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Tips for Traveling with Kids in Beijing

It is universally proved that China is the only place on earth where people adore kids just like you do. Kids are warmly welcome everywhere in China, which means you have nothing to worry about when heading into swanky restaurants and hotels with your kids. Moreover, you might be shocked by the fact that Chinese people would line up to pose for photos with your kids, especially those Chinese mothers. However, there is still something you should know before you journey to Beijing with your kids:

Tip 1: Prepare ahead in case of medical issues
Kids Tour in Beijing

Do not panic much if you find out that most of pharmacy stores in Beijing may not have what you want to find for your kids. So it is highly recommended to bring along enough oral hydrating salts or electrolyte solution, an anti-colic product, anti-itch cream, hydrocortisone cream, Benadryl syrup, and sun-block and mosquito repellent. From time to time, you might want to find them very useful on your journey. Anti-fever medicine can be easily found in Beijing, but if you are not sure about it, just bring along your favorite brand from home. More importantly, take your kids to your pediatrician to check out if they need extra vaccines or anti-malaria pills on the journey. Most importantly, find emergency contacts for a major hospital before your journey to Beijing -- preferably an international one – therefore, if your kids get sick or something, your kids will be taken good care of.

Tip 2: No need to frown over the food
Kids Tour in Beijing

There may be some news around about terrible food in Beijing, from steroid-laced meats to exploding water melons, but you really should not worry too much about the food while visiting Beijing with kids. However, if you still have your doubts about the milk powder produced or sold in China, you surely can bring along your own infant formula when journeying to Beijing. Moreover, switching brands may make your kids uncomfortable or even get sick. Worst of all, if you forgot to bring your formula, no worries, just opt for the international brands sold in China, such as Nestlé, Similac and Enfamil. As for ordinary food, there is no way that you could pack all the meals in your suitcases for your kids, but no need to worry much. The food served by the upscale restaurants or hotels is relatively safe and healthy. Safest bet, just avoid street food. Today most Chinese restaurants in Beijing offer kid-friendly options.

Overall, with these tips in mind, you will spend some quality time with kids while visiting Beijing!

Tips for Exploring Summer Palace without Tour Guide

For the highlights of Beijing, if you want to better exploring, tour guide will be a must. However, for the imperial garden - summer palace, if you want to have a leisurely appreciation, I would like to share you some tips.

Summer Palace

Entrance and Best Travel Routes
Once arrived at Summer Palace, there are three entrances for you, East Place Gate, North Palace Gate and the Newly-built Palace Gate. If you entered from the East Palace Gate, you could start from the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity. This is the near famous building. On the whole journey, all the highlight sections will impress you, Wenchang Hall, Hall of Jade Ripples, Hall of Joyful Longevity. About the half journey, you could enjoy a full relaxed in the Long Gallery. This route, you could spend about 2.5 hours. If you entered from the North Palace Gate, you could start from appreciating the Suzhou Market Street and then Four Great Regions. Along the journey, you could be first impressed by the natural landscapes and breathtaking sceneries. By this route, you could spend about 3 hours. During the traveling journey, taking a cart when travelling by land will be a terrific idea. Housing about 5 main sections, you could explore the highlights freely!

Dining and Other Enjoyments
After travelling tired, there are 3 fast food restaurants waiting for your entertaining. Located in the Zhichun Pavilion, this restaurant could offer you the most delicious Chinese food to you. For the tourists who are very interested in the imperial food, the restaurant located near the Marble Boat will be a terrific choice. For the convenience of visitors, the free-hand-power wheelchairs are available. So, this imperial area is a terrific place for the old, children and young tourist. No matter which age stage you are situated in, you could find your happiness here.

Hiring a Boat
Holding a terrific holiday, hiring a boat is an ideal choice to visit the lake area. Different from sizes, shapes and close time, you could choose your favorite according to your interests and time. The most attractive one will be the large boat from Beijing Exhibition Center to Summer Palace via Beijing Zoo. By this boat, holiday experience will be fulfilled!

After these simple introductions, meaningful and smart Summer Palace travelling will be easily to get!

Tips for Dig Deeper into Beijing

Never been to Beijing before? No worries! Here are some million-dollar worth tips from insiders for you to dig deeper into the profound history, diverse culture of Beijing!

In-depth Beijing Tour

Seek Art in Other Venues besides Museums
The large collection of museums and galleries aside, you can also soak up some art experiences without going out, the Opposite House Hotel in the Sanlitun area of Beijing offers guests some well elected exhibits. The permanent art collection is second to none even compared with those upscale museums. There is also a fantastic rotating exhibition venue set in the lobby, which offers a series of installations, hardly seen in any of the galleries. The Red Gate Gallery in Beijing offers open studio exhibitions. You can pay a visit to see up-close how resident international artists create art.

Have a Backstreet Breakfast
If you want to taste the authentic Beijing flavor on business trips or on vacation in Beijing, you really should head to the backstreets near your hotel for an early breakfast. There are dumplings or noodles available and you can see the area come alive while you enjoy your food – it will an essential dining experience! The street food is second to none compared with the set meals offered by the hotel.

Trespass with Confidence
While traveling in Beijing, some foreign travelers think of some Hutong area as private property, so they would rather go around than to stray into lanes and hutongs for fear of intruding. But here in Beijing, the Chinese see things in different way. You really should not be worried about trespass, if you do not step into a house without the permission of the owner. All of the Hutong areas are not private property and feel free and confident to wander through but do not get lost. Traversing through narrow lanes and alleys you will witness some of the most bustling scenes in this sprawling city of Beijing.

Save more Money with Accommodation
Chinese hotels do not care much about if the number of beds is in line with the number of people, especially if you are traveling with kids. For travelers with kids, you really can save more money on the trips with a lot of cash saved from the accommodation in the hotel. For example, you can book a twin room rather than two rooms if you are a family of four. Rest assured that you still can enjoy a cozy accommodation, as the beds are very large and can suit two people.

Overall, with these tips in mind, you can enjoy a fun trip to Beijing!

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