is it advisable to visit beijing now?

Old Nov 4th, 2009, 07:32 AM
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is it advisable to visit beijing now?

Hi there! i planned to visit beijing next week 9.11.2009.. but it's winter there.. Should i proceed my visit and is it possible for me to visit the great wall and other places during winter? I would love to visit all the great places and do some shopping.. any advice? thank you..
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Old Nov 4th, 2009, 09:45 AM
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You can take a look at the following and decide for yourself.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4586558.stm.
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Old Nov 4th, 2009, 12:37 PM
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Just a hunch, but the initial question is so oddly framed that, if you glance at the OP's formulaic earlier posts, you might wonder if it is someone having a bit of fun. Then again, maybe it is a non-native speaker of English or a student signing on for a practice chat? Today's homework is...

Now, why the first reply links a BBC story that is almost four years old (Jan 06) and that focuses on distant northwest China, I cannot say. Maybe the link is wrong?

If the OP is serious about travel to Beijing, s/he will respond to this, likely with indignation. Maybe mohan wants to clarify if another link was proposed.
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Two days ago BBC had reported Beijing had the unusual earliest snow storm this winter because of cloud seeding. When I googled and saw the first cloud seeding article I thought that was the one.
I actually cannot open the above link now.
Try this :http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worl...jing-snow.html
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Old Nov 4th, 2009, 07:48 PM
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Thanks for the feedback but for marya i'm not a student and i've browsed other websites before asking and yes i'm from a non native speaker of english.. and i never experience snow before and that makes me need a second opinion on my visit..and pls don't answer my question just to belittle me. Thank you.
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Sorry, Shedo, but it did not seem plausible that someone could have a plan to visit Beijing NEXT WEEK and yet just now be worrying that November weather was unsuitable. It sounded more like a friendly overture to an on-line chat rather than a serious travel question. Have a great trip. I hope that you decide to share your impressions afterwards.
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Shedo, Beijing is most definitely visitable in November still. I suggest you get a local tour operator (even after you have landed) and depending on your length of stay there, have them organize the tour - Great Wall has a few sections (two that are popular with tour operators, one with a cable car and another one without as far as I can remember - can't recall names), Forbidden City, Summer Palace are the must dos. Gear yourself for the cold, especially if you are not used to it with appropriate shoes, jackets and headgear. Eat hot pots and enjoy!
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There are many threads discussing why finding a tour operator in Beijing is not only unnecessary but a very bad idea. There are several Great Wall sites in easy reach of Beijing (all of which have cable car or similar access) and most of which can easily be reached by public transport or chartered taxi or minibus from a hostel.

One good reason not to go to Beijing at the moment would be the air, which for the last three days has been at a level labelled hazardous, with particulates at ten times the WHO maximum safe level. Strenuous activity would best be avoided, and staying indoors sitting and eating nice meals would probably be best.

Go to

http://twitter.com/BeijingAir

This provides hourly readings from a pollution monitor on the top of the US embassy. The current reading is 500 (which is the highest point the scale reaches--things may actually be worse than this). The guide to interpreting the readings is here:

http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=aqibasics.aqi

For an AQI of 500, the notes say:

Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.

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what's wrong with maria everyone travels differently.
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