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Post  Admin on Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:00 am

Forbidden City

Quick Facts: Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China (PRC). It was formerly known in English as Peking.

Living or been on layover in Beijing? Please share information about what2do. You can recommend places of interest, restaurants, clubs and much more we will do the rest.

1. Forbidden City: It was off-limits to most of the world for 500 years, is the best preserved cluster of ancient buildings in China. Most of the buildings are post-18th century. The palatial former living quarters now function as museums. Opening hours are irregular and no photos are allowed without prior permission.

Hours: May-Sep: 8:30am-4:00pm; Oct-Apr: 8:30am-3:30pm

2. Beijing Aquarium: The largest inland aquarium in the world including an Amazon rainforest area, coral reefs, a shark aquarium (where you can dive with the flesh eaters), whales, dolphins and a marine mammal pavilion.

Hours: Oct-May: 9:00am-5:30pm; Jun-Sep: 9:00am-6:00pm

3. Summer Palace: One of Beijing's most visited sights, the immense park of the Summer Palace requires at least half a day. The Summer Palace with its cool features water, gardens and hills - was the palace of choice for vacationing emperors and Dowager Empresses.

Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm

4. The Great Wall of China was built over 2,000 years ago, by Qin Shi Huangdi, the first emperor of China. In Chinese the wall is called "Wan-Li Qang-Qeng" which means 10,000-Li Long Wall (10,000 Li = about 5,000 km). Must see experience.

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Great Wall


Chinese merchants expect you to bargain. However they don't think that you know how much you can reduce the price. Expect to be quoted at least three or four times the amount that a Chinese person would be told. If the seller won't bargain then try another stall. Bargain down at least half and sometimes lower the stated price. Prices are very cheap so feel satisfied that the price you paid suits you and your pocket.
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