For the past 10 years, I’ve called Beijing my home. I’ve eaten in a lot of restaurants, been to a lot of places and experienced life living like a local. If you plan to visit Beijing, the top 4 places to visit would be Forbidden City, Great Wall (Mutianyu section please!), Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace. However, if you talk about food, I give you fast 5 of Chinese cuisine you must try in Beijing:
My sisters and mom just left from their vacation two weeks ago and life is back to normal. Hahahaha! If you want my sister’s account of her travels in the city, check her commentary on her blog site. As for myself, I did all that I can do in Beijing on my first year here with Marco.
So.. before we take into consideration as to how many days.. we must consider what kind of trip would you like to have. Do you want an amazing race adventure or a light and easy trip? When you’ve decided if you want to kill or relax yourself, decide how many days would you like to stay in the city. 3, 4 or 5 days?
In any case, here’s a 3 day itinerary for you. When I say 3 days, that’s 3 whole days so make the necessary adjustments.
Late October last year, I posted a dummies guide to banking in China. To start the Chinese New Year, I’m posting part 2 on my dummies guide. Of the banks in China, I’ve banked with Bank of China, Bank of Communications, ICBC, China Construction Bank and China Postal Bank. Among the services that these banks offered, I’ve only used online banking, credit card, savings account, time deposit account, salary account and bills payment.
Between October and the present, here are some stuff I missed in my previous note:
- ICBC can only provide either a passbook or an ATM account. Bank of China on the other hand can provide you both passbook and ATM when you open an account.
- You can use your ATM card to withdraw in other countries as long as the ATM machine has the Unionpay logo. Make sure it’s Unionpay as it also look similar to the JCB logo. Maximum withdrawal per day is RMB 5,000 worth of whatever currency you’re in and RMB 15 for each withdrawal. RMB 4 will be charged for balance inquiry. This is a cheaper alternative than Western Union or Moneygram. Continue reading “Banking for Dummies in China – Part 2”
Starbucks lovers are in for a treat as Starbucks China turns 10. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Starbucks rolled out their 10th anniversary tumbler, mugs and gift box. Also, Starbucks lovers in Beijing and Tianjin will get 20% off this Friday, January 16 and Saturday, January 17 on their merchandise excluding hand crafted beverages, coffee beans and coffee passports.
So that means.. the Starbucks tumbler group lovers on multiply, should tell me to buy your faves this weekend to get 20% off. Hahahaha! Hey! Any discount is always welcome! Grab your favorite merchandise while it last!
Banking in China is a daunting and painful process for foreigners. In this post, I will be writing 5 years worth of experience in doing business with the local banks. The top 4 banks in China who also has branches in the hinterlands are Bank of China (BOC), Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), Agricultural Bank of China (ABC) and China Construction Bank (CCB). There are other banks which are branching out to more provinces such as Bank of Communication, China Merchants Bank, Shanghai Pudong Bank, CITIC Bank and China Post Savings Bank.
Here are some tips and trivia about banks in China:
- Most Chinese Banks are open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm. Banks in office buildings are usually closed on the weekends.
- Queues are sometimes short but are usually long. Upon entering the bank, make a beeline right away at the number issuer machine. If they call your number and you aren’t there, you will need to take another number. Continue reading “Banking for Dummies in China – Part 1”