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Taking High Speed Train from Beijing to Xian

Saturday, February 15th, 2020
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Dear Travelers

We’d like to have the following travel guide to be always updated for the benefit of new visitors coming to Xian from Beijing by high-speed train. If anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!
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Plan your Beijing Xian tour? Basically you may go visiting Xian from Beijing either  by flight or train.  Many travelers choose to take a  5-6 hour high speed train from Beijing to Xian or vice versa. We’ve rounded up some useful tips to plan your Beijing Xian tour by taking high speed trains.

1. The right train station for the trains from Beijing to Xian.
There are 4 major railway stations in Beijing, namely Beijing Railway Station ( the oldest one ), Beijing West Railway Station ( for the trains from Beijing to Xian, Lhasa and Kowloon), Beijing South Railway Station ( for the trains from Beijing to Shanghai and Tianjin) and Beijing North Railway Station ( for the S trains to Badaling Great Wall).

So you should choose Beijing West Railway Station for your train going to Xian from Beijing and back.

Beijing West Railway Station
Add: Lianhuachi Donglu, Fengtai District ( just south of Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution)
Tel: 51826253
The trains departing from Beijing West Railway Station: Xian, Luoyang, Chongqing, Chengdu, Lhasa, Urumqi, Guangzhou and Kowloon.

2. How to get to Beijing West Railway Station from Beijing Capital Airport?
1) Taking the  Airport Shuttle No.07: Capital Airport Shuttle Bus to Beijing West Train Station

2) Beijing Capital Airport Express Train + Subway: Take airport express train and get off at its final station of Dongzhimen (东直门), interchange for Subway line 2 to the south and alight at the second stop of Chaoyangmen (朝阳门), again interchange for subway line 6 to the west and alight at 7th station of Baishiqiao South (白石桥南), then again interchange for Subway Line 9 to the south direction and get off at the second station of Beijing West Railway Station (北京西站)and start your train travel.

3) Taxi fare: about RMB 130 ( 40km ).

2. How to get to Beijing West Railway Station from the city center?
To leave or go to Beijing West Railway Station, taking subway is the most convenient way of public transportation since the subway line 9 passes by  Beijing West Railway Station.

With subway line 9, you are linked to other three train station: Beijing Railway Station ( line 2), Beijing South Railway Station ( line 4 ) and Beijing North Railway Station ( line 2 and 4 ). Check Beijing Subway Map for more information.

3. What does the main train building look like?
Beijing West Railway Station is a modern passenger station 90 meters at the highest  in a shape of “品” with an area of 510,000 sq meters constructed with 10 platforms.

The main building faces north and south with two squares – North Square and South Square. There are public buses in each square with the north square having more public transport. Basically we suggest go through the north entrance to the station. If you take a taxi, just ask your taxi driver to go to the north square instead of south square.

The main building

The main building with the north square

Both the first floor and second floor at the north entrance are designed for check-in. If you taxi to the station, your taxi driver will take you directly to the second floor for entry while arriving by public bus you will check through the  first floor.

4. How many daily high speed trains from Beijing to Xian?
Currently there are more than a dozen of daily high-speed trains going between Beijing and Xian. You are supposed to reach the station at least half hour before departure.

The following is part of the train schedule ( subject to change without notice ):

Train No. From Dep time To Arr Time                        First Class / Second Class
G651 Beijing West 06:58 Xian North 12:47                       824.5 / 515.5
G671 Beijing West 08:16 Xian North 14:16                       824.5 /515.5
G655 Beijing West 09:43 Xian North 15:37                       824.5 / 515.5
G673 Beijing West 14:35 Xian North 20:26                          824.5 / 515.5
G669 Beijing West 17:31 Xian North 23:00                          824.5 / 515.5
G25 Beijing West 18:55Xian North 23:21                                824.5 / 515.5
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Train No. From Dep time To Arr Time               First  Class  / Second Class
G652 Xian North 07:53 Beijing West 13:27       824.5          / 515.5
G672 Xian North 09:11 Beijing West 15:11        824.5          / 515.5
G656 Xian North 10:07 Beijing West 15:33       824.5          / 515.5
G88 Xian North 13:30 Beijing West 17:55        824.5          / 515.5
G666 Xian North 16:00 Beijing West 21:31     824.5           / 515.5
G674 Xian North 17:21 Beijing West 23:08      824.5             515.5
G90 Xian North 18:24 Beijing West 22:48      824.5            / 515.5

5. Ticket and Security Check at Beijing West Train Station
Either on the first or second floor there are several booths for ticket and security check.  Passengers are required to line up and go one by one with their tickets and ID cards or passports ready.

So don’t forget to bring your passport with you for the train ride.  Your luggage and bags will be X-rayed for security check.

Line up for ticket and security check

Line up for ticket and security check

5. Which waiting room ( or Platform )  for Beijing Xian High Speed Trains?
After having your luggage X-rayed and enter the main waiting hall,  you will see a huge electronic  train schedule board with real-time information on the trains in and out.   There are 10 platforms in Beijing West Railway Station with 1-5 for common trains and 6-10 for high speed trains.

Just match your train number with the waiting room number. Basically your waiting room leads to the platform for your train to Xian.

Normally your waiting room will be numbered “8” for the trains to Xian.  There are 13 waiting rooms inside the station. The waiting room No.8 is normally for passengers taking the trains to Xian.

 you will see a huge electronic train schedule board

you will see a huge electronic train schedule board

Walking through the long corridor and looking for the Waiting Room No.08 for Passengers taking high speed trains for Xian.

6. Any decent restaurants inside the main building?
There are some clean and quality cafes and restaurants available at Beijing Railway Station like KFC and McDonald. Luckily, your waiting room No.8 is close to MacDonald.

Your waiting room No.8 is also close to KFC.

KFC.

KFC.

And Starbucks

Starbucks

Starbucks

7. What about the waiting room and ticket collecting?
Make sure you are on the right waiting room.  The train staffer at the gate (Information Desk)  to your waiting room will double-check your train ticket for the right place.

The Entrancd to Your Waiting Room

The Entrance to Your Waiting Room

Each waiting room is marble-stone paved with air-conditioning  and ventilation system. On the front sides there is food and book stalls as well a cafe.

Each waiting room is marble-stone paved with air-conditioning and ventilation system

Each waiting room is marble-stone paved with air-conditioning and ventilation system

Check the electronic board to seat on the right row for your train.  Basically there are two rows of benches for each high speed train.  If you hold the pink-colored ticket, you seat and line up on the pink side; if you have the blue ticket, you line up on the blue side.

Purchased from a ticketing agent, a pink train ticket needs be checked manually while with a blue ticket bought directly from a train station, you need to have your ticket checked by swiping it on the machine by the gate.

Different passages for pink and blue tickets

Different seating areas for pink and blue ticket holders

You see people are lining up to have their tickets checked and enter the platform for their train.

 people are lining up to have their tickets checked

people are lining up to have their tickets checked

8. Get on the right car, compartment facilities and train speed
Usually it is quite a walk from the ticket check-in gate down to the platform and the  right compartment.  Just take it easy carrying or rolling your luggage down to the platform and locate the right car you are in.

Take an elevator down to the platform

Take an elevator down to the platform

Many passengers would stop and take some pictures of the train.  The train is sleek, thin and long with its head looking like a plane. The train is one of the design of CRH series. It is designed to travel at 350 km per hour.

However, the trains are only allowed to run at 300 km per hour due to the safety factor – keeping a required safe distance between following trains.

The train is sleek, thin and long with its head looking like a plane.

The train is sleek, thin and long with its head looking like a plane.

Manly there are two kinds of seats – 5-seat row ( second class) and 4-seat row (first class).  Some high speed trains have 8 cars and others have 16 cars.

There is a snack car on the train where you may have coffee, snacks and fast food. The inside of the train has a futuristic look as well with comfortable seats, wide windows, smartly dressed attendants and food service better than a plane.

It is easy to get on the train as the train is at a high level platform. And all the stations on route  are built with high level platforms. This males it so easy to handle your heavy suitcases onto the train.

The train is at a high level platform

The train is at a high level platform

A 5-seat row ( second class) car

A 5-seat row ( second class) car

A 5-seat row ( second class) car

Put your large suitcases on the luggage rack by the door in the linkage area.

luggage rack by the door

luggage rack by the door

9.  Train Speed

The train starts so smoothly that you won’t  feel you are moving. But once out of the train station, the train speeds up to around 300 km per hour. If you don’t look at the outside through the window, you won’t realize you are on a moving train. The electronic information board in each end of  each car showing the train speed  and  next station  stop.

All this is due to the elevated track that uses slab construction that holds the continuously welded rail. All the local traffic moves under the elevated track so there are no level crossings or underpasses.

All this is due to the elevated track

All this is due to the elevated track

Lunch can be bought  in the coach car from an attendant who supplies it from an airline type cart.

Lunch can be bought in the coach car

Lunch can be bought in the coach car

The slab non-ballasted tracks for high speed trains make the trains smoother and comfortable different from common trains on ballasted track.

The slab non-ballasted tracks

The slab non-ballasted tracks

Train tracks on a high level viaduct

Train tracks on a high level viaduct

Train tracks on a high level viaduct

9. Arriving at Xian
For the Beijing Xian High Speed Train, the Beijing terminus is Beijing West Railway Station, with the Xian terminus at Xian North Railway Station.  The major calling points are Shijiazhuang, Anyang and Luoyang on route.

Arriving at Xian North Railway Station

Arriving at Xian

Arriving at Xian

10. Go to Xian downtown by subway line 2
Arriving at Xian North Railway Station, it is both money-saving and convenient to take subway line 2 directly from the train station to the downtown Xian ( Bell Tower ).

Go to Xian downtown by subway line 2

Go to Xian downtown by subway line 2

11. Free shuttle Bus to the terracotta warriors from Xian North Railway Station
Once you arrive at Xian North Railway Station by high speed rail, you can take the advantage of the free shuttle going to Terracotta Amy.

For more information on the free shuttle, please check out the link: How to Visit Terracotta Army by Bus.

Note: There are some luggage deposit offices in the station to store your baggage.

Tip: Hassle-free Xian 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 Xian guided tours:

Xian City Day Tour from US$69
Xian Terracotta Warriors Day Tour A from US$85
Terracotta Army and Song of Everlasting Performance from US$135

Xian 2 Day Tour Package from US$170 p/p
Xian 3 Day Tour Package from US$235 p/p

Further Readings


Beijing Xian High Speed Train Experience
Top 10 Attractions in Xian
Tips for Visiting Muslim Quarter in Xian
Tips for Visiting Xian City Wall
Tips for Visiting Shaanxi History Museum
Tips for Visiting Xian Bell Tower
How Visit Terracotta Army
How to Visit Daming Palace National Heritage Park
Top 10 Photography Spots in Xian
The Night View of Great Tang All Day Mall
Tips for Visiting Hanyang Tombs Xian
The Song of Everlasting Sorrow Show in Xian
Tips for Visiting Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Tips for Visiting Huaqing Hot Springs in Xian
How to Visit Mount Huashan
Top 10 Hostels in Xian
Best Time to Visit Xian

Any questions, just drop a line.

Top 10 Ice Skating Rinks in Beijing

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020
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Beijing has a number of open-air and indoor ice skating rinks. On your Beijing winter tour, you may take part in the open-air skating. For other seasons, you may use the indoor skating rinks.

Top Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in Beijing ( most of them available between early January and early February, depending on the time when water frozen.

1. Shichahai Skating Rink ( popularly known as Houhai)
Shichahai skating rink is located in Houhai, Xicheng District. It is an open-air skating rink. Warm your body up before playing outside and keep moving!

Opening Hours: 9:00 – 17:30 ( Daytime)
18:00 – 21:30 ( Night Time)

 Tickets: 60 RMB on weekdays, 80 RMB for weekends, and night 80 RMB

2. Summer Palace Winter Skating
Summer Palace is a big draw for first time visitors to Beijing. The Kunming Lake Skate Rink in Summer Palace is the largest in Beijing totaling 700,000 square meters.

Back to the starting point of the skating service center.

3. Beihai Skating
Beihai Park Skating Field
Add: In the Beihai Park

Tel:64040610
Valid Time: open in the icing period in winter subject to the winter temperature

Beihai Park Skating

Beihai Park Skating

Beihai Park Skating Rink: Skaters can enjoy the views of white tower, travel winter landscape, so as to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city and find endless joy and excitement here.

4. Weiming Lake Skating Rink
Weiming Lake is an artificial lake inside the Peking University. In an icy winter time, the water turns into ice and people can skate on the ice. There is no ticket for entering the Peking University and it only takes you some money to hire a pair of skates. It is a very popular skating rink, people at all ages skate on the ice in a happy mood.

Opening time: Late winter depending on the weather condition.

5. Tao Ranting Park
There are two skating courses currently at the Tao Ranting Park, one is at the south lake close to the south gate, the other is to the north of the lake, close to East and North gates.

Price: ice truck for single person: 10 Yuan/hour, ice truck for two people: 20 Yuan/hour, 50 Yuan for deposit. (The park does not provide ice boots to hire.)

Add: No. 19 Taiping Street, Xuanwu District.

Take bus No. 40, 59, 102, 343, 603 or 819 and get off at Taipingjie Stop.

6. Zizhuyuan Park
Dubbed the largest ice course in Beijing, Zizhuyuan Park has the longest slide of 17.5 meters.

Slide: RMB 5

Ice truck: RMB 10/hour
Ice ship: RMB 20/hour
Bicycle on ice: RMB 30/half hour
Ice chair: RMB 10/hour
Skating course: RMB 10
Traffic: Take bus No. 114, 300, 323, 334, 374, 811, 814 or 817 and get off at Bishiqiao stop
Opening Hours: Daily 8am – 6pm.
Add: 45 Baishiqiao Lu, Haidian District.
Tel: 8841 2830
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Top Indoor Ice Skating Rinks ( Available all year round )

1. All Star Ice Rink
Located on the first floor of Solana Mall, the ice rink covers 800 square meters and is fit for both entertainment and professional competition. All-Star offers kids’classes staffed by coaches from the Chinese national skating team.

The rink is equipped with first-class lighting and acoustic system, which creates a dreamy, movie-like atmosphere.

Opening Hours: Daily 10am-10pm
Add: 1/F, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park, 6 Chaoyang Gongyuan Lu, Chaoyang District.

Tel: 5905 6328

2. Century Star Club (Capital Indoor Stadium Ice Rink)

This skating rink is located in No.54, southern street in Zhongguancun, Haidian District. The environment there is pretty good for professional athletes usually get trained there. As a result, the ticket there is a little bit expensive than in other places.
Opening time: 9:00am -7:00 pm
Tickets: 40 for the weekdays, 50 for the weekends with no time limitation.Tel: 6834 6346

3. New World Champion Skating Rink
The skating rink is located in the new world department store in Chongwenmen 5 Street in Chongwen District. It is inside a big shopping mall so parents would like to take their children there. Children can skating while mums shopping.

Opening time: 9:00 – 21:30 on weekdays and 9:30 – 22:00 for the weekends.
Tickets: 45 RMB for one and half an hour
Add: 2nd phase project of New World Shopping Mall, Chongwenmen
Tel:670895234.Champion Skating Rink
RMB 30 (10-11.30am) weekdays for 1.5 hours, including shoes, RMB 40 (11.30am-5pm), weekdays after 5pm and weekends RMB 50/1.5 hours. RMB 10 more for every additional 30 minutes.
Opening Hours: 10am – 9.30pm.

Add: B2/F, Jinyuan Shopping Mall, Yuanda Lu, Haidian District.

Tel: 8887 4899

4. Hokay Skating Center

Aside from hosting international hockey competitions, Hokay is also a great venue for figure skating. Various training classes on offer and the friendly, professional coaches are available at all times to provide assistance.
Prices: RMB 45/90 min, plus RMB 10 for skate rental.
Opening Hours: Daily noon – 8pm.
Add: Inside Xinglong Gongyuan, Gaobeidian, Chaoyang District.

Tel: 8577 8001

5. Le Cool
Chills and spills for skaters and shoppers at this small indoor rink in the World Trade Center. Be warned that the rink can get seriously crowded with ice princesses on holidays and weekend afternoons.

Prices: RMB 120/150 for a 40-minute private lesson.
Weekdays: RMB 30 for 90 min (10am-6pm), RMB 40 for 90 min (6-10pm).
Weekends: RMB 50 for 90 min. Skate rental included.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-7pm.
Add: B2/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District.

Tel: 6505 5776

6. Sanlitun Village
The rink is relatively small, thus suitable for beginners. Its surface area measures 200 square meters, about the size of a convenience store.
The water fountains in the main plaza have been replaced by this kid-friendly ice rink for the winter.
Prices: RMB 32 (including shoes and RMB 2 for insurance) /90min.
Opening Hours: Daily 10am-10pm. d
Add: 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District.

tel: 6417 6110

7. The Ice Zone
This small rink in Shunyi offers skating classes for beginners and intermediates, private lessons, 3-on-3 ice hockey programs, and beginners’ hockey for adults and children. Prices: RMB 50 (weekends) and RMB 30 (weekdays) and includes skate rental.
Prices: RMB 150 (CN)/300 (EN) per hour.
Opening Hours: Daily noon-4pm.

Aff: 7 Yuyang Lu, Houshayu, Shunyi District.

Tel: 8046 6092

8. Xiyue Ice Skating
This indoor facility spans 1,000 square meters.
Prices: 90 minutes of ice time (including shoes) costs RMB 35 (weekdays) or RMB 45 (nights and weekends).
Opening Hours: Daily 10am-9.30pm

Add: Xidan Cultural Centre (in 77th Street), Xicheng District.

Tel: 6602 0050

9. Zilongxiang Ice Rink
Prices: RMB 16 per hour for children, RMB 26 for adults.
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, close on Monday 9am-9pm. N
Add: North gate of Ditan Park, A14 Hepingli Zhongjie, Dongcheng District.
Tel: 6429 161910. Shangmei Rink

Shangmei covers 1,600 square meters and has an elliptic ice field of 900 square meters. Transparent glass surrounds the field and skaters can watch themselves on the big screen. A computerized monitoring system maintains the temperature of the ice steady at -1 degree Celsius and the indoor environment at 17 degrees. Skates, protective gear, skating clothes and related equipment are available for hire. The rink has a rest area, dressing room and gym.
Address: Basement 4, Xidan Cultural Square, 180 Xidan Beidajie, Xicheng District, Beijing.
Tel: 010-6603 0050
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday
Prices: RMB 25 – RMB 35 /90minAdd on:
Top 10 Beijing Ski Resorts

Escorted Beijing tour in Winter

Don’t want to go the do-it-yourself tour? No worries, here are some options for guided tours to Beijing for your winter trip.

Beijing Winter Tour

06611Tip:  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 a line.

Top Things to Do in Beijing in the Winter

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020
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Plan your Beijing winter tour? Beijing is an interesting destination for your winter vacation. Winter in Beijing begins with an abundance of festivities during the holiday season: skiing, ice skating, hot spring bathing, hiking the Great Wall of China……and if you prefer to stay out of the cold, choose from the numerous museums, restaurants, book stores open during the season.

We’ve put together a few top things to do in Beijing in the winter,  which allows you to feel the warmer part of the city when it’s cold…

Skiing in Beijing
Skiing has become increasingly popular with Chinese. There are over 10 ski resorts around Beijing which are suitable for both beginners and advanced skiers.

For more Beijing skiing information, check out the link: Top 10 Beijing Ski Resorts.

To meet the various needs from customers, most of the Beijing ski resorts offers snow related activities such as stimulative Motorcycle on snow land, snow flying disc, romantic sleigh drawn by dogs or houses, ice garden, and snow garden.

Snow Ski

Visiting a ski resort is a bonus added to make a perfect winter holiday in Beijing. No matter you are a keen skier or non-skier, you can rewind and entertain yourself in a ski resort around Beijing.

Or skiing and participating in snow activities, or just sitting in a cozy snack bar and appreciating the white ski area over a cup of coffee or tea.

Ice Skate
There are a number of open-air ice skating rinks on some lakes in Beijing. Shichahai Lake,  Beihai Park and Kunming Lake in Summer Palace are three of the most important outdoor ice skating rinks for many local skaters.

For more Beijing Ice Skating information,  check out the link:  Top Beijing Ice Skating Rinks.

There are a few top indoor ice skating Rinks such New World Champion Skating Rink, all Star Ice Rink, New World Champion Skating Rink and more.

Ice Lantern Festival
Each year, starting Jan 05, Beijing will hold its own ice and snow festival – The Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival. The Longqing Gorge is flanked on both sides by green peaks.

Due to the shade from mountains towering on both sides, the area has an annual ice period of four months, offering the ideal venue for an ice-lantern festival.

For more information on Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival, check the link below:

How visit Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern Festival.

Ice lantern Festival

During the ice lantern festival, ice-and-snow sculptures and ice slides are displayed along 300 meters of the gorge. The evening colorful lighting adds to the fun of evening activities.

Hot Spring Bathing
A nice soak in one of Beijing’s many hot springs is an excellent way to the perfect place to wash off the dirt and relax your body. There are three popular hot spring resorts around Beijing: Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resort, Jiuhua Spa & Resort and Huaxia Hot Spring.

Hassle-free Beijing Guided Hot Spring Bathing Tours: 
Mutianyu Great Wall & Chunhuiyuan Hot Springs Spa Bathing Day Tour

Hot Spring

Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resort and Jiuhua Spa & Resort Actually have the same springhead – Xiaotangshan hot spring. Xiaotangshan has been famous for its hot springs for over 300 years. Local legend has it that the imperial family of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) went there to relax.

Museums and Art Galleries
All the major attractions, including Museums and Art Galleries, are still open in Beijing in winter. As a China’s vibrant and exciting capital city, Beijing is home to many world-class museums and art galleries.

There are over 150 to choose from, ranging from the historical to the hi-tech.

museum

For more information on Beijing museums, check out the link: Top 10 Beijing Museums.

Temple Fairs
As a foreign visitor, if you are in Beijing during the Spring Festival,  visiting a temple fair is definitely a good choice to experience the traditional  Beijing custom and Chinese culture.

Like elsewhere in the world, temple fairs (Miao Hui)originated and developed as groups of vendors did business near temples when many pilgrimages came to pay tribute to the gods during traditional festivals.

For more information in Temple Fair, check out the link:  What to see and do at the temple fairs in Beijing

Temple Fair

Now there are over 10 major temple fairs held each year in Beijing during Chinese New Year. Most of them are in the parks, wide streets and other non-temple areas.

Shop at the local free markets
If you are not interested in shopping at high-end shopping malls in Beijing, where everything seems to be overpriced at fixed prices, then why not dig into the plentiful free or flea markets where you can enjoy bargaining with the local vendors.

Free Markets

For information on Beijing markets, check out the link:   Top Beijing Markets.

 Curl up with a book
The Beijing Foreign Languages Bookstore and Beijing Xinhua Bookstore are major book sellers.
The China Book Store in Liulichang binds and repairs all kinds of books and periodicals as well as selling them.Another good place for books is Haidian book street near Beijing University.

Bookstore

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Winter Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free Beijing escorted tours in winter,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing in winter:

Mutianyu Great Wall + Beijing Huaibei International Ski Resort Day Tour  from US$79 p/p
Badaling Great Wall + Snow World Ski Resort Day Tour  from US$69 p/p
Beijing Winter Downtown Day Tour  from US$65 p/p