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Beijing, the whirlwind tour

A December 2000 trip to Beijing by Anne-Marie

Great Wall at Mu Tian Yu Photo, Beijing, China More Photos
Quote: Two weeks before Christmas, our company decided to send us on a quick trip to Beijing. In between work, we were able to fit in a city tour, a visit to the Great Wall and 2 visits to the Friendship store....

Beijing, the whirlwind tour

Overview

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Make sure to visit the Great Wall, we did it on a very cold weekday and had the place to ourselves. Dine on Peking duck. Shop for silk, cashmere, china and embroideries. Be surprised at the number of high rises and luxury cars next to people carrying huge loads on bicycles.

Quick Tips:

Don't waste time looking for ATM. We found none. Exchange money at the hotel is OK since the same rate is used everywhere.

Best Way To Get Around:

Taxis is definitely the way to go. They are plentiful and inexpensive. My chinese colleague commute to work on taxis. Avoid driving. I almost had heart attacks several times just sitting in the back seat.

Shangri-La Hotel Beijing

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Hotel | "Shangri-la Beijing"

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The hotel is located in the financial district, 30 minutes from Tiannamen Square, near the Third Ring Road. The hotel is comparable to any 5-star hotel worldwide and all of the staff speak fluent English. The fact that the hotel has a tropical garden complete with a pond, bridge and statue in the middle of overcrowded Beijing sets it apart from the other hotels. The hotel has 7 restaurants ranging from garden buffet to italian, japanese, chinese, etc.. There are several gift shops selling very high quality artwork, silk, cashmere and jade at prices to match. We paid $160 for a club room which entitled us to a bountiful breakfast buffet with western and chinese dishes, and evening drinks and snack...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2001

Shangri-La Hotel Beijing
29 ZIZHUYUAN ROAD
Beijing, China
86-10-6841-2211

Dining in Beijing

Restaurant

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Our chinese colleagues took us out for lunch to a busy chinese restaurant in the "Silicon Valley" of Beijing. The restaurant had several private rooms. The 6 of us got one to ourselves. We were seated at a round table with a turntable in the middle which makes sharing the dishes very easy. We asked for the typical americanized Wonton Soup and Egg Roll. They do not have them. However, they have Cashew Chicken, Beef & Broccoli and Fried Rice. Our chinese colleagues ordered the proverbial Peking Duck and several other dishes, banquet style, for us to share. The Peking duck is eaten wrapped in pancakes with scallions and hoisin sauce. We all decided that chinese food in Beijing ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 24, 2001

Dining in Beijing
Financial District
Beijing, China

Friendship Store

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Attraction | "The Friendship Store"

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The Beijing Friendship store is located near the center of town, about a mile from Tiennamen Square. The floor space covers over 9000 sq meters. On the ground floor, there is a small area dedicated to groceries and a Starbucks Coffee with connecting doors to the store. The store carries merchandises ranging from jade, gold and silver ornaments to ink brushes, slabs, seals, antiques, porcelain, embroidery, rugs and tapestries, various arts and crafts items, traditional clothing and costumes, furs, woolens and silks, electrical appliances, audio and video equipment, cosmetics, cigarettes, wine, confections, tea, traditional Chinese medicines and books. You can pay for you...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 24, 2001

Friendship Store
17 Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue
Beijing, China 100020
+86 (0)10 6500 3311

Great Wall at Mu Tian Yu

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Attraction | "The Great Wall at Mutianyu"

Great Wall at Mu Tian Yu Photo, Beijing, China
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No trip to China is complete without visiting the Great Wall so we decided to take an afternoon out of our busy schedule to do it. Our colleague who had been on a tour that included the Ming Tombs advised us against it. We enlisted the help of the hotel concierge to arrange a taxi tour for us and were advised to go to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall because of its better facilities. The Mutinayu Great Wall is located in Huairou, 70 km northeast of Beijing. The trip took over an hour through a combination of depressed and somewhat developed suburbs of Beijing. We were surprised to see billboards advertising single homes with two-car garages very similar to the ones found in the US next...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 3, 2001

Great Wall at Mu Tian Yu
San Du He Village
Beijing, China 101400
+86 (0)10 6162 6873

Taxis in Beijing

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Beijing is full of taxis and they are so cheap and convenient, I would recommend them over all other kinds of transportation. Our chinese colleague rides taxis to work. We did not use them from the aiport but the few times we use them in town, we were impressed at the honesty of the drivers. Taxis come in 3 kinds: 1- The tiny red ones that charge RMB 1.10 per km. These are most popular with the Chinese. 2- The small red ones that charge RMB 1.60 per km. These are more comfortable for 2 westerners in the back seat. 3- The bigger white ones that charge RMB 2.00 per km. You will only find them in front of hotels. We were told the Chinese will not take these since the...Read More