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Travel Guide to Beijing

by WCC on January 19, 2012

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Beijing (Chinese:北京, Beijing) is the capital of China and its own province. The city is one of the cultural centers and the political center of the country, with about 11 million inhabitants. Over 3000 years of history, of which several centuries as the capital of the Chinese Empire, Beijing make it an attractive destination. The 2008 Olympic Games were held in Beijing. The provincial city of Beijing in northeastern China, about 120 kilometers from the nearest coast within the province of Hebei. Southeast of the city extends to the North China Plain, Beijing is otherwise surrounded by the mountains of the Mongolian Plateau. To 16 800 square kilometers of Beijing province includes extensive rural areas. The city averages 63 meters above sea level.

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Beijing has a continental climate with cold winters and hot summers. The best time to visit Beijing is the autumn. Then the weather is pleasant and the season is already over. The spring is a good time, it rains in the little, apart from the sand storm clouds that come from Inner Mongolia. From May, the temperatures begin to climb above 30 degrees. In summer there are actually about 40 degrees and then there are often thunderstorms and heavy rainfall. Nevertheless, this is the high season and hotels are particularly expensive. In winter it gets very cold (down to – 20 degrees), but the snow on the roofs of the Forbidden City or the Great Wall exudes a special atmosphere, which can be worth a trip.

When shopping in Beijing should be noted that in street markets fakes are sold almost exclusively. There are several shopping malls where clothes are sold at small stands or technology. This includes both the action and the precise look at the quality of the products a must. The quality is more often than bad. Especially clothing often loses the color very quickly. Replacement of defective goods is often not a problem. Higher-value products are original only in the large shopping centers (in this case is not dealt with in the rule). DVDs can be bought on the street for 5 yuan, German as a language is often not available, as well as original movies are not available.

When shopping at stores that it is worthwhile to first offer the dealer with a private offering that is 10-20%, to enter into the negotiation. It is worthwhile to negotiate with several dealers, often there is the same product around the corner there, too. A good method is to remove the end of the negotiation with the pretext it was too expensive. If the dealer then a lower price after a call, you come slowly closer to the actual selling price. When negotiations are in Mandarin, is usually achieved better prices. Try to make sure to pay what other (Chinese) customers for the products.

The negotiation behavior, the seller can differ greatly. The more expensive the product the more aggressive the sellers. The starting price can be especially with electronic devices up to 2.5 times. This should not present an offer directly, but rather show indecision or indifference. The traders often react with a new offer. The price falls once more clear when you walk away or say that where you want to look different. Even honest statements like that you wanted to ask only for a price, are often classified as an experimental plot. Generally, one should remain friendly and clearly indicate the dealer of his intentions, then the message is clear.

Beijing offers a cosmopolitan metropolis for everyone the right target. In the district of Sanlitun bars and clubs to compete primarily foreign guests. The price varies from 20 RMB (some counterfeit alcohol) and a maximum of RMB 60 for cocktails. Beer and soft drinks are typically priced at 40 RMB. To the north of the worker stage there are a number of clubs, including the mix, the Vics and some more specialized in electronic music clubs. Admission is 50 RMB at the weekend, a week, sometimes for free. Especially here should be taken at your own valuables. The music is mostly R & B or House, but unfortunately far too loud! Tinnitus danger! Bring earplugs. Are close to the Ritan Park there is also the Tango Club (several floors). Not infrequently, this well-known European DJs are encountered (Paul van Dyk, Markus Schulz).

An inexpensive alternative to the mentioned regions is the Wudaokou area (accessible by Metro line 13). The region is due to its proximity to Beijing and Tsinghua University, populated heavily by local and international students – even during the week. Around the Hou Hai, a small lake in the middle of Beijing, there is a large selection of trendy bars and restaurants. A truly beautiful area.

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