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    Hello TS, with all the above suggestions I hope your package tour brings you to some of them. Post your photos upon return.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daoyin
    Hello TS, with all the above suggestions I hope your package tour brings you to some of them. Post your photos upon return.
    Will try my best to post them when I get back.
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    Going to Beijing bro? There are a lot of stuff to shoot there. The Hutong like Ed mentioned is great.

    Becareful when at the food street in Wangfujin area. Tons of pickpockets. And they do attack you if you stop them from pickpocketing others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBTM View Post
    Tiananmen, when you exit, you need your wide lens to be ready if you want to take a photo of it. They will rush you out, no stopping. When you about to take photos, local over there also can be rude n so, beware! My tour mate, old uncle, got shout at when he slow to react when standing near them.

    Hello, ??? You guys must have just been there a week or 2 ago during the People's Congress when security is super high? then its just too bad


    I've shot at Tiananmen Sqare many times .... outside of sensitive political events and dates, even WITHOUT a camera there are many many vendors with digital cameras and portable printers who will be more than happy to shoot your portraits and print on the spot 4 pieces of 4R for 20-30rmb

    Another area is south-east corner of Tiananmen where the old Beijing Train Station used to operate. Its a beautiful building and a museum now and that corner got alot of bicycle and pedestrian activities ... from south east as you walk towards south west corner got plenty of touts, food vendors , mobile photography and print jobs and all sorts of stuff

    At night after everyone in bed , take a cab over to the new Beijing Railway Station ..... it opens all night long for the long distance trains coming in and leaving Beijing .... lots of street action there but have to kick up the ISO and watch your things as alot of strange characters are there .... there are Gong An too but just too many people there to police properly ... stay light and dont bring too much cash with you

    Jade Market at around 4pm is beautiful with a clear setting sun



    Use your common sense and you will be OK

    See any fights or drunks or arguments .... just dont kay poh and walk away
    shaddap and just shoot .... up close
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    whats the name of the hotel you are staying at ? once we know the area its easier to advise you with more practical suggestions
    shaddap and just shoot .... up close
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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123
    Going to Beijing bro? There are a lot of stuff to shoot there. The Hutong like Ed mentioned is great.

    Becareful when at the food street in Wangfujin area. Tons of pickpockets. And they do attack you if you stop them from pickpocketing others.
    Thanks for the warning!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119
    whats the name of the hotel you are staying at ? once we know the area its easier to advise you with more practical suggestions
    They will only let us know 3 days before the trip!!!!

    Thanks for the input, I was also thinking of the railway stn
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    Quote Originally Posted by jungle_sg View Post
    Thanks for the input, I was also thinking of the railway stn
    I would not recommend the railway station if you are not a "hardened" character and can take care of yourself. Especially at night and alone.

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    readig this thread, make me want to make my 1st visit to beijing. thanks sharing your input

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    Quote Originally Posted by jungle_sg View Post
    They will only let us know 3 days before the trip!!!!

    Thanks for the input, I was also thinking of the railway stn
    give us the hotel name ..... 3 days before departure is more than enough time to zoom you in on the action
    shaddap and just shoot .... up close
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daoyin View Post
    I would not recommend the railway station if you are not a "hardened" character and can take care of yourself. Especially at night and alone.
    He is quite hardened bro. He walked around HCMC at night all alone all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jungle_sg View Post
    I was also thinking of the railway stn
    there are FOUR Beijing train stations .... Beijing Nan (South) station, Beijing Xi (West) Station , Beijing Dong (East) station AND BEIJING STATION (Beijing Zhan)

    the Grand Old Lady is the BEIJING STATION ..... just take a subway or cab to Beijing Zhan (Beijing Station)

    by subway take Line 2 and get off at Beijing Zhan .... before or after this station (depending on what direction you are travelling) you can get off and shoot around QianMen (south end of Tiananmen square ) or Chongwenmen areas (Chongwenmen is very local residential area developed about 15 years back at beginning of the boom and VERY VERY local .... New World department store is there for a spot of cheap shopping to keep the wife happy while you shoot ..... and street action is very good if you want to catch regular Beijing people )

    Beijing Zhan is HUGE 250,000 sq meters .... constructed in the grand old Soviet design and built in 1959 in less than a year with little heavy machinery or technology but mostly with bare hands .... so you can imagine what a monumental human effort it was at that time
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    shaddap and just shoot .... up close
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    Quote Originally Posted by wong_se View Post
    readig this thread, make me want to make my 1st visit to beijing. thanks sharing your input
    If you can, do a homestay in a hu-tong. it is totally happening.
    PM me for contact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    If you can, do a homestay in a hu-tong. it is totally happening.
    PM me for contact.
    sure...target next year. how many people they can take for homestay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123

    He is quite hardened bro. He walked around HCMC at night all alone all the time.
    Haha, thanks, also Indonesia, India and Abu Dhabi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119

    give us the hotel name ..... 3 days before departure is more than enough time to zoom you in on the action
    Will try to find out today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jungle_sg View Post
    Haha, thanks, also Indonesia, India and Abu Dhabi.
    Enjoy yourself and bring back some photos.

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    Will be staying in Marco Polo hotel in chao Yang.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wong_se View Post
    sure...target next year. how many people they can take for homestay.
    Not many.. around 4 max I think.

    The husband and wife who owns the place will cook meals for the guests, and the husband always love a good drinking partner, and they love to get to know more people, as well as listen to stories of travels and cultures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jungle_sg View Post
    Will be staying in Marco Polo hotel in chao Yang.
    One of the top hotels bro. Not the kinds I stay in when I go to Beijing. ;P

    Anyway, it is very near the Olympic village. Enjoy!

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