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Today first snowfall of 2014 hits Beijing

Friday, February 7th, 2014
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Untill Feb 6,  2014, there had been no significant rain drop nor snowfall in the past consective 107 days for most of Beijing area (downtown Beijing in particular). Though there was scattered snow in some regions on Jan 04,2014, the snow was too small to be felt by people.

Today  Beijing sees its first significant snowfall starting at March 07, 2014. It is a long expected snowfall though the snow fall comes too late, which will cause much trouble to holiday makers on their routes who are heading back to their working units and farewell to their family reunions.

No rain nor snow for the past 107 days,  the  dry city of Beijing has serously affected the local people’ life:  more  dry weather related diseases,  dry face  and more.  Of course, the snow will add much difficulty to those on their return journey after Spring Festival.

Today the weathermen predict that the snow will come down around 2:00am. So now I’m excited to wait for the first snowflakes falling in Beijing.

Around 2:00am,  I put on my down jacket, leaving my warm appartment and go  down using the elevator, trying to catch  the snowflakes flying and dancing in the air.  But I fail to find any snow.  Disappointed, I have to go to bed for the possible early morning snow.

Wake up at 5:45, I quickly get up and put on my winter down jacket and go down by elevator with my iphone. Wow! What a white snow world! It is still snowing, as if white sands pouring from the sky to the ground, blanketing the dirty with facinating white thin silk.

The pictures below shot with my iphones of the surrounding area in my community between 5:54am and 6:11am.

Photos taken time:  5:54am and 6:11am.

Firs snowfall Beijing on Feb ,07,2014

Firs snowfall Beijing on Feb ,07,2014

 

My handprint left on the first snow on February 7, 2014

My handprint left on the first snow on February 7, 2014

 

Footprints and bike tire prints left by early risers.

Footprints and bike tire prints left by early risers.

 

It is still snowing at the time of pictures taking.

It is still snowing at the time of pictures taking.

 

Tiananmen Square in the snow

Tiananmen Square in the snow

 

The snow covered Forbidden City

The snow covered Forbidden City

 

Driving in defiance of snowing

Driving in defiance of snowing

 

Beijing Blue Sky Day

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
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After experiencing several days of bad air, a clear and blue sky day falls on Beijing today, back to its original beauty – high visibility and azure sky! Are you still hesitant planning your Beijing tour for a holiday due to possible smog blanketing of the ancient city? Well, the local government and the people of Beijing have made great efforts to minimize the pollutants in the air and increase the number of the blue sky days annualy and improve the air quality as well.

If bad luck follows you putting you under a polluted hazy sky, you may change your schedule for indoor activities, visting museums, subway tour, family visits, Chinese culture learning lessons and the list goes on…Welcome to Beijing and you will be rewarded with sapphire skies and hospitality of Beijingers!

The second ring road and the city moat at Guangqumen seen from our Tour-Beijing’s Office in Linghang Guoji Building.
The Photo taken time: 17:02
The second ring road and the city moat at Guangqumen

The second ring road and the city moat at Guangqumen

Our community – Fuguiyuan Residential Area and the Photo taken time: 18:39
Our community - Fuguiyuan Residential Area

Our community – Fuguiyuan Residential Area

Driving along the second ring road near Jianguomen Bridge and the Photo taken time: 19:35
Driving along the second ring road near Jianguomen Bridge

Driving along the second ring road near Jianguomen Bridge

On the Jianguomen Bridge driving along Chang’an Avenue and the Photo taken time: 19:37
On the Jianguomen Bridge driving along Chang'an Avenue

On the Jianguomen Bridge driving along Chang’an Avenue

How many days to visit Beijing

Saturday, October 20th, 2012
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If it is your first time to visit Beijing, you may wonder how many days you would need in Beijing, and also need some suggestions of sights to see while in Beijing, aside from the Great Wall and Forbidden City, the two often have been already on your “to do” list.  
 
Beijing has lots to offer. Personally I suggest that 2 full days are the absolute minimum to offer you a really good feel for the city and most of the major attractions if you cannot go for 3, 4 or 5 full days. One day is dedicated to the city highlights of Beijing including Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace; the other day is for a full day excursion to the Great Wall of China around Beijing.
 
Quite a few business travelers cannot afford two days for sightseeing in Beijing. In that case, you can combine Forbidden City with the Great Wall of China in one day tour, the highlight of Beijing tour.
 
If you can stay in Beijing for 3 or 4 full days, you have more options. You may add more interesting sights to your third day schedule which can cover Panda House, Hutong tour, Lama Temple and Olympic sites. And the list could be much longer.
 
Before you come to Beijing, make sure you print a map of the subway map. Though very crowded, the subway still remain the most fastest and economic public transport tools traveling Beijing. In addition, you don’t have to worry about losing your direction. Find your hotel and map it on the subway map. You will be able to take the subway to the stops of interest.
 
Beijing Subway Line 4 brings you to the north gate of Summer Palace; Subway Line 5 takes you to Lama Temple and the east gate of Temple of Heaven; Subway Line 1 brings you to Tiananmen Square and Forbiddden City and S trains from Beijing North Railway Station goes to Badaling Great Wall.
 
The subway ticket costs only RMB 2 and with that ticket, you can travel from one destination to another destination and just do not go out of the subway before reaching your destination.  
 
Forbidden City Travel Tips
 
Tips for Visiting Tiananmen Square
 
Tips for Visiting the Temple of Heaven
 
Tips for visiting Summer Palace
 
How to Visit Ming Tombs in Beijing
 
Tips for Visiting the Great Wall of China around Beijing
 
How to visit Bird’s Nest and Water Cube
 
How to Visit Lama Temple
 
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