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How to Get to Badaling Great Wall by Bus

Monday, December 3rd, 2018
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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 Badaling Great Wall by bus. If you have any questions or anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!
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Plan your Beijing tour? There are three bus lines running between the downtown Beijing and Badaling Great Wall. So you have three choices for using public transport when you are going to Badaling Great Wall by bus.

Choice One: Taking Bus 877  ( Starting from Deshengmen Bus Terminal )
Operating Hours:
Deshengmen to Badaling Great Wall
06:00-12:00(Apr.1-Oct.31)
06:00-12:30 (Nov.1-Mar.31)
Badaling Great Wall  to  Deshengmen
10:30-17:00 (Apr.1-Oct.31)
11:00-16:30(Nov.1-Mar.31)

Driving Time:  One and half hours ( Non-stop )
Driving Distance: 60km

Bus Fare: 12 yuan ( Transportation card is accepted )
Deshengmen Bus Terminal Location: The compound below Deshengmen Arrow Tower
Badaling Bus 877 Terminal Location: in the parking lot ( Bear Park), about 700 meters southeast of Tower No.01 of Badaling Great Wall.

Choice Two: Taking Bus 919 Express ( Starting from Deshengmen Bus Terminal )
Operating Hours:
Deshengmen to Badaling
06:00-17:00
Badaling to  Deshengmen
6:00-17:00

Driving Time:  two hours ( 13 stops )
Driving Distance: 62km
Bus Fare: 13 yuan ( Transportation card is accepted )

Deshengmen Bus Terminal Location: The compound below Deshengmen Arrow Tower
Badaling Bus 919 Terminal Location: in the parking lot about 3 km northwest of Tower No.01 of Badaling Great Wall. Basically you need to connect the free shuttle going to Guntiangou Parking Lot ( near the cable car station of Badaling Great Wall).

Choice Three: Taking Public Tourism Bus No.01 ( Starting southwest of Archery Tower of Zhengyangmen Gate)

Operating Hours:
Qianmen to Badaling Great Wall:
Starting from the end of Flag Raising Ceremony to 11:00 am

Badaling Great Wall to  Qianmen:
09:00-17:00 (Apr.1-Oct.31)
11:00-16:30(Nov.1-Mar.31)

Driving Time:  One hour and 40 minutes ( Non-stop )
Driving Distance: 74km
Bus Fare: 20 yuan ( Transportation card is not accepted )

Qianmen Bus Terminal Location: southwest of Archery Tower of Zhengyangmen Gate ( South of Tiananmen Square )
Badaling Public Tourism Bus Terminal Location: in Guntiangou Park Lot,  near the cable station of Badaling GreatWall.

It is worth getting up earlier to catch an early morning bus for Badaling Great Wall, avoiding a possible snake of people on the wall.

How to get to Deshengmen Bus Terminal ( For Bus 877 and 919 express )
Several buses can bring you to the Deshengmen Bus Station. But the bus system in Beijing could be daunting even for the local Beijingers. It is advisable to take the Subway Line 2 to reach Deshengmen Bus Station. The the closest subway station to Deshengmen Bus Station is Jishuitan (积水潭) of the loop-type Subway Line 2.

You get off at the station of Jishuitan (积水潭), exit from the Exit A. Then walk along the sideway in the east direction for about 450 meters, soon you will see a high tower – the Deshengmen Arrow Tower. Deshengmen Bus Terminal is just below the northern and southern sides of the tower. The compound of Deshengmen Arrow Tower is within a roundabout.

So you have to cross a road to reach the bus station. Be careful crossing the road since the road has no traffic light at the time of my writing. By the way, on your 450-meter walk from the subway station of Jishuitan to the Deshengmen Arrow Tower, you will pass alongside the Deshengmenxi Bus Station (different from Deshengmen Bus Station) and you just ignore it!

You will be also distracted by some privately owned buses or mini-buses operated in the name of official Badaling-bound buses. We strongly suggest you take the official buses within the Deshengmen Bus Station for safety and reasonable price. Don’t be surprised if you find the queue in front of the bus 877 or 919 express could be very long, especially on the weekends or national public holidays.

Next, follow me to have a familiarization virtual tour of how to take a bus to Badaling Great Wall.  First take subway line 2 and get off at the stop of Jishuitang (积水潭) and exit from Exit A (northeast).

You will pass alongside the Deshengmenxi Bus Station.

You will pass alongside the Deshengmenxi Bus Station

After walking for about 10 minutes, you will see the huge Deshengmen Arrow Tower.

After walking for about 10 minutes, you will see the huge Deshengmen Arrow Tower.

Then you turn left and walk towards the northern square below the Tower. The compound of Deshengmen Arrow Tower is within a roundabout.

So you have to cross a road to reach the bus station. You have to be careful crossing the road since the road has no traffic light.Before getting to the Deshengmen Bus Station, you have to cross a road without traffic light.

 

Then you turn left and walk towards the northern square of the Tower

Then you turn left and walk towards the northern square beow the Tower

After crossing the road, you will get to the Deshengmen 919 Bus Station below the tower.

After crossing the road, you will get to the Deshengmen 919 Bus Station below the tower.

Here is the Bus 877 below the north side of the tower ready to go to Badaling.

Here is the Bus 877 below the north side of the tower ready to go to Badaling.

Have a close look at the Station Board of 877.

Have a close look at the Station Board of 877

 

Kinder reminder: You ‘d better take Bus 919 express instead of Bus 919 ( slow ). So there are two “919”, one express and the other slow.

How to get to Qianmen Bus Station for  the Public Tourism Bus No.01 going to Badaling Great Wall?
The starting point for  the Public Tourism Bus No.01 is located in the departure terminal for Beijing Tourist Dispatch Hub,  southwest of Archery Tower of Zhengyangmen Gate ( South of Tiananmen Square ).

Qianmen Bus Terminal is in the southwest of Archery Tower of Zhengyangmen Gate ( South of Tiananmen Square )

You can take the subway line 2 and get off at the station of Qianmen and exit from Exit C, then walk south for about 30 meters, you will get to the bus station.

Badaling Great Wall Basic Information
Badaling Great wall is one of the most gorgeous and magnificent part of the Great Wall in Beijing. The Badaling Great Wall is the well-preserved Ming Dynasty Great Wall with original appearance. Now it is divided into two sections – north and south starting at the Badaling Pass and Gate.

Most passengers prefer to hike the northern slope of Badaling Great Wall simple because the north part is more scenic and convenient with cable car and slide services in between.

But still some people like to hike the southern slope to avoid the crowds for better photo opportunities. If you hike the southern slope, you have to backtrack.

Ticket Price: RMB40 (Nov. 1 to Mar. 31); RMB 45 (Apr. 1 to Oct. 31)
Cable Car: RMB80 (single trip); RMB100 (round trip)
Toboggan: RMB30 (single trip);
Opening Hours:06:30-19:00 (in summer); 07:00-18:00 (in winter)
Hiking Time: Two Hours
Bus Route: Take Bus No.877 or No. 919 Express at Deshengmen, RMB12 for ticket.
S Train: Take S train from Beijing Huangtudian Railway Station and get off at the station of Badaling.

Taking Bus from Dingling ( Ming Tombs to Badaling Great Wall) or Vice Versa

If you’d like to go from Ming Tombs ( Dingling ) and Badaling Great Wall or vice versa, you can take the Bus 879 listed below:

1) Dingling Tomb ( Ming Tombs) to Badaling Great Wall

Fist Bus:8:00 am
Last Bus: 4:00 pm
Bus Fare: 9 yuan
The Bus 879 leaves every half an hour
The Bus 879 has 25 bus stops from Dingling (Ming Tombs) to Badaling Great Wall ( the last but the third ) taking about one and half hours, about 40km.

1) Badaling to Dingling ( 定陵):
Fist Bus:9:30 am
Last Bus: 5:30 pm
Bus Fare: 9 yuan
The Bus 879 leaves every half an hour
The Bus 879 has 25 bus stops from Badaling to Dingling ( Ming Tombs ), taking about one and half hours from Badaling to Dingling (定陵), the last bus stop ( about 40 km ).

Frequently Asked Questions
The most important fact is that the northern section of Badaling Great Wall is a loop route ( No.01 to No.12 Towers ) and you don’t have to backtrack. You can walk from Tower No.1 ( the main entrance )  up to the highest Tower No.08,then walk down to Tower 12 ( near the Bear Garden).

1)The Bus 877 is close the Badaling Pass, the entrance to Badaling Great Wall, the only main entrance. A 20-minute walk from Bus 877 to the main entrance.

2) The northern slope of the Badaling Great Wall is about 3700m long starting from North Tower No.1 up to the Northern Tower No.8, then down to Northern Tower No.12. The whole hiking takes 2-3 hours. Not everyone has the strong legs to hike all the 12 towers, so many passengers would take cable car up to the Wall (below Tower No.8 and Tower 9 ) to save their energy.

If you are in good shape, I suggest you hike all the 12 towers to digest the magnificent Badaling Great Wall on its northern slope instead of eating Instant food” by taking the cable car.

3) The cable car brings you up to the slope below both North Tower No.8 and Tower No.9. So from the cable car station on the upper slope, you can either hike to the Tower 8 or Tower 9. It is easier to hike up to the Tower 9 while it is a bit hard to walk up to the Tower 8. To hike up to the Tower 8, you have to climb over  a steep slope known as “Haohanpo” ( a real hero”slope ), or 好汉坡 in Chinese. Or you may just skip over it.

4) If you want to visit the Northern section of Badaling Great Wall, you can take the cable car up, then walk down: walk from Tower 8 to down to Tower 1, or from Tower 8 down to Tower 12. Or you can take a cable down. Also you can walk up to Tower 8, then take cable car down. One way cable car: RMB60; round trip cable car: RMB80.

5)  For the northern part of Badaling Great Wall, you can walk to the east from Tower 8 to down to Tower 12, then pass by the Bear Garden, then walk about 10 minutes back to the main entrance to the Tower 1, a loop route and you don’t have to backtrack.

See the Badaling Great wall Map below to check the Bus 877 Stop and Badaling Train Station and more. ( Click Large)

badaling_map

Important Notice:
You can also take a train to visit Badaling Great Wall. For more information, please see Badaling Great Wall Train.Hassle-free Badaling Great Wall Guided Tours
Don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route? No worries, We at Tour Beijing have some options for guided tours to Badaling Great wall.

Badaling Great Wall + Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour
Badaling Great Wall and Underground Palace Day Tour
Badaling Great Wall + Forbidden City + Tiananmen Square Day Tour

Beijing 144 Hours Free Visa Transit

Friday, November 30th, 2018
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Are you planning your Beijing Layover Tour? You may think whether you need a transit visa in Beijing? This is the question frequently asked by many travelers who are going to transit in Beijing and continue to fly for a third country.

Yes, basically you need a Chinese visa to visit Beijing if you want to exit from Beijing Capital Airport for a few hours’ layover tour or 2 or 3 days’ short stay in Beijing. But currently, 53  countries are entitled to 144 hours free visa transit stay in Beijing. So Visa-free travel to Beijing is possible now!

Which are the 53 countries and what the preconditions for getting the free visa transit stay permit in Beijing? I will answer your questions one by one.

1. Prerequisites for getting the 144 hours transit free visa
1) The Eligible 53 nationalities include 24 Schengen Countries in Europe:
1-1): 24 Schengen countries in Europe:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

2-2): 15 other European countries:
Russia, Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Monaco and the Republic of Belarus.

3-3): 6 American countries:
The United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile.

4-4): 2 Oceanian countries:
Australia and New Zealand.

5-5): 6 Asian countries:
Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.

2) Travelers must have valid passports.

3) Travelers must have confirmed tickets to a third country or regions (Hong Kong and Macau).

 

Passport Control and Immigration

Officially Designated Entry Points in the three places of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei: 
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Ports of entry and exit are extended to designated international railway stations, seaports and airports. Previously, the policy was once applied only at airports. Now passengers are allowed to arrive and exit at the following six points in the three places: Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province.

Beijing Capital International Airport
Tel: 0086-10-96158

Beijing West Railway Station in the capital
Tel: 0086-10-51824233

Tianjin Binhai International Airport
Tel: 0086-22-96777

Tianjin International Cruise Home Port in Tianjin
Tel: 0086 -22-25605128

Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport
Tel: 0086-311-96360

Qinhuangdao seaport in Hebei province
Tel: 0086-335-3099676


How to Apply for 144-Hour free-visa stay in the three areas ( Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province):

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When you disembark your plane or ship, just follow the throng or the signs directing you to international arrivals, immigration and customs.

Passport Control/Immigration
In the Passport Control/Immigration Area, find your special lanes for 144-hour visa-free transit passengers.

Some 144-hour transit passengers miss their layover tour in Beijing simply because they cannot locate the special lanes to get the visa-free permit. Actually the special lanes for 144-hours visa-free transit are located just on the left side of the Lanes for Foreign Citizens as well as on the right side of the Lanes for Chinese Citizens.

You need to fill up the entry registration card and get your 144- hours free visa stay permit, a stamp on your passport. The items for filling up the registration to get your 144-hour free visa stay permit:

Name,Sex, Birth, Passport Number, Nationality, Arrival Date, Arrival Flight, Exit Time, Exit Flight, Contact Phone Number in Beijing, Address in Beijing (Tianjin or Hebei), Reception Unit or Person, Reception Unit Phone Number.

Go through Customs, claim your luggage ( if necessary ) and leave airport.

Very Important Notice:
If your airline by which you are travelling doesn’t have the latest information the 144-hour visa free transit policy in Beijing, plus they inform you that only those with valid visa’s can travel with them. Then you can show them the official website of Beijing Capital Airport to verify that you will not encounter any problems in Beijing. Please check out the links below:

en.bcia.com.cn/server/notice/144visafree/

en.bcia.com.cn/server/notice/144visafree/144visafree_policy.shtml

What you can do during your 144-hour visa-free stay in the three Areas:
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The 144-hour visa-free transit allows you for a sufficient time to visit Beijing, or Tianjin and Hebei per your travel request. For more information Beijing tours, Tianjin tour and Hebei tour, please check out the following links:

Beijing Layover tour
Beijing Tour Packages

Tianjin Tour
Tianjin Cruise Port Transfer & Tour

Hebei Tour
Shijiazhuang Tour
Chengde Tour
Zhangjiakou Tour
Qinhuangdao Tour

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.

Tourist Information Centers in Beijing

Monday, September 17th, 2018
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Plan your Beijing tour? Beijing tourist information centres will help you arrange your individual Beijing travel. Beijing Tourist Information Centers are open 7 days a week, 8 hours per day. Some tourist information centres operate year round and others are seasonal. Travelers may obtain literature about destinations and attractions.

There are about 20 tourist information centres in the city proper of Beijing. Find out the nearest Information Centres  to you and well plan your Beijing trip.

Beijing Tourist Information Centre Sign (Logo)

 

Beijing travel information logo


1. T3 Beijing Capital Airport

Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Center T3 Beijing Capital Airport 北京旅游咨询服务中心首都机场T3航站楼咨询站
Tel:64532610
Add: Inside T3 of Beijing Capital Airport2. T1 Beijing Capital Airport
Station Name: Beijing Tourist Information Center T1 Beijing Capital Airport 北京旅游咨询服务中心首都机场T1航站楼咨询站
Tel::64540989
Add:Inside T1 of Beijing Capital Airport3. T2 Beijing Capital Airport
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information T2 Beijing Capital Airport 北京旅游咨询服务中心首都机场T2航站楼咨询站
Tel:64598145
Add:inside T2 of Beijing Capital Airport4. Beijing Railway Station and Beijing West Railway Station
1) Station Name: Beijing Tourist Information Beijing Railway Station 北京旅游咨询服务中心北京火车站咨询站
Tel:65288448
Add:16 Laoqianju Hutong, Dongcheng District 东城区老钱局胡同16号

2) Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Beijing West Railway Station 北京旅游咨询服务中心海淀西客站咨询站
Tel:63982337
Add:Northen Exit 2, the north square of Beijing West Railway Station 北京西客站北广场北二出口

5. Wangfujing Street
1) Station Name: Beijing Tourist Information Center Wangfujing Station 北京旅游咨询服务中心王府井咨询站
Tel:85110468
Add:Ling2, 269 Wangfujing Street 东城区王府井大街269临2号

2) Station name: Beijing Travel Information Wangfujing Roast Duck Restaurant 北京旅游咨询全聚德王府井店咨询点
Tel::65253310
Add::9 Shuaifuyuan Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District 东城区王府井大街帅府园9号

6. Beihai Park and Jingshan Park
1) Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information West Gate of Beihai Park 北京旅游咨询服务中心北海公园西门
Tel:64002378
Add:West Gate of Beihai Park, 1 Wenjin Street 西城区文津街1号北海公园西门

2) Station Name:Beijing Travel Information Jinshan Park 北京旅游咨询服务中心西城景山公园咨询站
Tel:64038098
Add:Inside Jingshan Park, 44 Jingshan West Street, Xicheng District 西城区景山西街44号景山公园内

7. Houhai Area (Shichahai)
1) Station Name:Beijing Travel Information Houhai 北京旅游咨询服务中心西城后海咨询站
Tel:84033792
Add:17 Gulou Xidajie, Xicheng District 西城区 鼓楼西大街 17 号

2) Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Center Prince Gong Mansion 北京旅游咨询服务中心西城恭王府咨询站
Tel:83288149
地址:Inside Prince Gong Mansion, 17 Qianhai West Street, Xicheng District 西城区前海西街17号恭王府院内

8. Beijing Zoo (Panda House)
Station Name:Beijing Travel Information Center Beijing Zoo 北京旅游咨询服务中心西城动物园咨询站
Tel:68390274
Add:Beijing Zoo, 137 Xizhimen Beiwaidajie 西城区西直门外大街137号北京动物园

9. Beijing Olympic Sites
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Olympic 5 北京旅游咨询服务中心朝阳区奥林匹克中心区5号站
Tel:84370526
Add:Inside the Olympic 朝阳奥林匹克公园

Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information 3 北京旅游咨询服务中心朝阳奥林匹克中心区3号站
Tel::84370660
Add:Inside the Olympic Site 朝阳奥林匹克公园

Station:Beijing Tourist Information Centre 北京旅游咨询服务中心朝阳区奥林匹克中心区4号站
Tel:84370468
Add:Inside the Olympic Sites.朝阳奥林匹克公园

10. Qianmen Dashilan
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Center Dashilan 北京旅游咨询宣武大珊栏咨询站
Tel:63182505
Add:Inside Neiliansheg Shoes Store, 34 Dashilan, Xicheng District 宣武区大珊栏街34号内联升鞋店内

11.  Changfu Gong
Add :Beijing Beijing Tourist Information Chang Fu Gong Center Hotel 北京旅游咨询长富宫饭店咨询点
Tel::65126107
Add:26 Jianguomenwai, Changyang District 朝阳区建国门外大街26号

12. Beijing curio city
Station Name: Beijing tourist information centres 北京旅游咨询北京古玩城咨询点
Tel:59609999
Add:21 Sanhuan South Road, Changyao District 朝阳区东三环南路21号

13. Yansha Outlets Shopping Center
Station name:Beijing Tourist Information Yansha Outlets Shopping Center 北京旅游咨询金源燕莎购物中心咨询点
Tel:88874611
Add: Yuanda Lu 1, Haidian District 海淀区远大路1号

14. Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics
Station Name: Beijing Tourist Information Centre Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics 北京旅游咨询服务中心崇文明长城遗址公园咨询站
Tel:65270874
Add:Inside Ming Dynasty Wall Relics 明长城遗址公园内

15:Qianmen Area
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Qianmen 北京旅游咨询服务中心崇文前门咨询站
Tel: 83531111
Add: East side of Zhengyang Gate 崇文区前门正阳门箭楼东侧

16. Yuanmingyuan
Station Name: Beijing Tourist Information Yuanmingyuan 北京旅游咨询服务中心海淀圆明园咨询站
Tel:62566911
Add:South gate of Yuanmingyuan 海淀区圆明园公园南门外

17. Laoshe Teahouse
Station Name:Beijing tourist information and the list.北京旅游咨询宣武老舍茶馆咨询站
Tel:63036830
Add:Building 3, Zhengyang Market, Qianmen Xidajie, Xicheng District 宣武区前门西大街正阳市场3号楼内

18. Liulichang
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Centre Liulichang 北京旅游咨询宣武琉璃厂咨询站
Tel:63017427
Add:Inside Hongbaotang, Liulichang Xijie, Xicheng District 宣武区琉璃厂西街3号宏宝堂内

19. Hepingmen Roast Duck Restaurant
Station Name:Beijingg Tourist Information Hepingmen Roast Duck Restaurant 北京旅游咨询全聚德和平门店咨询点
Tel:63039916
Add:Xidajie 14, Xichang District 宣武区前门西大街14号

20. Haidian District
Station Name:Beijing Tourist Information Haidian 北京旅游咨询服务中心海淀咨询站
Tel:82622895
Add:Dangdai Shopping Plaza, Haidian District 海淀区当代商城一层客服中心

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
06611If 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.