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    Beijing – a brief overview

    China’s ever-growing capital is the ultimate expression of change in this enormous country. Ancient imperial palaces rub up alongside communist monuments, while the surge skywards is indicative of Beijing’s place as one of the planet’s most bustling cities. Explore pretty hutongs (side streets), take in the vast sweep of Tiananmen Square, and get lost in

    the seemingly endless Forbidden City. And if you’ve got time to spare, hop on a tour bus and head out to the Great Wall to see the ultimate symbol of Chinese power. Shanghai might feel more cutting edge, but Beijing’s beauty lies in its boundless sights and stunning architecture.

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    Top 10 sights in Beijing

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    Tian‘anmen Square

    Dongcheng District
    100009 Beijing
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    This huge square remains a place of pilgrimage for Chinese and foreign tourists alike. Watched over by Chairman Mao’s gigantic portrait, which hangs from the ancient Tiananmen Gate, and lined by key government buildings, this is the first place to head when you arrive in Beijing.

    Forbidden City/Palace Museum

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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0830-1630 (Nov-Mar)
    Tue-Sun 0830-1700 (Apr-Jun and Sep-Oct)
    Tue-Sun 0800-1700 (Jul-Aug)

    This massive walled city was once home to China’s ruling dynasties and is now one of Beijing’s best attractions. Enter via Tiananmen Square and use the excellent audio guide to take you through countless rooms of artefacts and collections relating to the Imperial period.

    Summer Palace

    19 Xinjian Gongmen, Haidian District
    100084 Beijing
    Tel: (010) 6288 1144
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0630-2000 (last entry at 1800)

    The summer retreat of China’s emperors, this vast network of palaces, parks and lakes requires a full day to explore properly. Hardwood walkways and opulent temples show just how much was spent by the royal families on maintaining this warm weather playground.

    Mausoleum of Mao Zedong

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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0700-1100

    The Founding Father of Chinese communism, Mao Zedong is still revered despite his years in power resulting in the deaths of millions. His embalmed body lies in a mausoleum at the centre of Tiananmen Square, even though he wished to be cremated upon his death in 1976.

    Great Wall of China

    Tel: (010) 6162 6022
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    Opening times:
    Times vary according to section; check with local tour operators.

    No trip to Beijing is complete without seeing the Great Wall. Tour operators everywhere want to take you to the reconstructed section at Badaling, which is easily accessible by car. More intrepid travellers should check out the impressive Jinshanling section, a four-hour drive away.

    Temple of Heaven

    Tiantan Donglu
    Dongcheng District
    100050 Beijing
    Tel: (010) 6702 8866
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    Opening times:
    Park gates:
    Daily 0600-2200.
    Attractions within the park:
    Daily 0800-1700 (Nov-Feb)
    Daily 0800-1730 (Mar-Jun)
    Daily 0800-1800 (Jul-Oct).

    Created using Confucian design, this large park is the perfect place to escape the throb of traffic and noise which can sometimes become overwhelming in Beijing’s centre. Manicured gardens and tree-lined walkways provide a relaxing alternative to trawling the halls of the Palace Museum.

    Lama Temple

    12 Yonghegong Daije
    Dongcheng District
    Tel: (010) 6404 4499
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1630

    Pilgrims flock to worship at Beijing’s (and arguably China’s) most beautiful Buddhist temple. The intricate murals, statues and interiors leave you wowed, while the sense of peace gives you a chance to reflect on all the sights you’ve already taken in.

    Central TV Tower

    11 West Third Ring Road Middle
    Haidian District
    100142 Beijing
    Tel: (010) 8841 6232
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0830-2200

    Clamber up to the viewing platform of this Beijing landmark to get huge views across town, including Tiananmen Square and the Summer Palace. Try and time your trip so the city’s infamous smog doesn’t ruin your day out and check out the 221m-high revolving restaurant too.

    Olympic Park

    Beisihuanzhong, Chaoyang District
    100101 Beijing
    Tel: (010) 8499 2008
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1730 (stadium)
    Daily 0900-2100 (aquatic centre).

    Beijing’s 2008 Olympics will always be remembered for the stunning Bird’s Nest stadium and Water Cube aqua centre. Head here to get a view of both up close. Bring your bathers and be sure to check out the water slides and aqua park inside the Cube too

    Beihai Park

    1 Wenjin Street
    100034 Beijing
    Tel: (010) 6403 3225
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0600-2030 (April, Mai, September, October)
    Daily 0600-2200 (June, July, August)
    Daily 0600–2000 (January, February, March, November, December)

    All Beijing life is here. Wander through in the early evening and see couples dancing. Early risers flock here to practice tai chi before heading to work. The pretty temple is also well worth a quick visit.

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    Country overview

    Colossal, dizzying and fiercely, endlessly foreign, China is a destination not easily compared to anywhere else on the planet. Home to approximately one fifth of the human race, China variously dazzles, befuddles, frustrates and thrills. The key visitor attractions are renowned around the globe – think the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Terracotta Warriors –

    but on the ground it’s the sheer scale and off-kilter energy of the place that leave the most lasting impression. China’s landscapes unfurl dramatically across the map, its customs are as fascinating as they are numerous, and its sights, sounds and infinite oddities altogether amount to one of the world’s truly great travel experiences.


    China is bordered to the north by Russia and Mongolia; to the east by Korea (Dem Rep), the Yellow Sea and the South China Sea; to the south by Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, India, Bhutan and Nepal; and to the west by India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. China has a varied terrain ranging from high plateaux in the west to flatlands in the east; mountains take up almost one-third of the land.

    The most notable high mountain ranges are the Himalayas, the Altai Mountains, the Tian Shan Mountains and the Kunlun Mountains.

    On the border with Nepal is the 8,848m (29,198ft) Mount Qomolangma (Mount Everest). In the west is the Qinghai/Tibet Plateau, with an average elevation of 4,000m (13,200ft), known as ‘the Roof of the World’. At the base of the Tian Shan Mountains is the Turpan Depression or Basin, China’s lowest area, 154m (508ft) below sea level at the lowest point. China has many great river systems, notably the Yellow (Huang He) and Yangtze River (Chang Jiang, also Yangtze Kiang). Only 10% of all China is suitable for agriculture.

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    Key facts

    Population: 1.372 billion (2014)

    Population Density (per sq km): 140

    Capital: Beijing.


    The official language is Mandarin Chinese. Among the enormous number of local dialects, large groups speak Cantonese, Shanghaiese (also known as Shanghainese), Fuzhou, Hokkien-Taiwanese, Xiang, Gan and Hakka dialects in the south. Inner Mongolia, Tibet and Xinjiang, which are autonomous regions, have their own languages. Translation and interpreter services are good. English is spoken by many guides and in hotels. Many taxi drivers do not speak English, even in big cities.


    1 Renminbi Yuan (CNY; symbol ¥) = 10 jiao/mao or 100 fen. Notes are in denominations of ¥100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 1, 5 jiao and 1 jiao. Coins are in denominations of ¥1, 5 jiao and 1 jiao. Counterfeit ¥50 and ¥100 notes are commonplace. The Yuan is often referred to as the ‘guai’ in street slang.


    220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin and three-pin sockets are generally in use. However, most 4- to 5-star hotels are also wired for 110-volt appliances.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1800, midday break of one hour.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2015-December 2015 period.

    Note: In addition to the Public Holidays listed, other holidays may be observed locally and certain groups have official Public Holidays on the following dates:

    8 Mar
    International Women’s Day
    4 May National Youth Day
    1 Jun International Children’s Day
    1 Aug Army Day

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Spring Festival (Chinese New Year): 19. February 2015
    Qingming Festival: 05. April 2015
    Labour Day: 29. April 2015
    Dragon Boat Festival: 20. June 2015
    Mid-Autumn Festival: 27. September 2015
    National Day: 01. October 2015


    Nightlife in Beijing


    Beijing is a city which knows how to let its hair down. A growing western influence is apparent in the fast-changing bar and club scene,

    with locals happy to stay out partying well into the wee hours. More laid-back, hotel cocktail bars are also worth checking out.

    Lark Brewpub

    67 Beixinqiao Toutiao
    Dongsi Beilu
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    The global craft beer craze has hit Beijing in a major way, and this place serves its own brews to a hip local crowd.

    Trouble Bar

    2-11, Gongti Donglu
    Chaoyang District
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    A cheap jukebox, over 200 beers and a laid-back vibe make this cycle-shop-bar-combo a real winner.


    12 Yonghegong Daije
    Dongcheng District
    Tel: (010) 6404 4499
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    Rm 101, Bldg B
    206 Gulou Dong Dajie
    Dongcheng District
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    The scenester’s choice, Beijing’s hottest club spins on-trend electronica and beats.

    Janes and Hooch

    Lot 10, Courtyard 4
    Gongti Bei Lu
    Chaoyang District
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    Decked out like a Prohibition-period speakeasy, this place serves the best cocktails in town.


    m102, Bldg 14, Central Park
    6 Chaowai Dajie
    Chaoyang District
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    Strong drinks and smart décor make this place a go-to joint for savvy expats and locals.


    Restaurants in Beijing


    Beijing is the best place in China to eat. You can find all cuisines from across the country, with a healthy dose of western food for those tiring of rice, noodles and dumplings.

    There are also some truly upscale spots if you’re looking to splash out.

    Duck De Chine

    Courtyard 4
    1949 The Hidden City, Gongti Bei Lu, (behind Pacific Century Place)
    Chaoyang district
    100005 Beijing
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    Price: Expensive

    The best place to eat this Beijing delicacy, with steamed pancakes to die for.

    Lei Garden

    89 Jinbao St
    China ‎
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    Price: Expensive

    Head to the Beijing outpost of this Hong Kong institution for gorgeous dim sum.

    Najia Xiaoguan

    10 Yong'anxili,
    Chaoyang District
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    Price: Moderate

    Serving food from the overlooked Manchu region, Najia Xiaogun really delivers, and the venison is a must.

    Mr Shi’s Dumplings

    74 Baochao Hutong
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    Price: Cheap

    Feast on superb dumplings in this hutong restaurant, where you’ll love the prices too.


    Calendar of events

    Chinese New Year

    19-21 February 2015

    Venue: Throughout the city, but especially in temples and parks.

    Chinese New Year is best recognised for having one of the grandest fireworks displays on earth, which almost everyone in Beijing contributes to. The dates vary every year but it’s usually in February and lasts for 15 days. Apart from the fireworks, visitors won’t notice too much in the way of celebrations – it’s very much a family occasion, but it’s well worth visiting a temple fair. The one at the Temple of Earth Park in Beijing is good.

    The Bookworm International Literary Festival

    1 – 31 March 2015

    Venue: The Bookworm Café and other venues across Beijing.

    The Bookworm International Literary Festival brings together award-winning authors, poets and journalists from China and overseas and gives punters a fortnight’s worth of talks and workshops to listen to and participate in.

    Beijing Dance Festival

    16 – 28 July 2015

    Venue: Theatres across Beijing.

    This theatre and dance festival, lasting for six weeks, showcases the best of local and global contemporary dance with more than two dozen shows performed at venues across Beijing.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in Beijing


    Beijing’s love of all things luxury means there’s an abundance of top-end hotels. Prices aren’t quite as low as you’d expect though;

    expect to pay rates similar to major western cities. Budget and mid-range, business-style hotels are also plentiful.

    Fairmont Beijing

    8 Yong An Dong Li
    Jian Guo Men Wai Avenue
    Chaoyang District
    100022 Beijing
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    Category: Expensive

    This opulent, western-style hotel is the perfect place to enjoy first-rate rooms and a gorgeous spa.


    33 East Chang An Avenue
    Dongcheng District
    100004 Beijing
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    Category: Expensive

    A 19th-century building and luxurious rooms make Raffles one of Beijing’s best hotels.

    Ji House Courtyard

    7 Shaluo Hutong, North Luogu Lane
    Dongcheng District
    100009 Bejing
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    Category: Moderate

    Affordable luxury in a stunning, traditional Beijing courtyard setting.

    Grand Hotel du Palais Rouge

    57 Andingmen Dongdajie
    Dongcheng District
    100007 Beijing
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    Category: Moderate

    Nostalgic Chinese style with all mod cons, this spot won’t blow your budget.

    Beijing Hyde Courtyard Hotel

    11 Shijia Hutong Meishijie
    Dongcheng District
    100051 Beijing
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    Category: Cheap

    Cheap rooms in a cool, uniquely Chinese setting.


    Fun high above the city

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    In a city of millions, especially in China, it is easy to lose your bearings and perhaps your nerve. At times like these, there’s only one thing for it: to be above it all. We bring you five interesting vantage points for some great views.

    “Look, the dragon’s breathing fire!” a European woman exclaims, pointing to the mythical creatures of every possible size and shape decorating the curved temple roofs as they twinkle in the evening light. “Fabulous,” her friend agrees, pulling out her camera.

    It takes a clear view over Beijing to reveal the love of detail typical of traditional Asian architecture: Elaborate paintings adorn palace facades; gargoyles project from golden gutters; intricate carvings transform each windowsill into a work of art. Whether you regard Beijing with childlike curiosity or cosmopolitan detachment, it is impossible not to fall under spell of the Chinese metropolis – it’s all just a question of perspective. So it’s important to be able to see the city from the right angle. These vantage points offer you views – and dragon sightings – that will leave you speechless.

    Stairs or elevator? For the highest bar in Beijing, this question can only be a joke. The exclusive meeting place of the rich and (often) beautiful is high up on the 80th floor of the China World Trade Center. The bar belongs to a luxury hotel that in 2010 moved to the modern landmark that towers above all else in the city. Anyone lounging in one of the wine-red velvet armchairs sipping a 30-year-old single malt and enjoying the 360° view of the Forbidden City, the Bird’s Nest stadium and the CCTV Tower, is qualified to claim having come far.


    Admittedly, the sights of the city are often blanketed by the smog, but whether or not visibility is good, the Atmosphere bar is a must on anyone’s first visit to Beijing.


    No.1 Jianguomenwai Avenue
    80th Floor


    Laurent smiles. He has every reason to. The Frenchman’s bijou bistro is already an insider tip and fast becoming a popular refuge for both tourists and locals – and not because it has a large advertising budget, but purely thanks to word of mouth. There are three reasons for that: Firstly, the kitchen serves excellent French and Vietnamese fare at reasonable prices – the crêpes filled with shrimp and bean sprouts cost seven euros.


    Secondly, the owners realized the potential of Jiugulou Street early on and secured themselves a top address. Thirdly, the restaurant has a romantic roof terrace adorned with colorful paper lanterns and shaded by gnarled trees.


    Le Little Saigon
    141 Jiugulou St

    Before you read on: Don’t waste a second, book a table on the roof terrace right now. If it’s already fully booked, we recommend a place by the windows one floor down. Many people will tell you the restaurant offers the best view in all of Beijing, with the Gate of Heavenly Peace right outside and Tiananmen Square at your feet. Unfortunately, the prices are as high at the M as its roof terrace. The international team of chefs does, however, know how to please its clientele’s palate and sends out exquisite amuse-bouches.


    The desserts, especially, really are something else: Don’t miss the Pavlova, a gloriously light meringue and berry tart. The Capital M is very much a class act: no so much as a tiny fleck on the white tablecloths; the plates with their fine red edging and flowing logo gleam as though it were day one; and the wine menu is as thick as an encyclopedia.


    Capital M
    141 Jiugulou St



    Named for a novel about a Hong Kong hooker, the Suzie Wong is as famous as it’s notorious. Models have been popping champange corks here since 2002. This bar would be one among many, though, but for its Moon Terrace, where patrons can grab a breath of fresh air and take in the view.


    The club recently gave its rooftop bar a new look, complete with good sofas and a sophisticated lighting concept. Worth noting: The bouncers have a sneaker allergy.


    Club Suzie Wong
    West Gate of Chaoyang Park



    The woman in the horn-rimmed spectacles orders a Cucumber Goes to Moscow. Beside her, the cactuses look like giant cucumber mutations in the neon-green light, and the huge egg-shaped loungers emit a warm incubator light. If the surrounding skyscrapers turned into UFOs, no one here would bat an eyelid.


    At the Migas, you may feel you have landed on another planet, but you will never out of place. That’s because of the whacky architecture, smooth electro beats and the wild creations of its young fusion cuisine team.


    Nali Patio, 6th floor
    Sanlitun North Road 81



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    China’s extreme size means it has a great diversity of climates, but being located entirely in the northern hemisphere means its seasonal timings are broadly comparable to those in Europe and the US.

    The northeast experiences hot and dry summers and bitterly cold harsh winters, with temperatures known to reach as low as -20°C (-4°F). The north and central region has almost continual rainfall, temperate summers reaching 26°C (79°F) and cool winters when temperatures reach 0C (32°F). The southeast region has substantial rainfall, and can be humid, with semi-tropical summer. Temperatures have been known to reach over 40°C (104°F) although this is highly unusual, but

    during summer temperatures over 30°C (86°F) are the norm. Winters are mild, with lows of around 10°C (50°F) in January and February.

    Central, southern and western China are also susceptible to flooding, and the country is also periodically subject to seismic activity.

    Early autumn around September and October, when temperatures are pleasant and rainfall is low, is generally seen as an optimum time to visit. Spring is also popular, for similar reasons, and the many tourists visit in March or April.

    Be aware that if visiting during Chinese New Year a large number of businesses will be closed and public transport, in particular rail routes, can be enormously busy.


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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +86


    Public telephones are becoming harder to locate – your best bets are in post offices and at roadside kiosks. There is a three-minute minimum charge for international calls. The cheapest way to call internationally is to buy a pre-paid calling card, available from most convenience stores and in hotels in units of ¥20, 50, 100 and 200. Skype is a further option.

    Mobile Telephone

    China has the most mobile phone users in the world, backed by a very sophisticated mobile communications system that now covers the entire country. Roaming agreements exist with most major international mobile phone companies. Alternatively, you can buy a prepaid GSM SIM card (from China Mobile Ltd stores) that allows you to use your mobile like a local phone with a new number. You’ll need your passport to register.


    Internet cafés can be found in most towns and cities, and Wi-Fi is increasingly available at hotels and cafés in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Hangzhou and other major cities. Access is cheap and usually reliable. The state routinely blocks access to sites run by the banned spiritual movement Falun Gong, rights groups, Western social networking sites and some foreign news organisations. Postings by bloggers are closely monitored.


    Shopping in Beijing

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    Key Areas

    Never underestimate how much Beijingers love to shop. It’s no surprise – the options are plentiful. Wangfujing Street is rammed with the latest western fashions, while the hutongs south of Tiananmen Square are full of places to pick up souvenirs. Liulichang Xijie is also excellent for picking up bric-a-brac.


    Panjiayuan weekend market is a must for antiques and crafts hunters. You can find everything from Buddha heads to

    knock-off Ming dynasty artefacts here. Hongqiao Market specialises in pearls, although you can also find clothes and shoes in abundance.

    Shopping Centres

    Malls are cropping up across Beijing all the time. Sanlitun Village plays home to a series of small malls selling local products as well as major brands, including Apple and Armani. The Malls at Oriental Plaza has become a mecca for luxury lovers too.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Cultural differences may create misunderstandings between local people and visitors. The Chinese do not usually volunteer information and the visitor is advised to ask questions. Hotels, train dining cars and restaurants often ask for criticisms and suggestions, which are considered seriously. Do not be offended if you are followed by a crowd; this is merely an open interest in visitors who are rare in the remoter provinces. The Chinese are generally reserved in manner, courtesy rather than familiarity being preferred.

    The full title of the country is ‘The People’s Republic of China’, and this should be used in all formal communications. ‘China’ can be used informally, but there should never be any implication that another China exists. Although handshaking may be sufficient, a visitor will frequently be greeted by applause as a sign of welcome. The customary response is to applaud back. Anger, if felt, is expected to be concealed and arguments in public may attract hostile attention.

    In China, the family name is always mentioned first. It is customary to arrive a little early if invited out socially. When dining, guests should wait until their seat is allocated and not begin eating until indicated to do so.

    If using chopsticks, do not position them upright in your rice bowl as the gesture symbolises death. Toasting at a meal is very common, as is the custom of taking a treat when visiting someone’s home, such as fruit, confectionery or a souvenir from a home country. If it is the home of friends or relatives, money may be left for the children.

    If visiting a school or a factory, a gift from the visitor’s home country, particularly something which would be unavailable in China (a text book if visiting a school, for example), would be much appreciated. Stamps are also very popular as gifts, as stamp-collecting is a popular hobby in China. A good gift for an official guide is a Western reference book on China.

    Conservative casual wear is generally acceptable everywhere and revealing clothes should be avoided since they may cause offence. Visitors should avoid expressing political or religious opinions.


    Places of historic and scenic interest may be photographed, but permission should be sought before photographing military installations, government buildings or other possibly sensitive subjects.

    Good to know


    Main emergency number: 110

    Food & Drink

    All water used for drinking, brushing teeth or freezing should first be boiled or otherwise sterilised. Bottled water, widely and cheaply available, is the most advisable way of getting around this. Be especially careful when eating at small street-side stalls or restaurants where standards of hygiene may not be high. Pork, salad, scallops, snails and mayonnaise may carry increased risk. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

    Other Risks

    Vaccinations against tuberculosis and Japanese encephalitis are sometimes advised. Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) is endemic in the central Yangtze river basin. Avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water. Hepatitis E is prevalent in northeastern and northwestern China and hepatitis B is highly endemic. Sporadic outbreaks of avian influenza (bird flu) have resulted in a small number of human deaths. Rabies is present. If bitten, medical advice should be sought immediately. There are occasional outbreaks of dengue fever. In 2010 China lifted its restrictions preventing HIV-infected visitors from travelling there.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Krippner, Reinhard Franz
    Beijing United Family Healthcare
    2 Jiangtai Lu
    Chaoyang District
    China 100015

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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