24 hours in Beijing

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by Atom Ant, Nov 5, 2015.

  1. Atom Ant

    Atom Ant Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 24, 2012
    Melbourne, OZ
    Adam
    I am likely to be in Beijing next week for 24 hours. Some of that time will be meeting with officials, and I'll need to allow some time for sleep, but i hope to find a couple hours free, maybe even with a camera.

    Suggestions?
     
  2. benman

    benman Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 8, 2014
    Derbyshire, UK
    Tiananmen square, Olympic park, Temple of heaven, Beihai park, Jingshan park, try and find some of the old hutong streets. The lantern illuminated street / market off Wangfujing is also an eye opener at night.

    If you only have a couple of hours free, I would skip the Forbidden city. It is huge and repetitive, and great views of it can be had from surrounding temples / parks.

    Wear some comfortable shoes, and prepare to walk! The metro line doesn't link up the main tourist sites too well.

    And watch out for escort girls, being a westerner travelling alone I was constantly approached even in the day time on Wangfujing / Tiananmen.
     
  3. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    Note some of the Hutongs have been converted to bar/restaurant/shopping streets... depending upon what you're looking for, make sure you go to the right one.

    Barry
     
  4. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    贾一川
    You may want to check the air quality/haze first. http://aqicn.org/city/beijing/m There you can find air forecast as well. Beijing can be a place full of interest though I've lost my interest in it long ago due to the over-exploitation, just take some walk I'm sure you can find lots to shoot.
     
  5. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    This is what one of the converted Hutongs looks like (South Luogu Alley, Dongcheng, Beijing) in September:

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    You can walk through here, and then over to Qianhai Lake / Beihai Park in a couple hours. The lake area has some colorful lights at night, and there are more shopping districts, bars, etc. surrounding.


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    Note: Beijing gets very cold and very windy by December. Take warm, wind-resistant clothing. If it's windy, try to avoid changing lenses as it can be very dusty.

    Barry
     
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  6. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    And make sure you have working maps downloaded to your phone. Depending on your carrier, you may have poor or no data service, and services such as Google may be blocked. You can force Google Maps on Android (not on iOS afaik) to cache an area for 30 days. Do it. If Google is blocked, you won't be able to get directions, but you'll be able to see where you are.
    Also consider an app like Ulmon City Maps 2Go; once maps downloaded, you don't need any data service (but it does not do Nav).

    And Uber... many taxi drivers don't speak much English and many are not familiar with the whole city (Beijing is very big)... maybe Uber is easier?

    I had a taxi once in Beijing and the driver didn't know where the Hilton was (and I had native Chinese speakers with me, so it wasn't a language problem). At the time, most drivers there had no GPS and it was illegal for them to use their cell phones while passengers were in the car; I'm not sure if that's still the case.

    Barry
     
  7. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    贾一川
    don't worry travelling in Beijing without Chinese language skills, now everyone has GPS on their phone, just bring a hotel business card and everything should be fine.

    If you're roaming, say with OP's Aussie SIM, I heard from my friends that there's a 5 Dollar plan for you to use your current voice/data plan in China, then you don't have to worry about the internet censorship, roaming cards are not restricted.
     
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  8. Atom Ant

    Atom Ant Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 24, 2012
    Melbourne, OZ
    Adam
    Trip cancelled - international travel requires approval by a Deputy Commissioner and due to a restructuring, we couldn't get agreement as to which one should pay.

    :dash2:
     
  9. Atom Ant

    Atom Ant Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 24, 2012
    Melbourne, OZ
    Adam
    Thanks all for the suggestions and advice. Maybe I''ll need to go in unofficial capacity and spend longer than a day.
     
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