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2008 Olympic Edition

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Ruth's Beijing 336 page e-book travel guide will help you plan your trip, give you some background on the history and the people, and tips on what to "See and Do"- and what "Not to Do". In it you will find such places as not-to-be missed corners of the Forbidden City frequently ignored by guides on a tight schedule, and signs of western history in the old Legation Quarter. She tells you how to choose hotels, restaurants, bars, where to go shopping,  where to find a reliable ATM, Starbucks, internet cafes, ice skating rinks, and embassies. All of this information will help you decide how much time you should spend and the amount of money you should bring when visiting Beijing. If you plan to attend the Olympic Games in 2008,  she advises that you book your hotels soon -- close to the new subway line.  If you want to work as an Olympic volunteer, do apply immediately. In Ruth's book there are direct e-Mail links to places where you can learn more about these.     

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Where and how can you extend a visa, find an English-speaking taxi driver and travel agent? How do you get around and order food without knowing Chinese? Where can you find a job? Interesting walks? Health precautions and emergencies? Where and how can you go on day trips and weekends?  Recommended day or weekend tours? 


 Ruth at the China World Hotel in Beijing

Which section of the Great Wall is the best to visit? Is walking alone at night safe? How do you find a telephone number? Where can you buy a memory card? A camera battery? What should you do if SARS returns? What do you do if you lose a passport? Where can you get your e-Mail?  A telephone number for the weather? The police?

Subject: RE: Good morning from Australia-wanting to ask about my travel to China

Dear Marina,

Yes, there's lots for a four-year old to do in Beijing: The Beijing Continental Grand is actually close to Olympic village, not downtown. But I fear that the high level of security in that area might put a damper on getting around easily. Within walking distance (about a kilometer) is a theme park of China's minority people which is a lot of fun - with dancers, native huts and unusual architecture. It's a lot of walking for a four-year old though and I hope you'll be able to find a stroller. Other major attractions like the Summer Palace (with boat ride), Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven are at least 45 minutes away by taxi. I had my five-year old with me in China and these did not interest her very much. However she loved the Great Wall and there are a lot of other child-centered things to do, many of them listed in my Beijing guide book. These would include the zoo, aquariums, ice skating, acrobats, public and private playgrounds. The book also lists tips like "do NOT drink water out of the taps." Bottled water is readily available for sale and your hotel should have some in your room.

It is cheaper to book internal flights from a China-based travel agency and prices depend on when you book. You can find prices at  and even book through it. This is a long-established agency for which payment can be made on-line. Your hotel should be able to book flights for you too but you might not be able to get the flights you want if you wait until you get there. The Beijing book mentions a couple places where you can hire a guide -- along with sample prices. I have this information for Beijing but not for Shanghai. Your hotel or the travel agents listed should be able to find you a guide. If you have problems, I have some English-speaking student friends who might be free to help you.

You can order the Beijing/Olympics book from my web-site which will take you to:  . This is a downloadable book which can go straight into your computer if you want so you can get it within minutes of ordering.

The Shanghai section of my web-site has a free guide which does mention a few things for children to do like the wonderful Science and Technology Museum in Pudong. The web-site:  . And the sightseeing towers and Insectarium. Shanghai has a zoo, aquarium, acrobats, and excursions to old villages with boat rides and craft demonstrations outside the city.

I hope this is helpful.

Regards, Ruth.


This book is for those who want to see Beijing on your own. It gives options for people on group tours, what sort of places and activities you can ask for and how to avoid being at the mercy of a tour guide.

This 336 page e-Book in Acrobat .pdf format is published by L&G Tourism Development Corporation , and is illustrated with 101 images of Beijing, 11 maps, and 45 business cards. It has about 2000 internal and external links. It is only available for sale from this web site and on-line  Click Here to Order on Our Secure Order Form

Your guide to Beijing is remarkably novel, helpful, and exciting. Your comments are down-to-earth, practical, humorous, and inspire the traveler to relish an adventure in China. I appreciated both the large picture historical background and the attention to fine detail and up-to-date logistical information. This guide is not to be missed by people who want to truly experience what Beijing has to offer in a short period of time. -- Jennifer Elder.


Ruth, who hails from Toronto, Canada, has been in love with Beijing since her first visit there in 1965. Since then, she has visited  Beijing frequently, sharing her enthusiasm for the city by organizing tours, leading tour groups, writing guide books and information for websites. She published her first guide book on China in 1975 and since then has produced over 14 editions under various titles.

Ruth’s expertise is personal. As a third-generation Canadian of Chinese ancestry who has also lived in the U.S., she can understand what English-speaking visitors want. At the same time, she is sensitive to Chinese customs and feelings. She tries to stay overnight in every hotel mentioned in her e-Book. She tests the food in each restaurant, talks with other patrons, and monitors the reactions of her travel companions. She interviews expatriates who live in the city. On a limited budget herself, she knows how to enjoy the city inexpensively. She rides public buses and subways. She knows how you can save money and where to get a good deal.  She has also stayed in five-star hotels and knows about executive floors, presidential suites, and chauffeured limos. Ruth is a shopper and loves a bargain, and can get excited experiencing colorful festivals. She has strong opinions on what’s good and what’s not. She is keenly interested in Beijing as a city, how it is solving some of its problems. She wants to help you meet local people and get a deeper experience of the city than the average visitor. 

 Ruth in Beijing 

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