Articles for Travel Tips

How to Stay Warm in Beijing

How to Stay Warm in Beijing February 4, 2012 | Travel Tips | Read More
Baby, it’s cold outside! From late fall to late spring, Beijing isn’t the most welcoming of cities due to it’s frigid weather and harsh northern wind. But, it’s easy to survive in the freezing northern capital, the literally translation to the name “Beijing.” Step...

Choosing a Tour Operator in Beijing

Choosing a Tour Operator in Beijing January 20, 2012 | Travel Tips | Read More
Choosing a tour operator in Beijing can be tricky. There are more scams than real operators, and there seem to always be hidden costs and at-the-end add on costs. This adds a frustrating element to travel in China, and is an ongoing problem with tourism in the Middle Kingdom. Still, there are a few ways...

What to Pack for Winter in Beijing

What to Pack for Winter in Beijing December 13, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Beijing is pretty far north. Don’t be deceived by the beautiful, lush green photos of the Great Wall. From November until March the wall is covered in deadly patches of ice, the hills are bald and barren of trees and life, and the wall looks like a grey gash slashed through the countryside. All...

Holiday Travel in Beijing

Holiday Travel in Beijing November 25, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
If you care to travel to China over Christmas and New Years, keep in mind that as a pagan nation, and an Eastern one, you won’t be inundated with Christmas cheer, or New Year’s countdowns on the square. Essentially, you’ll be a tourist in a big, cold city without much holiday cheer. Still, Beijing...

Layover in Beijing

Layover in Beijing August 30, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Having a layover in Beijing doesn’t have to be bad news! There are lots of things you can do in the city that don’t require too much time and quick ways you can utilize your layover to see a bit of China without going too far from the airport. The airport express is a quick, short trip into...

Pet Safety in Beijing

Pet Safety in Beijing May 19, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Buying an animal for a pet while in Beijing is probably not a good idea. Unless you have a lot of money and even more time to commit to the endeavor then its better to wait until you return to your homeland before you purchase or adopt a pet. There are many reasons for this. First, it is difficult to...

Having a Heat Wave!

Having a Heat Wave! May 16, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Beijing is undergoing a heat wave at present that is sure to last for the coming weeks. This weekend is slated for nice weather and that means more outdoor activities, open parks and of course the INTRO music festival is this weekend. With all the warm weather, though, we’re sure to see more of...

Tourism on the Rise in Beijing

Tourism on the Rise in Beijing May 3, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
Tourists are flocking to Beijing this spring! Already we’ve seen the first waves of tourists with their fanny packs, backpacks, bottled water and maps. We see them on city corners looking dazed, amazed and confused, and at major monuments gaping at the ancient works of art and culture that have...

Map of Beijing

Map of Beijing April 20, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
First, locate Beijing on a map of China. You are in the north of the massive country of China, slightly south of the Gobi desert. Sand from the desert blows into the city throughout the year, reminding residents of their proximity to nothingness daily. You are also only a short ride to Mongolia, Korea...

Understanding the Beijing Metro

Understanding the Beijing Metro April 10, 2011 | Travel Tips | Read More
The Beijing Metro is a wonderful maze of easy transportation. Though getting from one line to another isn’t very easy the subway remains one of the key transportation tools of the city. The image (left) shows the simple metro network that existed in the city in 2006, simply not that long ago! The...