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This post was edited by Eudaimonia at 2012-12-21 02:43|
I'm planning on going to Beijing for Chinese New Years, for ~11 days. I'll be arriving on the 9th of february at about 16:00 and leaving on the 21st. I don't have enough money to visit very much else in China, i'll probably visit Tianjin for one day.
Anyway, i have done A LOT of reasearch on Beijing but i still have many questions...
- Should i expect that it's going to be crowded in the tourist sights or is too much cold, the "family reunion" holidays and the migration going to keep most people away from beijing and most beijingers in their homes? I've read that the great wall is going to be empty but i've also read very different opinions on places like the forbidden city. My point is, should i visit the big sights (which can get too overcrowded) on the first OR the start of the second week of the spring festival?
- Chinese new years, what should i do on the 9th? How do the Beijingers do it? Are they around the house with the TV open on the CCTV show while they're talking, drinking etc with their families and then after the change of the year they go out to watch fireworks, and then they all seat to eat a bit after midnight ...and a little while after that the younger people maybe go out clubbing with friends and the older go to bed? Should i just buy some firecrackers / fireworks, watch the new years cctv show in my hotel and then simply go out after 00:00 and watch the fireworks while lighting some of my own? Should we make a reservation to go eat somewhere? ...but is there any point to doing something like that? Especially since i plan to not spend over 120-150 rmb per person on any one dinner and we're just two people?
- Temple fairs, which should i visit? ...and at what time? ...and the various performances that someone can expect to occure there what time are they going to be happening? I don't want sooo many people that i'll be stuck for ages in lines etc, and i'd like to see as many folk performances as possible. From what i'm reading the Dongyue temple fair sounds nice, and the re-enactment of the ceremony on Tiantan could be worth our time. Though i'm wondering if it would be best to visit Dongyue when there's not many people around, and if i will essentialy miss seeing Tiantan up close because of the performance closing half of the place off or/and if for some reason it will be too difficult to watch the ceremony and it's not going to be worth the hassle. Would it maybe be best if we visited some of these festivals on their last days?
- What should i be expecting to be closed during my visit? According to what i've read (based on what happened in previous years) tourist sights are going to be open, some restaurants might be closed, and most live venues are going to be closed. Does this mean that i should call before going to a restaurant? Should i expect some of the provincial government restaurants to be closed too or because they're state owned they're probably going to be open?
- Where should we go (mostly after dark) to simply walk around, people watch, maybe have a drink or a bite to eat? etc. I know about the Back lakes / Shichahai area, the hutongs (though i'm a bit confused about which are the ones that are worth a visit), and wangfujing. ...but what else is there?
- Where could i find Japanese products? I'm talking maybe manga in Japanese, drinks (for example: Umeshu), and random decorative stuff.
I know i'm putting way too much thinking into this but it's not every day that i get the chance to visit a country on the other side of the world.
Thanks in advance for any replies! :)