Beijing Journals

Autumn in the Capital City

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An October 2007 trip to Beijing by blueskygirl

Great Wall at Mu Tian Yu Photo, Beijing, China More Photos
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Knock-Offs and the Art Scene in Beijing

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Factory 798 Photo, Beijing, China
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Shopping: We went to the Silk Street Market twice. The first time, it was just way too crowded for me. No thank you! The second time, honestly I tried to find something I wanted to buy but I just couldn’t. I hate fake bags and I’m just not into pearls. I did buy a cashmere sweater (well, who knows if it is real cashmere but it did feel very nice) for 200 RMB (starting price was 600RMB). Shopping here was an interesting experience with various styles of sales pitches. They went from guilt ("please miss, I haven't made a sale today. You are my first customer. Please buy"), to shameless flattery ("You are so beautiful. Please come inside and look at my shoes. Real leather"), to threats ("You ...Read More

Eating our Way Through Beijing

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Eating: We had some good meals. On my last day, I found the Luxe guide Beijing which I wish I had gotten sooner (there is a foreign bookstore called Chaterhouse Books on the B1 level of THE PLACE mall… they had the LUXE guide for Beijing, Shanghai and some other Asian cities).THE PLACE – 9 Guanghua Road (cross street - Dong Da Qiao Road), Chaoyang District, Beijing. My favorite meal was probably at Crystal Jade in THE PLACE (4th floor – the same side as "Zara"). About a 10 min walk north of the Silk street (where they sell all the knock offs). We went there for a dim sum lunch. It was awesome!!! The service was impeccable and the décor was a minimalist-Asian theme which I loved. We ...Read More
Dirt market Photo, Beijing, China
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We woke at the first glimpse of dawn with the goal of getting to Panjiayuan (aka Dirt Market) before the crowds descended upon it. This market is a must-see. After previously seeing some Tibetan silk rugs elsewhere, I was hoping to see something similar but was disappointed not to find any here. Regardless, the market was bursting with rows and rows of beautiful ceramic works, bronze pieces, redwood and mahogany statues and carvings, delicate vases, hand dyed fabrics, oil paintings, water paintings, black and white photographs, furniture, Buddhist statues, pearls, corals and many many more things. By about 10am, it was starting to get very crowded. So best to get there early. We were there...Read More

China World Hotel

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Hotel | "Just one Word: Lovely!"

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Run by the Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts group, we had an amazing stay at this hotel. The lobby was heavy on the marble and gold but the rooms were modern and comfortable.The location is excellent, being on Jianguomenwai Dajie... although not walking distance Silk Street market is nearby as is, Tiannenmen Square and the Forbidden City.The metro is also right by the hotel which makes it super convenient and easy to get around. There is an import grocery store in the basement of China World Trade Centre (which is attached to the hotel) for stocking up on bottle water and little snacky foods. One night we wanted something different so walked next door to Taj Pavilion, the Indian...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 8, 2008

China World Hotel
1 JIAN GUO MEN WAI AVENUE
Beijing, China
86-10-6505 2266

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1. Have a calculator with you at all times. Invaluable when shopping and bargaining. Never accept the first price. 2. Learn the subway system, we learned that it’s way faster than navigating through Beijing’s rather dense traffic. Plus, it’s so cheap. Only 2RMB (or 0.30 US) to ride the subway virtually anywhere in the city. At first we were worried that we would not know where to get off, etc. We had no problems, all stops are marked in English and easy to figure out. 3. KFC and Macdonalds are the best places to use the washrooms. The public washrooms often do not have toilet paper, the toilets are squat style and they also make you pay to use them. 4. Which bri...Read More

Forbidden City

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Attraction | "Moments of Solitude in the Forbidden City"

Forbidden City Photo, Beijing, China
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60 RMB for admission + extra for audio guide (the audio guide ended up being more of a hassle than anything, as we had to deal with a finicky machine and much to our disappointment the original voice recording with Roger Moore has been replaced with a flat, monotone female voice. Very disappointing!)We entered through the Gate of Heavenly Peace, coming from Tiannenman Square. Just follow the masses... they're heading there too.We really enjoyed the Hall of Clocks and Watches with their collection of early mechanical pieces from China, Japan, Switzerland and other countries. Some clocks defy imagination with their over-the-top designs and style. You will have to buy and extra t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 8, 2008

Forbidden City
North Of Tiananmen Square Dong Cheng District
Beijing, China 100009
+86 (0)10 6512 2255

Huajia Yiyuan Restaurant

Restaurant | "Lovely Northern Chinese Meal in a Courtyard Setting"

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There’s the main restaurant area and then a little courtyard area across an old alley. We sat in the courtyard area which is outdoors but has heat lamps. The food here is northern Chinese – we ate dumplings, a fried eggplant dish (with a soy sauce/ garlic sauce on top), chicken with chillis, a white fish (possibly a Mandarin fish) in broth with green onions and red chillis, a lamb dish with cumin. Excellent food. The atmosphere was charming. We went on a Friday evening around 7pm and the place was packed. The clientele was mostly local people with a few expat-looking foreigners. Total cost for the 5 of us was about 350RMB with beer. They also had Beijing duck on the menu but we did not try that.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 4, 2008

Huajia Yiyuan Restaurant
No. 235 Dongzhimen Street within Avenue Dong Cheng District
Beijing
6405 1908

Great Wall at Mu Tian Yu

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Attraction | "An Absolute Highlight of a Lifetime!"

Great Wall at Mu Tian Yu Photo, Beijing, China
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We decided to go to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall having heard good things about this particular section (albeit restored). We were not disappointed. We were fortunate to have an amazing weather… bright blue sky with not a cloud in the sky. The temperature was just perfect, about 20C. We also went in the afternoon and we pretty much had the Wall to ourselves. There is a lift (think a chairlift on a ski hill) that we took to get to the Wall from the parking lot area. Then we took the fun toboggan back down. My Chinese friend said that you can also hike up to the Wall and not have to pay the lift fee but you will still have to pay the entrance fee. The hike takes around one hour, I...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 4, 2008

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