"Visiting Beijing" Beijing Shi by bgndnguy

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Walking around Beijing

I wasn't sure what to expect when I went to Beijing, but it wan't bad. The subway system was easy to follow and all the prices were pretty cheap. There was some food that we ate that I cannot identify, but was still good. Seems like most of the people ride scooters or bikes cause you see them everywhere and much of the time you have to try to avoid being hit by them. Our first stop was the Temple of Heaven, which is located in a park with other temples. This is a place to come to to relax and enjoy a day out for the locals. In the park there were people dancing. Some were doing something like line dancing while others were ballroom dancing. There were many people playing different types of games.
We made it up to the Temple of Heaven and took several pix as were the other tourists. There were tour guides and families and a few vendors there. It was a nice setting, but became annoying when as you're leaving people try to sell you things. They will follow you and harrass you to buy, and if you keep saying no they lower the price or up the amount they will give you. My friend ended up getting 10 small silk purses. So beware of the vendors and don't pay any attention to them or they will follow and harrass you.

On our last day in Beijing we made our way to Tienenman Square. Just south of the square are many shops and we ended up looking around before we made it into the square. The area had many shops and was really cool to look at as it looked very Chinese, until you saw the big Starbucks sign on one of the buildings. We ended up in a tea store and we both bought tea cup sets which we now had to lug around as we hadn't even started our walking around yet.

The forbidden city

As you walk thru Tienenmen Square, as an American you realize you are in a communit country. There are many flags of the hammer and sickle, or red stars. There is a military and police presence in the square. You had to go thru security just to walk in there. But there wasn't any problems and everyone minded their own business. There are two massive tv screens that are easily 60-70 yards long.
Right across the street is the palace and forbidden city. There are several soldiers and police outside. It looks pretty impressive on the outside. When you go in you feel as if you went back in time. In one square there were several couples who were taking their wedding photos with the buildings as the backdrop. We watched as the photographers were setting up the many shots and having the girls pose. In the middle, just outside the forbidden city were several vendors catering to the tourists. Overall it was a nice setting but would be better if there weren't so many soldiers.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Prices were cheap, subway was pretty easy to understand
  • Cons:watch the vendors and look out for the millions of scooters
  • Last visit to Beijing Shi: Aug 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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