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Beijing
Tiantongyuan North
Line 1
Line 2 (Loop Line)
Line 4
Line 5
Line 8 (Olympic Branch Line)
Line 8T (Batong Line)
Line 10
Line 13
Line L1 (Airport Extension)
Tiantongyuan
Tiantongyuan
South
Lishuiqiao
Xi’erqi
South Gate of
Forest Park
Lishuiqiao
South
Anheqiao North
Shangdi
Olympic Green
East Gate of Peking University
Olympic Sports
Center
Beiyuan
Terminal 2
Zhong-
guancun
Wudaokou
Terminal 3
Wangjing West
Beijing Capital
International
Airport
Bagou
Renmin University
Hepingxiqiao
Taiyanggong
Sanyuanqiao
Liangmaqiao
Agricultural Exhibition Hall
Tuanjiehu
Hujialou
Dazhongsi
Hepingli
Beijie
Weigongcun
Liufang
Xizhimen
Yonghegong
Beixinqiao
Zhangzi-
zhonglu
Dongsi
National
Library
Xinjiekou
Ping’anli
Pingguoyuan
Guchenglu
Chegongzhuang
Dong-
zhimen
Dongsi-
shitiao
Chaoyang-
men
Fuchengmen
Xisi
Chaoyang-
men
Bajia Amuse-
ment Park
Lingjing Hutong
Babaoshan
Xidan
Taoranting
Ciqikou
Beijing South
Railway Station
Tiantan Dongmen
Majiapu
Puhuangyu
Liujayao
Jiaomen West
Gongyixiqiao
Transfer Station
Songjiazhuang
Lishuiqiao
Beijing Capital
International
Airport
Taiyanggong
Yonghegong
Xizhimen
Dong-
zhimen
Dong-
zhimen
Lingjing Hutong
Xidan
 Beijin
6th Edition
by Jen Lin-Liu & Sherisse Pham
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CONTENTS
LIST OF MAPS
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1 THE BEST OF BEIJING
1
1
The Most Unforgettable Beijing
Experiences. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
2
The Best Splurge Hotels . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
3
The Best Moderately Priced
Hotels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
4
The Most Unforgettable Dining
Experiences. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
5
The Best Things to Do for Free
(or Almost). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
2 BEIJING IN DEPTH
5
1
Beijing Today. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
80 Bashi hou or the Post-1980
Generation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
2
Looking Back at Beijing . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Dateline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
3
Beijing’s Art & Architecture . . . . . . . .11
4
Religion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13
5
Beijing in Popular Culture: Books,
Film, TV, Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
3 PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO BEIJING
23
1
When to Go. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
Beijing Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . .26
2
Entry Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
3
Getting There & Getting
Around . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
Ten Tips for Taking Taxis around
Town. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33
4
Money & Costs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37
Exchange Rates: the Yuan, the
Dollar, the Pound & the
“Crawling Peg” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
What Things Cost in Beijing. . . . . . . . .39
5
Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39
6
Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40
7
Specialized Travel Resources . . . . . .41
8
Sustainable Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43
9
Special-Interest Trips & Escorted
General-Interest Tours. . . . . . . . . . . . .44
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Staying Connected. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
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