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2012/1/16 19:34:01    

Beijing, the capital of the People's Republic of China, is the center of the nation's politics, culture and international exchanges and a modern metropolis full of vitality. The world's earliest record of Beijing came from the travel notes by Marco Polo, the young Italian traveler in the 13th century. His description of people's civilized and well to do life in Beijing and his admiration for the beauty of the city has for hundreds of years attracted the reverie of numerous people about this ancient capital of civilization in the East.


1. Taxi:
Taking a taxi is not a big problem in Beijing. But there is still some illegal taxi in Beijing! You can use the   following methods to choose the real taxi:
1) The taxi plaque number starts with the number "B"
2) The taxi should be equipped with the light on the top and meter measuring.
3) It's better to take a taxi on the road instead of a taxi waiting somewhere. The empty taxi must show a red light in the front window. Don't use a taxi which has no B or with funny color (normal color: yellow and Red).

2. Fake art students:
In some areas, you may meet some so-called art students who are approaching to you and talking with you mainly at the aim of practicing English with you. In fact, later, they want to sell some artifacts by taking you to an exhibition hall! Especially be careful of these areas:
A.Wangfujing Street
B.Tiananmen square
C.Starbuck coffee inside the Forbidden City

3. Is Beijing safe?
Beijing is relatively a safe city. But we cannot say there is no danger since it is a big city, the capital of China. When we talk about danger, we often mean people are getting tricked, misdirected, or ripped off in terms of money not necessarily putting a gun or knife on your back! Chinese people hate crime either. So we suggest you have to take care of your belongings and use your brain.

4. Crossing the street:
Some local people have little sense of traffic regulation. On the street, you will feel scary to find how some people in Beijing crossing the street. Some drivers fail to offer priority to the walking people or bicycle. At the same time some people ignore the traffic signal and the car too! Sometimes some people ignore the color of the traffic. Please don't follow those who neglect the traffic regulation. Keep in mind that some of the drivers on the roads are quite new! So anything will occur!


5. Pickpockets:
You can still find some pickpockets in Beijing. Most of the predictable areas: scenic spots, shopping areas, on the buses and subway. Beside the areas, you have to be on the alert wherever and whenever you are, especially when you are in a supermarket or a restaurant.

6. Beijing Shopping
1) Silk Street:
It lies on No.8 East Xiushui Street Jianguo Men Wai Dajie. No more street shopping! It was reopened in March 2005 as a 5-story shopping mall mainly for foreign visitors and experts in Beijing.
2) Sanlitun Yashou Market:
Situated at 58 Gongti Beilu, this is just like Silk Street.
3) Zhong Guan Cun:
Zhongguancun, a place not far from Tsinghua University and other universities is called "Silicon Valley in China." It sells everything from whole computer to computer parts at good low price.
4) Xizhi Men shopping area:
The large clothing market where local people like to go lies at Xizhi Men, close to the Zoo.
5) The Malls at Oriental Plaza:
Located east of Tiananmen Square, just beside Wangfujing Street with expensive Shopping area with good quality products.
6) Wangfujing Street:
Many shops and stores.
7) Xidan Shopping area:
Located on the west of Tiananmen Square. Some large malls.
8) China World Trade Center:
You can find a lot of expensive stores and some international convenience stores.

7. Beijing Antiques Buy
Panjiayuan Antiques Market:
It also called the "dirt market" or the "weekend market". It is the Beijing's flea market of this kind. It opens on Sunday and Saturday. It lies close to Pan Jia Yuan Bridge, on the eastern southern third ring road.
Liulichang Antique Street:
The street is full of antique stores which sell Chinese paintings, handicrafts, also sell used books and other matters.
Gu Wan Cheng (Curio City):
Just next to Pan Jia Yuan, it's a 4-storey building hold various Chinese antiques, with reasonable prices.
Hong Qiao Free Market:
This is just east of the east gate of Temple of Heaven. The top two floors of this market are full of fresh water pearl, jewelry, and this may be the most ideal place in Beijing for this kind of market.

8. Beijing Pubs or bars
Sanlitun Bar Street:  三里屯酒吧街
Located in the embassy area north-east of Beijing. There is much nightlife around the Sanlitun Embassy district. Sanlitun Street has many bars of various styles with live music and imported beers. There are many foreign visitors going there.
Hou Hai Cafe & Bar: 后海
Located 20 South Houhai, Xicheng District, Houhai is Beijing's newly developed traditional area. It has big and small bars and pubs with unique character. With the bright of the lights over the lake Houhai has the impressive and unreal image. Many of cafes and restaurants are privately owned and have their own unique feature and good service.

9. Restaurant Street

Guijie  簋街Guijie is the first food street in Beijing. If translated into Chinese, Guijie means "Ghost Street," which shows the street is busy at night time. Guijie gets its fame for hotpot and kabob restaurants. In summer, the street is filled with diners coming for crayfish.

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