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Weather: spring (Apr-may) is dry but pleas­ant with oc­ca­sional sand­storms; sum­mer (Jun-mid Sep) is like a moist oven; au­tumn (mid Sep-nov) is de­light­ful; your fridge will be warmer in win­ter (Dec-mar) The cur­rency is Ren­minbi/yuan (RMB/¥). US$1 ≈ ¥6.3 If you stray from the guide, have your ho­tel write your des­ti­na­tions in Chi­nese for your driver/taxi Bei­jing Cap­i­tal air­port to town: 45 mins / ~RMB100 Taxis are scarce (call/pre-or­der 96106), the best bet is to hire a car and driver (see V. Use­ful) – just don’t ex­pect to get any­where fast dur­ing rush hour... Bei­jing street names can of­ten seem mean­ing­less, how­ever, jie means street, lu and dao are road, da­jie is av­enue, xiang is al­ley, and hu­tong is an al­ley around trad court­yard houses, or a clus­ter of such houses Be­friend your Google Maps app (Chi­nese/english) Keep in mind, in this town the 1/F is the G/F Many kitchens close early, so don’t ar­rive too late Do ex­pect plenty of spit­ting and star­ing, ugh! Avoid the use of pub­lic toi­lets like you would a night with Steven Sea­gal, but do carry tis­sues in the un­for­tu­nate event that you’re hor­ridly caught short Ex­pect vari­able ser­vice in ho­tels and res­tau­rants Credit cards will of­ten NOT do nicely, sir, ex­cept in ho­tels, larger stores and res­tau­rants Have back-up cash, even if it says they take credit ATMS have low trans­ac­tion lim­its, cash up when you can Coun­try code is +86 then 10 for Bei­jing, which doesn’t have to be di­alled lo­cally nor for mo­biles (na­tion­wide) In emer­gen­cies, call 119 for fire and 110 for po­lice

The fol­low­ing Man­darin phrases will come in handy…

Nee how / Zai je-an : Howdy / Laters Shyeah-shyeah : Thanks, honey Boo Yao! : I am afraid I am un­in­ter­ested in your cheap socks, crappy DVDS or dread­ful trin­kets!

…’kay, let’s party

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