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Beijing (北京), the capital of China, is looking much more into the future than into the past. Nowadays, it is a city crowded with tourists from China and all over the world. But just a stone's throw away in the past, the city was hardly ever visited by any foreigners. Since 1989, many things have changed and Beijing has been growing into a huge metropolitan area with around 16 million people living on a vast, expanding area. The old residential neighbourhoods, the Hutongs, have been almost entirely replaced by apartment buildings and shopping malls and the road system seems to change almost every day!
The city doesn't look as modern as Hong Kong or Shanghai, but it remains one of the most important cities in China from a cultural and political standpoint. The Forbidden Palace, in front of Tiananmen square, is a good example; but hidden between the high rise buildings and 10-lane motorways are some other magnificent examples of culture and religion, like the Temple of Heaven and the Temple of the Sleeping Buddha.
Close to the city are other significant historical attractions like the Ming Tombs and of course the biggest structure on earth ever built by humans: The Great Wall of China.
All these attractions deserve at least a week to visit, that is if you don't want to taste all the delicious food you can get in Beijing!
Beijing's neighbourhoods are quite confusing and informal. In general everything inside the 2nd ring road is considered the city centre. The more formal system is the districts. There are districts in Beijing City and also in the greater Beijing area. The eight urban districts in Beijing are Dongcheng District, Xicheng District, Chongwen District, Xuanwu District, Chaoyang District, Haidian District, Fengtai District and Shijingshan District.
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Except for the summer months, it usually is pretty dry in Beijing. Summer months can be very hot with temperatures up to 40 °C, but average highs being around 30 °C mostly from June to August, nights being around 20 °C. Winter months on the other hand can be bitterly cold with temperatures below -15 °C at night and snow, although not much, is common. Average daytime temperatures from Demceber to February are slightly above zero, while nights are between -7 °C and -10 °C. The best times to visit the city are the spring months of April and May and autumn (October). Precipitation is possible year round but tends to concentrate during the warmer summer period.
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The Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), the city's main airport, is about 32 kilometres northeast of the city centre. It is the sole hub for Air China and also a hub for Hainan Airlines and China Southern Airlines.
Air China flies to dozens of cities, including Bangkok, Dubai, Delhi, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Los Angeles, London, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Madrid, Melbourne, Manila, New York, Paris, Rome, San Francisco, Singapore, Seoul, Taipei, Sydney, Tokyo and Vancouver. Most of the Chinese cities are served as well.
Hainan and China Southern mostly have domestic flights, but among the two there are also flights to Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, Moscow, Seattle, Hanoi, Phuket, Phnom Penh, Tehran and St. Petersburg.
Dozens of other airlines serve Beijing as well, with additional destinations not mentioned above being cities like Kiev, Almaty, Auckland, Osaka, Chicago, Vienna, Cairo, Tel Aviv, Jakarta, Doha, Copenhagen, Istanbul and Tashkent, among many others.
The airport is accessible by four express tollways:
In addition to the expressways, there is a tree-lined, two-lane road that runs just south of the Airport Expressway. This Old Airport Road was the primary access route to the airport prior to the expressway's opening and remains the only untolled road to the airport.
Beijing Capital International Airport is served by the Airport Express Line of the Beijing Subway. The 28.1-kilometre-long line runs from Terminal 3 to Terminal 2 and then to the city with stops at Sanyuanqiao and Dongzhimen. It was opened on July 19, 2008, in time for the 2008 Olympics. A one-way trip takes approximately 16–20 minutes.
The airport also offers six different shuttle bus routes to and from various points in Beijing, including Xidan, Fangzhuang, the Beijing Railway Station, Zhongguancun and the Nanyuan Airport. There are several buses to different areas of Beijing including the Beijing International Hotel. These buses range in price although are usually around RMB20 to 40. There is even a direct bus to the neighboring city of Tianjin. Check the Routes and Schedules. A taxi should cost between RMB60 and 100 depending on traffic and where in Beijing someone goes.
Beijing Nanyuan Airport (NAY) is mainly a military airport, but China United Airlines serves a growing number of domestic flights.
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There are two main train stations in Beijing. Between these two train stations you can get direct trains to almost every major city in China. There are also several international trains to cities including Moscow, Ulan Bator and Hanoi. There is even talk of creating a direct train to Kazakhstan. For more information read the articles Trans-Siberian Railway and International trains. Remember both of these train stations are pretty far from each other so double check your ticket before grabbing a taxi. Many popular destinations, such as Xi'an, have daily departures from both of the main train stations. There is also one train a day to Lhasa, depending on the time of the year.
All of the train stations can seem pretty crazy most of the year round. It might be worth having your hostel or hotel book a ticket for you instead of making the trip yourself. It is easy to lose half a day trying to buy tickets at a Beijing train station. Or buy tickets for your next city when you arrive in Beijing instead of making a separate trip.
There are several expressways leading to and from Beijing. Most of them are toll roads and the tolls cost as much as European tolls. Because of this there tends to be little traffic on the expressways. At night be prepared for lots and lots of big industrial trucks. A driver can take side roads to avoid the tolls but this is technically illegal. Many small towns will charge an unofficial toll if you drive through their town, which is a fraction of the expressway toll.
There are over 12 bus stations in Beijing. The best thing to do is to ask someone, at your hotel or hostel, what bus station you should go to for which city. It is pretty easy to buy bus tickets day of. Rarely you might need to buy a bus ticket the day before.
Beijing's international sea port is outside of Tianjin in Tangu. There are direct trains and buses to Tangu. Although it might be easier to connect in Tianjin than to go to Tangu.
Traffic is terrible in Beijing! Never ride a taxi or drive a car during rush hour, you will be in parking lot traffic the entire time. The taxi's have a flagfall of RMB10 and go up. There used to be different prices depending on the quality of the taxi but that is no longer happening. Another option is riding on the back of a motorbike. This can be much quicker because the motorbikes can go in the bike lanes. Just remember that all pay for motorbike rides are technically illegal. (Note: motorbikes have been banned from the city areas.)
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Subway is a very easy way to get around the city. Other then line 1 and line 2 you pay per every few stops (most journeys now cost a flat RMB2, tickets easily bought from either the ticket counter or vending machines) The several subway lines can get you around the city pretty easily. It is also the only way to avoid the horrible Beijing traffic. (There are now 5 lines operating, 13 are scheduled during the Olympics)
There are countless public buses in Beijing. Just remember you pay different amounts depending on the distance. Usually the ticket seller is walking around the bus in a purple uniform, most journeys cost between RMB1-2.
Walking around Beijing can be great, especially in the Hutongs. Beijing is a huge city so walking the entire time is very difficult. Also during the summer the heat can be so intense that an AC taxicab sounds amazing. Be aware though that because Beijing is changing rapidly, even the newest of maps can be wrong with some roads not shown, resulting in the tourist getting hopelessly lost! Try and get an up to date map when you arrive.
The charm of riding a bike around Beijing is starting to fade. The side streets can still be very quiet and charming. But all the main roads have become clogged with tons of cars. Many of the main roads have bike lanes, which can make it easier, but still the constant pollution from cars can be a little too much to handle. If you do decide to rent a bike remember to always pay someone to watch it. In the last 4 years electric push bikes have become increasingly popular, watch out they are silent!
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Beijing being the capital has different restaurants from all over China and the world. Just try to mix it up some. Eat at some fancy restaurants and some tasty crowded food stalls. Try to avoid restaurants near touristy areas and only eat in places that are crowded. Many of the the western bars, such as rickshaw, have good western food.
Many shopping malls have their own versions of foodcourts, such as Food Forum, Food Republic etc. they are either in the basement or on the upper floors. Most have an IC card system, where you pre-purchase a card (with a deposit) with any amount of RMB of your choosing, this can be topped up at any time, to use when buying food from the various stalls. At the end of your stay you can redeem the card, your deposit and what ever money you have left on the card. Some cards are interchangeable between malls.
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There are bars spread out all over the city and their popularity changes greatly with the times. There are few bar streets though that always have something fun going on. If in town for only a few days just go to one of the bar streets and explore.
|365 Inn||No. 55 Da Zha Lan West Street, Xuan Wu District, B||Hostel||88|
|9 Dragons House||No.78, Dongsi Jiutiao Dongcheng District||Hostel||85|
|A.Hotel||East Gate Worker's Stadium||Hotel||-|
|Alley Garden Courtyard Hostel||No.46 Beixinqiao Santiao Dongcheng District||Hostel||74|
|Ann Tour International Youth Hostel||No.3 Qingnianhu South Street Dongcheng District||Hostel||-|
|Ao Xiang Ge Hotel||No. yi 26 Zhanlanguan Road Xicheng District||Hotel||81|
|Bai Ta Yuan Guest House||NO.20, Da Cha Ye Hutong Xicheng District||Hostel||81|
|Beijing City Central Youth Hostel||No.1 Beijingzhanqianjie Dongcheng District||Hostel||72|
|Beijing Downtown Backpackers||No. 85, Nanluogu Alley Dongcheng District||Hostel||83|
|Beijing Drum Tower International Hostel||No.51 JiuGuLou Da Jie, XiCheng District, BeiJing||Hostel||73|
|Beijing Far East Youth Hostel||No. 90 Tieshu Xiejie Xuanwu District,||Hostel||69|
|Beijing Jade Youth Hostel (Utels)||No.5, North Zhide Alley, Beiheyan Street, Dongcheng District||Hostel||76|
|Beijing Lanting Youth Hostel||No.17, Sanqu, Anhua Xili, Anhualu Chaoyang District||Hostel||74|
|Beijing Lotus Hostel||No.29 Xisi Bei 7 (Qi) Tiao Xicheng District||Hostel||-|
|Beijing Olympic and International Airport Hotel||No.36 Xiao Tian Zhu Road Shunyi District||Hotel||73|
|Beijing Royal Garden Hotel||NO.31 Shatanbei Street Dongcheng District Beijing||Hotel||-|
|Best Hostel||No.34 Dong si shier tiao of Dongcheng District||Hostel||-|
|Candy Inn||No.18 Beixin Hutong Dongcheng District||Hostel||80|
|Chinese Box Courtyard Hostel||NO.52 Xi Si Bei 2 Tiao Hutong Xicheng District||Hostel||86|
|Cinderella Apartment||No30,An Ning Zhuang East Road Hai Dian District||Hostel||76|
|Citycourt Inn||No.3 Bei An Li Xicheng District||Hostel||78|
|Confucious International Hostel||38 WuDaoYing Dongcheng District||Hostel||73|
|Cosmopolite Apartment Hotel Beijing||NO.b39 Dongzhimenwai Street Dongcheng District||Apartment||-|
|Courtel Hostel||No.8 West Andingmen St. Dong Cheng District||Hostel||-|
|Courtyard 7||No.7, Qiangulouyuan Hutong, Nan Luo Gu Xiang Dong Cheng District||Hotel||-|
|Discovery Youth Hostel||No.10 Building, Jin Tai Li, Jin Tai Road Chaoyang District||Hostel||-|
|Dongzhimen Golden Pineapple Youth Hostel||No.18, Xinzhong St Dongcheng District||Hostel||74|
|Dream Castle||No 26 Anzhenli 3rd Block, Chaoyang District||Hotel||-|
|Emperor Guesthouse||11, Ying Tao Xie Jie, Qianmen Xuanwu District||Hostel||-|
|Emperors Guards Station||No.51, 3rd lane of Beijige (Beijige San Tiao)||Guesthouse||84|
|Flowering House Hostel||23#,Hua Geng Hu Tong,Jiao Dao Kou Dong Cheng District||Hostel||80|
|Forest And Land Hotel||Chao Nei Dai Jie Front Guaibang No.26 Dandcheng District||Hostel||-|
|Haina Hostel||No.14-8, Dongzhi Men Nei Da Jie Dong Cheng District||Hostel||75|
|Han Hostel||23 Qianbanbi Street Xizhimennei||Hostel||-|
|Happy Dragon Hostel||29 Ren Min Shi Chang Xi Xiang,Dong Cheng District.||Hostel||83|
|Happy Garden Hotel||No.19, Heping Xi Jie Chaoyang District||Hostel||-|
|Hongdu Sunny Youth Hostel||No.23 Xibahe West ChaoYang District||Hostel||-|
|Houhai Courtyard Guest House||NO.14,Sanbulao Hutong Xi Cheng District||Hostel||71|
|Hutong Inn ( Zaoyuanju )||17# Zhangwang Hutong, Jiugulou Dajie Dongcheng District||Hostel||77|
|Jialong Sunny Hotel||Block B,No.75 Chaonei Avenue DongCheng District||Hotel||-|
|Jihouse Courtyard Hotel||7 Shaluo Hutong, Bei Luoguxiang Dongcheng District||Hostel||-|
|Kelly's Courtyard||No. 25, Xiaoyuan Hutong of Bingmasi Hutong Xidan North Street, Xicheng District||Hostel||87|
|King's Joy International hostel||No. 81, Meishi St. Xuanwu District||Hostel||78|
|Lama Temple International Youth Hostel||No.56 Bei Xin Qiao Tou Tiao , Yong He Gong Street Dong Cheng District||Hostel||74|
|Leo Hostel||Guang Ju Yuan, 52, Da Zha Lan Xi Jie Qianmen||Hostel||78|
|Michael's House Beijing||S.Yard,1 Zhiqiang Garden N. Xiaoxitian||Hostel||-|
|N.E.Hotel||Dongsiliutiao, Yueyahutong No.10||Hostel||-|
|New Dragon International Hostel||No.26 Shijia Hutong North Street Dongdan ,Dongcheng District||Hostel||67|
|No. 161 Hostel||No. 161, Li Shi Hu Tong Dong Cheng Disctric||Hostel||81|
|P.LOFT Youth Hostel||No.29 Paoju tou tiao Dongcheng District||Hostel||72|
|Peking International Youth Hostel||5, Beichizi Ertiao, Beichizi Dajie Dong Cheng District||Hostel||86|
|PekingUni International Youth Hostel||No 150, Cheng Fu Road Haidian District||Hostel||72|
|Perfect Inn||No. 281 Gulou Dong Dajie Dongcheng District||Hotel||73|
|Qian Men Hostel||Meishijie 33 Xuanwu District||Hostel||78|
|Red Lantern House||No.5 Zhengjue Hutong, Xinjie Kou Xicheng District||Hostel||83|
|RJ Brown Hotel||No.19, XinNong Street TianQiao Beijing||Hotel||-|
|Saga Youth Hostel||No,9 Shijia Hutong, Nanxiaojie Dongcheng District||Hostel||75|
|Sanlitun Youth Hostel||No 1,North road of worker's statium Chaoyang District||Hostel||81|
|SIHE Courtyard Hotel||No.5.Dengcao HuTong.Dongsi Southstreet.Dongcheng D||Hostel||78|
|Sitting On The City Walls Courtyard House||57 NianZi HuTong, JingShanHouJie DongCheng District||Hostel||87|
|Sleepy Inn Downtown Lakeside Beijing||103 Deshengmen Nei Da Jie Xicheng District||Hostel||78|
|Spring Garden Hotel||No.11 Xisi Beiliutiao Hutong, Xisibei Dajie Xi Cheng District||Hotel||-|
|Super 8 Hotel Beijing Guomao||No.18, Shungjing Beili Chaoyang District||Hotel||-|
|Sweet Garden House||No, 19 Dongsi Qitiao||Hostel||71|
|Tai Long Hotel||51 Dong An Men Da Jie Dong Cheng District||Hotel||80|
|Templeside Courtyard Hutong House||NO.3 Liuhe Hutong 2 Tiao, Xisi Xicheng District||Hostel||81|
|Templeside Deluxe Hutong House||No.8, An Ping Xiang, Zhao Deng Yu Road Xicheng District||Hostel||79|
|The Great Wall Courtyard Hostel||No.5, Cha Dao Gu Cheng Ba Da Lin Zhen, Yan Qing District||Hostel||78|
|Xing Hai Qi Holiday Hotel||No.89 Di An Men Dongda Street Dongcheng District||Hotel||77|
|Yier Club(Chang An Jie)||No.1 Denglong Ku Hu Tong,Nanchizi Street Dongcheng District||Hostel||-|
|Yuanjia International Apartment||No.40, Dong Zhong Jie Street, Dongzhimenwai Chaoyang District||Hostel||77|
|Zhong An Hotel||6, Kuijiachang Hutong E Beijing Train Station||Hotel||-|
|Templeside Lianlian Hutong Guest House||No.8 An Ping Alley Zhao Deng Yu Road Xicheng District||HOSTEL||-|
|Artstel Beijing||West Seven Star Street in 798 No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Road Chaoyang District||Hostel||-|
|Beijing King Courtyard Hotel||No. 42 Old GuLou Street XiCheng||Hotel||-|
|Sunrise Hostel (Tian An Men)||2Ciqiku Hutong Nanheyan Street DongCheng District||HOSTEL||83|
|Beijing Forbidden City Hostel||No.5 Nan He Yan Street Dongcheng District||HOSTEL||71|
|Courtyard View Hotel||No.1, Xigongjie Hutong, Gulou Dongdajie Street Dong Cheng Disctric||HOTEL||77|
|Heyuan International Youth Hostel||No.1 Zhi Qiang Bei Yuan, (Xiao Xi Tian) Wen Hui Yuan Rd,Hai Dian District||HOSTEL||80|
|Beijing Zhaolong Youth Hostel||East 3rd Ring Roads Changhong Bridge||HOSTEL||73|
|Dreams Travel Hostel||No.15 South St, Jiao Dao Kou, DongCheng district||HOSTEL||74|
|Beijing Fish Inn Courtyard Hostel||15 Xiaoyuan Hutong, XiSi Nan Street, Xidan (between Dayuan Hutong and Bingmasi Hutong)||HOSTEL||-|
|The Classic Courtyard||31 Bei Xin Hutong Yong He Gong Dajie Dong Cheng District||Hostel||77|
|An Ding Men Hotel||No47,AnDingMen Nei,road, DongChengqu||Hotel||-|
|Beijing Sentury Apartment Hotel||No.6 Nan Xin Yuan West Road Chao Yang District||Apartment||-|
|Cosmopolite Service Apartment - Studio||No.36 yard Dongzhimenwai Street Dongcheng District||Apartment||-|
|Heqiao Lizhi||No.8 Guanghua Rd Chaoyang District||Apartment||-|
|ShiQiao GuoMao Serviced Apartment||The East 3rd Ring Road No.16 Zhonglu CBD Chaoyang District||Apartment||-|
|Huihaoge Service Apartment||No.18 Jianguomennei street Southwest of East 2nd Ring Rd Jianguomen Bridge||Apartment||-|
|Comfort International - Apartment||The North 4th Ring Road No.302 Huizhongbeili Chaoyang District||Apartment||-|
|Han Tian Tang Hostel||Xizhimen Nei Nanxiaojie Qianbanbijie||Hostel||-|
|Beijing Binhai Sunny Hotel||No 75 Chaoneidajie Dongcheng District||Hotel||-|
|Beijing Binhai Sunny Business Hotel||No 75 Chaoyang Avenue Dongcheng District||Hotel||-|
|Zaoyuanju||17# Zhangwang Hutong Jiugulou Dajie, Dongcheng District Beijing,China||Hotel||73|
|The Courtyard Xiao Yuan Hostel||No.12. Li Shi Lane,Dong Si Nan Street DongCheng District||HOSTEL||75|
|Ming Fu Hotel||No. 79, Yi, West street of Hep||Hotel||-|
|Beijing Peaceful Service Apartment Downtown||Room 2405 No.10 Building Baihuan Jiayuan, No.66 G||Apartment||-|
|Beijing Citystar Hotel - Chinese Snack Street||NO.216 Dongzhimen Nei Street Dongcheng District||Hotel||70|
|Peking Yard Hostel||No. Jia 28, Wangzhima Hutong, Dongsibei Street Dongcheng Disctrict||HOSTEL||84|
|Beijing Homekey Hotel||No.15 Yu'er Hutong||Hotel||-|
|Beijing Leo Courtyard||Zhushikouxi Dajie Shanxixiang22 Xicheng District||HOSTEL||67|
|Beijing Leo Hostel 2||No.16 Shan Xi HuTong Qianmen||HOSTEL||69|
|Purple Courtyard||No.24 shajinghutong NanLuoGuXiang Dongcheng District||HOSTEL||-|
|Beijing Houhai Courtyard Inn||No.89, Mianhua Hutong Huguosi Street Xicheng District||Guesthouse||82|
|Beijing Wada International Hostel||8th Beimao Hutong Xicheng District||HOSTEL||73|
|BackHome Beijing Guest House||No.58 Xisi Bei Wu Tiao Hutong Xicheng District||HOSTEL||77|
|The Great Wall Box House||No. Jia 18, XiDui Main Street Gubeikou Village||HOSTEL||83|
|WC Hotel||Qianmen Street||Hotel||-|
|Orient International Hostel||No.77, 2 Duan, Xinhua Road||Hostel||-|
|Qianmen Yard||No.29 Peiying Hutong Meishi Street Xicheng district||Hotel||-|
|Beijing Lishi Hotel||No.18 Beijing Lishi Lane Dong Si Nan Street||Hotel||-|
|Beijing Traditional View Hotel||33 JuEr Hutong, JiaoDaoKou South Street Dongcheng District, Beijing||HOTEL||74|
|Metropolis Inn - No.3 Palace||3 Workers Stadium West Road, Chaoyang District,||Apartment||-|
|Imperial Courtyard||No.16 Huanyuan Dongxiang Andingmen Xijie||HOTEL||76|
|Ming Courtyard||No.34 XinTaiCang Hutong DongZhiMen, Beijing||HOSTEL||81|
|Tian An Men View Hotel||No.33 QianMen DaZhanLanXiJie||HOTEL||-|
|Metropolis Inn - Just Make||Dongzhimen, Chunxiu Road||Apartment||-|
|Metropolis Inn - Taiyue Heights||Hujialou, Sanlitun Chaoyang District||Apartment||-|
|Metropolis Inn - Forte International||No.16 Sanlitun South Road, Chaoyang District,||Apartment||-|
|Happy Dragon Courtyard||No51,Dongsi Jiutiao, Dongcheng District||HOSTEL||81|
|Nishouse - guest accommodation in Beijing||Hailan Zhongyuan Tiancun North Road Haidian district||Guesthouse||-|
|Metropolis Inn - World City||Hujialou, Yonganli, Guomao Chaoyang District||Apartment||-|
|Wangfujing Hotel Super 8||14 Dengshikou Street Dongcheng District||HOTEL||76|
|Fly by Knight Courtyard Hostel||No.6 DengCao Hutong DongCheng District||HOSTEL||85|
|Lu Song Yuan||No.22 Banchang Lane Kuanjie Dongcheng District||Hotel||-|
|Home of the Great Wall||2km away from Mutianyu Great Wall Huairou District||HOSTEL||-|
|China Element Hostel||Tower C, Irrigation Channel South Chaoyang District||APARTMENT||-|
|Beijing Full Fun International Youth Hostel||No. 91 Yanyue Hutong Dongcheng District||HOSTEL||-|
|N.E Hotel Bejing||No.10 YueyaHutong Dongsiliutiao Dongcheng district||Hotel||-|
|Tang House Fuxue Hutong||No.A1 Fuxue Hutong Dongcheng District||HOTEL||-|
|Tang House||No.291 Andingmennei Street Dongcheng District||HOSTEL||73|
|Jiang Tai Art Hotel||No.12, Jiuxianqiao Road Chaoyang District||HOTEL||-|
|Deja Vu Hostel||No. 107, Baochao Hutong, Gulou East Street Dongcheng District||HOSTEL||74|
|New World Hostel||2#-111 room Dushixinyuan Chongwenmenwai||HOSTEL||-|
|Beijing Leo Riverside Courtyard||68 Xiluoyuan Nan Li Fengtai District||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Little Mao's Hostel||No.16 Shatanhoujie DongCheng District||HOSTEL||75|
|Three Legged Frog Hostel||27 Tieshuxiejie Qianmen||HOSTEL||76|
|The Classic Courtyard||No 157 Nan Xin Hua Jie Xi Cheng District||Guesthouse||-|
|Peking International Youth Hostel||No.113-2 Nan Luo Gu Xiang Dong Cheng District||Hostel||-|
|Apricot Courtyard Inn||No.24, Caochang N Lane, Gulou DongCheng District||HOSTEL||-|
|FX Hotel Yansha Beijing||No.39Maizidian West Road Chaoyang District||HOTEL||-|
|FX Hotel ZhongGuanCun||No.68 North 4th Ring West Road Haidian District||HOTEL||-|
|Beijing QingFeng YouLian Hostel||No.187 An Ding Men Nei Street Dong Cheng District||HOSTEL||-|
|FX Hotel Beijing Airport||No. 17 Tianzhu Jiayuan, Tianzhu Town Shunyi District||HOTEL||-|
|Lucky Family Hostel||No. 12 Xinsi Hutong, Dongsi Shier Tiao Dongcheng District||HOSTEL||82|
|Hutong Ren||No.71 Ju�er Hutong , Nan Luo Gu Lane Dongcheng District||HOSTEL||-|
|Home Hostel||No. 21, Che Niandian Hutong, An Dingmen nei Street Dongcheng District||HOSTEL||75|
|Cinderella Hotel Shifoying||No99,Shifoying Dongli Chaoyang District||HOTEL||76|
|Beijing Hyde Hotel||No.11 Shijia Hutong Meishijie Xicheng District Bei||HOTEL||-|
|Leo Great Wall Hostel||Donggou Village, Badaling Town Yanqing Country||HOSTEL||-|
|FX Inn Chao Yang Park||No.10 Liu Li Tun Chaoyang District||HOTEL||-|
|798 My Loft Hostel||No.7, North Jiuxianqiao Road, Beijing Electric Mot Chaoyang District||HOSTEL||-|
|Dragon King Hostel||No.78 Dongsi Jiutiao||Hostel||-|
|Spring Time Hostel||Southwest Exit, Dongsi Subway Station Dongcheng District||HOSTEL||-|
|Beijing Books & Love Hostel||No.25 West Xiao Ying Road Daidian District||HOSTEL||-|
|Wudaokou Hostel||35 Chengfu Lu Building 6 room 503 Haidian District,||Hostel||-|
|7 Days Inn (Beijing Bei Yuan)||No.168 Hong Jun Ying Nan Lu Bei Yuan Lu Chaoyang District||HOTEL||-|
|Beijing Tiananmen Courtyard||100 Xiheyan Jie, Qianmen Xicheng District||GUESTHOUSE||-|
Many of the budget youth hostels and guesthouses have mid-range private rooms. Some of these rooms are in traditional courtyard homes. Others are pretty standard hotel rooms.
Unless you want to be an English teacher, have particular skill or speak fluent Chinese, finding work in Beijing can be difficult. It is possible to find low end sales jobs working for real estate companies but these jobs can be very difficult. If you really want to work in Beijing, and not have any of the above qualifications, it is best to set up camp and take any job that comes your way not matter how bad the pay is. Or go to a remote part of China and study Chinese for a year and come back.
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There are countless universities in Beijing. The most famous ones are listed below and are some of the universities that offer classes to foreigners:
Wangba (联网) means internet bar in Chinese. Almost every town will have an internet bar or gaming center. The best way to spot an internet bar is to look for the 网(ba) character, which means net, and large digitized images of computer game characters. Often, there will be a sign saying Green Power in English at the entrance. Most gaming centers cost about RMB3 an hour. You prepay at the main desk and are then given a plastic card or a piece of paper. Once you are done you return the card or piece of paper and get reimbursed for the money you didn't spend. Be prepared for a place that might be dingy, basic and messy. Internet bars in China tend to get crowded starting in the late afternoon to the late evenings.
Some hotels provide access from the rooms that may or may not be free; others may provide a wireless service or a few desktops in the lounge area.
Also, quite a few cafes provide free wireless Internet service. Some cafes, even provide a machine for customer use.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The country calling code to China is 86. To make an international call from China, the code is 00.
When making international phone calls it is best to buy an IP card. They typically have a value of ¥100 but sometimes can be had for as little as ¥25. The cards have printed Chinese instructions, but after dialing the number listed on the card English-spoken instructions are available. As a general indication of price, a call from China to Europe lasts around 22 minutes with a ¥100 card. Calls to the U.S. and Canada are advertised to be another 20% cheaper. There is no warning before the card runs out of minutes.
If you already have a GSM 900/1800 cellphone, you can roam onto Chinese networks, but calls will be very expensive (¥12-35/minute is typical). If you're staying for more than a few days, it will usually be cheaper to buy a prepaid Chinese SIM card; this gives you a Chinese phone number with a certain amount of money preloaded. Chinese tend to avoid phone numbers with the bad-luck digit '4', and vendors will often be happy to offload these "unsellable" SIM-cards to foreigners at a discount. If you need a phone as well, prices start around ¥100/200 used/new. Chinese phones, unlike those sold in many Western countries, are never "locked" and will work with any SIM card you put in them. China's two big operators are China Mobile and China Unicom. Most SIMs sold by the two work nationwide, with Unicom allowing Hong Kong/Macau/Taiwan usage as well. There is usually a surcharge of about ¥1/min when roaming outside the province you bought the SIM, and there are some cards that work only in a single province, so check when buying.
China Post (中国邮政) is the official postal service of the People's Republic of China, operated by the State Postal Bureau of the People's Republic of China (website in Chinese only), and has more details about price to send letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. The Chinese postal service is very good. Remember that in more remote places usually only one post office in a city can handle sending international boxes or letters. Also many times it might be worth having the name of the country you are trying to send to in Chinese characters, because small town people might not know what Estonia is in English. Post offices have a striking green logo and can easily be found everywhere in the cities. They are mostly open every day (including weekends!) from 8:00am to 6:00pm, though small offices might have shorter opening times, while the bigger ones in central and touristic areas are sometimes open during evenings as well.
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