The Rough Guide to Beijing by Simon Lewis

By Simon Lewis

"The tough consultant to Beijing" is the final word insider's advisor to China's interesting capital. With the extravagant 2008 Olympics marking the city's victorious go back to the worldwide level, the town now attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists a yr through providing world-class lodges, trendy eating places and the best golf equipment along fabulous old websites that remind us of the hundreds of thousands of years it has spent on the center of the chinese language empire. either the preferred and no more recognized points of interest are lined in "The tough consultant to Beijing"; from avant garde architectural initiatives (the new CCTV Tower), to hip bar district Nanluogu Xiang, and the achingly cool arts districts of 798 and Caochangdi. however the consultant is going past the modern, revealing the easiest locations to consume and the simplest locations to stick, starting from fascinating early life hostels and courtyard boutique inns to the main sumptuous company behemoths. whilst the speed of the town will get too frenetic, the advisor offers the entire info you must plan nice daytrips, from the marvelous temples of Chengde to the grandest and such a lot secluded stretches of the good Wall. effortless to learn maps are supplied during the advisor, plus there's a convenient color subway map, and the pinyin and chinese language characters are given for all locations. utilize some time on earth' with "The tough advisor to Beijing".

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Com. A comprehensive and well-organized page of links, with sections on tourism, entertainment and industry. com. Featuring a live video stream plus other programmes available to watch on demand, this is the website of the Chinese state television’s English-language channel. com. A corporate directory site with a useful travel section, detailing tours and allowing you to book flights and hotels. com. China-based website with snippets about Chinese culture, history, attractions and food. org. English commentary and reporting on what’s hot in the Chinese media; very informative, but usually blocked in China.

A good overview of English-teaching opportunities in the Chinese public sector. org. Exchange programmes for US students of Mandarin or Chinese studies, with placements in Beijing. com. A website where you can post your CV. com. A huge jobs site, in Chinese and English. Mail 40 Main post offices are open Monday to Saturday between 9am and 5pm; smaller offices may close for lunch or at weekends. Offices in the New Otani Hotel (daily 8am–6pm) and at L115, China World Trade Centre (daily 8am–8pm) keep longer hours.

The police are recognizable by their dark blue uniforms and caps, though there are a lot more around than you might at first think, as plenty are undercover. They have much wider powers than most Western police forces, including establishing the guilt of criminals – trials are often used only for deciding the sentence of the accused, though China is beginning to have the makings of an independent judiciary. Laws are harsh, with execution – a bullet in the back of the head – the penalty for a wide range of serious crimes, from corruption to rape, though if the culprit is deemed to show proper remorse, the result can be a more lenient sentence.

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