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rauri
post Jan 15 2009, 03:29 AM
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Haha. I also noticed this. I think i'd get bored after 5 times tongue.gif
He probably meant '5'


Oh no. I meant 54 times. Like I said it is what got me into Chinese culture and history. I've been studying The Forbidden City for over 30 years. I'm writing a book on it and hopefully soon going to have a coffee table book published.

A guide might be a good idea, but I find that their knowledge of The Forbidden City is not so good and they usually try to rush their clients through so they can get on to their next ones.

54 times, wow! It must be a spectacular place...and even for the fact that you counted is amazing tongue.gif


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post Jan 15 2009, 08:37 AM
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A guide might be a good idea, but I find that their knowledge of The Forbidden City is not so good and they usually try to rush their clients through so they can get on to their next ones.


This is DEFINITELY true. I had a guide in Thailand and he was so obsessed with being on time all the time that it ruined the trip. We were a very small group, so I didn't mind waiting for the rest every so often... and I don't think other people minded either...it was mind boggling.


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shangguan
post Jan 16 2009, 12:14 AM
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Sometimes guides forget that they work for you. I've had instances where I had to have it out with guides because they kept pushing for things, either time, or shopping. People shouldn't be afraid to tell them off if you need to. They work for you and you should definately not put up with shoddy behavior.


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post Jan 22 2009, 10:59 AM
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Why don't you like the city so much? Is it too busy?


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post Jan 23 2009, 01:41 AM
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I want to go there again, maybe this fall, but personally I don't like the city that much.


I'm not a big fan of the city myself. I love the history there and the sites, but the city itself isn't so nice in my opinion. That's the main reason I don't live there.


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post Feb 2 2009, 01:48 AM
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I met a Beijing guide Tony the other day. He's doing some intereting Hutong tour in Beijng. "back streets and areas where people live in Beijing". Think it would be a plus with fun, besides the must-sees spots. : )

Happy exploring in Beijing!


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