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Introducing Bijng

StopCstart capital since the Mongol Yuan dynasty, Bijng is one of Chinas true ancient citadels. It is also an aspiring, confident and modern city that seems assured of its destiny to rule over China ad infinitum.

A vast and symmetrical metropolis, Bijng is the orderly seat of the communist political power in China, so its architecture traces each and every mood swing from 1949 to the present, from felled htng (narrow alleys) to huge underground bomb shelters scooped out during the paranoid 1970s. One moment you are sizing up a blank Soviet-style monument, the next you spot a vast, shimmering tower rising up from the footprint of a vanished temple.

History may have been trampled in Bijng over the past half century, but theres still much more substance here than in Chinas other dynastic capitals, bar Nnjng or Kifng. You just need to do a bit of hunting and patient exploration to find the historical narrative. Its also essential to sift the genuine from the fake: some of Bijngs once-illustrious past has been fitfully resurrected in the trompe-loeil of rebuilt monuments. Colossal flyovers and multilane boulevards heave with more than three million cars but ample pockets of historical charm survive. Its the citys epic imperial grandeur, however, that is truly awe-inspiring.

Frank and uncomplicated, Bijngs denizens chat in Bijnghu C the gold standard of Mandarin C and marvel at their good fortune for occupying the centre of the known world. And for all its diligence and gusto, Bijng dispenses with the persistent pace of Shnghi or Hong Kong, and locals instead find time to sit out front, play chess and watch the world go by.

Weather

Autumn (September to early November) is the optimal season to visit Bijng as the weather is gorgeous and fewer tourists are in town. Local Beijingers describe this short season of clear skies and breezy days as tingo qshung (literally the sky is high and the air is fresh). In winter, its glacial outside (dipping as low as -20C) and the northern winds cut like a knife through bean curd. Arid spring is OK, apart from the awesome sand clouds that sweep in from Inner Mongolia and the static electricity that discharges everywhere. Spring also sees the snowlike lix(willow catkins) wafting through the air and collecting in drifts. From May onwards the mercury can surge well over 30C. Bijng simmers under a scorching sun in summer (reaching over 40C), which also sees heavy rainstorms late in the season. Maybe surprisingly, this is also considered the peak season, when hotels typically raise their rates and the Great Wall nearly collapses under the weight of marching tourists. Air pollution can be intolerable in both summer and winter.

 


Daily Seat-In-Coach Tours small vehicle in good condition
 Great Wall at Badaling and Ming Tomb 150 RMB p/p.
 Great Wall at Mutianyu and Ming Tomb 200 RMB p/p.
 Great Wall hiking tour from JingShanLing to SiMaTai 300 RMB p/p.
 Forbidden City ; Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven one day tour 250 RMB p/p.


Acrobatics Show Discount Price

 China Puppet Theatre Acrobatics Kingdom 60 RMB p/p.
 Tiandi Theatre 60 RMB p/p.
 Tianqiao Acrobatic Theatre 80 RMB p/p.
 Chaoyang Theatre Acrobatic show 80 RMB p/p.


Beijing Opera Show
Discount Price
 Liyuan Theatre Opera show 100 RMB p/p.
 Huguang Guild Hall Opera show 100 RMB p/p.
 Forbidden Love Opera at Nationalities Culture Palace 140 RMB p/p.


Kungfu Show
Discount Price
 Red Theatre Legend of Kungfu 100 RMB p/p.


Private Tours private driver and tour guide
 Great Wall at Badaling and Ming Tomb one day tour.
 Great Wall at Mutianyu and Ming Tomb one day tour.
 Great Wall from Jinshanling to Simatai hiking one day tour.
 Forbidden City; Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven one day tour.
 Mutianyu Great Wall half day tour.
 Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace one day tour.
 Hutong Tour by rickshaw.

05/19/2009


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