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What stuff can only be bought in China ?

Hello, I'll be leaving China soon and I want to bring back some stuff that you can only find in Beijing (China). I already bought a lot of things from Xiaomi for example. Do you know anything else ? Have a good day ! P.S : no food
posted by vayan on Jun 1, 2014 - 9 answers

Beijing-Bound Exec Needs "Activity" for Business Group

I'm attempting to plan a trip for an executive I'm supporting in a temp role, and if all goes well, I may get to keep the job. The guy is going to Beijing in the fall and will spend one night entertaining a group of Chinese executives. I need to plan the entertainment. Where do I send them? [more inside]
posted by pineappleheart on May 23, 2014 - 11 answers

How to deal with air pollution in Beijing?

I am heading to Beijing this month where the air pollution is notoriously apalling. Yesterday the air quality index reached a level which was double the level at which Salt Lake City doctors recently declared as a healthy emergency. Earlier this year it reached a level which was double that again. Does anyone have any tips about how to deal with this? Is there any evidence those face masks actually help? Any other contraptions or medication that help ward off the effects? I certainly won't be jogging outside.
posted by vizsla on Apr 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Cost of living in Beijing?

Hi, I've some prospect of an offer to work in Beijing for what I understand would be closer to a citizen's salary than an expat's, which in theory is okay. The number looks to be about 11,000 RMB per month. There is some Beijing cost-of-living info out there, but I'd be grateful for your experiences and thoughts. In short, I don't want to live somewhere dire by any standard and live on rice and twigs. Possible? Thank you for your thoughts.
posted by ambient2 on Dec 19, 2013 - 4 answers

Identify these grown(?) hollow "stones" I bought in China?

Bought these cream & brown hollow "pebbles" at a Beijing market a few years ago. I think they are grown, because each has a hole, like it was picked from a tree maybe. They are extremely lightweight but have a hard exterior. The lady who sold them to me cautioned they would break if dropped. I'm going back to China soon and would like to buy more, if I know what to ask for. [more inside]
posted by MuckWeh on Nov 9, 2013 - 3 answers

Mid-Autumn Festival mooncake with nuts and dried peas?

Once a long time ago, I was a few hours outside Beijing during the mid-Autumn festival, in a pretty rural area. We were given these amazing mooncakes with nuts and vegetables that were way tastier to me than the sweet bean-paste/egg/lotus-paste/etc. ones you normally get. Help me find the name of them so I can buy/bake my own. [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Aug 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Beijing music scene

laowaifilter: Where is there good music in Beijing? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Jun 14, 2013 - 6 answers

Recommendation for a guided tour in Beijing?

I have a free day in Beijing in March and am looking for recommendations for a guided tour. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on Jan 8, 2013 - 4 answers

Sydney to LA/Chicago with a layover in... China or Korea?

Why do all (or at least, the vast majority) of flights between Sydney and the U.S. this July/August have layovers in China or Korea? How can I best go about finding a budget ticket that takes a more direct route? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Jan 7, 2013 - 15 answers

Beijing Stopover

Where can I sleep, at Beijing Airport (or near by), during the day, with my two kids, without breaking the bank? [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm on Sep 9, 2012 - 7 answers

How does this illuminated Beijing advertising technology work?

How does this advertising wizardry in the Beijing subway work? [more inside]
posted by stonepharisee on May 15, 2012 - 10 answers

How can I get a wedding dress custom-made in China?

How can I get a wedding dress custom-made in either Beijing or Quinhuangdao, China? I'll be there for a few weeks and I have a few questions about how this might be possible. [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Apr 25, 2012 - 3 answers

Therapists in Beijing

English-speaking, good, therapists/counsellors in Beijing? [more inside]
posted by smoke on Oct 3, 2011 - 2 answers

High speed train between Shanghai and Beijing?

How do I buy train tickets for the new high speed train between Shanghai and Beijing? Have you taken the train? Tips? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty on Sep 21, 2011 - 4 answers

Flying to Korea on my first international trip. Advice?

I'm flying to South Korea (JFK to PEK to ICN) in two weeks for my first international trip in years. I need some advice on preparation, the flight, and the subsequent two months I'll spend in Korea. [more inside]
posted by jykmf on Aug 8, 2011 - 9 answers

Political tourism in Beijing

What would be some "political tourism" things I could do with a few free days in Beijing? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 on Jul 16, 2011 - 3 answers

What to do during a free weekend in Shanghai?

I have a short weekend (Fri night to Sun morning) off in Shanghai during a work trip, and I'm looking for an activity - even a day trip to Beijing or the Great Wall. I'd appreciate suggestions and/or advice. [more inside]
posted by jonobarel on Apr 21, 2011 - 12 answers

Jobs in Beijing

What are some resources for finding jobs in Beijing, China? [more inside]
posted by god particle on Mar 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Music store in Beijing?

Where in Beijing can I buy Chinese musical instruments? [more inside]
posted by ms.codex on Nov 23, 2010 - 1 answer

ewr to pek

what does this mean - its a flight from ewr (newark) to pek (beijing). I'lll be taking this flight in a few weeks and want to know where I"m going. GREKI V419 JUDDS CAM PLB YUL 5000N 07400W 5500N 07200W YAS 6500N 06800W 7000N 06500W 7500N 06200W 8000N 05600W 8500N 04300W ABERI B934 BINTA B934 UNILA OKONI UREPA B934 SERNA M520 POLHO G218 TMR B458 TZH A596 KM OB
posted by esemay on Nov 17, 2010 - 12 answers

What to do in Beijing?

I have 8 hours in Beijing. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by xorowo on Nov 16, 2010 - 10 answers

What should we do for two weeks in China?

My boyfriend and I will be visiting my dad in China for two weeks at the end of October, beginning of November. I've been twice before (my dad has lived there for the past 12 years), but this will be my boyfriend's first time. We'd like a good mix of city and rural areas, and are tentatively planning four days in Shanghai, four in Beijing, four in Guilin, and four in Yunnan. However, we're open to other suggestions, so what do you think? Too much time in one place, not enough in another? Is there another must-see area? What should we do while we're in those places? Any ideas are welcome!
posted by odayoday on Sep 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Beijin

I'm going to Beijing! What should i see and do? [more inside]
posted by octomato on Sep 27, 2010 - 4 answers

Where should I wander off to in Beijing?

I'm spending the next 2 months in Beijing. Where are places that are slightly off the beaten path? Any favorite eateries, bars, clubs? Also, what are some places I could travel to when given a week of complete free time? [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 on Sep 24, 2010 - 12 answers

Where can I buy yarn in China?

Where to buy yarn in Shanghai and Beijing? I'm a new knitter, but would love to take advantage of what I heard are great prices for yarn in China. I'm looking for store suggestions, or advice about specific types of yarn that would be a good buy. [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Sep 7, 2010 - 7 answers

I'm already excited about soup dumplings

I'm studying abroad in Beijing in a month! What do I need to bring, and what do I need to know? (I've never even left the US before!) [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Aug 6, 2010 - 30 answers

Help me communicate with my Peking duck!

Can you translate what's written on the packaging of this Peking duck? [more inside]
posted by lioness on Jun 29, 2010 - 2 answers

Another ChinaTravelFilter: Help this backpacking newbie becomes a pro.

Another ChinaTravelFilter: Help this backpacking newbie becomes a pro. [more inside]
posted by Carius on Jun 27, 2010 - 8 answers

Withdrawal.

I'm in Beijing and my trusty VPN, Hotspot Shield, has not been connecting since May 17th. Is anyone else having this problem? It just will not connect and assign an IP. I am on a Mac using Snow Leopard, HS Shield Version 1.341. I need Facebook and Youtube!
posted by Zé Pequeno on May 26, 2010 - 2 answers

Where to stay in Beijing?

I am a student traveling to Beijing in July. Where should I stay? [more inside]
posted by lucy.jakobs on Apr 28, 2010 - 9 answers

The grass IS green, even here in Beijing...

The grass isn't greener on the other side. How can I be happy with what I have? [more inside]
posted by so much modern time on Apr 17, 2010 - 15 answers

What is this big circle in Beijing?

What is this big circle in Beijing? A Hadron Collider? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 on Apr 15, 2010 - 6 answers

Temporary cell phone w/SMS in China (Beijing)?

What are my best options for a temporary (3 week), prepaid cell phone with text messaging while on a trip to Beijing and Xi'an? [more inside]
posted by yukonho on Apr 7, 2010 - 3 answers

Things to do on our China trip

We're visiting China (Shanghai, Beijing and Tai Shan) for a couple of weeks at the start of April. Any suggestions for things to do? [more inside]
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks on Mar 18, 2010 - 16 answers

Advance tickets to NCPA Beijing from the US

Is there a way to buy tickets for the National Grand Theater in Beijing while in the US? The website says that even if you order on the phone, you have to pick them up in person within 24 hours after ordering. [more inside]
posted by shazzam on Feb 21, 2010 - 3 answers

What am I eating?

A coworker brought us two boxes of sweet-ish treats from China. She doesn't know what they are either. [more inside]
posted by Jaie on Oct 1, 2009 - 8 answers

Any recommendations for a tailor in Beijing?

I am female, visiting Beijing briefly. I would like to get blouses and slacks made while I am there. I am too tall for off-the-peg.
posted by Idcoytco on Aug 17, 2009 - 4 answers

Instruments in Beijing

Where in Beijing can I buy music instruments? [more inside]
posted by god particle on Jul 26, 2009 - 2 answers

What should I do and eat in Beijing for 36 hours?

TravelFilter: I have 36 hours in Beijing. What should I see (serious amateur photog) and where should I eat (dim-sum preferable.) Bonus: Good hotels with Internet access. Any help or suggestions appreciated!
posted by damiano99 on Jul 4, 2009 - 9 answers

Blue and red roofs in Beijing?

Look at GoogleMaps over Beijing. About a quarter of the buildings have rooftops that are red or blue. And the color is really strong in comparison to everything else. Has the image been colored, or are they just painted? Either way... Why?
posted by molecicco on Jun 30, 2009 - 3 answers

Buying original art in china

I will be in Shanghai and Beijing for 2 weeks. What are the best places to look for and buy original chinese art? [more inside]
posted by typography on May 21, 2009 - 9 answers

Where can I learn about temporary housing options in Beijing?

How do I go about finding housing in Beijing for the summer? [more inside]
posted by zhang.chuck on May 7, 2009 - 5 answers

China is really big! Where do I go?

After many other ideas have fallen through, I think I'll be going to China about 7 days in May. But it's so big! Inner Mongolia sounds cool; is it worth traveling around Hohhot? I could go surfing in Hainan, but how is the beach compared to Ha Long Bay, or Copacabana, or Playas del Este...? [more inside]
posted by whatzit on Apr 10, 2009 - 15 answers

Were China's Olympic greening efforts short-term?

Will China's efforts to go green for the Olympics be instituted for the longer-term or for a broader geographic range?
posted by GIMG on Dec 5, 2008 - 3 answers

How does the Chinese media deal with climate change (esp. during the Olympics)?

How does the Chinese media handle climate change, and what (if any) difference did the Beijing Olympics have in this? [more inside]
posted by GIMG on Nov 26, 2008 - 1 answer

Looking for a professional digital print shop in Beijing

I'm looking for professional digital printing services in Beijing similar to this one in Shanghai. I've used the Shanghai service several times for very large prints including gallery mounting and I need a comparable service in Beijing. It's important that the technician speak at least moderate english and that they have a good selection of professional papers and inks. FWIW, I've spoken quickly to a couple of shops at Wukesong in Beijing and haven't been impressed yet.
posted by michswiss on Nov 1, 2008 - 0 answers

Reliable, faster internet access from an apartment in Beijing.

Will be moving to Beijing and would like to have high speed reliable internet service in my apartment. We'll likely be living in one of the US or HK developed apartments along Chao Yang park. I've worked with DSL connections in serviced apartments in Beijing and Shanghai and was not thrilled with the throughput (70kbs) or reliability. The Great Firewall is not an issue as far as completely blocking sites, but I'm sure it affects transfer speeds from the US sites I'd be accessing. [more inside]
posted by bleecker on Sep 3, 2008 - 5 answers

Mmmm. Xiao lung bao

Where can I get a copy of Jeffrey Steingarten's Beijing Restaurant Guide? [more inside]
posted by PWA_BadBoy on Aug 22, 2008 - 4 answers

Can't stop the talkin'?

Mesdames et Messieurs, Ladies and Gentleman, and so forth. Or, how to avoid the commentators. [more inside]
posted by oxford blue on Aug 12, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me want to go to China

Accidental Tourist: It looks like I have 8 days between planes in Shenyang, China in September. Will Beijing still have the cleanest skies it will ever have during my lifetime? Should I instead take the opportunity to see Harbin/Dalian/Dandong/the far NE? Is there somewhere I've forgotten? And how can I get out of Shenyang quick-like? [more inside]
posted by whatzit on Aug 11, 2008 - 2 answers

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