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Thing to do:
 - wall at mutinyahu
 - Ming vase company (or silk or other companies...)
-summer palace
-forbidden city
-tain'anmen square
-silk/pearl/ yaxiu antique markets
-Panda zoo
-Drum tower, nightly acrobatic shows,
Kong fu show,
Back lake,
Hutong area?
-Olympic park (birds nest, cube) ,
-Chairman Mao?

Only place to eat:
dinis restaurant -( chabad)
(www.kosherbeijing.com)

Places to stay;
St Regis (downtown chabad) with bowling! And Massage across the street .
Westin (chaoyang)-near chabad,
Rosemary
Shrangila, trade west town

Get around:
-car service +8613051258776
(They are unofficial but good service and prices.)
-yellowcar John <johnyellowcar@hotmail.com>
( The price will be around 1000 rmb for everything (gas,toll,parking) except ticket and food.
reocmmendtions from : www.tripadvisor.com  )

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #180 on: October 28, 2015, 12:38:38 PM »
Does it "close" in the cold, or will it just not be comfortable to visit?
i dont think it closes, just extremely cold

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #181 on: October 28, 2015, 12:40:36 PM »
i dont think it closes, just extremely cold
Given that I'll be there anyway, I might as well see it even in the cold, no? On the upside, there'll be a lot fewer tourists.

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #182 on: November 04, 2015, 12:58:56 AM »
Does anyone have any good recommendations of a driver/private tour guide for the Mutianyu Great Wall+Forbidden City? I saw this one that charges $175/1 person for a 8-9 hour all day tour. Is that reasonable? Does anyone have anyone in particular to recommend?

ETA: Also I noticed some sites saying that certain parts of the Great Wall (like hikes) could be closed in winter. Does anyone have any experience going during the winter?
« Last Edit: November 04, 2015, 01:09:37 AM by Yehoshua »

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #183 on: November 04, 2015, 01:26:16 AM »
We paid $112 for the taxi total for 2 people (but didn't come with a "guide"). The wall costs an additional $25/pp with luge.
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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #184 on: November 04, 2015, 01:27:38 AM »
We paid $112 for the taxi total for 2 people. The wall costs an additional $25/pp with luge.
So you didn't take a tour guide, just a regular taxi? Did the guy wait for you and or speak English? I don't know how good my Chinese will be by then.

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« Reply #185 on: November 04, 2015, 01:38:01 AM »
So you didn't take a tour guide, just a regular taxi? Did the guy wait for you and or speak English? I don't know how good my Chinese will be by then.

Wasn't a regular taxi. I found a number online IIRC. We were able to communicate fine, but he was far from fluent.
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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #186 on: November 04, 2015, 09:32:41 AM »
Wasn't a regular taxi. I found a number online IIRC. We were able to communicate fine, but he was far from fluent.
Did he wait for you at the wall? What's his name and number?

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #187 on: November 04, 2015, 10:03:47 AM »
He did wait for us. I don't know if I saved his number. But I remember his website had a yellow background.
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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #188 on: November 04, 2015, 10:34:38 AM »
He did wait for us. I don't know if I saved his number. But I remember his website had a yellow background.
Do you remember anything more about him? His name or company name?

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #189 on: November 04, 2015, 11:22:16 AM »
Do you remember anything more about him? His name or company name?

Nope, but just look on TA and find one in your price range and who is available.
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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #190 on: November 04, 2015, 11:28:26 AM »
Nope, but just look on TA and find one in your price range and who is available.
Since my flight lands at 7am, does it make sense to get picked up at the airport instead of trying to get to the PH (where I'll be staying) and get picked up from there? Also are these tours truly private or group tours?

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« Reply #191 on: November 04, 2015, 11:53:45 AM »
Since my flight lands at 7am, does it make sense to get picked up at the airport instead of trying to get to the PH (where I'll be staying) and get picked up from there? Also are these tours truly private or group tours?

Our "tour" was just us. Driver waited for us as long as we wanted.

You only have one day in PEK? If not, I'd prefer being able to go to PH, drop off bags, and freshen up before heading out. But if scheduling forbids that, I'm not sure it makes sense time-wise: land 7am, earliest you'd get to PH is probably 8:30. Unless you can be out by 9 the latest (and that's late because the drive is an hour plus), I'd save it for a different day.
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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #192 on: November 04, 2015, 12:00:31 PM »
Our "tour" was just us. Driver waited for us as long as we wanted.

You only have one day in PEK? If not, I'd prefer being able to go to PH, drop off bags, and freshen up before heading out. But if scheduling forbids that, I'm not sure it makes sense time-wise: land 7am, earliest you'd get to PH is probably 8:30. Unless you can be out by 9 the latest (and that's late because the drive is an hour plus), I'd save it for a different day.
I'll be in PEK for 2 days, landing 7am Tue and flying out 5:30p Wed. I'd prefer to go to the PH since that way I won't be leaving all my stuff in a stranger's car (unless you don't think that's a concern). Is leaving at 9am really that late when most tours leave at 8am? I know sunset is early (like 5:30ish), so it would seem like enough time, no? Or better to go on Wed earlier and the go straight to the airport?

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #193 on: November 04, 2015, 12:09:54 PM »
I'll be in PEK for 2 days, landing 7am Tue and flying out 5:30p Wed. I'd prefer to go to the PH since that way I won't be leaving all my stuff in a stranger's car (unless you don't think that's a concern). Is leaving at 9am really that late when most tours leave at 8am? I know sunset is early (like 5:30ish), so it would seem like enough time, no? Or better to go on Wed earlier and the go straight to the airport?

In your case, I'd simply hightail it to PH and have him meet you there. Or, even better, have the guy pick you up from airport, wait for you for a half hour at PH and then continue on.

I wouldn't risk traffic doing mutianyu on Weds in your case.
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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #194 on: November 04, 2015, 12:58:51 PM »
In your case, I'd simply hightail it to PH and have him meet you there. Or, even better, have the guy pick you up from airport, wait for you for a half hour at PH and then continue on.

I wouldn't risk traffic doing mutianyu on Weds in your case.
It'd be great if he could pick up at PEK, go to PH and then to Mutianyu. Can I assume it'll cost around $175 for that or do you think it'll be cheaper/more expensive?