Hello again! Today is Day 4 of my Beijing trip, I’m laying very comfortably in my hotel bed with the quilt blanket covering my legs. Comfy👌🏼👌🏼. I’m quite happy so far, but there are a few things that you should be aware of if you do happen to plan a trip to Beijing.
- Crossing the roads Well, of course there are pedestrians lights, and for some of the places there are underground tunnels to cross the roads. When I first waited aside for the light to turn green, I noticed some people just crossed the roads without waiting for the green light. And FYI, there were quite a number of cars passing by. 🤔When the green light came on, I started to cross to road, only to have to step backwards again as the bicycles and cars didn’t seem to care whether there were people passing by. Apparently the traffic rules don’t apply to them.
Just as a reminder, you have to be extra careful when crossing the roads. Doesn’t matter if the pedestrian light is green or red, there are still high chances of vehicles zooming by.🤯
2. Getting a rideI guess everyone knows, China is big as hell. There were a few destinations that I needed to travel to by car. Here’s a tip: take a taxi/cab that calculates the price with a meter (not sure if that’s what it’s called). You can check for estimated taxi fares for your journeys in advance here. Do take note that if there are times that you’re stalled in traffic jams or other situations, the price may increase. The price shown on the website is only an ESTIMATED PRICING.
Unfortunately for me, I took a ride in a car the hotel called for me, and it had no measuring systems. The minute I entered the car and noticed the absence of the meter, I knew I was doomed. In times like this, you will often get charged much more money compared to the price if you took a taxi/cab instead. These taxi drivers take the chance to simply name a price.
In the end, I was charged almost twice as much as the original price. 😭
3. Entering/exiting subwaysAnother thing I would like the mention is that when you want to enter or exit the subway, you will find yourself getting pushed around (like getting kneaded as a lump of dough😂). The locals doesn’t really give any chances for the people inside the train to exit, they just push their way in anxiously. Be sure not to fall😉. I would recommend to wait for the next train to arrive if there are too much of them squeezed in one. The train usually arrive very quickly so I think that it would be better to wait.
4. Security checks at subway stationsFor some stations, the police have security checks, requiring you to drop your belongings (bags, etc.) for them to scan. They’ll also take some sort of detector and wave it around your body.
I came across one station which required the people to show them their identity cards to scan. As I’m a foreigner (which means I don’t have their type of card), I just showed them my passport and they let me pass through.🚶🏻♀️
5. Choosing the right place to dine in
I truly suggest doing some research which restaurants are famous for their Beijing delicacies. There are tons of blogs out there you can check out. Besides that, if you happen to pass by a street full of restaurants and you are torn apart, not knowing what decision to make, make one observation. 🔦
Go for the restaurants with most customers in it. That is what I’ve been doing so far and I got to try out some good food. 🍜🍴
And that is all for this post! Do comment below your personal experiences in Beijing and add more tips that I didn’t list out for others to see (including me). Also feel free to drop any questions, I’ll do my best to answer them.
Oh, this is not the end for my posts about my trip to Beijing. I REPEAT, there are more posts coming soon. Stay tuned. ♥️