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    Beijing – a brief overview

    China’s ever-growing capital is the ultimate expression of change in this enormous country. Ancient imperial palaces rub up alongside communist monuments, while the surge skywards is indicative of Beijing’s place as one of the planet’s most bustling cities. Explore pretty hutongs (side streets), take in the vast sweep of Tiananmen Square, and get lost in

    the seemingly endless Forbidden City. And if you’ve got time to spare, hop on a tour bus and head out to the Great Wall to see the ultimate symbol of Chinese power. Shanghai might feel more cutting edge, but Beijing’s beauty lies in its boundless sights and stunning architecture.

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    The Imperial Palace with its magnificent structures and artworks is one of the most popular destinations in all of China

    Tian‘anmen Square

    Dongcheng District
    100009 Beijing
    China
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    This huge square remains a place of pilgrimage for Chinese and foreign tourists alike. Watched over by Chairman Mao’s gigantic portrait, which hangs from the ancient Tiananmen Gate, and lined by key government buildings, this is the first place to head when you arrive in Beijing.

    Forbidden City/Palace Museum

    Dongcheng
    Beijing
    China
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0830-1630 (Nov-Mar)
    Tue-Sun 0830-1700 (Apr-Jun and Sep-Oct)
    Tue-Sun 0800-1700 (Jul-Aug)

    This massive walled city was once home to China’s ruling dynasties and is now one of Beijing’s best attractions. Enter via Tiananmen Square and use the excellent audio guide to take you through countless rooms of artefacts and collections relating to the Imperial period.

    Summer Palace

    19 Xinjian Gongmen
    Haidian
    100084 Beijing
    China
    Tel: +86-10/62 88 11 44
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0630-1800 (Apr-Oct)
    Daily 0700-1700 (Nov-Mar)

    The summer retreat of China’s emperors, this vast network of palaces, parks and lakes requires a full day to explore properly. Hardwood walkways and opulent temples show just how much was spent by the royal families on maintaining this warm weather playground.

    Mausoleum of Mao Zedong

    Dongcheng
    Beijing
    China
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0700-1100

    The Founding Father of Chinese communism, Mao Zedong is still revered despite his years in power resulting in the deaths of millions. His embalmed body lies in a mausoleum at the centre of Tiananmen Square, even though he wished to be cremated upon his death in 1976.

    Great Wall of China


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    Opening times:
    Times vary according to section; check with local tour operators.

    No trip to Beijing is complete without seeing the Great Wall. Tour operators everywhere want to take you to the reconstructed section at Badaling, which is easily accessible by car. More intrepid travellers should check out the impressive Jinshanling section, a four-hour drive away.

    Temple of Heaven

    Tiantan Donglu
    Dongcheng
    100050 Beijing
    China
    Tel.: +86-10/67 02 88 66
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    Opening times:
    Park gates:
    Daily 0600-2200.
    Attractions within the park:
    Daily 0800-1700 (Nov-Feb)
    Daily 0800-1730 (Mar-Jun)
    Daily 0800-1800 (Jul-Oct).

    Created using Confucian design, this large park is the perfect place to escape the throb of traffic and noise which can sometimes become overwhelming in Beijing’s centre. Manicured gardens and tree-lined walkways provide a relaxing alternative to trawling the halls of the Palace Museum.

    Lama Temple

    12 Yonghegong Daije
    Dongcheng
    Beijing
    China
    Tel.: +86-10/64 04 44 99
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1630

    Pilgrims flock to worship at Beijing’s (and arguably China’s) most beautiful Buddhist temple. The intricate murals, statues and interiors leave you wowed, while the sense of peace gives you a chance to reflect on all the sights you’ve already taken in.

    Central TV Tower

    11 West Third Ring Road Middle
    Haidian
    100142 Beijing
    China
    Tel: +86-10/88 41 62 32
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0830-2200

    Clamber up to the viewing platform of this Beijing landmark to get huge views across town, including Tiananmen Square and the Summer Palace. Try and time your trip so the city’s infamous smog doesn’t ruin your day out and check out the 221m-high revolving restaurant too.

    Olympic Park

    Beisihuanzhong
    Chaoyang
    100101 Beijing
    China
    Tel.: +86-10/84 99 20 08
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1730 (stadium)
    Daily 0900-2100 (aquatic centre).

    Beijing’s 2008 Olympics will always be remembered for the stunning Bird’s Nest stadium and Water Cube aqua centre. Head here to get a view of both up close. Bring your bathers and be sure to check out the water slides and aqua park inside the Cube too.

    More highlights in Beijing’s Olympic Park

    Beihai Park

    1 Wenjin Street
    100034 Beijing
    China
    Tel.: +86-10/64 03 32 25
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0600-2030 (April, Mai, September, October)
    Daily 0600-2200 (June, July, August)
    Daily 0600–2000 (January, February, March, November, December)

    All Beijing life is here. Wander through in the early evening and see couples dancing. Early risers flock here to practice tai chi before heading to work. The pretty temple is also well worth a quick visit.

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    Country overview

    At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China presented itself as an emerging country where old traditions coexist alongside astounding new technology and architecture. China has an immense wealth of cultural treasures. Forty-seven of the sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List are in China, and these include the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Terracotta Army of Xi’an. In addition to these, there are Natural World Heritage sites, including the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries and the protected area of the Three Parallel Rivers, which encompasses the upper reaches of the Yangtze (Jinsha), the Lancang (Mekong) and the Nujiang (Salween) in Yunnan.

    The capital city is Beijing, which is also where the central government is based. China is divided into 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-controlled municipalities (Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Chongqing) and two special administrative regions (Hong Kong and Macau).

    Geography

    In terms of area, China is the world’s fourth largest country, after the Russian Federation, Canada and the United States. With a population of around 1.38 billion, it is the most populous country in the world – China accounts for about 20 percent of the global population.

    China is bordered to the north by Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia; to the east by North Korea, the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea (with Macau on the southeast coast); to the south by Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, India, Bhutan and Nepal; and to the west by Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

    China has a varied terrain, which ranges from high plateaus in the west, at an altitude of over 8000 meters, to flatlands in the east. Mountains account for around one-third of the land. The most notable high mountain ranges are the Himalayas, the Pamir Mountains and the Kunlun Mountains. The Himalayas are home to ten of the fourteen mountains in the world that have an altitude of 8000 meters or higher. One of these is Mount Everest, which, at 8848 meters, is the world’s highest mountain.

    China’s most notable rivers are the Yangtze River, the Yellow River, the Xi Jiang and the Mekong.

    At the base of the Tian Shan Mountains is the Turpan Depression or Basin. This is the area of China with the lowest elevation. It is 154 m (508 ft.) below sea level at the lowest point.

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    Population: 1.38 billion (2018)

    Capital: Beijing

    Language

    The official language is Mandarin Chinese. A range of minority languages are also spoken, including Mongolian, Tibetan, Uighur, Turkic languages and Korean. English is sometimes spoken as a foreign language in business settings and by shop assistants, hotel staff and tour guides.

    Currency

    1 Renminbi Yuan (CNY; symbol ¥) = 10 jiao/mao or 100 fen. Notes are in denominations of ¥100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 1, 5 jiao and 1 jiao. Coins are in denominations of ¥1, 5 jiao and 1 jiao. Counterfeit ¥50 and ¥100 notes are commonplace. The Yuan is often referred to as the ‘guai’ in street slang.

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin and three-pin sockets are generally in use. However, most 4- to 5-star hotels are also wired for 110-volt appliances.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1800, midday break of one hour.

    Public holidays

    Listed below are Public Holidays for the January 2018 – December 2019 period.

    Note:

    In addition to the Public Holidays listed, other holidays may be observed locally.

    2018

    Yuandan (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2018
    Chunjie (Spring Festival, Chinese New Year): 15 – 21 February 2018
    Qingming Festival: 5 April 2018
    Wuy (Labour Day): 1 May 2018
    Duanwu (Dragon Boat Festival): 18 June 2018
    Guoqing (National Day): 1 – 7 October 2018

    2019

    Yuandan (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2019
    Chunjie (Spring Festival, Chinese New Year): 4 – 10 February 2019
    Qingming Festival: 5 April 2019
    Wuy (Labour Day): 1 May 2019
    Duanwu (Dragon Boat Festival): 7 June 2019
    Guoqing (National Day): 1 – 7 October 2019

    All information subject to change.

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    Night Out at Yugong Yishan

    It’s easy to walk straight past the inconspicuous door in the outer wall of the building from which the 20th century statesman Duan Qirui once governed. But those in the know have long since discovered that this is where one of the capital’s top live music venues is found. The club invites Chinese and international bands onto the stage. Now be honest,, where else do you get the chance to party in a former government building? For information, the full program and to visit the club: yugongyishan.com.

    Zhang Zizhong Road 3-2
    Peking
    China

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    Nightlife in Beijing

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    Beijing is a city which knows how to let its hair down. A growing western influence is apparent in the fast-changing bar and club scene,

    with locals happy to stay out partying well into the wee hours. More laid-back, hotel cocktail bars are also worth checking out.

    Lark Brewpub

    67 Beixinqiao Toutiao
    Dongcheng
    Beijing
    China
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    The global craft beer craze has hit Beijing in a major way, and this place serves its own brews to a hip local crowd.

    Hai Bar

    36 Yandai Xiejie
    ShiChaHai
    Xicheng Qu
    Beijing
    China
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    This lovely bar is located in a side street close to Houhai Lake, as you can see from the roof terrace. The Hai Bar serves Chinese food in a pleasantly relaxed atmosphere. Very reasonable prices make it particularly popular with young Chinese.

    Dada

    12 Yonghegong Daije
    Dongcheng
    Beijing
    China
    Tel.: +86-10/64 04 44 99
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    Rm 101, Bldg B
    206 Gulou Dong Dajie
    Dongcheng District
    Beijing
    China
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    The scenester’s choice, Beijing’s hottest club spins on-trend electronica and beats.

    Janes and Hooch

    Building 10
    4 Gongti Bei Lu
    Chaoyang District
    Beijing
    China
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    Decked out like a Prohibition-period speakeasy, this place serves the best cocktails in town.

    Entourage

    m102, Bldg 14, Central Park
    6 Chaowai Dajie
    Chaoyang District
    Beijing
    China
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    Strong drinks and smart décor make this place a go-to joint for savvy expats and locals.

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    Restaurants in Beijing

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    Beijing is the best place in China to eat. You can find all cuisines from across the country, with a healthy dose of western food for those tiring of rice, noodles and dumplings.

    There are also some truly upscale spots if you’re looking to splash out.

    Duck De Chine

    1949 Club, No.98 Jinbao Street
    Dongcheng
    100005 Beijing
    China
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    Price: Expensive

    The best place to eat this Beijing delicacy, with steamed pancakes to die for.

    Lei Garden

    89 Jinbao St
    Dongcheng
    Beijing
    China ‎
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    Price: Expensive

    Head to the Beijing outpost of this Hong Kong institution for gorgeous dim sum.

    Najia Xiaoguan

    10 Yong'anxili,
    Jianguomenwai,
    Chaoyang District
    Beijing
    China
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    Price: Moderate

    Serving food from the overlooked Manchu region, Najia Xiaogun really delivers, and the venison is a must.

    Dali Courtyard

    67 Xiaojingchang Hutong
    Dongcheng
    Beijing
    China
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    Category: Moderate

    This restaurant serves mainly Yunnan-style dishes and is not easy to find. Your best plan is to ask someone to write down the address in Chinese characters and then to ask the way as you go. It is certainly worth the effort: Once seated in its beautifully decorated courtyard, the attentive wait staff will explain what’s on the menu and you can simply sit back and enjoy. The menu, mostly seven courses, changes daily, depending on what’s freshly available on the market.

    Mr Shi’s Dumplings

    74 Baochao Hutong
    Dongcheng
    Beijing
    China
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    Price: Cheap

    Feast on superb dumplings in this hutong restaurant, where you’ll love the prices too.

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    Calendar of events

    Chinese New Year

    16 February 2018

    Venue: Throughout the city, but especially in temples and parks

    Chinese New Year is best recognised for having one of the grandest fireworks displays on earth, which almost everyone in Beijing contributes to. The dates vary every year but it’s usually in February and lasts for 15 days. Apart from the fireworks, visitors won’t notice too much in the way of celebrations – it’s very much a family occasion, but it’s well worth visiting a temple fair. The one at the Temple of Earth Park in Beijing is good.

    The Bookworm International Literary Festival

    March 2018
    Website

    Venue: The Bookworm Café and other venues across Beijing

    The Bookworm International Literary Festival brings together award-winning authors, poets and journalists from China and overseas and gives punters a fortnight’s worth of talks and workshops to listen to and participate in.

    Beijing Dance Festival

    July 2018
    Website

    Venue: Theatres across Beijing

    This theatre and dance festival, lasting for six weeks, showcases the best of local and global contemporary dance with more than two dozen shows performed at venues across Beijing.

    China Open Tennis Tournament

    10 July – 23  September 2018
    Website

    Venue: Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Centre

    Now held at the Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Centre, this ATP elite tour event attracts many of the world’s best tennis players.

    Mid-Autumn Festival

    24 September 2018

    Venue: Throughout Beijing

    Also known as The Moon Festival, this event means a family reunion to Chinese people so it is one of the most important traditional festivals in China. Admiring the full moon and eating delicious moon cakes is the order of the day. Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Beijing

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    Beijing’s love of all things luxury means there’s an abundance of top-end hotels. Prices aren’t quite as low as you’d expect though;

    expect to pay rates similar to major western cities. Budget and mid-range, business-style hotels are also plentiful.

    Fairmont Beijing

    8 Yong An Dong Li
    Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue
    Chaoyang
    100022 Beijing
    China
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    Category: Expensive

    This opulent, western-style hotel is the perfect place to enjoy first-rate rooms and a gorgeous spa.

    Beijing Hotel NUO

    33 East Chang An Avenue
    Dongcheng
    100004 Beijing
    China
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    Category: Expensive

    A 19th-century building and luxurious rooms make Raffles one of Beijing’s best hotels.

    Beijing Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel

    No. 37 Dongsisitiao
    Dongcheng
    100010 Beijing
    China
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    Category: Moderate

    This small hotel is centrally located in a historical hutong in the Dongcheng district of Beijing. The restaurants on the entertainment mile Wangfujing are within walking distance, as is Dongsi subway station. Its pretty rooms are done out in vibrant colors and decorated with antique elements.

    Tujia Sweetome Vacation Hotel

    57 Andingmen Dongdajie
    Dongcheng
    100007 Beijing
    China
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    Category: Moderate

    Nostalgic Chinese style with all mod cons, this spot won’t blow your budget.

    Beijing Hyde Courtyard Hotel

    11 Shijia Hutong
    Dongcheng
    100051 Beijing
    China
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    Category: Cheap

    Cheap rooms in a cool, uniquely Chinese setting.

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    Best of Olympic Green

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    With a population of over 21 million, Beijing is a vibrant, buzzing city, where the tempo of life is breathtaking and the old constantly makes way for the new that is springing up everywhere. Olympic Green, which was created for the Summer Olympics in 2008, is already very much a classic, but its tremendous popularity shows no sign of waning. Whether you go early morning or late evening, you will see people out for a stroll, chatting or dancing

    in the gardens and on the boulevards, vendors selling souvenirs, retirees practicing tai chi, young couples meeting up for dates, and families admiring the monumental and spectacular buildings. Foreign visitors will be relieved to find that all street signs are in two languages – very practical for finding your way around.

    Olympic Green

    Between Beichen West and Beichen East Road, and Aolin East and West Road
    Beijing
    China
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    Opening times: Daily 0600-2130

    Olympic Green – or Olympic Park – is the name of the fabulous 1159-hectare work of art that is the Olympic district, which was created especially for the 2008 Summer Olympics. It encompasses ten imposing structures, such as the blue Water Cube, or National Aquatics Center, which appears to have gigantic bubbles floating inside it, and the 132-meter-high Ling Long Tower; after nightfall, its levels glitter like diamonds changing color. These buildings are just as representative of the site as the parklands with their beautiful trees, waterways and lakes. Tip: It’s well worth paying a visit to the China Ethnic Museum in the southern section of the park because there you can view not only examples of the architecture and handicrafts of the country’s various ethnic groups, but also see dance performances and sample typical culinary specialties.

    Olympic Forest Park

    15, Beijing East Road
    Chaoyang
    Beijing
    China
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    Opening times: Daily 0600-2100 (March 15-November 15) 0700-1900 (November 16-March 14)

    Olympic Forest Park covers almost seven square kilometers and is divided into a northern and a southern section by the Fifth Ring Road, although they are connected by a wide bridge that is so rich in vegetation that it acts as a green corridor. The Northern Garden is closer to nature, while the Southern Garden is beautifully landscaped. Its highlights are the Aohai Lake and Yangshan Mountain, an artificial mountain on the top of which there’s an observation platform offering magnificent panoramic views. If you can’t face the distances in this huge park on foot, you could always rent a bicycle or battery cars. The lake can also be explored on board electrically powered boats, which are available for rental.

    Olympic Park Observation Tower

    South Gate of the Olympic Forest Park, Kehui Road South
    Chaoyang
    Beijing
    China
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    Opening times: Daily 0900-1700

    This complex at the South Gate of Olympic Green was completed in 2014. Five towers standing up to 258 meters tall rise from a concrete platform. There are observation platforms at 222 and 228 meters, and on clear days both offer a fine view of the entire Olympic site and the Forbidden City. It is said that the architects took their inspiration for the towers from grass stalks and for the circular floor levels from the Olympic Rings – even so, the towers are generally referred to simply as “giant nails.”

    Golden Bridge on Silk Road

    Olympic Park
    Tianchen East Road opposite to the National Convention Center
    Chaoyang
    Beijing
    China
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    The “Golden Bridge on Silk Road,” a sculpture by the artist Shu Yong that measures 28 meters long and a good seven meters high, has graced the Olympic Park since May 2017. It is based on ancient Zhaozhou Bridge in Hebei Province, one of the oldest open-spandrel arch bridges in the world and a symbol of Chinese culture. The “Golden Bridge” consists of 20,000 semi-transparent, gleaming golden bricks made from a kind of artificial amber. Encapsulated in each one is a silk flower intended as a reminder of the countries and landscapes through which the Silk Road passed.

    Bird’s Nest

    1 National Stadium South Road
    Chaoyang
    Beijing
    China
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    Opening times: Daily 0900-1900 (April-October) 0900-1730 (November-March)

    The arena is officially named the “National Stadium,” but is generally known as the “Bird’s Nest” due to its distinctive shape. Inaugurated in 2008, the stadium was designed by the Swiss firm of architects Herzog & de Meuron, a team from the Chinese Architectural Design & Research Group (CAG) under the direction of Li Xinggang, and the artist Ai Weiwei. Since the end of the Olympic Games, it has been used as a sports arena and concert venue. Although it is open to the public when no events are in progress, most tourists simply view it from outside.

    Niang Niang Temple

    National Stadium South Road
    Chaoyang
    Beijing
    China
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    This 500-year-old temple to a fertility goddess is directly adjacent to the National Stadium. A rather simple building dating from the Ming Dynasty, it underwent extensive restoration during the remodeling of the Olympic Park. Important: Never open a temple door yourself! If visitors are welcome, the doors will stand open anyway. Also, always enter a Chinese temple left foot first.

    Intercontinental Beijing Beichen

    No. 8 Beichen West Road
    Chaoyang
    Beijing
    China
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    When the summer sun in Beijing is just too hot, this luxury hotel in the Olympic district is a great place to escape to: On the ground floor, there’s a bar boasting a considerable selection of teas. Like everywhere else in China, the serving of tea involves a ceremony, which delays infusion so that the flavor of the precious tea leaves is not destroyed by overly hot water. Wine and cocktails are naturally also available.

    Pangu Plaza

    27 Central North 4th Ring Road
    Chaoyang
    Beijing
    China
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    The Pangu Plaza was designed to evoke the shape of a dragon and stands 192 meters tall in the immediate vicinity of the National Stadium. The building complex houses the Pangu 7 Star Hotel, which is well worth a visit if only for its opulent silk-and-marble interior. Even if you don’t need a room, there’s always the excellent Wenqi Restaurant, which serves Cantonese fare complete with a view of the Water Cube. And if the pleasure of an undisturbed dinner in this city teeming with people sounds perfect to you, you could book yourself into one of the restaurant’s 26 private rooms.

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    Climate & best time to visit China

    China’s extreme size means it has a great diversity of climates, but being located entirely in the northern hemisphere means its seasonal timings are broadly comparable to those in Europe and the US.

    The northeast experiences hot and dry summers and bitterly cold harsh winters, with temperatures known to reach as low as -20°C (-4°F). The north and central region has almost continual rainfall, temperate summers reaching 26°C (79°F) and cool winters when temperatures reach 0C (32°F). The southeast region has substantial rainfall, and can be humid, with semi-tropical summer. Temperatures have been known to reach over 40°C (104°F) although this is highly unusual, but

    during summer temperatures over 30°C (86°F) are the norm. Winters are mild, with lows of around 10°C (50°F) in January and February.

    Central, southern and western China are also susceptible to flooding, and the country is also periodically subject to seismic activity.

    Early autumn around September and October, when temperatures are pleasant and rainfall is low, is generally seen as an optimum time to visit. Spring is also popular, for similar reasons, and the many tourists visit in March or April.

    Be aware that if visiting during Chinese New Year a large number of businesses will be closed and public transport, in particular rail routes, can be enormously busy.

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    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Country code: +86

    Emergeny calls

    Police: 110

    Fire service: 119

    Tourist phone line (contact in emergencies, English is spoken): +86-10/65 13 08 28

    Telephone

    International direct dialing is possible at large hotels, but these calls are expensive. In large cities, there are card-operated public pay phones and phone booths that can be used to make cheap international calls. To make calls significantly cheaper, it is advisable to purchase an IC card for public phones or an IP card (prepaid) for use with all other telephones. The cards can be purchased at the airport and at a variety of convenience stores.

    Mobile Telephone

    GSM 900 signal for sending and receiving is available in Beijing, Guangzhou (Canton) and Shanghai, as well as in most of the other urban regions in the east and southeast, including Chengdu and Chongqing. If you want to make frequent use of your mobile phone while in China, you should buy a SIM card from a local network provider when you arrive in the country, or have one sent to you prior to your visit.

    Internet

    Internet cafés can be found in larger towns and cities, and Internet access via Wi-Fi is being offered by an increasing number of hotels and restaurants.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots, too. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking credentials entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

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    Shopping in Beijing

    Key Areas

    Never underestimate how much Beijingers love to shop. It’s no surprise – the options are plentiful. Wangfujing Street is rammed with the latest western fashions, while the hutongs south of Tiananmen Square are full of places to pick up souvenirs. Liulichang Xijie is also excellent for picking up bric-a-brac.

    Markets

    Panjiayuan weekend market is a must for antiques and crafts hunters. You can find everything from Buddha heads to

    knock-off Ming dynasty artefacts here. Hongqiao Market specialises in pearls, although you can also find clothes and shoes in abundance.

    Shopping Centres

    Malls are cropping up across Beijing all the time. Sanlitun Village plays home to a series of small malls selling local products as well as major brands, including Apple and Armani. The Malls at Oriental Plaza has become a mecca for luxury lovers too.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    It is recommended that vacationers conduct themselves with appropriately polite manners – although Chinese people tend to be broad-minded in the event that cultural differences cause misunderstandings. In business settings, it is worth finding out exactly what is appropriate (for example, in terms of attire and the type of car, hotel and restaurant chosen for business dinners). After all, these factors do play a significant role when evaluating the importance and credibility of a business partner. Generally, Chinese people are friendly but reserved. It is best to err on the side of politeness rather than of familiarity. Critical comments about China’s political leadership should avoided, as should comments concerning Taiwan.

    The full title of the country is ‘The People’s Republic of China’, and this should be used in all formal communications.

    People greet one another with a handshake. Foreign guests are sometimes welcomed with applause – it is customary to applaud in response.

    In China, the family name comes first. If you are invited out socially, it is polite to arrive a little early and bring a little gift with you, such as fruit, chocolates or a souvenir from your home country. Stamps are also a popular gift. If you are invited to the home of family or friends, money may be left for the children. It is customary to offer a reciprocal invitation.

    During mealtimes, diners raise their glasses to one another as each course is served. Formal, ceremonious meals have twelve courses. Offense is not taken if a guest only eats a little, but a polite guest will have a taste of every course that is served. You should leave a little on your plate and in your glass because otherwise, your plate or glass will immediately be refilled. If you are invited to a traditional Chinese celebration, it is advisable to find out what kind of gift is traditionally given to the host.

    If you are traveling without a Chinese-speaking guide, it is a good idea to always have the address of your hotel and any other destinations on hand, in Chinese characters. Alternatively, you could mark them clearly on a map. This is because there may not always be someone nearby who speaks English.

    Conservative casual wear is appropriate attire, and revealing clothing should be avoided. At some social occasions and some restaurants, formal clothing will be expected.

    Smoking is generally permitted, and no-smoking zones are marked.

    For most service professions, tipping is not commonplace in China. In areas with large amounts of tourism, taxi drivers and waiting staff are often given 10 percent; hotel room service staff are often tipped 2-3 ¥ and tour guides often receive around 1 US dollar per person. If you are traveling with a group, one member of the group should collect up all the money and present it to the tour guide in an envelope.

    Photography

    Photography is prohibited at airports and inside temples. It is also best to avoid taking photos of military installations or government buildings unless you have been granted official permission.

    You should not take photos of unknown people without their explicit consent. This applies to work environments (e.g., people who work outdoors) and to leisure settings (e.g., people playing sports).

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 110

    Food & Drink

    All water used for drinking, brushing teeth or freezing should first be boiled or otherwise sterilised. Bottled water, widely and cheaply available, is the most advisable way of getting around this. Be especially careful when eating at small street-side stalls or restaurants where standards of hygiene may not be high. Pork, salad, scallops, snails and mayonnaise may carry increased risk. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

    Other Risks

    Vaccinations against tuberculosis and Japanese encephalitis are sometimes advised. Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) is endemic in the central Yangtze river basin. Avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water. Hepatitis E is prevalent in northeastern and northwestern China and hepatitis B is highly endemic. Sporadic outbreaks of avian influenza (bird flu) have resulted in a small number of human deaths. Rabies is present. If bitten, medical advice should be sought immediately. There are occasional outbreaks of dengue fever. In 2010 China lifted its restrictions preventing HIV-infected visitors from travelling there.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Krippner, Reinhard Franz
    United Family Liangma Clinic
    Monday
    Wednesday and Friday
    2nd Floor Grand Summit
    19 Dongfang East Road
    Beijing 100600
    PRC
    Tel. +86-186-1133-3897
    Beijing United Family Healthcare
    Tuesday and Thursday
    2 Jiangtai Lu
    Chaoyang District
    Beijing 100015
    PRC
    Tel. +86-186-1133-3897

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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    Fun high above the city

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    Einfach drüberstehen: Rooftop-Bars bieten Aus- und Überblick

    In a city of millions, especially in China, it is easy to lose your bearings and perhaps your nerve. At times like these, there’s only one thing for it: to be above it all. We bring you four interesting vantage points for some great views.

    “Look, the dragon’s breathing fire!” a European woman exclaims, pointing to the mythical creatures of every possible size and shape decorating the curved temple roofs as they twinkle in the evening light. “Fabulous,” her friend agrees, pulling out her camera.

    It takes a clear view over Beijing to reveal the love of detail typical of traditional Asian architecture: Elaborate paintings adorn palace facades; gargoyles project from golden gutters; intricate carvings transform each windowsill into a work of art. Whether you regard Beijing with childlike curiosity or cosmopolitan detachment, it is impossible not to fall under spell of the Chinese metropolis – it’s all just a question of perspective. So it’s important to be able to see the city from the right angle. These vantage points offer you views – and dragon sightings – that will leave you speechless.

    Atmosphere: Wer aus der 80. Etage des China World Trade Center blickt, dem liegt Peking zu Füßen

    Stairs or elevator? For the highest bar in Beijing, this question can only be a joke. The exclusive meeting place of the rich and (often) beautiful is high up on the 80th floor of the China World Trade Center. The bar belongs to a luxury hotel that in 2010 moved to the modern landmark that towers above all else in the city. Anyone lounging in one of the wine-red velvet armchairs sipping a 30-year-old single malt and enjoying the 360° view of the Forbidden City, the Bird’s Nest stadium and the CCTV Tower, is qualified to claim having come far.

     

    Admittedly, the sights of the city are often blanketed by the smog, but whether or not visibility is good, the Atmosphere bar is a must on anyone’s first visit to Beijing.

    Address

    ATMOSPHERE
    No.1 Jianguomenwai Avenue
    80th Floor
    Beijing
    China

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    Le Little Saigon: Die Terrasse liegt nicht in Rekordhöhe, ist aber besonders gemütlich

    Laurent smiles. He has every reason to. The Frenchman’s bijou bistro is already an insider tip and fast becoming a popular refuge for both tourists and locals – and not because it has a large advertising budget, but purely thanks to word of mouth. There are three reasons for that: Firstly, the kitchen serves excellent French and Vietnamese fare at reasonable prices – the crêpes filled with shrimp and bean sprouts cost seven euros.

     

    Secondly, the owners realized the potential of Jiugulou Street early on and secured themselves a top address. Thirdly, the restaurant has a romantic roof terrace adorned with colorful paper lanterns and shaded by gnarled trees.

    Address

    Le Little Saigon
    141 Jiugulou St
    Xicheng
    Beijing
    China

    Capital M: Die Speisen sind edel und europäisch, die Aussicht ist typisch chinesisch

    Before you read on: Don’t waste a second, book a table on the roof terrace right now. If it’s already fully booked, we recommend a place by the windows one floor down. Many people will tell you the restaurant offers the best view in all of Beijing, with the Gate of Heavenly Peace right outside and Tiananmen Square at your feet. Unfortunately, the prices are as high at the M as its roof terrace. The international team of chefs does, however, know how to please its clientele’s palate and sends out exquisite amuse-bouches.

     

    The desserts, especially, really are something else: Don’t miss the Pavlova, a gloriously light meringue and berry tart. The Capital M is very much a class act: no so much as a tiny fleck on the white tablecloths; the plates with their fine red edging and flowing logo gleam as though it were day one; and the wine menu is as thick as an encyclopedia.

    Address

    Capital M
    141 Jiugulou St
    Xicheng
    Beijing
    China

    Website

     

    Migas: Spanisches Design und mediterran inspirierte Küche mit Blick über Santilun

    The woman in the horn-rimmed spectacles orders a Cucumber Goes to Moscow. Beside her, the cactuses look like giant cucumber mutations in the neon-green light, and the huge egg-shaped loungers emit a warm incubator light. If the surrounding skyscrapers turned into UFOs, no one here would bat an eyelid.

     

    At the Migas, you may feel you have landed on another planet, but you will never out of place. That’s because of the whacky architecture, smooth electro beats and the wild creations of its young fusion cuisine team.

    Address

    Migas
    Nali Patio, 6th floor
    Sanlitun North Road 81
    Beijing
    China

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