Thursday, November 29, 2007

Beijing’s Public Transport

Beijing’s Public Transport

According to a report in City Weekend magazine public transport usage within Beijing is at an all time high. The report suggests that use of the new popular Line 5, along with a decrease in fares, is responsible for the changed habits of local commuters.

While all of Beijing’s underground rail system is easy to use and navigate, the new Line 5 is certainly the cleanest and most user friendly part of the system. Maps light up and show the current progress along the line and there are English announcements of station names in each carriage. One of the most popular destinations for Beijing Visitors on this line is the Yong He Gong station. The Lama Temple here is well worth a visit.

Tickets costing 2rmb to travel to any destination can be bought at ticket windows in each station. Multi-trip electronic cards can also be bought. Users can also add extra credit to the cards for taxi fares and convenience store purchases in Quick Stores. Most taxis are not set up to accept the card as payment, but this is expected to increase in the future.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Crack Up in Beijing

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Ski Season in Beijing

Beijing Skiers prepare to ski!

For some skiers the ski and snowboarding season has started! Others are preparing to strap on their gear and take to the slopes at the end of November when Beijing’s closer ski resorts open.

On November 10 the Wanlong Ski resort at Honghualiang, Chongli Xian, Hebei province some 250 miles from Beijing opened the ski season. It is the closest natural snow ski resort for Beijingers to access. The mountain is 2110 metres with facilities like instructors and equipment all available for hire. Five trails total 7km in length with an average of 140 skiable days.

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Telephone: 6553-6830, 0313-4617676
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Arrange your own transport or book a bus ticket with pickup from San Yuan Qiao on 6553-6830.

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Nanshan Ski resort is much closer to Beijing, located in Miyun county some 80km from Beijing. For more details.

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Beijing National Grand Theatre Opening

National Grand TheatreNational Grand Theatre Opening

The newly completed National Grand Theatre is set to open on 22nd December, 2007 for its first formal season of entertainment.

Tickets for the first season can be booked online starting 30th November.

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Beijing's Yashow Market

Sanlitun Yashow marketYashow Market
Telephone 010-64151726
Address: 58 Gongtibeilu, Chaoyang district

Located on Gongti Beilu in Sanlitun this market is a very well known shopping destination for tourists. One of the attractions of this market is that so many products can be found within this rather large 5 storey market complex. Overall the quality of clothing is good and there is a wide range of popular styles as well as local cultural styles that many people enjoy buying as souvenirs.

While a mixture of products can be found on all floors a general guide would be as follows:
Basement – shoes, gloves, wallets, belts
1st floor - clothing for teenagers and adults
2nd floor - women’s wear
3rd floor - men’s wear
4th floor - children’s wear, curtains and bedding
5th floor - souvenirs, electronic games and jewelry. There is even a food hall for shoppers needing refreshments!

Bargain hard to get a good price on purchases. Remember to take your time and have some idea of what you think is a reasonable price before you start to bargain.


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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Beijing Xiushui Silk Market

Silk Street MarketThe Silk Market is close to the Friendship Store on Jinguomennei Dajie and Jianwai Embassy area. It is a popular place for foreigners to go shopping. Individual shops are housed within this multi-storey building where there are clothing, ornaments, silk fabrics, shoes, handbags, travel bags and other goods for sale.

English is widely spoken by the traders.


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Monday, November 19, 2007

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Beijing Autumn

Autumn leaves BeijingAutumn in Beijing is one of the best times of the year for the Beijing visitor. It is a time when there are more likely to be days of blue skies and sunshine with mild temperatures. Millions of leaves colour the city. People enjoy sitting in the parks as the golden leaves of ginko trees sprinkle down around them. Many pose for photographs in leaf filled parks and streets.

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Beijing Fire Engines

Beijing is a city susceptible to fire. The often dry climate and strong winds can easily fan fires over the flat expanses of the city.

Already in July, Peking University gymnasium the Olympic venue for table tennis caught fire and seventeen fire engines were needed to extinguish the blaze.

According to the Xinhua News Agency, Beijing plans to set up 26 temporary fire stations near Olympic stadiums and gymnasiums as part of its fire safety plan for the 2008 Games.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Modern Beijing Expands

CCTV towers closing inAs Beijing continues to throw off its traditional image modern office blocks, apartments and shopping centres take their place on the skyline.

CCTV Towers

The new CCTV Towers (pictured left) are inching closer and closer together each day. Located on Dong San Huan Lu (East Third Ring Road) these towers will soon join up in an amazing feat of architecture where the linking piece turns through 90 degrees to link one leaning tower with another leaning tower. Driving along the East Third Ring Road one cannot help but have their attention grabbed by this architectural and engineering feat.

SOHO Shang Du

To the west of this area, passing through Central Park and nearby to The Place shopping centre there is another interesting development by SOHO with SOHO Shang Du (below right). The black mirrored SOHO buildings certainly catch the eye with their walls that angle in and out of the building as they rise skyward. Visiting this area provides any Beijing-Visitor with an easy day shopping in either The Place or Soho, gazing at The Place’s incredibly, fascinating sky screen, visiting cinemas, taking a spa treatment or eating at restaurants.


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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Mao Memorabilia

Mao dollThe popularity of Mao memorabilia is growing throughout markets and shops in Beijing. A visit to any market is hardly complete without buying such souvenirs. Items like t-shirts, watches, badges, porcelain statues, bronze statues, bags, hats and figurines depicting red guards and ballerinas from the revolution era are popular items.

Popular markets to buy these souvenirs include:

Panjiayuan market

Curio City (Antique City, Dongsanhuan Nanlu)

Hongqiao market

Gold Street Market (nearby Lido Hotel)

Silk Street market (Xiushui market on Jinguomennei Dajie, Yonganli subway station on Line1)

For more up-market replicas following this theme visit the many small galleries and shops of Dashanzi, Nanluoguxiang, Houhai and also Dara home decorating shops.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Beijing Construction Sound

Sounds of a Building Site

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Construction in Beijing

At this time in history one can hardly go anywhere in Beijing without listening to the melodious sounds of a building site. In fact, if you are sleeping in your bed and not hearing the sounds of construction, consider yourself in a rare situation.
Those of us who live in Beijing have had to become used to the many and varied sounds of building sites as we rush toward the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Towards 2008 A risky business?

On the edge 1As workers put all of their effort into preparations for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games it seems that no amount of effort is too much. Seen here, workers walk around on top of tall buildings passing materials and tools to their colleagues from areas where many of us would dare not tread, all in the name of preparing for Beijing visitors.

Those attending the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games have thousands, if not millions of these hard working people to thank for their commitment in preparing Beijing for the Games.

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Super Bar Street Beijing

Super Bar StreetSuper Bar Street, another of Beijing’s lively night spots, is also known as Xing Ba Lu. There are about 30 bars and restaurants making up this entertainment area. It is close to Laitai Flower Market.

Little Bangkok has two excellent chefs and a cheerful outgoing manager who all work to impress with Thailand’s culinary delights.

Biteapitta specializes in Middle Eastern food and serves some of the cheapest eats in Beijing. Falafal lovers on a tight budget will be well catered for here.

Shu Area Legend is a popular Sichuan style restaurant offering a hot and spicy dining experience. Spicy catfish, spicy crab and spicy shrimp are among the more popular dishes available.

Bars like Logos Bar and Get Lucky Bar have been performance venues for Chinese rock music stars including Zheng Jun and Cui Jian, China’s godfather of rock and roll who still improvises in Get Lucky Bar.


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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Beijing Olympics Ticketing Update

National StadiumDon’t rush on-line today to order your tickets! There has been another change to the way Olympic tickets can be ordered.

People living in China who wish to buy tickets to the August, 2008 Olympic Games should place their orders through the official ticketing website between 10th December and 30th December, 2007. Tickets will then be issued according to a lottery system. This change in practice is no doubt aimed to circumvent the system crashes experienced by many people who recently tried to buy tickets using the first in first served method.

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

The Place Beijing

The Place shopping plaza 2Shoppers who enjoy trendy international brands, lifestyle shopping, relaxing eateries and entertainment in a shopping centre, The Place is your kind of shopping centre.

There are two, four storey shopping malls beneath two office towers. A huge skycreen covered mall links the two malls. The screen itself is a massive 4800 square metres! At night this screen is an amazing diversion for shoppers and a reflection of Beijing’s determination to show off its modern capabilities as it hosts the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Shops like Tourneau, China’s largest watch boutique, DG lifestyle store, Ferrari and Chaterhouse bookshop can be found. Chaterhouse even offers subscriptions to various foreign magazines.

The Place offers international restaurants, wine and spirits, a food market, spa, hair and beauty salons, and a food court. In the evenings The Place is an ideal location to sing, dance or relax at the end of a busy day.

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Monday, November 05, 2007

What's Over There Beijing?

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Olympic Ticket Update

Olympic Ticket Update (5th November)

Official news from the Olympic ticketing office is that tickets will be available again online 10th November through a lottery system, as used in Round 1 of ticket sales. This news affects anyone in China trying to buy tickets to attend the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.


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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Ticket Sale Update (4th November)

Unofficial technology sources in Beijing suggest that ticket sales will resume on Monday 5th November by reverting back to the lottery sales system used in Phase 1 of ticket sales.

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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Beijing Weather Controllers

With questions being raised about Beijing’s air quality for the Olympic Games in August, 2008, it is also to be expected that people are asking about the weather.

According to records Beijing has a 50% chance of rain during the Opening Ceremony on 8th August, 2008. In order to limit the chance of rain, Beijing’s weathermen have been experimenting with ways to bring the weather under control. In fact there are 26 weather modification test sites around Beijing where artificial methods are being used to disperse rain.

Rockets using silver iodine or liquid nitrogen as catalysts are fired high into the air to strike cumulonimbus clouds, therefore inducing rain before the clouds reach Olympic venues. It is said that the whole process does not pollute the environment.

Three lines of defence have been established around the National Stadium in zones of 20km, 60km and 100km out from the stadium.

Beijing experiences hot, humid summers influenced by the East Asian monsoons. Bad summer weather usually occurs during July and August, so the expertise of all weather forecasters and rain dispersers will be vital to keeping competitors and spectators dry.

A team of more than 30 experts has been pulled together to forecast weather for Beijing and the Olympic venues. Officials, coaches, venue managers and athletes will all be briefed on weather conditions.


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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Olympic ticket sales fail

Sale of Olympic tickets in Beijing has been stopped again! With the recommencement of ticket sales in Beijing on Tuesday the online computer systems crashed. Olympic fans could not buy tickets due to between 3.5 million and 8 million people trying to get online, depending on whose numbers you believe.

Telephone sales also failed due to overwhelming numbers of people congesting the lines! Banks were scenes of long queues of people scrambling to get tickets so they could also enjoy the Olympic Games.

At this point in time the official word has been that sales will resume again on 5th November. One can't help but wonder how things will be any different then!

***Ticket sales news! For people in China trying to access ticket sales through internet, telephone or bank outlets there will be further information announced on Monday 5th November.
Good luck Beijing!

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