Make Your Beijing Tours Low Budget Staying at Top-Rated Hostels

On March 7, 2011, in China Travel Gossip, by Jack Li

Besides those luxury 5-star hotels, you can also make your Travel to China economic while at no cost of comfortableness. Picking up a good hostel to stay at could be such a wise choice making your Beijing Tours not only budgetary, but interesting, romantic, and even adventurous.  The Great Wall Box Hostel The Great Wall […]

Besides those luxury 5-star hotels, you can also make your Travel to China economic while at no cost of comfortableness. Picking up a good hostel to stay at could be such a wise choice making your Beijing Tours not only budgetary, but interesting, romantic, and even adventurous.

 The Great Wall Box Hostel

The Great Wall Box Hostel is located at Gubeikou Village, about 120 km away from Beijing City. Quadrangle-styled (or Siheyuan in Chinese), the main house has a history over 100 years, with one sidewall of the courtyard set against the Great Wall. This favored location, along with the mountainous scenery around, allows you always a spur to go hiking on the most classic sections of the Great Wall.

Special offers:

  1. Located by the Great Wall, not in downtown Beijing
  2. A non-tourist section, including broken parts and non-broken part
  3. Every staff here speaks good English
  4. 0 km—Gubeikou Dragon or Tiger Great Wall, 8 km—Jinshanling Great Wall, 20 km—Simatai Great Wall. And nice views (the Great Wall) even lying on your bed

 

FREE SERVICES: Internet and Wi-Fi, 24-hour hot shower, luggage storage, games to borrow, books to borrow, travel information, hostel booking in China

ACTIVITIES: Chinese & western food cooking course, BBQ (Summer), tea party (Every day), hiking on the Great Wall (Free guide every day), Zen & Yoga course

RATES:
Dorms: USD 12.8

Peking International Youth Hostel

Located by the wall of the Forbidden City, Peking International Youth Hostel is close to most of hottest attractions of the ancient Beijing. As a perfect spot for short breaks during your tour in downtown Beijing, PIYH offers a wide variety of room choices, ranging from budget dorm, affordable double rooms, to luxury room. The dorms are all furnished with separate bathrooms with 24-hour hot shower supplied.

Main Attractions in Neighborhood:
Forbidden City—5 minute walk
Tiananmen Square—12 minute walk
National Grand Theatre—12 minute walk
China National Museum—12 minute walk
China Art Museum—12 minute walk
Beihai Park—12 minute walk

RATE:  Dorms: US$14.40,  Privates: US$31.19

Sitting On The City Walls Courtyard House

Sitting on the City Walls Courtyard House is an exquisite traditional courtyard house, located within the ancient urban town area of Beijing. There is a zigzag alleyway leading to the front door, which is particularly precious when most HUTONGs in Beijing are currently being renovated or constructed.
5 minute walk to the Forbidden City, Sitting on the City Walls House is located at the middle axis of this city, definitely the heart of Ancient Peking. Only 1 minute walk away to the city’s main streets, the hostel gives you the most genuine understanding and feelings that belong to the old Beijing.
Quiet alleyway, friendly smile, warm exchange of greetings from neighbors, all these are reminding you of the old town Beijing life style.

RATE:

Dorms: USD 12.8  Privates: USD 27.99

 

Sanlitun Youth Hostel
The Sanlitun Youth Hostel, as the name indicates, sits in the heart of Sanlitun, one of the most dynamic nightlife areas in Beijing. The embassy area is also within walking distance, making it convenient for those travelers who are fond of things within easy reach.
Located in the Chaoyang District, the hostel is within minutes’ walk from Dongsishitao subway station. It serves as a prime location to get to many of Beijing’s attractions, such as the famous Ya-show Market, which specializes in designer clothing brands at fair prices.
The staff at the hostel are all bilingual in both English and Mandarin and are willing to answer any queries and help with any potential problems that you may encounter in Beijing. Their spacious and modern restaurant area serves as both a chill out area and home to cuisine that caters for international tastes. Weekly events such as the Free Dumpling and Hot Pot nights are a great opportunity to meet other guests.
FACILITIES & SERVICES: 

Laundry Facilities, bike hire service, International phone call service, book exchange, post box, 24-hour reception, both Chinese and western food, airport pick up, Chinese Hot Pot every Wednesday night.

RATE:

Dorms: USD 5.6, Privates: USD 7.2

Kelly’s Courtyard

Kelly’s Courtyard is a stylish courtyard hostel located in a traditional Hutong (alley) in the heart of Beijings Xidan District, a vibrant commercial area. Kelly’s courtyard is surrounded by many of Beijing’s historical vistas, including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, BeiHai Park and Shichahai Lake. It is within walking distance or a short ride to all of these places. Kellys Courtyard is within convenient reach of all of Beijings key travel destinations, as well the airport and railway station. Public transportation including subway, bus or taxi are all nearby and make it easy to get around the city.

RATE:

Privates: USD 27.5

The hostels described above are just a few examples among numerous interesting and distinctive ones in Beijing and around China. Hope this is article could provide an alternative way of exploring the adventures on your China Tours.

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Tips on Using ATMs in China

On March 4, 2011, in China Travel Gossip, Cultural Experience, by Jack Li

While traveling gives you fun, it means spending money. So before you go on your China Tours, get to know how to withdraw money in China. Take Beijing for instance; you’ll find many banks with many ATMs around every corner of the city when you Travel to Beijing. However, only about 60% of these accept […]

While traveling gives you fun, it means spending money. So before you go on your China Tours, get to know how to withdraw money in China. Take Beijing for instance; you’ll find many banks with many ATMs around every corner of the city when you Travel to Beijing. However, only about 60% of these accept foreign cards.  

The main foreign friendly ATMs are controlled by the Bank of China. Bank of China ATMs work in both Chinese and English, use the latest equipment, and are pretty easy to find. But the connection to the overseas banking network tends to have a high down time.

If you are told by a Bank of China machine that your transaction has been declined and to contact your bank, do not panic. This often just means that the International network is unavailable. You should try the other two banks mentioned or return the next day.

If the Bank of China ATMs are not working for you, the next best bet is a Merchants Bank outlet. Their network seems to be a bit more stable, and seem to run out of cash less. The problem is that Merchants Bank branches are few and not as easy to find as Bank of China.

Another bank, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, has recently opened up most of its ATMs to the international network, allowing VISA or Mastercard transactions. ICBC is a very common bank in Beijing and seems to have branches almost everywhere. These banks are very popular however, and you may end up waiting in line to use one of these ATMs.

Using the ATMs

When you put your foreign bank card into a Beijing ATM it should give you the option to display English, or display both Chinese and English. There are various different methods the banks employ to let you select language. The Bank of China ATMs give the password screen in both languages, then on the select account screen, the options are given in two languages, English to the left, and Chinese to the right. 

On the select account screen it is essential that you use the left buttons to select your account as this is what determines the language you will be using from that point on. If you mistakenly press the buttons on the right, you will be in Chinese from that point onwards.

Transaction Limits

Other banks, like ICBC, have a separate screen near the beginning of the process which lets you select your desired language. At the end of some ATM transactions you will be given the option to continue or take your card. This is because the transaction limits on most bank accounts is set pretty low. The maximum you will be able to withdraw in one request is about 2500 RMB usually. You can press the continue button and try to get more cash out up to the ATMs daily limit. Most USA banks allow you about 5500 RMB per day, but this is controlled by your own bank.

There are a couple of other banks which may accept foreign cards around Beijing, namely HSBC and Citibank.  These ATMs are extremely rare however. Other internal Chinese banks almost certainly will not process your overseas transaction.

Commission and Transaction Charges

The ATMs mentioned here dispense Chinese RMB currency. The money will be taken from your foreign bank account. It will be converted to your home currency at a quite reasonable rate usually. The commission and transaction charges will be dependent upon your own bank’s policies.  If you are using an ATM/Debit card, usually the charges are comparable to drawing money in your own country. If you are using a Credit Card, you are usually talking about a “cash advance” which can be extremely expensive depending on your bank and how long you take to pay back the money. Hope this is helpful if you’re now already in the middle of packing up for your China Tours.

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Tips on Recommended Nightclubs and Discos in Beijing

On March 3, 2011, in Cultural Experience, Nightlife, by Jack Li

If you are a party animal, you can’t exclude going to some nightclubs from your Beijing Tours. This article will start focused on the nightclub and disco scene in Beijing. Beijing has a varied nightlife scene, and the following basic guide will hopefully give you some idea. Now get prepared for night parties if you’re […]

If you are a party animal, you can’t exclude going to some nightclubs from your Beijing Tours. This article will start focused on the nightclub and disco scene in Beijing. Beijing has a varied nightlife scene, and the following basic guide will hopefully give you some idea. Now get prepared for night parties if you’re going to pack up to Travel to Beijing.

ANGEL CLUB

Angel Club is a new opening national brand nightclub you must go in Beijing. Maybe because one of the owners works for an entertainment company, people who play in Angel always meet many of those famous stars and models.

 The Angel club, with its own separate entrance, has been newly transformed its large 12,000 square foot facility into a modern urban gem. The club features state of the art lights, video, sound, DJ booth, large dance floor, podiums, a huge bar, over ten serving stations. One lounge is for dancing, the other one is for private parties. If you want to chill-out, there are plenty of room to sit and enjoy a drink in the rear of the club and you won’t have to worry about waiting around at the bar with plenty of professional bar-staff on hand to keep your glasses full.

Location: No. 6 Worker Stadium East Rd, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Free of admission fees but alcohols charges with free soft drinks and appetiters.

Opening hours: 6:00 PM—4:00 AM

BABY FACE

A new opening national brand nightclub is another must -go venue in Beijing. Unlike Baby Face in Shanghai and Guangzhou, this is its newest version, bigger, more fashionable and comfortable than any other Baby Face chain clubs.

The lounge Baby Face features a huge screen. You will get shocked by the screen behind DJ booth. A traditional game appears on this screen, come and explore what it is!!!

They have two rooms. The big one is mainly playing house music. The small one is going to be hip-hop room. The house music style played here is very welcomed by Beijing clubbers. Music is the soul of Baby Face. If you are a party animal, this is an ideal place.

The drinks are not cheap. The beer is about 35RMB and cocktail is about 40RMB. Baby Face invites world famous DJs very often. Check for their party information before you come so you won’t miss the events.

Location: No.143, Xizhimenwai Avenue, Xicheng District, Beijing

Admission fee: 50 RMB (on weekends)

Opening hours: 8:00 PM—Midnight

COCO BANANA

If you want to get to know Beijing’s hottest fashion trends, and get shocked by latest released music dance tracks, BANANA is the best must-go place you will find. By perfectly combined with world trend disco music and Chinese local expression of music, BANANA creates its own style of disco. You will be refreshed by the variable styles of music all night long.

Located at Sci-tech Hotel in the heart of Beijing, this newly renovated nightclub has two levels, which dubs itself Chinese FEBERIC, one of the hottest clubs in New York. The two floors are distinct, yet maintain a common thread with respect to service and upbeat atmosphere. Most people there are local white-shirts who look for nightlife excitements.

In addition to regular private parties and promotional events, the small lounge includes KTV rooms, decorated in three styles—classic, modern, and Mediterranean. 

Location: 22 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Opening hours: 8:30PM — 4:00AM (Sunday—Thursday) 8:30PM — 5:00AM (Friday—Saturday)

Admission fee: 20RMB (Sunday—Thursday) 30RMB (Friday– Saturday)

 CLUB MIX

This is a place you can party hard. The style of decoration resembles that of North American hot nightclubs. The external look of Mix is like “Arena” in L.A., or “Ten15″ in San Francisco. The 2-floor design is equipped with high quality sound system and delicately lighted.

You will easily find people from various countries in there. It is one of the nightclubs frequented by foreigners in Beijing. Weekends are inclined for hip-hop.

The areas are separated well, you can easily find a private chat corner; or burst into a dance; or even treat yourself a dish of French or Italian food on the second floor, being pleased by observing people dancing below.

 Location: Workers Stadium North Gate, Beijing

Admission fee: 30 RMB

Opening hours: 8:00 PM—Midnight

 PROPAGANDA

PROPAGANDA is one of the Beijing’s hottest new nightclubs. Two floors are full of people when on weekends. People have drinks and meet new friends on the upper floor lounge. Downstairs is geared for dance.

Special Event Day: Thursday—Lady’s Night; Friday—Tequila’s night

Location: East gate of Huaqingjiayuan, Wudaokou, Haidian District, Beijing

Admission fee: 100 RMB (for men), 30 RMB (for women)

Opening hours: 7:00 PM—2:00 AM

 With the best experience of nightlife, Beijing Tours are surely unforgettable for you.

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The First Destination to Visit to China—Yellow River

On March 2, 2011, in Rivers & Gorges, Shanghai, Shanxi, Waterfalls & Pools, by Jack Li

All foreigners may ask where the first destination to visit China is. Today we will tralk about the china’s mother river. The yellow river taavel is one of the most attractive China Tours.The Yellow River snakes through northern China for more than 3,000 miles and is known as the country’s mother river. Thousands of years ago, […]

All foreigners may ask where the first destination to visit China is. Today we will tralk about the china’s mother river. The yellow river taavel is one of the most attractive China Tours.The Yellow River snakes through northern China for more than 3,000 miles and is known as the country’s mother river. Thousands of years ago, Chinese civilization grew up along its banks.

At the beginning of the china travel, let’s go to the river’s cradle. The headwaters of this mighty river lie in Kunlun Mountains in northwestern Qinghai Province. It runs through nine provinces and autonomous regions on its way to the Bohai Sea. It is not exaggerating to say that Yellow River is a melting port, because there are more than 30 branches and countless streams feeding it through its course until the end. This magnificent river flows quietly, like a shy girl in this section, irrigating the farmlands and nurturing the people. The Yellow River’s lower reaches ends in a delta on the Bohai Sea.

It is agreed upon by almost all the Chinese people that the Yellow River is the cradle of Chinese civilization, the spiritual home of the Chinese people. It is the waters of the Yellow River and its spirit that nurture the whole Chinese nation. For thousands of years, the Yellow River has been admiring by literary giants, artists, as well as by the common people. The Yellow River is not just several letters, nor is it just the name of a yellow-ochre-colored river. It bears special significance: the symbol of the Chinese nation, the spirit of the Chinese people and more importantly, civilization itself.

Rich cultural relics, history and gorgeous natural sceneries make the Yellow River a fine place to visit. Along the Yellow River, there are dozens of worthwhile attractions, such as HUKOU waterfall and Yellow River Xiaolangdi scenic area. You will have a surprise.

Hukou Waterfall, located at the intersection of Shanxi Province and Shanxi Province, some 400 kilometers from Xian, is the second largest waterfall in China.
The mighty Yellow River, the second largest river in China, surges its way from Qinghai Province to the border of Shanxi and Shaanxi Provinces where it suddenly finds its way through a narrow valley, blocked in by mountains. The riverbed abruptly narrows down from 300 meters to 50 meters, turning the placid water into rapids. The tremendous weight of water splashes onto the rocks, forming a magnificent waterfall, 15 meters high and 20 meters wide, as if the water is pouring down from a huge teapot, hence the name Hukou(‘mouth of teapot’). The scene can be overwhelming, water stiring up masses of smoke and cloud, colors turning from yellow to grey, grey to blue. The locals call this awesome scenery “smoke from the river”.

It is agreed upon by almost all the Chinese people that the Yellow River is the cradle of Chinese civilization, the spiritual home of the Chinese people. It is the waters of the Yellow River and its spirit that nurture the whole Chinese nation. For thousands of years, the Yellow River has been admiring by literary giants, artists, as well as by the common people. The Yellow River is not just several letters, nor is it just the name of a yellow-ochre-colored river. It bears special significance: the symbol of the Chinese nation, the spirit of the Chinese people and more importantly, civilization itself.

Yellow River XiaolangdiLying in Mengjin County 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) north of Luoyang City, Henan Province, Xiaolangdi Scenic Area is located in the exit of the last gorge in the middle reaches of Yellow River.Yellow River Xiaolangdi scenic area in the middle reaches of Yellow River Water Conservancy last paragraph of the exit of the canyon, Naju in Luoyang, Henan, 40 km south of Jiyuan City of Henan Province 30 km. 310 State Road, State Road 207, and even high-speed Huo under construction in the area too O from the edge of high-speed passage of the Longhai Railway, Jiaoqitielu, Luoyang airport in close proximity, traffic is very convenient.

Along the banks of Yellow river, you will enjoy the beautiful scences, and you will be steeped in the one of the most atrractive China Tours.

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