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Month in Beijing

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Another New Yorker, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. MikeDT

    MikeDT Senior member

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    TBH I think the subway is the best part of Beijing.
     
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    Probably got antifreeze in it. Neighbour gave me bottle marked as 'Red Côtes de Bordeaux.', I'm not drinking it. Like the fake Marlboro cigarettes I heard about, made from rat shit.
     
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  3. Another New Yorker

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    Not the rush hour 1 line... And I thought the New York rush hour 1 line was crowded.


    Tell me more about these fake Marlboro cigarettes. You're scaring me.
     
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    Something you may have noticed if you look at the choice of cigarettes in a store, is that they're all Chinese brands. Basically in China the entire cigarette industry is state owned, and AFAICT the Chinese government is very protective of this. So any western brands like Marlboro or 555s, you see on sale will either have been imported and are rather pricy, or they're counterfeit and made from god knows what.

    Cigarettes are a status symbol as well for many men, as the prices can vary from incredibly cheap like say 60c (USD) a packet to over $30 bucks for 20. If one is rich, one likes to be seen smoking an expensive brand of cigarettes. Mao Zedong liked to smoke Zhounghua and imported 555s.

    Then there are the 'special' unbranded cigarettes that only high-up government people have....
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    ... one can't actually buy these. They're given as gifts to some VIPs.

    Hong Kong and Macau are different. One will see mostly western brands here, with few Chinese brands. Also they're priced similarly(heavily taxed) as well, just like in the US and UK.
     
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  5. Another New Yorker

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    So the 13 yuan packs of Marlboros I've been running on that give me headaches are... Where would one go for legitimate cigarettes.
     
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    Should have bought them duty free on the plane or at the airport.
     
  7. MikeDT

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    I've actually given up now. But when I did smoke, I went for Chinese brands usually costing around 10-30 yuan a packet. These where OK, and didn't cause me any headaches. Brands like Hongtashan(Red Tower Mountain) and Shuangxi(Double Happiness).

    http://www.publicintegrity.org/investigations/tobacco/articles/entry/1437/
    China’s Marlboro Country
    A Massive Underground Industry Makes China the World Leader in Counterfeit Cigarettes
     
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  8. Another New Yorker

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    Does anyone know where one of those giant tech department stores are? Looking to buy a cheap pair of earbuds, maybe some computer games, movies, and whatever else comes to mind.
     
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    There's relatively large one, about 4 floors, on Chouyangmen St, quite near the CCTV building in the Chouyang district. They've got pretty much everything in tech. My Android interactive Beijing guide app, says there is another large one in the Haidian district, 1 Zhongguancun Daijie, phone (010) 8266 3838. Although I've never been to this one, so can't comment about it.
     
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  10. Another New Yorker

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    Is the Chouyangmen one close to the subway? Otherwise I'm pretty much hopelessly lost in Beijing, being illiterate.

    Oh yeah I've been to the other but the Chouyangmen one seems to be a quicker subway ride.
     
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  11. MikeDT

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    It's about here on Google Maps.

    http://ditu.google.cn/maps?q=beijin...5f1abee23736947:0xd7bb8b3026d0813a;5,0,0&z=18

    Inside the first ring road. I can't actually remember the address, I could find it again if I was there. Chouyangmen is the nearest station on the 2 line.

    Sorry I can't do any better than that.

    EDIT:

    This is the big electronics mall that my Beijing guide app was referring to.
    http://www.beijing-visitor.com/index.php?cID=422&pID=1229

    To access the market area by public transport take the subway to Wudaokou Station or tell any taxi driver that you wish to go to Zhong Guan Cun, Ke Mao Dashi.
     
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    You can also just ride line 10 from Chao Yang to Hai Dian Huang Zhruang can't you? And if you didn't want to walk up, take line 4 to ZGC.
     
  13. lemmywinks

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    I'm kind of in a similar boat as OP but I'm here for 3 weeks for an internship. Eh...
     
  14. Another New Yorker

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    I got 2 weeks left--if you want to do something maybe we can arrange a styleforum thing?

    Labelking had a small party this weekend with some of his expat friends and was kind enough to invite me. I had a terrific time and I'm at a loss for other things to do.
     
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    I'll see how it goes. I'm staying with family right now but they'll leave in a few days. What are some things I can do? I'm starting to wish I bought my PS3. I don't know a soul here and I've gone clubbing alone and it was an incredibly uncomfortable experience.

    I'm 18 btw
     
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  16. Jdeansmith11

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    Check out the Den near Soho. TONS of ex-pats and they sponsor a rugby team if you're into sports.

    Supposedly there's also Mongolian hookers that come late at night if you get lonely.

    Good luck!
     

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