Top 10 Travel Tips for the Westerners Travelling in Beijing ( top 1- top 6 )

16/09/2014
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Whether you are the first-time visitor or regular visitor coming to China, there are always a few Chinese customs or ways of life that you may find peculiar. This blog just listed 10 main travel tips for westerners when visiting in Beijing. We hope that will help you prepare for your Beijing China Tour.

Old Peking Hot Pot

Old Peking Hot Pot

Top 1 Words to Know

From a to h, the words are the must-know ones when you travel in Beijing, even in China: say hello to sb. , buy sth. in supermarket, have a meal in restaurant, express thanks to sb. and so on.
a. Ni Hao – Hello
b. Mai Dongxi – I want to buy something.
c. Bu Yao – Don’t want it.
d. Mai Dan – Check
e. Cai Dan – Menu
f. Xiexie – Thank You
g. Bing – Ice
h. Shui – Water

Top 2 Watch out for umbrellas when walking in the street

When you are immersed in the interesting things in the crowed streets and ignore the crowd of flocking. May be at this time, some girls holding umbrellas are brushing against you and the umbrella tips may stab you. So, you need to take special care for this. In China, regardless of rain or sunshine, a typical Chinese girls is equipped with an umbrella when she are at out of door.

Watch out for Umbrella

Watch out for Umbrella

Top 3 If you want a taste of the West, just go to Sanlitun

If you can’t get used to the Chinese featured food, go to Sanlitun, where there is a variety of restaurant, bars and nightclubs that westerners love. Sunlitun is located at northeast of the Forbidden City between the 2nd and 3rd rings. The nearby attractions: Tiananmen, the Forbidden City, Ditan Park, Ritan Park, Chaoyang Park, Workers’ Stadium and so on.

Sanlitun Restaurant

Sanlitun Restaurant

Top 4 Beware of massages

If you are searching for a traditional Chinese massage in Beijing, we advise you to go to Beijing Tongrentang Drugstore. However, a traditional Chinese massage varies greatly from a traditional western massage. Chinese massage emphasize healing, and most of westerns can not get used to. There are a number of methods used, such as wooden hammers, suction cups and needles.

Traditional Beijing Massage

Traditional Beijing Massage

Top 5 Be open but cautious when it comes to food

In Beijing, there are many amazing dishes, be sure to try Peking Roast Duck and Old Peking Hot Pot before you leave Beijing. Except the most famous dishes, the popular snacks are not to be missed, such as Sweet ears, Filled sausage, Stir-fried starch knots, Fried wheaten pancake with fillings, Rolling donkey and so on.

When you choose street food, you need to be very careful and we think eating the street food is not a good idea. It is also wise to bring some antibiotics, probiotics and other stomach relief medicines.

Rolling Donkey

Rolling Donkey

Top 6 Taking a Taxi tips

Although taking taxi is the most expensive way to get around in Beijing, it is the most convenient way to transfer. When take a taxi, you need pay attention to the following point: a. Write the address of your destination in Chinese characters if you do not speak Mandarin; b. Attempt to bargain for lower price, if they do not turn on the meter, just get another cab; c. Be aware that 2 to 5 yuan will be added to the final meter amount for gas expenses, please prepare some small charge.

Beijing Taxi

Beijing Taxi