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Introduction

Mao is still watching the Forbidden City

Mao is still watching the Forbidden City

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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!

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Neighbourhoods

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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Sights and Activities

Tiananmen Square

Tian'anmen Gate from Tian'anmen Square, Beijing, China

Tian'anmen Gate from Tian'anmen Square, Beijing, China

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Tiananmen Square (square of Heavenly Peace) is a large city square in the centre of Beijing named after the Tiananmen gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) on the north side of the square, separating it from the Forbidden City. On the south side is another gate: the Zhengyangmen or Qianmen. On the square you will find the mausoleum of Mao Zedong, built in 1976. On the westside is the Great Hall of the People, and to the east the National Museum of China. With 440,000 m2 Tiananmen Square is the fourth largest city square in the world. if needed it could hold a massive crowd of 600,000 people. Outside of China the square is mostly known from the protests that took place on the square in 1989.

Tiananmen Area

  • The Forbidden City -
  • The Great Hall of the People is where the peoples congress meets. If you're interested in communist architecture this is a must see sight.
  • Chairman Mao Mausoleum is in the middle of Tiananmen Square and is where Mao's body lies. It is also one of the few sights in China that is actually free to enter!
  • Qianmen was built in 1419 and previously was the front gate to the inner ancient city of Beijing.
  • Beijing Imperial City Art Museum opened its doors in June 2003, for Beijings application for the World Cultural Heritages and displays the history of the Ming Dynasty.

South of the City Centre

  • [listing name=The Temple of Heaven type=sight price=To enter the park is only RMB10, for a ticket that allows you to see all the sights is around RMB100]The Temple of Heaven is a stunning temple where the Emperor would go to pray to the gods for good times. The Temple of Heaven is located in the Temple of Heaven Park and there are several other interesting sights there that date back to the Qing and Ming dynasty. Price: Entrance price is 80 RMB per adult. The Forbidden City was the winter palace to the Emperor from the Ming Dynasty till the Republic. Be aware that the Forbidden City is under renovation with signs stating that they would be ongoing until 2020, they have reduced the entrance price to reflect this but several of the major halls are off limits. [/listing
  • The Pearl Market - The Pearl Market is located at Hongqiao Shichang, just across from the east gate of the Temple Heaven Park. If looking for cheap to expensive jewelry (especially pearls), electronics, clothes and maybe some antiques this is the place to go. Bargaining is a must, be prepared for some crazy mark ups. In the basement there is a live seafood market that is worth checking out. Hours: 8:30am to 7:00pm
  • North of the City Centre

    • Beihai Park is a nice park north of the Forbidden City. There are several bars and restaurants located around the southern lakes. The northern lakes enter very quiet hutong neighborhoods and locals can be spotted fishing in the lakes.
    • The Summer Palace - This is a stunning palace with an amazing lake. The palace is about 12 kilometres outside of Beijing.
    • Great Wall of China is one of the most famous sights in China and very easy to get to from Beijing. Remember to choose a section of the Great Wall that will make you happy because the different sections can be completely different. The closest section of badaling is very touristy and can be extremely crowded with tour buses.
    • Hutongs - Hutongs are the old residential neighborhood which are narrow chaotic and lots of fun. Slowly disappearing in the name of development many people around the world are calling for their preservation. Luckily some areas have been saved but many of the hutongs are losing their working class feel as the land is just becoming too valuable. Many wealthier Chinese are buying the traditional homes from the Qing and Ming dynasty that were divided up under the communist to rebuild grand mansions. This time with indoor plumbing, air conditioning and garages.

    West of the City Centre

    • Miaoying Temple Dagoba - Miaoying Temple Dagoba is a nice Yuan Dynasty temple located at Fuchengmennei Dajie. The highlight of this temple is the large collection of Tibetan style bronzes and statues. There are decent English translations. Address: Fuchengmennei Dajie, Hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm

    East of the City Centre

    • Dongyue Temple - This a very nice traditional Taoist temple and has good English translations. There are several Taoist Hades ranging from the Department for Wandering Ghosts to the Department of Hell. The best time to visit is during Chinese New Year. Address: 141 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Hours: 9:00am to 4:30pm Tuesday-Sunday
    • Xiushui Silk Market - Xiushui Silk Market is located on Xiushui Shichang right off of Jianguomenwai Dajie near the Jianguomenwai subway stop. This market is a clothes shoppers dreams. It has everything from the finest silks to the best knock-off designer goods. Bargaining is a necessary here but very difficult because of the all tourists that forget to do it. Just be prepared walk away a couple of times or come early in the morning. There are a lot of pickpockets at the Silk Market so watch your belongings closely.
    • 798 Art Zone is the center of the art scene in Beijing and is located at 4 jiuxianqiao street, Chaoyang District.

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    Events and Festivals

    Beijing countdown clock

    Beijing countdown clock

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    • Chinese New Year (31 Jan 2014) - Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year (as it is the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar) and Spring Festival, signifies the beginning of a new year for the Chinese. Fireworks, dragon dancing, lion dancing and other performances occur in parks and streets. Houses are cleaned to drive away ill-fortune, making room for good luck in the new year. Feasts of dumplings and spring rolls are eaten and red paper-cuts decorate windows and doors!
    • Beijing International Marathon (October) - Beijing International Marathon, held annually in October, is one of China’s most prestigious international races, notably for its start at the Tiananmen Square. It's been going since 1981 and attracts nearly 5,000 runners.
    • Mid-autumn Festival (September or October) - Mid-autumn Festival[/b] is a harvest festival celebrated by the Chinese for over 3,000 years. It is a very important festival to the Chinese and is closely linked to the moon, so remember that it is tradition to eat Mooncakes, just watch out for the spicy ones or the ones with shredded pork on the inside! It is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is usually around mid or late September.
    • National Day (01 Oct 2013) - National Day celebrates the day the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949 and is celebrated as a National Holiday all over China. In recent years, the Chinese Government extended the National Day Holiday to one week’s time, which was called the Golden Week. It is intended to help expand the domestic tourism market and allow people time to make long-distance family visits.
    • Dragon Boat Festival (Fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar) - Also known as Duanwu Festival, it is a traditional holiday where rice dumplings and other traditional foods are consumed, as well as racing dragon boats! Dragon Boats have been used for spiritual and competitive purposes for over 5,000 years in China and approximately 20 million people go out on boats during the festival. The dates for the next Dragon Boat Festivals are: 2013: June 12th, 2014: June 2nd, 2015: June 20th, 2016: June 9th, 2017: May 30th, 2018: June 18th.
    • Beijing Kite Festival (April) - It is a tradition dating back to over 100 years and attracts kite flying teams from all over the world. The opening ceremony is particularly impressive with dragon dances, music and amazing kite displays. The Chinese Dragon kite is the most impressive to witness, but many others show beautiful designs of artistic craftsmanship. Address: Men Tou Gou (Western Suburb)
    • Double Ninth Festival (Chongyang Jie) - It falls on the 9th day of the 9th month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar (hence the name). Chrysanthemum wine and cakes are eaten on this day to detoxify and help drive evil spirits away. Respect to the elderly is given through gifts. As it's held in the mild climate of autumn, hiking and walking in the natural landscape is enjoyed as well.
    • Lantern Festival (Yuanxiao Jie) (15th day of the first lunar month) - "The Feast of the Full Moon" is full of fun! It's supposed to bring light and warmth of the sun after the cold winter months and prayers for rain for the spring plantation are done. Paper lanterns are everywhere, in all shapes and sizes. There are also exquisite expensive silken lanterns with historical scenes painted on. Of course lavish feasting is had too, and lots of face painting and lion dancing.
    • Tomb Sweeping Festival (Qingming Jie) (April) - This day is in mourning of the dead and is an important festival where people offer sacrifices to their ancestors. The day before, the Chinese eat cold food and then on the day they go to the graves and pay their respects. People visit the graves of their ancestors and tidy up the place by removing weeds and leaves: "Tomb Sweeping". Beijing's most famous cemetery, Babaoshan, is usually crowded around Qingming as people come to respect their ancestors.
    • Zhongshan Park Tulip Festival Beijing (Spring) - The impressive flowers, trees and rock formations of Zhongshan Park are a constant attraction, but the tulips in their spring full bloom are impressive enough to be held as an annual exhibition. There are around 300,000 tulips that submerge the park! Address: Zhongshan Park

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    Weather

    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.

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
    Avg Max1.6 °C4 °C11.3 °C19.9 °C26.4 °C30.3 °C30.8 °C29.5 °C25.8 °C19 °C10.1 °C3.3 °C
    Avg Min-9.4 °C-6.9 °C-0.6 °C7.2 °C13.2 °C18.2 °C21.6 °C20.4 °C14.2 °C7.3 °C-0.4 °C-6.9 °C
    Rainfall3 mm6 mm9 mm26 mm29 mm71 mm176 mm182 mm49 mm19 mm6 mm2 mm
    Rain Days23456914127532

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    Getting There

    By Plane

    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.

    Beijing Capital International Airport has three terminals. Terminal 1 (T1) the smallest of the terminals services mainly Hainan Airlines; Terminal 2 (T2) is mainly domestic flights but also a few internaitonal and Terminal 3 (T3) which is the newest and largest of the terminals (the 2nd largest airport terminal in the world) services domestic and international flights. There are free shuttles and walkways connecting the three terminals.

    The airport is accessible by four express tollways:

    • The Airport Expressway is a 20-kilometre-long toll road that runs from the northeastern 3rd Ring Road at Sanyuanqiao directly to Terminals 1 and 2. It was built in the 1990s and has served as the primary road connection to the city.
    • The 2nd Airport Expressway, opened in 2008, is a 15.6-kilometre-long toll road that runs east from Yaojiayuan Lu at the eastern 5th Ring Road and then north to Terminal 3.
    • The Northern Airport Line, opened in 2006, is an 11.3-kilometre-long toll road that runs east from the Jingcheng Expressway to Terminals 1 and 2.
    • The Southern Airport Line, opened in 2008, is a toll road that runs parallel and to the south of the Northern Airport Line from the Jingcheng Expressway to the eastern Sixth Ring Road at the Litian Bridge. This highway crosses the Airport Expressway and 2nd Airport Expressway, and enables drivers on the former to reach Terminal 3 and the latter to head to Terminals 1 and 2.

    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.

    By Train

    Busy station

    Busy station

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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.

    • Beijing Train Station (北京火车站) is the main train station in Beijing. The train station looks like it is straight out of a communist text book and is massive in scale. It is located slightly east of the city center and has subway access on line 1 (or the circle line) at the Beijing Zhan stop. This train station has international trains to Moscow and Ulan Bator. Remember there is a ticket office for foreigners in the northwest corner of the 1st floor.
    • Beijing West Train Station (北京火车西站) is also a very important train station in Beijing. This train station has a neo-imperial Chinese architectural style to it. Most of the trains going to the west of China leave out this train station. This train station is located pretty far west of the city centre so give plenty of time to travel there. Many of the trains going to Vietnam or Hong Kong leave from this station. There is a ticket office for foreigners on the 2nd floor that is open 24 hours a day. If you're craving one last Western fix before heading out into the sticks of China, there is a McDonald's in the waiting area.
    • Beijing South Train Station (北京火车南站) or Beijing North Train Station (北京火车北站) also has trains to cities closer to Beijing. Both of these train stations are located on the Second Ring Road.

    By Car

    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.

    By Bus

    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.

    By Boat

    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.

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    Getting Around

    By Car

    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.)

    By Subway

    Beijing Subway

    Beijing Subway

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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)

    By Bus

    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.

    By Foot

    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.

    By Bike

    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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    Eat

    Megabite meal

    Megabite meal

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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.

    • Cafe Sambal - Cafe Sambal[/b] - For great selections of authentic Malaysian cuisine and flavours. It is located in the Xicheng district. Hours: 11:30am to 12 midnight
    • Donhuamen Night Market - Donhuamen Night Market[/b] - For a huge selection of grilled meats, vegetables and scorpians! And many other yummy things too!
    • Oriental Plaza Shopping mall - Oriental Plaza Shopping mall[/b] has a huge food court which has plenty of cheap eats and is very popular with middle class locals. One place in this food court is called Megabite and it is seriously good value. You get huge, wholesome portions of meat and veg with rice for under RMB25. The best thing is that all stalls have the dishes on display, so for non Mandarin speakers it is very easy to order. Address: 1 Dongchang'an Jie

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    Drink

    Bars

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    bla bla bar in Beijing

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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.

    • Sanlitun Bar Street - Sanlitun Bar Street. pronounced Sanlatur, is one of the main bar streets. Beers can be a little pricey depending on the place ranging from RMB20-40 for a big class. There are three main sections of Sanlitun. The easiest is north and south off of Gongti Beilu but there is another section just west of the north section. Just follow one of the side streets going west. Here are a few recommendations but there are countless other bars to choose from.
    • Rickshaw - Rickshaw is a great bar located just south of Gongti Beilu on Sanlitun. This bar offers nice western food and during the summer has an amazing outdoor eating and drinking area. They even have a beer pong table for people that like to play drinking games.
    • The Bookworm - The Bookworm is library, bookstore, restaurant and bar all added together! Although not the ideal place for a wild night out, it is a great place to relax and pick up some new reading material. The Bookworm is located right off the southern section of Sanlitun.
    • The Poachers Inn - The Poachers Inn is a great british pub located on the western side-street of Sanlitun.
    • Nanluogu Xiang - Nanluogu Xiang is a great budget bar street, with several restaurants. Located in one of the Hutongs this is a very nice relaxed place to have a beer. Many of the bars are converted courtyard homes and have roof decks for drinking. The beer in general is pretty cheap, for Beijing, and around RMB10-15 a bottle.
    • Houhai Lake - Houhai Lake has several bars and restaurants aimed at Chinese tourists and locals. Although with the best view of all the bar streets this place can get a little overwhelming. It is recommended to go early in the evening and enjoy the sunset over the lakes before moving on to different bars. This is also a great date spot.

    Nightclubs

    • Vics and Mics - Vics and Mics are two of the largest nightclubs in Beijing. They are located at the north gate of the workers stadium. This place is packed every night of the week and can have a hefty cover charge.

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    Sleep

    Budget

    • Templeside House Hostel - Templeside House Hostel has 2 'Hutong style' accomodation located in the XiCheng District.
    • The Qianmen Hostel - The Qianmen Hostel is a nice hostel with free wi-fi internet and a decent restaurant serving cheap food. They offer shared and private rooms with TV. Address: No. 33 Meishi Street, Qianmen, Xuanwu District
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    365 InnNo. 55 Da Zha Lan West Street, Xuan Wu District, BHostel87
    9 Dragons HouseNo.78, Dongsi Jiutiao Dongcheng DistrictHostel86
    A.HotelEast Gate Worker's StadiumHotel-
    Alley Garden Courtyard HostelNo.46 Beixinqiao Santiao Dongcheng DistrictHostel-
    Ann Tour International Youth HostelNo.3 Qingnianhu South Street Dongcheng DistrictHostel-
    Ao Xiang Ge HotelNo. yi 26 Zhanlanguan Road Xicheng DistrictHotel-
    Bai Ta Yuan Guest HouseNO.20, Da Cha Ye Hutong Xicheng DistrictHostel76
    Beijing City Central Youth HostelNo.1 Beijingzhanqianjie Dongcheng DistrictHostel70
    Beijing Downtown BackpackersNo. 85, Nanluogu Alley Dongcheng DistrictHostel84
    Beijing Drum Tower International HostelNo.51 JiuGuLou Da Jie, XiCheng District, BeiJingHostel82
    Beijing Far East Youth HostelNo. 90 Tieshu Xiejie Xuanwu District,Hostel73
    Beijing Jade Youth Hostel (Utels)No.5, North Zhide Alley, Beiheyan Street, Dongcheng DistrictHostel78
    Beijing Lanting Youth HostelNo.17, Sanqu, Anhua Xili, Anhualu Chaoyang DistrictHostel-
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    Beijing Olympic and International Airport HotelNo.36 Xiao Tian Zhu Road Shunyi DistrictHotel77
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    Best HostelNo.34 Dong si shier tiao of Dongcheng DistrictHostel-
    Candy InnNo.18 Beixin Hutong Dongcheng DistrictHostel81
    Chinese Box Courtyard HostelNO.52 Xi Si Bei 2 Tiao Hutong Xicheng DistrictHostel88
    Cinderella ApartmentNo30,An Ning Zhuang East Road Hai Dian DistrictHostel78
    Citycourt InnNo.3 Bei An Li Xicheng DistrictHostel85
    Confucious International Hostel38 WuDaoYing Dongcheng DistrictHostel76
    Cosmopolite Apartment Hotel BeijingNO.b39 Dongzhimenwai Street Dongcheng DistrictApartment-
    Courtel HostelNo.8 West Andingmen St. Dong Cheng DistrictHostel-
    Courtyard 7No.7, Qiangulouyuan Hutong, Nan Luo Gu Xiang Dong Cheng DistrictHotel-
    Discovery Youth HostelNo.10 Building, Jin Tai Li, Jin Tai Road Chaoyang DistrictHostel-
    Dongzhimen Golden Pineapple Youth HostelNo.18, Xinzhong St Dongcheng DistrictHostel76
    Dream CastleNo 26 Anzhenli 3rd Block, Chaoyang DistrictHotel-
    Emperor Guesthouse11, Ying Tao Xie Jie, Qianmen Xuanwu DistrictHostel-
    Emperors Guards StationNo.51, 3rd lane of Beijige (Beijige San Tiao)Guesthouse-
    Flowering House Hostel23#,Hua Geng Hu Tong,Jiao Dao Kou Dong Cheng DistrictHostel-
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    Haina HostelNo.14-8, Dongzhi Men Nei Da Jie Dong Cheng DistrictHostel79
    Han Hostel23 Qianbanbi Street XizhimenneiHostel-
    Happy Dragon Hostel29 Ren Min Shi Chang Xi Xiang,Dong Cheng District.Hostel86
    Happy Garden HotelNo.19, Heping Xi Jie Chaoyang DistrictHostel-
    Hongdu Sunny Youth HostelNo.23 Xibahe West ChaoYang DistrictHostel-
    Houhai Courtyard Guest HouseNO.14,Sanbulao Hutong Xi Cheng DistrictHostel75
    Hutong Inn ( Zaoyuanju )17# Zhangwang Hutong, Jiugulou Dajie Dongcheng DistrictHostel-
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    Kelly's CourtyardNo. 25, Xiaoyuan Hutong of Bingmasi Hutong Xidan North Street, Xicheng DistrictHostel87
    King's Joy International hostelNo. 81, Meishi St. Xuanwu DistrictHostel78
    Lama Temple International Youth HostelNo.56 Bei Xin Qiao Tou Tiao , Yong He Gong Street Dong Cheng DistrictHostel-
    Leo HostelGuang Ju Yuan, 52, Da Zha Lan Xi Jie QianmenHostel80
    Michael's House BeijingS.Yard,1 Zhiqiang Garden N. XiaoxitianHostel78
    N.E.HotelDongsiliutiao, Yueyahutong No.10Hostel82
    New Dragon International HostelNo.26 Shijia Hutong North Street Dongdan ,Dongcheng DistrictHostel-
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    P.LOFT Youth HostelNo.29 Paoju tou tiao Dongcheng DistrictHostel75
    Peking International Youth Hostel5, Beichizi Ertiao, Beichizi Dajie Dong Cheng DistrictHostel86
    PekingUni International Youth HostelNo 150, Cheng Fu Road Haidian DistrictHostel79
    Perfect InnNo. 281 Gulou Dong Dajie Dongcheng DistrictHotel64
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    Red Lantern HouseNo.5 Zhengjue Hutong, Xinjie Kou Xicheng DistrictHostel86
    RJ Brown HotelNo.19, XinNong Street TianQiao BeijingHotel-
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    Sleepy Inn Downtown Lakeside Beijing103 Deshengmen Nei Da Jie Xicheng DistrictHostel77
    Spring Garden HotelNo.11 Xisi Beiliutiao Hutong, Xisibei Dajie Xi Cheng DistrictHotel-
    Super 8 Hotel Beijing GuomaoNo.18, Shungjing Beili Chaoyang DistrictHotel-
    Sweet Garden HouseNo, 19 Dongsi QitiaoHostel74
    Tai Long Hotel51 Dong An Men Da Jie Dong Cheng DistrictHotel78
    Templeside Courtyard Hutong HouseNO.3 Liuhe Hutong 2 Tiao, Xisi Xicheng DistrictHostel81
    Templeside Deluxe Hutong HouseNo.8, An Ping Xiang, Zhao Deng Yu Road Xicheng DistrictHostel82
    The Great Wall Courtyard HostelNo.5, Cha Dao Gu Cheng Ba Da Lin Zhen, Yan Qing DistrictHostel83
    Xing Hai Qi Holiday HotelNo.89 Di An Men Dongda Street Dongcheng DistrictHotel-
    Yier Club(Chang An Jie)No.1 Denglong Ku Hu Tong,Nanchizi Street Dongcheng DistrictHostel77
    Yuanjia International ApartmentNo.40, Dong Zhong Jie Street, Dongzhimenwai Chaoyang DistrictHostel-
    Zhong An Hotel6, Kuijiachang Hutong E Beijing Train StationHotel-
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    Templeside Lianlian Hutong Guest HouseNo.8 An Ping Alley Zhao Deng Yu Road Xicheng DistrictHOSTEL-
    Artstel BeijingWest Seven Star Street in 798 No. 4 Jiuxianqiao Road Chaoyang DistrictHostel-
    Beijing King Courtyard HotelNo. 42 Old GuLou Street XiChengHotel-
    Sunrise Hostel (Tian An Men)2Ciqiku Hutong Nanheyan Street DongCheng DistrictHOSTEL-
    Beijing Forbidden City HostelNo.5 Nan He Yan Street Dongcheng DistrictHOSTEL-
    Courtyard View HotelNo.1, Xigongjie Hutong, Gulou Dongdajie Street Dong Cheng DisctricHOTEL79
    Heyuan International Youth HostelNo.1 Zhi Qiang Bei Yuan, (Xiao Xi Tian) Wen Hui Yuan Rd,Hai Dian DistrictHOSTEL82
    Beijing Zhaolong Youth HostelEast 3rd Ring Roads Changhong BridgeHOSTEL75
    Dreams Travel HostelNo.15 South St, Jiao Dao Kou, DongCheng districtHOSTEL-
    Beijing Fish Inn Courtyard Hostel15 Xiaoyuan Hutong, XiSi Nan Street, Xidan (between Dayuan Hutong and Bingmasi Hutong)HOSTEL-
    The Classic Courtyard31 Bei Xin Hutong Yong He Gong Dajie Dong Cheng DistrictHostel78
    An Ding Men HotelNo47,AnDingMen Nei,road, DongChengquHotel-
    Beijing Sentury Apartment HotelNo.6 Nan Xin Yuan West Road Chao Yang DistrictApartment-
    Cosmopolite Service Apartment - StudioNo.36 yard Dongzhimenwai Street Dongcheng DistrictApartment-
    Heqiao LizhiNo.8 Guanghua Rd Chaoyang DistrictApartment-
    ShiQiao GuoMao Serviced ApartmentThe East 3rd Ring Road No.16 Zhonglu CBD Chaoyang DistrictApartment-
    Huihaoge Service ApartmentNo.18 Jianguomennei street Southwest of East 2nd Ring Rd Jianguomen BridgeApartment-
    Comfort International - ApartmentThe North 4th Ring Road No.302 Huizhongbeili Chaoyang DistrictApartment-
    Han Tian Tang HostelXizhimen Nei Nanxiaojie QianbanbijieHostel-
    Beijing Binhai Sunny HotelNo 75 Chaoneidajie Dongcheng DistrictHotel-
    Beijing Binhai Sunny Business HotelNo 75 Chaoyang Avenue Dongcheng DistrictHotel-
    Zaoyuanju17# Zhangwang Hutong Jiugulou Dajie, Dongcheng District Beijing,ChinaHotel77
    The Courtyard Xiao Yuan HostelNo.12. Li Shi Lane,Dong Si Nan Street DongCheng DistrictHOSTEL-
    Ming Fu HotelNo. 79, Yi, West street of HepHotel-
    Beijing Peaceful Service Apartment DowntownRoom 2405 No.10 Building Baihuan Jiayuan, No.66 GApartment-
    Beijing Citystar Hotel - Chinese Snack StreetNO.216 Dongzhimen Nei Street Dongcheng DistrictHotel71
    Peking Yard HostelNo. Jia 28, Wangzhima Hutong, Dongsibei Street Dongcheng DisctrictHOSTEL85
    Beijing Homekey HotelNo.15 Yu'er HutongHotel-
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    Beijing Leo CourtyardZhushikouxi Dajie Shanxixiang22 Xicheng DistrictHOSTEL77
    Beijing Leo Hostel 2No.16 Shan Xi HuTong QianmenHOSTEL81
    Purple CourtyardNo.24 shajinghutong NanLuoGuXiang Dongcheng DistrictHOSTEL-
    Beijing Houhai Courtyard InnNo.89, Mianhua Hutong Huguosi Street Xicheng DistrictGuesthouse82
    Beijing Wada International Hostel8th Beimao Hutong Xicheng DistrictHOSTEL75
    BackHome Beijing Guest HouseNo.58 Xisi Bei Wu Tiao Hutong Xicheng DistrictHOSTEL79
    The Great Wall Box HouseNo. Jia 18, XiDui Main Street Gubeikou VillageHOSTEL85
    WC HotelQianmen StreetHotel-
    Orient International HostelNo.77, 2 Duan, Xinhua RoadHostel-
    Qianmen YardNo.29 Peiying Hutong Meishi Street Xicheng districtHotel-
    Beijing Lishi HotelNo.18 Beijing Lishi Lane Dong Si Nan StreetHotel-
    Beijing Traditional View Hotel33 JuEr Hutong, JiaoDaoKou South Street Dongcheng District, BeijingHOTEL-
    Metropolis Inn - No.3 Palace3 Workers Stadium West Road, Chaoyang District,Apartment-
    Imperial CourtyardNo.16 Huanyuan Dongxiang Andingmen XijieHOTEL79
    Ming CourtyardNo.34 XinTaiCang Hutong DongZhiMen, BeijingHOSTEL81
    Tian An Men View HotelNo.33 QianMen DaZhanLanXiJieHOTEL-
    Metropolis Inn - Just MakeDongzhimen, Chunxiu RoadApartment-
    Metropolis Inn - Taiyue HeightsHujialou, Sanlitun Chaoyang DistrictApartment-
    Metropolis Inn - Forte InternationalNo.16 Sanlitun South Road, Chaoyang District,Apartment-
    Happy Dragon CourtyardNo51,Dongsi Jiutiao, Dongcheng DistrictHOSTEL83
    Nishouse - guest accommodation in BeijingHailan Zhongyuan Tiancun North Road Haidian districtGuesthouse-
    Metropolis Inn - World CityHujialou, Yonganli, Guomao Chaoyang DistrictApartment-
    Wangfujing Hotel Super 814 Dengshikou Street Dongcheng DistrictHOTEL-
    Fly by Knight Courtyard HostelNo.6 DengCao Hutong DongCheng DistrictHOSTEL86
    Lu Song YuanNo.22 Banchang Lane Kuanjie Dongcheng DistrictHotel-
    Home of the Great Wall2km away from Mutianyu Great Wall Huairou DistrictHOSTEL-
    China Element HostelTower C, Irrigation Channel South Chaoyang DistrictAPARTMENT-
    Beijing Full Fun International Youth HostelNo. 91 Yanyue Hutong Dongcheng DistrictHOSTEL-
    N.E Hotel BejingNo.10 YueyaHutong Dongsiliutiao Dongcheng districtHotel-
    Tang House Fuxue HutongNo.A1 Fuxue Hutong Dongcheng DistrictHOTEL-
    Tang HouseNo.291 Andingmennei Street Dongcheng DistrictHOSTEL83
    Jiang Tai Art HotelNo.12, Jiuxianqiao Road Chaoyang DistrictHOTEL78
    Deja Vu HostelNo. 107, Baochao Hutong, Gulou East Street Dongcheng DistrictHOSTEL-
    New World Hostel2#-111 room Dushixinyuan ChongwenmenwaiHOSTEL-
    Beijing Leo Riverside Courtyard68 Xiluoyuan Nan Li Fengtai DistrictGUESTHOUSE-
    Little Mao's HostelNo.16 Shatanhoujie DongCheng DistrictHOSTEL78
    Three Legged Frog Hostel27 Tieshuxiejie QianmenHOSTEL78
    The Classic CourtyardNo 157 Nan Xin Hua Jie Xi Cheng DistrictGuesthouse-
    Peking International Youth HostelNo.113-2 Nan Luo Gu Xiang Dong Cheng DistrictHostel-
    Apricot Courtyard InnNo.24, Caochang N Lane, Gulou DongCheng DistrictHOSTEL-
    FX Hotel Yansha BeijingNo.39Maizidian West Road Chaoyang DistrictHOTEL-
    FX Hotel ZhongGuanCunNo.68 North 4th Ring West Road Haidian DistrictHOTEL-
    Beijing QingFeng YouLian HostelNo.187 An Ding Men Nei Street Dong Cheng DistrictHOSTEL77
    FX Hotel Beijing AirportNo. 17 Tianzhu Jiayuan, Tianzhu Town Shunyi DistrictHOTEL77
    Lucky Family HostelNo. 12 Xinsi Hutong, Dongsi Shier Tiao Dongcheng DistrictHOSTEL81
    Hutong RenNo.71 Ju�er Hutong , Nan Luo Gu Lane Dongcheng DistrictHOSTEL-
    Home HostelNo. 21, Che Niandian Hutong, An Dingmen nei Street Dongcheng DistrictHOSTEL77
    Cinderella Hotel ShifoyingNo99,Shifoying Dongli Chaoyang DistrictHOTEL78
    Beijing Hyde HotelNo.11 Shijia Hutong Meishijie Xicheng District BeiHOTEL-
    Leo Great Wall HostelDonggou Village, Badaling Town Yanqing CountryHOSTEL-
    FX Inn Chao Yang ParkNo.10 Liu Li Tun Chaoyang DistrictHOTEL-
    798 My Loft HostelNo.7, North Jiuxianqiao Road, Beijing Electric Mot Chaoyang DistrictHOSTEL-
    Dragon King HostelNo.78 Dongsi JiutiaoHostel-
    Spring Time HostelSouthwest Exit, Dongsi Subway Station Dongcheng DistrictHOSTEL-
    Beijing Books & Love HostelNo.25 West Xiao Ying Road Daidian DistrictHOSTEL-
    Wudaokou Hostel35 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 DistrictHOTEL-
    Beijing Tiananmen Courtyard100 Xiheyan Jie, Qianmen Xicheng DistrictGUESTHOUSE-

    Mid-Range

    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.

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    Work

    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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    Learn

    Beijing - Chairman Mao outside the Agricultural University

    Beijing - Chairman Mao outside the Agricultural University

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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:

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    Keep Connected

    Internet

    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.

    Phone

    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.

    Post

    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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    Around Beijing

    • Ming Tombs (明朝十三陵) are stunning tombs about 50 kilometres outside of Beijing.

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    Coordinates
    • Latitude: 39.90601
    • Longitude: 116.387909

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