Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Travel Tips - Beijing (China part 1)

China was my most recent trip so I thought I would start with it first, and the first place I travelled to in China was Beijing! But I want to try and go through all the places I have been in the recent years and give you my tips which will hopefully help you if you're thinking of traveling there anytime soon.

(View from the Great Wall of China)

Expect to come across any of these in China:

- People can spit a lot, especially the older generations.
- Don't expect many western toilets in public areas, most will be squatting loos.
- Remember to take toilet paper in your bag everywhere, a lot of public toilets don't have them.
- They won't smile back at you, it's nothing to do with you, but the Chinese don't smile at strangers.
- A lot of your normal sites will be blocked in China, for example Facebook and Google.
- Don't be afraid to haggle, it's amazing how much they are willing to reduce the price by. I was told that you find on average they double the price of things for foreigners.

Beijing Specifically:

- I got asked by a lot of people if they could get a photo with me. It was a bit weird at first but then the guide that was showing us around the sites explained a lot of Chinese tourists like to get photos with white people for souvenirs. This is because they have probably come from a rural part of China where they never see foreign people.

- Look out for happy/sad faces on little posters in restaurants, this is like a version of star rating. Sad face is bad, happy face is a good restaurant. Simple right? But a lot of the time you won't see them until you have already gone in and been seated. I found a lot of them were near the door as you exit (which you obviously don't see until you leave) or behind the reception desk.

- I found you get pretty good sized meals for your money, so I wouldn't say you need to worry about going hungry.

- I didn't get sick at all on my whole trip so just be sensible with food and you should be fine.

- Beijing is famous for it's peking duck so while you're there definitely go to a good duck restaurant!

- This also applies for street food, I tried some of the street food dumplings and event fried scorpion and I didn't get sick! So don't be afraid to try the street food, it would be sad to miss out on it.

- Definitely go to the Beijing Night Market, even if you just walk around it's a great experience. You will see so many weird fried foods like scorpions, seahorses, beatles etc. As well as some great stools for little gifts and souvenirs.

- As well as the Beijing Night Market, I would also recommend having a stroll around one of Beijing's little street markets even if you're not planning on buying anything. I spent a good hour or two walking down one (can't remember which one it was but you can find lots of options here) and you will find lots of little tea houses and shops as well as souvenir and food stools.

- If you visit the Great Wall of China (which I recommend you do because the views are beautiful) I recommend going on the toboggan slide when you come back down, it's so much fun!

- You really need to do the standard tourist site seeing if it's your first time here because there is a lot to see. I picked Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and The Summer Palace because they are all very close to each other so it makes it a lot easier to visit and see more in a short space of time. Although I would be prepared to want a long relaxing day the next day because your feet will hurt with the amount of walking you will be doing to see all of these. I think I fell asleep as soon as I got back to the hotel I was so tired.

(The Great Wall of China - toboggan slide)

(Beijing Night Market)

(Temple of Heaven)

Have you visited Beijing before? Would you recommend any other places to visit? Any questions about my experience in Beijing?
Let me know in the comment box below, i'd love to hear from you!


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4 comments:

  1. oooh your photos are just amazing!! ive visited japan and would love to visit china, theres something about asian culture that i am just so drawn to! id love it if youd comment back http://www.amyelizabethfashion.com/2015/01/things-that-have-made-me-happy-recently.html xx

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    1. I would LOVE to visit Japan, it's definitely one of the places at the top of my list. I think i've always had an interest in asian culture too because I was obsessed with manga and anime from a young age and so I started to love everything asian!

      Danielle x

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  2. I love your photos! I'm currently in Hangzhou, but I'm going to visit Beijing and Harbin at the end of the month. Thank you for the tips and advice, love! I'm so excited to go there noww :D

    xo
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    1. Thank you! It's so easy to take nice photos in China - everything is beautiful!

      I hope your having a great time, Hangzhou looks beautiful! And I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip (and my tips come in handy in Beijing)

      Danielle x

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