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Mistakes I Made in my first Beijing Trip

While traveling in the historical city of Beijing may be fun and eye-opening, but for first time visitors like me, it was much of a challenge to navigate the sprawling city, let alone do some serious sightseeing on my own. Here are two big mistakes I made while exploring the city on my own.

Mistake 1: Easily fell for those tacky and pricy crafts
Beijing Panjiayuan Market

It seems that trip to Beijing would be complete without some shopping. There are plenty of shopping venues available in Beijing, from upscale shopping malls, street stalls to antique markets – the list goes on and on. While traveling on your own instead of following a group tour, you really should pay more attention the minute you find it hard to resist those amazing crafts or antiques. Walking around the city on your own, chances are you will come across some stalls selling a wide variety of souvenirs, handcrafts or antiques. Trust me none of them are real stuff but the seller sell for a steep price, and if you are not familiar with Chinese or have not got some bargaining skills up your sleeve, you better hold your horses and do not rush to make a deal just yet. However, if you are just in a mood for shopping some gifts for family or friends, to pick up some creative crafts which cost a little is highly recommended.

Mistake 2: not careful while sampling the gourmet street food
Snacks in Beijing

There are so many dining options in Beijing, from stylish restaurant, specialty shops to bustling food street. A wide variety of gourmet foods are hard to resist while traveling in the city. Chances are you will be heading to one of the many foot streets for an authentic dining experience, but it is not without risks. While the gourmet Chinese food may be tempting with its marvelous color, texture and taste, but if the street food is healthy enough is still in doubt. So if you really cannot resist the temptation for the food, it is highly recommended to try the most popular food favored by Chinese people. It will be safer and you can still taste some authentic Chinese street food. Anyway, you would not want some bad food to ruin your travel and worse than that you might get sick or something. It is better to be safe than to be sorry no matter how adventurous you are.

Overall, try to avoid these mistakes as much as you can, you will make the most out of your travel in Beijing!