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Beijing, capital of the most populous country in the world, People's Republic of China. It was also the seat of the Qing dynasty emperor until the formation of a republic in 1911, so it has rich historical sites, and important government institutions.

The city is well known for its flatness and regular construction. There is not a hill to be found in the city limits, and like the configuration of the famous Forbidden City, it has concentric "ring roads", which are actually rectangular, that go around the metropolis.

Districts

Understand

Get in

By plane

Beijing has a major international airport to the northeast of the city.

Most people use taxicabs to reach town from the airport.

By train

By car

By bus

Get around

Metro

The city has a 30-year old subway system that now reaches many parts of the city. There are two systems -- the Loop Line, with 16 stations, and follows the contours of the city walls, near the second ring road. The other is Line One, which is 21 stops stretching from Pingguoyuan, via Tiananmen Square to Sihuidong.

Taxi

Taxis are the preferred choice for moving around, and are fairly inexpensive.

See

Tourist spots

  • Forbidden City
  • Summer Palace
  • Tiananmen Square

Hot spots

  • Ho hai - a hangout with trendy restaurants and bars in the northern part of Beijing.

Shopping

  • Oriental Plaza

Do

This is for things that travellers will do themselves. More active participation is needed for Do things than for See things. For example, going to see a river goes under See; kayak trips down the river go under Do.

Learn

If there are opportunities for travellers to study in this city -- from language to cooking classes up to full university courses -- add that here.

Work

What possibilities are there for travellers to earn money in this city? Note that this is kind of long-range and probably won't be appropriate for most destinations.

Buy

The travellers' dirty secret: we like souvenirs. What would be good to buy in this city? Local crafts? How about general shopping -- clothes, travel equipment, other?

Eat

For restaurant listings and other food-related stuff. Mention any local specialties or oddities. Specific restaurant info, or general idea of good areas of the destination to try. Be sure to explain what the price ranges are ($2 for a meal can be a splurge in some cities). Some travellers like (or have) to make their own food -- include local food-shopping options if possible.

Budget

  • Name of Restaurant, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible). Days and times open. One to three sentences about the food, service, atmosphere, view, specialties, music, what have you. $lowprice-$highprice (extra price info). http://www.restaurant.example.com/
  • Vegetarian Lifestyle, 77 Song Shan Rd (in a fabulously decorated alleyway just south of Huai Hai Rd.), 21-6384-8000. Every day until 10pm. Wow! A beautifully appointed modern restaurant where everything just happens to be vegi. You won't find much in the way of fake meat that pervades most of the other vegetarian places. Instead you'll enjoy beautifully cooked dishes from all over the country, and juices from the juice bar. They serve beer as well, but careful, one bottle will double your bill! ~30 RMB (18 RMB Lunch special).

Mid-range

Splurge

Drink

For bars, clubs, and other nightlife. Yes, many people go out to clubs and don't drink; the name of the section is still Drink. Mention any local specialties or oddities, and give a general idea of good areas of the destination to try. Invent groupings/labels as needed (Gay friendly, student, hipster, fancy-pants, etc). Good things to mention: dress code, entrance fees, safety concerns, solo-woman friendly or pick-up bar, good/bad nights).

Sleep

This is for helping the traveller find a place to lay his/her weary head. Give a general idea of good areas of the destination to try to find lodging. Other good info to include is high/low season, the importance of reservation, things to request (quiet room, view, airport pick up, etc).

Budget

  • Name of Place, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible). Days and times open. One to three sentences about the service, atmosphere, view, rooms, what have you. $lowprice-$highprice (extra price info). http://www.hotel.example.com/

Mid-range

Splurge

Contact

Information on communications -- phone, Internet, other. Give information on cellular phone coverage in the city, and telephone centers where travelers can make long-distance calls. This is also where you'd list Internet cafes or computer rental centers for staying in touch by email or on the Web. If there are free or paid wireless Internet hotspots in the city, name them here.

  • Name of Internet Cafe, Address (extra directions if necessary), phone number (email, fax, other contact if possible). Days and times open. One to three sentences about the computers, connectivity, food or beverages available. $rate per hour (extra price info). http://www.internetcafe.example.com/

Stay safe

This is a section for general safety tips. If there are health hazards or crime problems in the city, list them here.

Cope

This section is for all those little items that people need to know when they're in a city. Where can you do laundry? Go to a gym? Get computers repaired? Anything that has to do with the practicalities of daily life should go here.

Don't put something here when it could fit in one of the other sections. If there's nothing to put in this section, leave it out.

Get out

How to move on from the destination. Try and include as many options as you can think of -- land, air, sea. Other nearby destination suggestions or day-trip ideas should go here. Don't replicate information that's up in "Get in", though. If there's really no extra information, just leave this section out entirely.

External links

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