E-Tickets Are Now Available for 8 Beijing Parks

August 25, 2017 • Expat Tips, Explore, General, Lifestyle

Good news people! Now you can now buy tickets to eight major Beijing parks online or by scanning a QR code.  Beihai Park (北海公园), Zhongshan Park (中山公园) and Jingshan Park (景山公园) opened the online ticketing service to visitors, following the Summer Palace (颐和园), Temple of Heaven (天坛公园), Beijing Zoo (北京动物园), Xiangshan Fragrant Hill Park (香山公园) […]


Qixi: Chinese Valentine’s Day

August 25, 2017 • General

  Qixi Festival (七夕) also called as Qiqiao Festival (乞巧节), the seventh day of the 7th month on the lunar calendar, falls on August 28th this year.  It celebrates the annual meeting of the cowherd, Niu Lang(牛郎), and weaver girl, Zhi Nu(织女), in Chinese mythology. That’s why it is called the Chinese Valentine’s Day. As […]

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Beijing subway launches new travel card

August 22, 2017 • Expat Tips, General, Lifestyle

Beijing subway system launched a trial of its new smartphone travel card on Monday, allowing users to swipe their phones just like a travel card to take the subway. Beijing’s subway card — Yikatong (一卡通) was born in 2006 and can also be used on buses and even in some shops.     And now […]

Chinese Ghost Month

This Month: Chinese Ghost Month

August 22, 2017 • General

Like people all over the world, the Chinese have special customs regarding their ancestors and other spirits that are thousands of years old.  The popular folk religion called Daoism includes days for dealing with errant ghosts in the land. When they visit in the 7th month of the lunar calendar, special precautions and ceremonies are […]

iOS Users,Time to Kiss VPNs Goodbye

August 4, 2017 • Expat Tips, General

VPNs allow users to bypass China’s so-called “Great Firewall” aimed at restricting access to overseas sites.     In January, Beijing passed laws seeking to ban all VPNs that are not approved by state regulators. Approved VPNs must use state network infrastructure. Beijing has shut down dozens of China-based providers and it has been targeting […]

Soon! 6 Days Visa Free Transit In Beijing

August 4, 2017 • Expat Tips, General

China announced this week that the existing 3 Day  Visa Free (72 Hour) Transit Program for the Airports Beijing & Tianjin will be upped to 6 Days Visa Free (144 hours) by the end of the year. A vice mayor of Beijing made the surprise announcement this week while promoting economic activities in the region […]

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