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Beijing (District) Visit: 2009-1
2009-12-21 - Beijing has come a long way since our first visit in 1990. Then foreigners needed a local guide provided by the government and travel was limited. Now, with a great public transportation system including a very modern subway you can go anywhere without difficulty. We took the subway from our hotel in the Financial District to Tienamen Square and the Forbidden City. It was very inexpensive. There is no charge to go into Mao's Mausoleum, but you will need to check your bags and cannot have a camera. The Forbidden City tickets were 40 Yuan.


Shaanxi Visit: 2009-1
2009-12-21 - A "tourist bus" for 7 Yuan (about $1 US)or a local bus #306 or #307 for 2 Yuan can be taken to the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (Terra Cotta Warriors) from the Rail Station in Xian. It is very easy to get there even without speaking Chinese. The money collector on the buses are very helpful and will make sure you get off at the right stop. You can see the complex using your guidebook, rent an audio guide (40 Yuan) or hire a guide (50 per person) at the entrance. The entrance fee was 65 Yuan (less than $10 US). This is well worth the admission and is one of the World Heritage sites. It was one of the hightlights of our trip.
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