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Beijing Tips and Tricks

Planning to visit Beijing?  Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Wear good shoes.
    • There’s so much to see and explore!  A lot that we have seen has been just from walking along and stumbling upon it.  Have good shoes on because you never know what you might find (and you never know if you end up getting turned around).
    • By good, I mean comfortable.  The streets aren’t the cleanest (with the pollution and the spit), so I’d recommend shoes that will protect your feet.
  • Bring a mask.
    • Yes, unfortunately the air quality in Beijing is not always the best.  However, it can depend on the time of year (winter is usually the worst).
    • I hear May is the best month to visit (weather wise).
    • I like my vogmask best.  It’s the most comfortable.
  • Pack tissues in your purse.
    • In case you need to use the toilet while you’re out and about, sometimes you’ll find toilet paper, sometimes you won’t.  It’s best to have some tissues on you.
  • Have your passport handy.
    • Certain sights, like the Forbidden City, check your passport.  Be sure to carry it somewhere safe.
  • Be aware of your money.
    • Pickpocketing can happen anywhere, but you should be especially aware of counterfeit money.  It’s out there.
    • Heads-up for money:  the coins are different–you can have a 1 yuan coin but the other ones that have 5 and 1 on them represent 50 and 10.  I’m still working on what the paper “coins” mean.
    • Carry cash as opposed to relying on your credit/debit cards
  • I would think it’s obvious, but bring the correct charger/converter for you devices.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Wear good shoes.
    • There’s so much to see and explore!  A lot that we have seen has been just from walking along and stumbling upon it.  Have good shoes on because you never know what you might find (and you never know if you end up getting turned around).
    • By good, I mean comfortable.  The streets aren’t the cleanest (with the pollution and the spit), so I’d recommend shoes that will protect your feet.
  • Bring a mask.
    • Yes, unfortunately the air quality in Beijing is not always the best.  However, it can depend on the time of year (winter is usually the worst).
    • I hear May is the best month to visit (weather wise).
    • I like my vogmask best.  It’s the most comfortable.
  • Pack tissues in your purse.
    • In case you need to use the toilet while you’re out and about, sometimes you’ll find toilet paper, sometimes you won’t.  It’s best to have some tissues on you.
  • Have your passport handy.
    • Certain sights, like the Forbidden City, check your passport.  Be sure to carry it somewhere safe.
  • Be aware of your money.
    • Pickpocketing can happen anywhere, but you should be especially aware of counterfeit money.  It’s out there.
    • Heads-up for money:  the coins are different–you can have a 1 yuan coin but the other ones that have 5 and 1 on them represent 50 and 10.  I’m still working on what the paper “coins” mean.
    • Carry cash as opposed to relying on your credit/debit cards
  • I would think it’s obvious, but bring the correct charger/converter for you devices.
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