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How can I go to the Temple of Heaven (天坛) from your hostel?
You can take subway Line 6 and transfer to Line 5 at Dong Si(东四), and then get off at Tian Tan Dong Men (天坛东门, east gate of the Temple of Heaven).
How can I go to Badaling Great Wall (八达岭长城) by myself?
You can take the bus (No. 5) and get off at De Sheng Men (德胜门, different direction than going to Tian’an Men Square), and then take bus (No. 919, not FAST, normal one), and get off at the stop Badaling Gu Chang Cheng (八达岭古长城, Badaling Ancient Great Wall).
What are the shopping centers in Beijing?
There are Silk Market (秀水街, at subway station Yong An Li永安里 on Line 1), Yashow Clothing Market (三里屯雅秀服装市场in Sanlitun), Pearl Market (虹桥市场, Hong Qiao Shi Chang, nearby subway station Tian Tan Dong Men on Line 5) where you can buy clothes and almost everything. But you need to bargain a lot at these places.
Where is the flea market and antique market?
There is Pan Jia Yuan Flea Market (潘家园古玩市场, subway station Pan Jia Yuan潘家园 on Line 10) and Curiosity Antique Market at Shi Li He (十里河古玩城, nearby Pan Jia Yuan) where you can buy almost everything including the traditional Chinese antiques. You can also go to Liu Li Chang(琉璃厂) nearby subway station He Ping Men(和平门) on Line 2, where you can buy antiques and traditional painting materials for Chinese calligraphy and Chinese painting.
Are there any shopping malls in the center of the city?
There are shopping malls at Wang Fu Jing(王府井) and Dong Dan(东单), around 1.5km in the east of Tian’an Men Square. There are also shopping malls and markets at Sanlitun(三里屯) where you can buy things of a lot of brands.
How long shall I buy train ticket in advance?
The tickets are released online 60 days in advance, and they are released at the ticket office and train station 58 days in advance. It’s better to buy as early as possible, especially during peak seasons.
What about the levels and grades of the domestic trains in China?
G : High-Speed Electric Multiple Units (EMU) Train; C : Intercity EMU; D : Electric Multiple Units (EMU); Z : Direct Express; T : Express.
Is it difficult to buy the domestic train ticket in China?
It is difficult to define the difficulty. It depends on seasons and the city you choose. For example, tickets are very difficult to buy during the peak seasons, especially when there are a few trains running every day between the two cities. Before the Chinese New Year, tickets are almost impossible to buy from big cities to smaller cities; and after the Chinese New Year, tickets are rather difficult from smaller cities to big cities.
Do children have a special price for the train ticket?
One adult passenger can take one child under 1.2-meter tall and the child is free; if one adult passenger takes more than one child under 1.2-meter tall, the extra child or children should buy children’s tickets. Children between 1.2-meter and 1.5-meter tall should buy children’s tickets.
What should I provide if I would like to buy a train ticket from your hostel?
To each passenger, we need the correct full name on the passport and the passport number.
How and when do I need to pay if I would like to buy a train ticket from your hostel?
If you would like to buy before you arrive, you should pay with Paypal as soon as possible (or at least 25 days in advance before your departure date on the ticket if possible). You need to pay at once in cash if you buy a train ticket at our reception.
Can I cancel the train ticket and get the refund once I have bought?
If you have the ticket bought online and request the cancellation at least 15 days in advance before the train departure date (when the ticket has not been printed yet), you can cancel it; it you request the cancellation within 15 days before the train departure date (when the ticket has not been printed yet), the system will charge 5% for handling fee; once the ticket is printed, you would have to return it to the train station by yourself with your passport and get part of refund.
Can I change my train ticket if my schedule gets changed?
No. The ticket can’t be changed once it is bought. You have to cancel it and buy another one.
Can I buy train ticket from your hostel to Hong Kong, Lhasa (Tibet), and Ulan Bator?
No. I am sorry that we can NOT buy any international train ticket. You need to buy it from certain agencies. As to the ticket to Lhasa, it is always difficult and it is better to buy from some ticket agency.
How many train stations are there in Beijing?
For passengers, there are mainly four stations: Beijing Railway Station, Beijing South Railway Station, Beijing West Railway Station, and Beijing North Railway Station.