Life during COVID-19: a Glimpse of Beijing

July 3rd, 2020
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The outbreak started in Wuhan around the Spring Festival early this year. After more than two months, Beijing, the capital, had finally won the battle against the Covid-19.  In May, Beijing achieved zero local infections, and daily life, work and school were on a slow path back to normality.

By the end of May, the pandemic situation was getting better and better. It seemed to be stable. Beijing’s emergency response level was lowered from level 1 to level 2 and finally to level 3. Local people had more social space and more convenience for daily life.

Most of the scenic areas were open,  lanes, blocks and the suburban areas could be accessed by showing your  green health code. It seemed that the good time to relax had come.

But out of a clear blue sky, on Thursday, June 11, the Covid-19 virus in the capital was ready to be active again, reigniting the new infections in some parts of Beijing.

The type of coronavirus setting off Beijing’s recent outbreak in the Xinfadi market is said to be possibly more contagious than the one in Wuhan.

So the epidemic is back again, but Beijing’s response is very quick. Beijing government has a very effective and efficient way of the control of infectious diseases.

Local people currently go through nucleic acid tests, if negative, it means that they’re safe. Now with the throat swab testing, people are just calm, not overly nervous, carrying out their life as usual as possible.

Today I have used my smartphone camera taking some candid photos for your glimpse of the local people going on with their daily activities during the pandemic. 

People are doing grocery shopping.
People are doing grocery shopping.
Retired citizens are playing chinese instruments.
Retired citizens are playing chinese instruments.
People are playing pingpong outdoors.
Kids are having rides on merry-go-round.
People exercise by using the parallel bars.

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop line.

Longtan Park, a good place for lotus flowers viewing in Beijing

July 2nd, 2020
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The time around July 01 is the start of the booming season for lotus flowers in Beijing. Local people, flower enthusiasts and amateur photographers in particular would flock to the parks with ponds rife with lotus flowers.

The purist lotus flowers blooming in the mud, the symbol of Buddhism.

If you happen to visit Beijing in the lotus flower blooming season, you may come to one of the lotus flower viewing places to mix with the locals and see the purist lotus flowers blooming in the mud, the symbol of Buddhism.

Local residents ( most of them are retirees), not discouraged by the pandemic.

Among a plethora of lotus flower viewing spots in Beijing, I would like to recommend Longtan Lake Park. “Longtan” literally means “Dragon Pool”, which refers to the three lakes in the park – the East Lake, the Mid Lake and the West Lake.

Local shutterbugs laser-focused on their favorite lotus flowers.

Longtan Lake Park may be not that famous as Beihai Park and Jingshan Park, but it is a peaceful and non-tourist place with all the classical elements of a Chinese park.

It features rock gardens, dragon boats, moon bridges, elegantly decorated corridors, gorgeous Chinese architectures and beautiful landscapes.

Longtan Lake Park boasts gorgeous Chinese architectures and landscapes.

In summer, Longtan Lake Park is also a good hangout for viewing lotus flowers to bloom. You will be overwhelmed by the scenery of the pink and green lotus fields in the park.

With face masks as a precaution, seeing, pictures taking and chatting.

This summer, local residents ( most of them are retirees), not discouraged by the pandemic, now largely in control, swarm to Longtan Lake Park as usual, of course with face masks as a precaution, seeing, pictures taking and chatting.

You will be overwhelmed by the scenery of the pink and green lotus fields in the park.

The entrance fee to the park is only RMB2, which allows you to have one or hours’ stroll and keep away from the hustle and bustle of the Beijing.

Lotus with their pink petals and seed pods

By the way, if you come to Beijing during the Chinese new year in winter, please come here for Longtan Lake Park Temple Fair.

Every year Longtan Lake Park Temple Fair will be held within the park. As a temple fair in Beijing, Longtan Lake Park Temple Fair has many activities – special local food and snacks, plentiful products of arts and crafts, some interesting games and snow skiing!

How to get to Longtan Lake Park

Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:00pm (Ticket selling stops at 5 pm)
Entrance Fee: RMB 2 (Non-temple fair time)
Children under 1.2 meter high: free

Bus lines: North Gate: 743、822、35、41、957、750、705 get off at Guangminglou Northwest Gate: 60、8、116、6、12、352、958 get of Beijing Amusement Park East Gate: 122、51、T3 Get off at Beijing Tumor Hospital

Add: No.8, Longtanhulu, Chongwen, Dongcheng District, about 1km east of Temple of Heaven

More Articles about Longtan Lake Park

Longtan Lake Park Temple Fair

Longtan Temple Fair

Early Morning Stroll at Longtan Lake Park in Beijing

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop line.

Cashless Live Stream Shopping in China

June 30th, 2020
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Next time you play scrabble with your friends, try this word: daihuo, the Chinese term for a new model of e-commerce.

It is quickly finding its way into modern-day English dictionaries as China is re-defining global internet influencer economy by live-streaming sales.

Live Stream Shopping

On various social media platforms, movie stars, cultural icons, opinion leaders and ordinary people who just happen to have a big following use their popularity to sell to their followers anything form fashion, food, beauty products to vacation packages and even rockets.

According to Taobao, live-stream channels generated 200 billion yuan in 2019. In February, when coronavirus hit China’s hard, Taobao saw the number of live-stream sessions on its app double.

Live Stream Shopping

Live stream shopping (or simply live shopping) has taken over the e-commerce airwaves in China, fusing stay-at-home economy with live video, content marketing, influencer marketing and entertainment value.

In comparison with celebrity endorsement in the traditional TV industry, there’s not much difference between them. Then why does live-stream become the go-to option for consumers? Here are some reasons.

Live platforms supply the authenticity that modern buyers crave. There’s no video editing or Photo-shopping, so buyers can trust that they’re seeing exactly what they’ll get.

There’s also the highly-interactive two-way conversation that shopping via television or a traditional e-commerce website can’t accommodate.

Live Stream Shopping

It’s as close to seeing and buying something in person as you can get without traveling to the store and handling the item yourself.

Plus, flash sales with deep discount are offered for a limited time during live-stream broadcasts, which push buyers to make impulse purchases.

Will these tactics also take off in the Western world? The answer is no. The retail ecosystem in China is very different from any other country in the world.

In China, live-stream content is already much more connected to e-commerce, very often on the same platform. Furthermore, mobile payments are not just a payment tool but a way of life in China, making online purchase very easy.

The West has yet to eliminate the use of cash and clunky credit cards with their 16-digit numbers.

However, as the coronavirus crisis makes its way across the world and millions of small retail merchants are forced to shutter their doors, they may have to try out digital tools to keep their businesses alive. Looking at how Chinese retailers and brands have handled the crisis is definitely worthwhile.

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Night Tour from From US$ 33 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p