So, you are all set for your Beijing trip. You have already bought cheap tickets to Beijing, the fascinating capital city of People’s Republic of China; your bags are packed, as is your appetite for fun and adventure! You have spent nights researching on everything pertaining to your trip and you feel you are at the top of your game. Great! So answer this, when a taxi driver hands you over the change, what do you say?
If you were about to say those three words- keep the change- you would have been in a soup. China frowns over tipping. So much so that it is officially prohibited! Control that urge to pay over and beyond the required amount and follow in the footsteps of the locals. A tour guide is the most likely person who might expect a tip from you, others won’t.
So before you board your flight to Beijing, run a quick check through your preparations and see how well-prepared you really are. Though China doesn’t approve of tipping it definitely does when it comes to entrance fees. Be ready to dish out Y10 to Y 60 as an entrance fee for almost everything except the Tiananmen Square.
Now if you are strolling on the roads of Beijing, then look out for the traffic, as pedestrians, sadly, have a place in the bottom rungs of the ladder; the preference taken by cars and other drivers. Also be wary of purse snatchers who make a livelihood out of tourists!
The best time to book your cheap plane and cheap domestic flights to Beijing is September and October. But if you are coming here anytime between April and September then bring light clothing for the days and a jacket for the nights as the temperature tends to dip, especially during April and May. Also do not forget to carry a raincoat for the months of July and August.
Talking about clothes, etiquette demands that on religious visits, ladies keep their shoulders covered and refrain from wearing short or too revealing clothes. Also once you are inside a religious building, the Chinese authorities do not appreciate clicking pictures. The same rule applies to the Forbidden City where photography is also banned.
When it comes to safety, China is a very safe place to vacation at, especially for single women. The city of Beijing holds a strong check on its crime rates thereby turning itself into an almost safe haven for ladies who are traveling alone. But this doesn’t mean that you as a traveler do not remain cautious, for petty pick pocketing does occur now and then. It is advised that you carry with you, at all times, your passport or a copy of the same for the purpose of identification, if the needs so arises.
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