beautiful places and activities there.
Jan 09, 2015 à 12:16 PM
Beijing with a history of over 3,000 years has been an important hub for business. The antiques and craft business in Beijing has blossomed since ages now. There are different kinds of delicate porcelains, jade articles, handicrafts and ancient bronze wares available in Beijing markets. Talking about the items to be shopped in Beijing, the Antique Market in the city is one of the best places to buy beautiful crafts in the city. No one can deny appreciating the beauty and craftsmanship of the Chinese crafts and antiques. China is, in fact, famous for its antiques. The porcelain, bronze ware and jade items of China are loved by tourists around the world. Many such items are available in the antique market, which is a popular shopping destination of visitors in the city. You can wonder for hours in this market without getting bored. This antique market street in Beijing is a famous culture street dated from the Qing dynasty. The market also boasts of many shops selling books and writing brushes. You can also find other items to be shopped in Beijing in this market such as ink sticks, paper, ink stones as well as antique paintings in the shops here. The antique market also has some good and popular restaurants where you can taste traditional Beijing tasty dishes such as the hot pot or the Peking roast duck. The Panjiayuan Flea Market is another great place to look for interesting items to be shopped in Beijing. The Panjiayuan Flea Market is regarded as the largest and cheapest market selling second hand goods and curios in China. There are many interesting goods in the market that can be bought including antiques, crafts, collectibles and decorations. Here you can get calligraphy, Chinese painting, writing brushes, ivory carving, porcelain, ancient furniture and much more. In fact, the Panjiayuan Flea Market is one of the must-visit attractions of Beijing for tourists. There are few things to remember while buying goods from this flea market. You need to carefully look at the goods and curios before buying. Ask the price before picking the items for a closer look. Be careful while bargaining and look for items in bright natural light to ensure its quality.
Jan 17, 2015 à 07:52 AM
Beijing is home to numerous large international corporations, which means that the city receives a number of international business clients each year. The City also hosts a number of business expos and international business meets every year. All these fairs, exhibitions and other events see large numbers of foreign travelers stepping in Beijing all through the year. However, a business trip to Beijing can happen to be a culture clash exercise for many foreigner travelers primarily because of the fact that the language is hard to decipher for most English speakers. But when it comes to food, the city has a great number of western fast food chains along with numerous authentic Chinese restaurants and other Asian food joints. So if you make a thorough study and choose your favorite restaurant, you will not have much problem in finding and enjoying your favorite food during your business trip to Beijing. Some of the popular names include Da Dong, Haidilao, Black Sesame Kitchen and Crescent Moon Muslim Restaurant. Talking about accommodation, it is easy to find a good hotel with all the amenities and facilities that remind you of the comforts of home. Beijing has many well-known hotel chains and chic boutique hotels offering the best facilities to travelers. Some such hotels include Starwood Hotels with many chain or branches to choose from. The Shangi La Hotels is another good example with many branches in town. Hotel Cote Cour placed on a historic hutong is a lovely boutique hotel with only 14 rooms and traditional architecture. The Red Capital Club Residence and the Peninsula Beijing are other options. All these hotels provide good facilities and comforts for travelers on business trip to Beijing. Be it a leisure or a business trip, you cannot simply miss on a few places in the city which makes the city so special. Places like the Forbidden City, Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven, and the Tiananmen Square and the many more attractions, which makes Beijing so special cannot be missed during your trip to the city. All these places make Beijing a historic destination that is loved by one and all. And you simply cannot miss exploring them during your business trip to Beijing.
Jan 26, 2015 à 10:13 AM
Highlights of imperial Beijing, including the Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace, with its landscaped gardens are in stark contrast to recent buildings of communist China, as the "Great Hall of the People" and the Mausoleum of President Mao. Several places of worship are reminders of ancient religious diversity of the city. While living in Beijing, you will find countless temples: mostly Buddhist, some Taoist, and dedicated to Confucianism. You can also visit the oldest Catholic church in Beijing and the largest mosque in the city. especially in autumn, when temperatures are moderate and the air is relatively clear (Tiangao Qishuang - 'the sky is high, the air is fresh, "as the Chinese say), life in Beijing is quite nice and you have the opportunity exploring this fascinating city. While traditional hútòng - narrow streets of Beijing with its courtyard homes - often have to make way for contemporary construction projects, the city still offers its expatriate and local residents a lot of Chinese cultural riches. When you live in Beijing, be sure to take time for sightseeing, beyond the compulsory Forbidden City and the Great Wall tours.
Dec 29, 2014 à 01:10 AM
One common problem in Beijing is that of illegal taxi’s and tour buses. Tourists should be very mindful while traveling in taxis and while opting for tour buses which carry you to the various attractions located on the outskirts of the city. For instance, there are many illegal or ‘Black Taxis’ running in the city. Many of them can be seen at the International airport of Beijing. So you have to make sure that the taxi you are using has its plaque starting with letter "B". If not it is not a legal taxi and you should avoid using it. This is one of the things to be aware of in Beijing. To distinguish a legal taxi from a black one you should first check if the plaque number starts with the "B" and the taxi is equipped with a light on the top and it is metered. An empty taxi shows a red light in the front window. Among another thing to be aware of in Beijing is the black "illegal tour bus". There are many black illegal tour buses running in the city and sending tourists to the Great Wall. If you ride any of these tour buses, you will have a terrible trip. These tour buses deliver a small promotional card to promote their illegal tours to the passing-by travelers who are willing to go to the Great Wall. They mostly stand on public places like the Tian'anmen Square or at the entrance of Forbidden City and so on. If you find any such card, you should not call these tour buses for traveling to the Great wall rather you must discard the card. To attract tourists these tour buses offers low price but once you get in the bus for the Great Wall, they make you pay additional fees. Moreover, they might trick you in terms of the destinations as well. They might not take you to all the places mentioned. To distinguish a legal from an illegal bus tour you have to check if the bus plaque starts with "B". In not, you might be in an illegal or a ‘black tour bus’ in Beijing. These are a few important things to be aware of in Beijing.
Jan 01, 2015 à 04:04 AM
Beijing is huge city that is rapidly expanding. The city receives thousands of tourists every month. Be it summer or winter, tourists keep coming and exploring beautiful attractions in Beijing. However, there are few things to know about Beijing before you should head towards the city for your next vacation. There are definitely plenty of hotels in Beijing, which are classified into five categories including 5 star and 4 star hotels. Moreover, there are many 3 star, 2 star, as well as 1 star hotel in the city. Each of the luxury Beijing hotels provides rooms, along with dining and fitness facilities. These hotels also offer the necessary business services needed. The business hotels in Beijing are on par with the best in any other city in the world. In addition, another thing to know about Beijing is that there are large numbers of cheap and budget hostels that offer best budget accommodation in Beijing. However, it is advisable to check the hostel room before paying or choosing a dorm to stay in. Another issue that tourists might face in Beijing is regarding the language barrier. Since most of the places like hotels do have English speaking employees and many popular restaurants have an English menu it makes things easy for foreign tourists these days. Most hotels also present the tourists with a card with the address of the hotel, which you should keep safely and never lose. Carry this card whenever you go out for sightseeing and just show it to the taxi driver so that you can reach you’re your hotel safely. However, many of the major signboards on the streets in Beijing have signs mentioned in both Chinese and English language. Another thing to know about Beijing is regarding tipping practices followed in Beijing. Though tipping is not practiced in China in general, some hotels or organized tours might like you to pay a little. Taking about Travel Insurance for a trip to China it is advisable to purchase Travel Insurance while traveling to China irrespective of the fact that you are traveling independently or booking an organized tour. It is also advisable to buy insurance on your own at your home country as local tour operators in China usually don't buy travel insurance for you.
Jan 22, 2015 à 10:48 PM
Beijing experiences extreme seasonal variations. On one hand the temperature rises above 40 C during the peak of summer season while on the other hand it can dip down to -20 C during peak winters. Spring in Beijing is short and windy, while summers are hot as well as long. Autumn is cool and pleasant and best time to visit Beijing for tourists whereas the winters again are chilly and long. Overall, the duration between September and October, which is the brief autumn period is regarded as good time to make a trip to Beijing. Moreover, April to May-end, which is the short spring period, is also one of the best times to visit Beijing and enjoy a stay here. If you plan your visit during autumn, you can enjoy thoroughly because this is the all time favorite season and the best time to visit Beijing, full of sunshine. But this is also the peak tourist season so the city will be packed with tourists. Clothing for this season doesn’t need anything heavy as you can simply do away with long sleeve tops and shirts with thin coats. You would require heavy warm cloths if you plan to extend your stay beyond October. Likewise, if you schedule your trip to Beijing during spring you can easily do away with light clothing. However, carrying a jacket or sweater is a good idea as the temperature variation between day and night is sharp at times. Summer in Beijing is very hot. But there is lot of sudden rainfall during this season, which calls for carrying raincoats and umbrella. Winter days in Beijing are long and extend from November to March and are mostly dry. You will definitely need warm sweaters and thick furry coats to fight the chilly days in Beijing. Skiing and other winter sports can be enjoyed during this season. Be it any season, the locals in Beijing, especially the retired elderly ones love to sit and spend time together with their fellow people. They would play many games sitting under the warm sun in parks during winter. During summer they enjoy the morning walks and evening strolls with friends. It is nice to see such groups of cheerful people in Beijing.
Jan 13, 2015 à 06:31 AM
Transportation By Bus from Downtown Beijing Transportation By Bus from Downtown Beijing Visitors could take buses at Deshengmen Arrow Tower to get there. The nearest subway station to Deshengmen is Jishuitan Station (subway line 2, Exit A), which is about 450 meters (492 yards) away. Or one could take subway line 2 or bus nos. 5, 27, 44(Outer Ring), 55, 83, 206 (Night Line), 305, 315, 380, 409, 625, 909 to Deshengmen. The Bus No. 877 (non-stop) arrives near the pulley station and Bear Garden at the front hill of Badaling. It takes about 10 minutes to walk from the station to the ticket office. The Bus 919 and 880 stop near the cable car station at the rear mountain. It takes about ten minutes to walk to the ticket office from the station.It is walkable betwee the entrances at the front and rear hills, for about half an hour. Around Deshengmen Gate area, many bus owners offer to take visitors to Badaling. Some private bus owners even claim that their buses are No. 919, 880 or 877 by putting a '919', '880' or '877' sign on the window. Please ignore them without hesitation because these private buses will certainly charge more, take more time and are less safe than the official buses (buses mentioned above). We suggest visitors taking the official Bus No. 877, 919 and 880 to Badaling Great Wall, for it is safe, fast and reasonably priced. Those bus are parking just next to the Deshengmen Arrow Tower and the price only costs CNY12 (CNY4.8 by Transportation Smart Card). If it is the official buses, usually there are many people in a long line (or two long lines) waiting for the next bus; no one is trying to convince you to get on the bus, compared to the private bus owners who would mince words to persuade you to get on the bus; the official buses is in green-and-white and is always equipped with a card reader, passengers can either pay by cash or transportation card.