Beijing Journals

Simultaneous Centuries

A November 1999 trip to Beijing by dolphoto

Great Wall (万里长城) Photo, Beijing, China More Photos
Quote: Mixing business with pleasure, Beijing became a series of learning experiences. The pace of change was so fast you could watch it happening. Above all, the city was filled with ancient beauty and modern friendliness.

Simultaneous Centuries

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Overview

forbidden Photo, Beijing, China
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The Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Temple of Heaven are all worth visits. Until you see it up close, you can't imagine how massive the Great Wall is. Do take time for basic people watching. Stroll the parks and watch for men playing Mah Jong with friends while their bird cages hang in nearby trees. Take a rickshaw ride, but be prepared to close your eyes in heavy traffic.Quick Tips: Have your hotel concierge write the name of your destination on the back of card that has your hotel's name and address on the other side. Use these cards with cab drivers. Present business cards with both hands. What Americans consider very rude is acceptable in China and vice ver...Read More

Great Wall (万里长城)

Attraction | "The Great Wall of China"

Great Wall (万里长城) Photo, Beijing, China
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If you have time to see only one sight while visiting Beijing, this should be it. The experience of visiting the Great Wall is on the scale of the Grand Canyon or the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower. The Great Wall is composed of tall solid stone walls topped with walkways connecting watch towers and other military installations. It follows the natural contours of the countryside, crossing rivers and climbing steep hills. As the many signs in English will explain, the wall was built and rebuilt across many centuries and many dynasties. No matter which portion of the wall you visit, you will only see a small portion of the full expanse. Getting to the wall is easily done by eit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 20, 2002

Great Wall (万里长城)
North Of Beijing City
Beijing, China
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Street Markets

Attraction | "Street and Other Markets"

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Throughout Beijing, as in other parts of China, there are markets selling brand name merchandise at "too good to be true" prices. There are indeed many good deals to be had, but more than anywhere else I have traveled, the buyer must truly beware. Many of the goods in markets have fallen off the truck. These are legitimate goods obtained through illigtimate means. How they were obtained is not your problem. All you need to worry about is getting the best deal. Check first for any flaws in the product and work your deal. Many other products are copies of various quality. Some of these are very good and may meet your standards. Others are so bad they make great gag gifts. I came ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 20, 2002

Street Markets
Throughout the City
Beijing, China