Beijing, the great capital of China, has a history dating back 3 millennia. Yet it is known for both its modern architecture and its ancient sites, such as the Forbidden City complex, the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Nearby, in the huge pedestrian plaza of Tiananmen, is the Mao Zedong mausoleum and the National Museum of China, which exhibits an extensive collection of cultural relics.
Other important attractions include the Summer Palace, the emperors’ retreat with pavilions and gardens along Lake Kunming. The Temple of Heaven is a park where the colorful circular Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest is located. Beijing’s Olympic Park, built for the 2008 games, encompasses an extensive coastal promenade and the Beijing National Stadium, nicknamed the “Bird’s Nest” for its steel woven grid. The Back Lakes district has narrow old streets (hutongs) lined with fashionable shops and cafes. The 798 Art District is home to innovative art galleries. An additional popular walk is an excursion to a nearby section of the Great Wall of China.
There are popular shopping areas in Beijing
The following streets are the symbol of the most modern and cosmopolitan Beijing, here the prices are prohibitive for the vast majority of locals (and tourists).
Located in the heart of the city, Wangfujing is the most important shopping area in Beijing. The street is full of large shopping malls and is very similar to Nanjing Street in Shanghai.
Qianmen is a beautiful street located south of Tian’anmen Square, where you can find important shops and malls. Walking a few meters along its perpendicular streets you will see some of the most authentic hutongs.
Xidan North Street
Large shopping centers and a small market define the area. Xidan is very similar to Wangfujing but unlike Wangfujing, Xidan is not pedestrian.
Sanlitun: Sanlitun is a new shopping area with the most exclusive shops in Beijing. It’s a good idea to approach it just for the sake of browsing. It is a very well-kept area.
Good manners and Protocol
If we take into consideration some rules of politeness and etiquette in China, we will avoid embarrassing situations and we make our trip a little easier to this country.
Attention to your hands
Gesticulating with the finger or with the head is considered bad politeness in China. If you want to reject something, don’t use a finger, but move the whole hand from left to right.
We have already seen that with tips, the habits and customs of each country are different, and that to whom it should be left and to whom it is not too simple an issue. In the case of China, it is only accepted to give it to the tourist guide, while it is absolutely inadvisable to leave it in the restaurant: tipping a waiter is seen as an insult as if you were degrading him to the role of a slave.
Don’t call people by their names
The family, in China, counts much more than the individual himself. This is why, traditionally, people are called by their surname and not by their own name.
Reject before accepting something
It is always good to simulate a false rejection before accepting something: a gift, food, drink… The gesture will be appreciated by the locals.
Not being the first to drink
The wonderful world of etiquette on the table: in China, there is always waiting for the guest to be the first to drink, to show your respect.
In China, as in most Asian countries, people are expected to dress decently. It is not necessary to wear traditional attire, but it is advisable to avoid clothes that are too short.
Beware of bread
In China, you can’t put bread in a bowl of rice because it’s associated with funerary events. It is also important to avoid crossing the bars of bread at the table.
Dancing Kizomba in Beijing
Beijing Salsa and Kizomba Dance Club Company
Beijing Salsa and Kizomba Dance Club Company offer a place where can learn to dance, meet new people, have fun and feel comfortable.
Tel: +86 135 2212 0478
Every Thursday Tarraxa classes are held there from 19:30 hours
Beijing Afro Kizomba Party in Caribe
Two Workshops Every Sunday from Beijing’s Pioneer Top Artist and Kizomba Teacher Fritz & Joy, with Miguel from Angola, Plus New Duo Afro Kuduro Dancers John & German will lead us the Fun Afro Groove ALL night long…
Courtyard No .4 Gongti Bei Lu, San Li Tun, Beijing China
Let’s play Kizomba Beijing Festival – 2019 Kizomba
19 Apr 2019 at 18:00 – 21 Apr 2019 at 18:00
There will be several Kizomba teachers from France gathered in the capital to bring you more than 10 hours of quality courses, joys and performances.