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Beijing Independent TravelWith the globalization 3.0 coming, individual tourists have easy access to the huge information from internet on the city or the country they are going to visit. Some tourists have the time and the brain to select the necessary travel information to fulfill their independent travel dreams.
Beijing independent travel is possible if you are going to take the adventures. We, as a local travel agency in Beijing, have collected the following unbiased Beijing independent travel information for those independent travelers to Beijing.
Beijing is a city of contrasts of past and present: massive, brand-new skyscrapers over neighbouring shabby courtyards; modern young women sitting in BMW against old men in full Mao-time jackets playing mahjong deep in an ancient alley.
Beijing is a city that under a drive to modern society and its look backward at its glorious tradition. Though, the city has suffer heavy traffic, some pollution, serious dust storms and overpopulation, these minuses never belittle the city's colourful nightlife, culture, and hitorical sites.
Travelling and staying in Beijing is not difficult: The language barrier is disappearing with more and more young people learning second language. You will find tourist industry employees are eager and willing to be helpful.
Infrastructure is improving though Beijing's traffic is not exciting. Like any big city in the world, Beijing government is investing heavily in speeding up the road construction. Toilets, once not for the faint hearted.
Arriving in BeijingWhen you arrive at Beijing Capital Airport, you may take a rest and have some coffee at Starbucks or KFC that have the outlets in the international arrival hall. You can exchange your money at the banks in the hall. See Currency Converter . Beijing Capital Airport has three terminals. Most of the international incoming flights land on the terminal No.03 and No. 02. Terminal 01 is mainly for domestic flights.
To get to the downtown Beijing from the airport, you have four choices:
1) Taking Beijing Airport Shuttle Bus
2) Use Beijing Taxi Service
3) Take Beijing Airport Express Train
4) Pre-book a car or van from a local travel agency (Car Rental in Beijing)
For Beijing airport shuttle bus, you should go out of the hall and find some coaches waiting outside. There are several lines. Please be sure where you are going and choose the right line. It costs about RMB 20 ( USD 3 ). If you are not quite clear about the distance between your hotel and the bus stop, we suggest you take the shuttle bus and get off at the Aviation Building in the downtown, then take a taxi to your hotel.
For taking Beijing taxi from the airport to the downtown Beijing, you should wait in line for the taxis waiting outside. For taking taxi, please pass through the "black cab drivers" who may follow at your heels. These black taxi whose rates are far above the going fare. Please head straight for the taxi line outside the arrival doors.
Make sure they use the meter, and if you notice irregularities, just point it out. Even local residents are sometimes the victims of meters that ominously read RMB100 (until, with the push of a button, the original fare is restored). You will have to pay an extra RMB10 (roughly US$1.4 = RMB10) for the Airport Expressway toll. Once it is learned that a foreign tourist is overcharged RMB 400 from the airport to the downtown area! Normally the ride costs about RMB 150 ( US$20). Most taxi driver speaks little English, maybe, just a few words. So please show your hotel in Chinese. Airport taxis come in RMB2. The flag of the former drops at RMB12 and goes up in RMB2 increments per kilometre after 3 kilometres. Please keep in mind - "a legal taxi's plaque number starts with the number "B"!
Are you looking for the airport transfer service between Beijing Capital Airport and your midtown hotel or residential area in Beijing? Tour-Beijing Travel Service has a fleet of variou kinds of vehicles different in size, shape and colour. We are able to meet most of your Beijing airport transfer service with our years'experience. Check out Beijing Airport Transfer for more information.
Beijing City LayoutLocal people often say " ring road " when talking about the city roads in Beijing. Ring Roads circle the city: The city has now six ring roads. The first ring road theortically circles the Forbidden City, which is the centerof the city, but in reality, it doesn't exist. People regard the city within the third ring road as city proper.
When people talk about city center, it means the area around Wangfujing Street and Forbidden City. The city is administratively divided into several districts: They are Chaoyang District, which stretches from the centre of the city all the way out to the Olympic sites in the north. Dongcheng District lies directly east of the Forbidden City, Xicheng District to the west; and Haidian, holding many of the capital's universities, in the north of the city.
There are currently over 10 subway lines, and many more under construction; Tiananmen Square, Wangfujing, Qianmen, and Lama Temple and Confucius are can be reachable by subway. There are lots of public buses linking the city major sites. There are also tour buses to some major scenic spots in the city and the suburbs.
In the evening, if you are not dog-tired, you can mix with the local people, and go to Wangfujing Street shopping and enjoying local flavors at Donghuamen night market. The other night, you may go to Houhai Bar street to take a rest having some drinks while enjoying the night view of the Houhai lake.
If you only have one day free in Beijing, we suggest you visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Great Wall -- the highlight of the Beijing highlight! If you have an extra day in Beijing ( third full day ), you may go to visit Hutong by taking rickshaw. Still, if you have more free time, you can take some side trips to Chengde, Beihdaihe, Mountain Tai, Qufu or Datong. If you have time for sightseeing, you can go to Xian, Shanghai or Guilin, even Yangtze River cruise. The scenic spots and tour cities just mentioned are the "must to see" sites while you travel in Beijing China.
5 Star Hotels
1) The Peninsula Beijing
The Peninsula Palace Hotel, Beijing offers the most prestigious shopping arcade in the city. The hotel is ideally located in the "Old Quarters" area, surrounded by historic Ming houses, quaint alleys and Chinese curio shops. Within walking distance of Beijing's main attractions. The Palace Hotel, Beijing is located in the very center of Beijing, between the main shopping areas of Wangfujing and Dongdan. It is within easy walking distance of The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and The Museum of Chinese History. Situated 30kms from Beijing International Airport and 2kms from the Beijing Railway Station.
Addr: 8 Goldfish Lane, Wangfujing, Beijing 100006, China Tel: 0086-10-65592888
2)The Hyatt Beijing
The Grand Hyatt is the latest addition to this ancient city, offering the best of both worlds - A subtle blend of Western and Oriental traditions encompassing contemporary design and convenience with classic standards of service and excellence. The top luxury 5-star hotel in Beijing. Located just 40 minutes from Beijing Airport, our location at the crossroads of Chang An Avenue and Wangfujing places you at the heart of the prestigious business and commercial district, in Beijing's newest landmark, the Oriental Plaza. At the same time, you are also within walking distance of China's most treasured spot, the Forbidden City.
Addr:No. 1 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing Tel: 0086-10-85181234
3)The Shangri-La Beijing
The Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing is located west of the city just 30 minutes from the commercial and business center of Beijing. This world famous chain has once again managed to produce a fabulous hotel here right in the heart of Beijing, providing excellent services and real luxury. The Shangri-La offers superb business and conference facilities and also provides a good catering service. The hotel gym, sports club and health center are all first-class. The Beijing Shangri-La is deservedly recognized as one of the best places to stay in the city. Addr: No.29 Zizhuyuan Road Haidian District, Beijing Tel: 0086-10-68412211
4)China Grand Hotel Beijing
The Grand Hotel, Beijing is superbly located on Beijing's main thoroughfare, East Chang'an Avenue. It lies just a several minutes walking distance from Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Wangfujing, currently being re-developed as the capital's premier shopping district, is only a couple of minutes walking to the east. The Beijing Railway station is only ten minutes away by car, while the new West Railway Station is 30 minutes away. Addr: No.35 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing, China Tel: 0086-10-65137788
5)the Kerry Centre Hotel Beijing
The Kerry Centre Hotel, Beijing, is a stylish and modern luxury hotel situated in the Chaoyang district, the city's diplomatic, commercial and financial center. The city's popular historical sites, such as the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, are also just a short distance away, making it ideal for both business and leisure travelers alike. Addr: No.1 Guang Hua Road, Chaoyang district, Beijing, China Tel: 0086-10-65618833
6)The Crown Plaza Hotel Wangfujing
The Crowne Plaza Holiday Inn (Beijing guoji yiyuan huangguan fandian) is located at the junction of Wangfujing Road and Dengshikou Road. The location is great: opposite Tian'anmen Square, adjacent to the Forbidden City and surrounded by shopping centers. All the guest rooms are well equipped for business travelers or tourists. In the executive lounge, complimentary continental breakfast, cocktails and canapes are also offered. A butler service is available on request. Addr:Beijing 48 Wangfujing ZipCode:100006 Tel:010 65133388 Fax:010 65132526
7) The Swissotel Beijing
The Swissotel Hotel, Beijing, is in the centre of the fast growing commercial and diplomatic areas. Just 10 minutes drive to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. The Swissotel Hotel provides many leisure facilities including a indoor pool, tennis court and spa. Rooms are well decorated in a European style and have good high standard amenities.The hotel is located on the second ring road in the commercial and diplomatic district, allowing for exceptional advantages in terms of geographic position and surroundings.European-style and warm Asian hospitality characterize this charming downtown hotel. You will love the personalized service, fine dining created by chefs from all over the world, efficient business support and those extra touches for which Swissotels are renowned.
Addr: Dong Si Shi Tiao Li Jiao Qiao, P.O. Box 9153 Beijing Tel:86-10-65532288
8)The Hilton Beijing
Chaoyang Commercial District area. The hotel offers three Executive floors with club room service, a fully-equipped business center, extensive conference and banqueting facilities, five restaurants and a bar, and a fully equipped leisure center including health club, indoor swimming pool, tennis and squash courts. It is located in the Diplomatic District with easy access to the city center. The hotel is only a short distance from the Agricultural Exhibition Center, the China International Exhibition Center, You Yi Shopping Center and a 9-hole golf course.Addr: 1 Dong Fang Road North Dong Sanhuan Road 100027 Beijing
9)Kempinski Hotel Beijing
Kempinski, a 5-Star hotel, is located at the heart of the city's Chaoyang business district and close to Beijing's diplomatic area. Its impressive blend of grand culture and dynamic modern-day architect makes it one of the landmarks in the Chinese capital. All the Hotel rooms are equipped with first-class facilities.
Addr: 50 Liangmaqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100016, PRC Tel:86-10-64653388
10) Beijing Nikko New Century Hotel
The Hotel Nikko New Century Beijing is located in Western Beijing, close to China's "Silicon Valley" and ideal for visiting the Summer Palace, Beijing Zoo, the Great Wall, and other city sights. The hotel has four Chinese restaurants, a Japanese restaurant, coffee shop, bar, lobby lounge, and excellent health and recreation facilities. Addr: No. 6 Southern Road Capital Gym Beijing Tel: 0086-10-68492001
4 Star Hotels
1) Beijing Tiantan Hotel ( hotel of temple of heaven )
Tiantan hotel is situated just east of the well known Temple of Heaven. Hundreds of years ago emperors went to Tiantan(Temple of Heaven) twice a year to pray for good harvest. Now increasing numbers of foreign and domestic visitors check in at our hotel for a good view of tourist sites and a pleasant stay. Our perfect facilities and oriental hospitality will give you an unique taste of both China's traditional culture and its modern civilization. Addr:No.1 Tiyuguan Road Chongwen District Beijing Tel:86-10-67190666
2) Red Wall Hotel Beijing
The hotel enjoys its geographic location where the famous scenic spots are, including ForbiddenCity Museum,Jingshan Park. And it is also just 10 minutes away to the Beijing Golden Shopping Avenue-Wangfujing. Addr:No.31 Sha Tan North Street , Dongcheng District, Beijing Tel:(86-10) 010-51098666
3) Holiday Inn Chang An West
The Holiday Inn Chang An West, Beijing offers luxurious 4-star guestrooms and fully equipped facilities. It is located at the cross-junction of West Chang An Avenue and Yong Ding Road in the Haidian District, allowing for convenient acces to the major tourist attractions like the Summer Palace, Fragrant Hill and Sleeping Buddha Temple. Addr: 66 Yong Ding Road, Beijing 100039, China Tel: 0086-10-68132299
4) Tianghong Hotel Beijing
Tianhong Plaza Hotel, Beijing is located in the heart of Zhongguancun, China's Silicon Valley. Within easy access to the 3rd and 4th Ring Roads, surrounded by Beijing's university and research institutes. The multi-function hall offers Internet access, suitable for all kinds of conference, banquet and festival facilities.
Addr: 25 Zhi Chun Road, Haidian District, Beijing, China 100083 Tel: 0086-10-82356699
3 Star Hotels
1) Lishi Hotel Beijing
Beijing Lishi Hotel, Centrally located in Beijing well known shopping and sightseeing district of Dongsi downtown area. Lishi Hotel is within walking distance to the Wangfujing shopping street and China Art Gallery. The location in "hutong" gives more taste of old Beijing.Beijing Li Shi Hotel is located in Lishi lane, Dongsi Downtown area.Addr:No.18 Beijing Lishi Lane, Dong Si Nan Street, Dong Cheng District, Beijing Tel:86-10-65220033
2) Yuexiu Hotel Beijing
As one of the few hotels located in the center of Beijing, the Yue Xiu Hotel is a Modern equipped three star hotel enjoying extremely high popularity among the guests at home and abroad.With the sophisticated construction, the hotel is across from the southern catholic cathedral (First built in 1703), and next to the Xuanwumen subway station linking you with destinations all over Beijing. A few minutes walk will bring you to Qianmen, the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, Tian'anmen Square, the Great Hall of the people, the Forbidden City and other famous scenic spots and historical sites. Addr:24 Xuanwumen Dong Da Jie, Beijing Tel:(86)10-63014499 Fax:(86)10-63014609
3) Beijing Peixin Hotel
Situated in the second ring Road
Adjacent to The Temple of Heaven
10 minutes' drive to the Railway Station
40 minutes' drive to the International Airport
Total rooms: 93 Addr:Add: A5 Peixin Street, Chongwen District Tel:(86-10) 67125588 Fax:86-10) 67185979
4)Shatan Hotel Beijing
Beijing Shatan Hotel is an international hotel that is invested and managed by Yumen Petroleum Administration Bureau China National Petroleum Group Corporation. It is next to the Forbidden City, to the west is Jinshan Park and Beihai Park. To the east is "Wu Si" Avenue and the site of the previous East Royal Root Park. Addr:No.100 Dongsishitiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing Tel:86-10-84026688
5)Beijing Harmony Hotel
A 3 star international standard hotel with first class management. With 122 comfortable guestrooms, a Chinese restaurant, coffee shop, 5 VIP rooms, business centre and conference rooms. Located in the heart of Beijing, Harmony Hotel is within the city's busiest commercial area. Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City and Wangfujing Avenue are all just steps away. It takes only 3 minutes to walk to the Beijing Railway Station. and 30 minutes to the Beijing International Airport by taxi. It is the most ideal place for both business and leisure travelers. Addr: Youtong Stree (No. 59 Suzhou Hutong) Dongcheng District Beijing 100005, China Tel: 0086-10-65285566
6)Beijing Hardemen Hotel
Beijing Hademen Hotel is a three-star pointing hotel for foreign tourism, a second-level state enterprise. The hotel has 229 guest rooms of various types, 21 office rooms and meeting rooms and multifunctional halls of various sizes. The hotel is constructed with centralized air conditioner ,fire control,communication system , business center, shopping center ,beauty salon,massage,hairdressing ,laundry,foreign exchange ,taxi ,rent bike, train and plane ticket booking, parking places , singingand dancing hall, ect.
7) Bamboo Garden Hotel Beijing:
The Zhuyuan (Bamboo Garden) Guesthouse is a classical Chinese-garden-style structure in a quiet lane west of the Drum tower in Beijing. The guesthouse was formerly the residence of Sheng Xuanhuai, the Minister of Post of the late Qing Dynasty(1644-1911). It is also said to be the garden of Li Lianying, a noted eunuch of the Qing Dynasty. Since the late Qing Dynasty, many celebrated Chinese people, including Ma Hansan, Dong Biwu,and Kang Sheng, had lived in this guesthouse. The halls and pavilions in the building are linked by tortuous, long corridors, with a tranquil and elegant surrounding of bamboo groves, rockeries, and fountains.
2 Star Hotels
1)Beijing Far East Hotel
Beijing Far East Hotel was one of the only big traditional name hotels in Beijing, constructed in 1940. The Far East Hotel was pointed two stars hotel in 1992. Unlike the high-rises, Far East International Hotel is a typical Chinese Hotel providing a chance of harmony and coziness.Beijing Far East Hotel located in the center of the city. Outside the hotel lies a very common Beijing Hutong (lane) lined with all kinds of small privately own stores like groceries, CD stores, Tailor workshop,etc. 5 minutes walk along the lane to the north is the famous culture street - Liulichang street. Addr:No.90 Tie Shu Jie Xuan Wu District, Beijing 100050, China Tel:86-10-63018811
2)Beijing Jing An Hotel
BEIJING JING AN HOTEL is situated in Chaoyang District, near Sanyuan Crossroads in the east, and Erhuan road in the west, while closing up the airport highway in the south, and oppositing against the China International Exhibition Centre in the north, Its transportation is very convenient. Addr:Xiangheyuan Zhong Li, Zuojiazhuang, Chaoyang District, Beijing Tel:86-10-64677177
1) Lu Song Yuan Hotel
Beijing Lusongyuan Hotel lies at the center of the ancient city, an old styled "Hutong" (Mongolian for water well) in the eastern part of the city. It is a traditional compound of quadrangle composing of 5 yards. It is surrounded by historical buildings built since Kublai Khan's Yuan Dynasty, and much of the buildings built from Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties are still preserved until today. Hutongs and quadrangles are typical Beijing architectural structures. Hutongs are ancient styled lanes unique in Beijing. Quadrangles are the main structures inside hutongs. You can thoroughly enjoy it in this hotel.Beijing Lu song yuan Hotel locates in Ping'an Avenue, is about 5 km to the Wangfujing shopping area, 6 km to Beijing Railway Station, 7 km from Tianan'men Square and Forbidden City, 11 km from West Railway Station and 25 km from Beijing Capital Airport.Addr:NO.22, Banchang Lane, Kuanjie Beijing, China Tel:86-10-64040436
2) The Beijing Hao Yuan Hotel
The Beijing Hao Yuan Hotel was built during the Qing Dynasty.It is reported that Hao Yuan Guest House used to be the residence of the potentare of the Qing Dynasty,eunuch Li Lianying,and it also served as the residence of the great patriot Zhang Zizhong. After the founding of the People"s Republic in 1949,it was appropriated to the All-China Women"s Federation,and later converted into offices for shuai Mengqi,Deng Yingchao and Kang Keqing respectively. Beijing Haoyuan Hotel is located near Dongdan Street and Wangfujing Street, about 10-minutes from the Forbidden City and the famous Wangfujing shopping district. Addr:No. 53 Shijia Hutong, Dongsinan Dajie, Dongcheng District,Beijing Tel:86-10-65125557
Budget Youth Hostels
1)The Beijing Feiying International Youth Hostel
The Beijing Feiying International Youth Hostel is conveniently located in the heart of Beijing's central business district. within easy walking distance to Tian'anmen Square, Xidan shopping area, Liulichang Culture Street and the famous Forbidden City. Location : within walking distance to Tian'anmen Square, Xidan shopping area ,close to Liulichang Cultural Street ,33 kilometers to the Beijing International Airport ,4 kilometers to the Beijing Railway Station,Near Changchun Street Station :Addr:Behind of No. 10 Building Xuanwumen West Street Tel:86-10-63171116
2)Beijing Far East International Youth Hostel
Beijing Far East International Youth Hostel located in the center of the city. It is inside the old Beijing SIHE Yard opposite to Far East Hotel. The posts and the beams are carved for decoration and embellishment. It has own special features. It is only 2 km to the Tian An Men Square. The culture street - Liu Li Factory & Da Shi Lan shopping center & the scenery Hu Guang Hall just nearby. Location: Conveniently located in the heart of Beijing,2 km from Tian Anmen Square and the Forbidden City. Tel86-10-63018811
In most of the tourist hotels, visitors can find the free copies of "Beijing Dining Information". Just have a quick look at these flyers, you will learn a lot about Beijing cuisine.
Beijing cuisine is materialized by dumplings, noodles and roast duck. It's a different experience if you enter a localold Beijing'style restaurant. This kind of restaurant makes you feel as if you were in old time Beijing, Qing Dansty maybe. All the servers in traditional costumes and shout "Welcome!" in old Chinese accent when you enter the gate of their restaurant.
Beijing's most famous dish, Peking Duck, is a must. Try King Roast Duck, opposite the Friendship Store. Nowadays more and more local people like to have the spicy food. So Beijing finds lots of Sichuan food, Hunan food and Hubei food. All these cuisines are hot food. Most favorist spicy food may be water-boiled fish, a fish (or beef or pork) sliced up into an enormous boiling pot of oil packed full of chilli! The most famous restaurant which offers water-boiled fish is " Fei Teng Yu Xian" (means boiling oil with jumpingfish!).
In the evening, local people like to go to Ghost Street (Gui Jie), a several-block strip of restaurants specialising in spicy crab and another Beijing flavor. There are also many Asian cuisines in Beijing, like Indian food at The Taj Pavilion (West Wing, China World Trade Centre); Indonesian and Burmese specialties at Java and Yangon (Sanlitun Xiwujie);South Korean barbecue at Sorabol (Landmark Towers, at the Great Wall Sheraton), Nam Nam (7 Sanlitun Lu, tel: 6468-6053) draws crowds as much for the pleasing surroundings as for its Vietnamese food. Of course, Beijing boasts lots of international food coming from the rest of the world.
Sanlitun Bar Street is where the locals go to relax. When you go there,just buy a bottle of Chivas Regal and a bottle of cold green tea, and bring your Yahtzee dice. Ever so often, as one of the cover tunes, song-and-dance routines, magic shows, or acrobatics on stage ends, clap fast and loud while screaming "Good!".
Beijing Art GalleriesThe Dashanzi Art District (or called798) is a collection of former factory buildings now the must-live and work destination for artists and hipster companies. Galleries abound, and a walk through the neighbourhood will find highlights and low lights of modern and not-so modern Chinese (and foreign) art of all shapes and sizes.
The goods tourists visiting Beijing prefer to buy are unique handicrafts and cultural relics full of Beijing flavor, such as cloisonné, jade ware, bronzes and stone tablets with inscriptions, writing brushes, ink sticks, paper and ink slabs, antiques, paintings, calligraphic works and handicrafts including dough figurines, facial masks and kites unique to Beijing.
Shopping Streets in Beijing
This is Beijing's busiest commercial area and is normally full of shoppers. Besides many shops and restaurants there is an very large many storied mall. Prices are reasonable in this area as many stores are government owned. The street has recently been completely renovated. The area is a good area to shop in as the visitor will not be cheated or overcharged. No bargaining here, but lots of fun. The weekend is the most crowded time.
Qianmen Shopping Street:
This is an ancient shopping street outside Qianmen Gate.It is the market with the most history. Merchants have been hawking their wares in these alleys for hundreds of years, and some hoary relics still stand – like the Ruifuxiang Silk and Cotton Fabric Store (on Dazhalan Jie), and the Tongrentang Traditional Medicine Shop (just west of Ruifuxiang). It is sided by shops and restaurants. It has many other old shops such as Neiliansheng Shoe Shop, Cotton Fabrics Shop, Quanyechang, Zhang Yiyuan Tea Store and Majuyuan Hat Store.
Yaxiu Market: Located on Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District, near the northeast embassy area, is similar to the Silk Market, but it's an indoor 4-floor store. It is also as crowded. It's full of fake designer, jeans, shoes and ladies wear and so on. It isactually becoming a tourist destination, but you will also find local residents in these halls. There’s shoes and bags in the basement, three floors of clothing and tailors who canmake up all kinds of creations in a range of materials.
The old market has been demolished. The new market is open to the public. The new building with an area of 30,000 square meters, known as the New Silk Alley Market, has been completed. There are 1,600 booths in the new building. According to the developer of the building, the advantages of the old market will be available in the new one, targeting the shopping groups including foreign tourists and local white-collar workers.
Located near the Temple of Heaven on Tiantan Street, this market offers antiques, clothing, porcelain, produce and much more. Shop all three floors in the main building, but don't miss the antiques hidden behind the pearl stalls on the third floor. Lots of souvenirs.
This market of about 50 small stores is located across the street from the Kempenski Hotel on the East Third Ring Road. There is a little of everything, but mainly ceramics, paintings and antique furniture. A couple of the furniture stores have larger warehouses in other areas.
Prices look high, but you can really bargain them down here. Stay with it.
Located southwest of Qianmen, this market specializes in Chinese paintings, calligraphy, rare books, and arts and crafts. At this market the shops all have the look of a traditional Qing Dynasty market area having been rebuilt in the 1980's. A fun place to stroll through and shop.
Antique lovers who know their stuff will be very happy shopping here. Most of the real antiques vendors are in the rear area of the market and are usually peasants from the countryside who sell items collected in their villages. Come very early on weekends, Sunday is the best day for the antiques.
This area is north of West Chang'an Avenue and has many different shopping options. Xiadan Market is the largest shop, and it has recently been modernized. Wide range of merchandise is available along with a friendly and helpful staff makes shopping here extremely interesting. There is also a large Xidan Shopping Center in the immediate area.
Longfu Shopping Street:
A pedestrian shopping street, the shops in the section to the west of Longfu Trade Building mainly sell clothes and those in the section to the east of Longfu Trade Building are most snack eateries.
It is flanked by some big shops and markets such as New World malls,and Ciqikou markets selling farm produce and aquatic products, and Heavenly Temple Market selling flowers and pot plants.
-Keep away from drunk locals.
-Put your belongings close and under your eyes.
-Question what people will tell you.
-Keep every taxi reciept or goods'reciept. Never follow any "black taxi driver" who approaches you (especially at airports).
-Always make sure the taxi driver turns on the meter.
-Never agree to a fixed price before you get in a taxi and start to go.
-Never give money to beggars, who are very often controlled by some kind of organzation
-Never pay for bus tickets till the bus is driving on the road and you are in it.
All these are just warnings. Each country has its problems. China is comparatively safer than many places in the world. just be confident about these things.
By the way, you bring your mobile phone. If you are from Aus, or the UK, or most of Europe , you have the same cell phone system with China. Once you are in Beijing, buy a chinese sim card for around 50-100RMB. The phones use a pre-paid system and you will find it helpful.
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