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Interesting tips and suggestions while in Beijing or Changchun?

Interesting tips and suggestions while in Beijing or Changchun?

Apr 29th, 1999, 06:38 PM
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Pat
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Interesting tips and suggestions while in Beijing or Changchun?

Does anyone have any tips while in Beijing and Changchun? I'm really interested in finding interesting places, restaurants or souveniers while I'm in Beijing and Changchun. Of course, the obvious places -- the Great Wall and Forbidden city -- need not to be included.

Thanks!
 
Apr 30th, 1999, 09:33 AM
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I don't know if these are obvious or not, since you didn't mention them, but also see Tiananmen Square (evenings are pretty interesting with crowds of people to watch the lowering of the flag), the Temple of Heaven, and the Summer Palace. There is also a hill overlooking the Forbidden City that is wonderful if you are interested in getting photos of the whole complex. As for souvenirs, they will find you - hawkers everywhere. If you want some good quality items, although slightly high priced, you could try the shop at the big art museum there (sorry, I can't remember the name).
 
May 18th, 1999, 05:15 AM
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I went to Beijing in October. I went to the Great Wall, the Ming Tombs, The Forbidden City, The Summer Palace, Tienamen Square and The Temple of Heaven. Make sure you have enough time when you visit the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace and the Great Wall. We did a mistake when we went to the wall: From some of the hotels you can go on different tours with Dragon Tours. We went with them to the Wall and The Ming Tombs. The trip was going to take the whole day, and we found out why. First, we went to a place where we where shown how pearls are grown, and there was lot of pearl shops and other souvernir shops. Tourist trap nr. 1. Then we went to the Great Wall. When we got there we had just one hour to see the Wall. To climb to the top and down again in one hour you have to be in an extremly good shape. It was very dissapointing that we just had one hour to see it all.
The Ming Tombs where disapointing because that was just a whole in the ground with som boxes in it. Tourist trap nr. 2. ( I guess if you are very interested in chinese culture you will find it worthwhile)
Then we went to a place were they made pottery. It was nice, but we wanted to see the Wall. Of course there were souvenir shops there too. Tourist trap nr. 3.
What you shold do is to rent a taxi to take you to the Great Wall. You have to agree on the price before you go! Taxi drivers always try to get more than you agreed on. I found that very annoying, because taxi drivers in Beijing always tried to fool you. Before you go anywhere in a taxi, make sure they have turned on the meter. If they dont have a meter get another taxi! You'll get the hang of it.
Make sure you bring almost emtpty suitcases. You will buy a lot of stuff if you go to the silk market. They don't sell much silk there, but they sell clothes and all kinds of other souvernirs. We bought Ralph Lauren, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, Helly Hansen, H2O, Malboro Classic and more good brands. You get a Malboro shirt for 20 yuan. You should practise bargaining before you go. I don't think the clothes are copies, they seem to be of those brands, because they are very good quality. I have washed them a dozen of times.
The silk market close when it gets dark. You should also use some time in the Quinmen area. I don't think I wrote that correct, but it is at the Tienmen Square on the opposite side of the Forbidden City. There you will find a market like the silk market but it is cheaper, and all kinds of other exiting stores. (Silk, Tea, Art, Crafts ...)
You should go to the Museum of Chinese History on the Tienmen Square, because you want find much to see in the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace other than the buildings. They are almost empty inside. What survived the culture revolution and rich foreigners is at the museum. We didn't have time to go there, but we regret not going. We also missed to see Mao. He is frozen down in a building on Tienmen Square.
There are so called friendship stores around in the City. They have a lot of beautiful things. At the Kepinski Hotel there are lot of good resturants and a good friendship store.
You should also buy the guide book: Rough Guide to China. We found it very helpful!
 
Jun 3rd, 1999, 02:52 PM
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Pat,
My boyfriend and I recently (5 days ago) returned from a tour package trip in China. While in Beijing we also were taken to the side tourist trap tours, but some of them were worth going to see. We had a good 2 hours at the wall (enough for us) and also went to The Temple of Heaven. Tiananmen Square is being repaved now and we were told it would not open again till around Sept. This was a big disappointment to us because the whole square is blocked off, so we couldn't see anything. True, only one tomb has been excavated and can be visited at the Ming Tombs, but it is still interesting to go into the tomb and wonder how the people of that time built such a place. Be prepared to see renovation going on at almost all of the relics that China is famed for. We were not, but it was still worth going to the places we had always read about and seen on tv. We also went to Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Shanghai if you have any questions. Restuarants and souvenier shops are all over the places, but you will rarely find people who speak English. The Beijing zoo is truly the most depressing site in the city. It only costs 3 or 6 Yaun (less than $1) to get in, so how can the animals be taken care of when it is so cheap to get in? Be sure to go to an opera show and acrobatics show, they are a wonderful site to see. I can't remember the hotel we saw the opera in, but if you are interested I can find out for you. Have a wonderful trip and have a great time shopping! Christy
PS. Look for the glass balls, only made in China, that have designs painted from the inside out. Nice as a souvenir or gift.
 
Jun 3rd, 1999, 02:52 PM
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Pat,
My boyfriend and I recently (5 days ago) returned from a tour package trip in China. While in Beijing we also were taken to the side tourist trap tours, but some of them were worth going to see. We had a good 2 hours at the wall (enough for us) and also went to The Temple of Heaven. Tiananmen Square is being repaved now and we were told it would not open again till around Sept. This was a big disappointment to us because the whole square is blocked off, so we couldn't see anything. True, only one tomb has been excavated and can be visited at the Ming Tombs, but it is still interesting to go into the tomb and wonder how the people of that time built such a place. Be prepared to see renovation going on at almost all of the relics that China is famed for. We were not, but it was still worth going to the places we had always read about and seen on tv. We also went to Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Shanghai if you have any questions. Restuarants and souvenier shops are all over the places, but you will rarely find people who speak English. The Beijing zoo is truly the most depressing site in the city. It only costs 3 or 6 Yaun (less than $1) to get in, so how can the animals be taken care of when it is so cheap to get in? Be sure to go to an opera show and acrobatics show, they are a wonderful site to see. I can't remember the hotel we saw the opera in, but if you are interested I can find out for you. Have a wonderful trip and have a great time shopping! Christy
PS. Look for the glass balls, only made in China, that have designs painted from the inside out. Nice as a souvenir or gift.
 
Jun 3rd, 1999, 02:54 PM
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Christy
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Pat,
My boyfriend and I recently (5 days ago) returned from a tour package trip in China. While in Beijing we also were taken to the side tourist trap tours, but some of them were worth going to see. We had a good 2 hours at the wall (enough for us) and also went to The Temple of Heaven. Tiananmen Square is being repaved now and we were told it would not open again till around Sept. This was a big disappointment to us because the whole square is blocked off, so we couldn't see anything. True, only one tomb has been excavated and can be visited at the Ming Tombs, but it is still interesting to go into the tomb and wonder how the people of that time built such a place. Be prepared to see renovation going on at almost all of the relics that China is famed for. We were not, but it was still worth going to the places we had always read about and seen on tv. We also went to Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Shanghai if you have any questions. Restuarants and souvenier shops are all over the places, but you will rarely find people who speak English. The Beijing zoo is truly the most depressing site in the city. It only costs 3 or 6 Yaun (less than $1) to get in, so how can the animals be taken care of when it is so cheap to get in? Be sure to go to an opera show and acrobatics show, they are a wonderful site to see. I can't remember the hotel we saw the opera in, but if you are interested I can find out for you. Have a wonderful trip and have a great time shopping! Christy
PS. Look for the glass balls, only made in China, that have designs painted from the inside out. Nice as a souvenir or gift.
 
Jun 3rd, 1999, 02:54 PM
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Christy
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Pat,
My boyfriend and I recently (5 days ago) returned from a tour package trip in China. While in Beijing we also were taken to the side tourist trap tours, but some of them were worth going to see. We had a good 2 hours at the wall (enough for us) and also went to The Temple of Heaven. Tiananmen Square is being repaved now and we were told it would not open again till around Sept. This was a big disappointment to us because the whole square is blocked off, so we couldn't see anything. True, only one tomb has been excavated and can be visited at the Ming Tombs, but it is still interesting to go into the tomb and wonder how the people of that time built such a place. Be prepared to see renovation going on at almost all of the relics that China is famed for. We were not, but it was still worth going to the places we had always read about and seen on tv. We also went to Suzhou, Hangzhou, and Shanghai if you have any questions. Restuarants and souvenier shops are all over the places, but you will rarely find people who speak English. The Beijing zoo is truly the most depressing site in the city. It only costs 3 or 6 Yaun (less than $1) to get in, so how can the animals be taken care of when it is so cheap to get in? Be sure to go to an opera show and acrobatics show, they are a wonderful site to see. I can't remember the hotel we saw the opera in, but if you are interested I can find out for you. Have a wonderful trip and a great time shopping! Christy
PS. Look for the glass balls, only made in China, that have designs painted from the inside out. Nice as a souvenir or gift.
 

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