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English bookstores in Beijing

For the native English speaker, one of the drawbacks of living or traveling in a foreign country for any extended period is finding a good English bookstore where one can stock up for those long train rides or nights when the only thing to watch on TV is a mediocre film with no English subtitles. Luckily, Beijing is chock full of good bookstores and accessible libraries, and even has an occasional large open-air book sale. The problem lies in finding them. And you can forget relying upon your dog-eared copy of the Lonely Planet, because most of those stores won't be there. In the following, we will introduce some bookstores in Beijing to you.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 September 2009 22:35
Buying Things, How to Bargain in China

altThe bargaining tips here work, but require a little perseverance. It will take you some energy, and some people are not comfortable negotiating with vendors, and would rather spend their energy taking in the sights — if you are the person please move to another article.

The following are some Chinese bargaining and negotiating techniques that will most likely save at least 50% on all your purchases in China.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 September 2009 14:45
Outdoor Sports in Beijing

alt1. What kinds of outdoor sports are available in Beijing?
There are many mountains which are 2,000 meters above sea level around Beijing, so hiking is one of the favorites of outdoor sports lovers. Other sports available are rock climbing, ice climbing, and hang gliding.

2. How to choose suitable sites for outdoor sports?
Although many mountains are scattered around Beijing, not all of them are suitable for outdoor sports. Choose those with convenient transportation, stable communication facilities, and sufficient clean water supplies.

Last Updated on Saturday, 19 September 2009 13:40
Q&As for Olympic ticketing
Should I wait until the opening of Beijing 2008
Olympic Games before buying my tickets?
It is better to buy your tickets sooner than later. The best seats of the more popular events sell out quickly.

When do I pay for my tickets?
In Phase 1, if you have been allocated tickets through the lottery, BOCOG will charge an amount appropriate to the actual ticket allocation using the payment information on
your application form. When purchasing tickets in Phase 2
and Phase 3, the amounts are due at the time you place an order.

Why is Visa the only card accepted for the Olympic Games Ticket Sales?
As a worldwide Olympic partner, Visa has been the exclusive payment card and the official payment service of the Olympic Games since 1986 and will continue its category sponsorship through 2012, including the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

I lost my Visa card after submitting my ticket application. What should I do?
Please report your loss to your card issuer immediately and call the Games organizing committee with your new Visa card information. We will update your information.
Get your Ticket for Olympic
Get a Beijing Olympics ticket, you need to
first submit an application to the Beijing Oganizing Cmmittee for 2008 Olympic Games (BOCOG), but the BOCOG does not
guarantee all applications. Random selection will be adopted for over-subscribed sessions. The BOCOG will send you a confirmation
letter after your payment is completed, but you cannot get your ticket in hand until June 2008.

1-1 Date

You can buy tickets for the Beijing Games during three periods of time. To be in the first session, be sure to submit applications before June 30, 2007.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2008 14:53
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