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Stonehenge - The Oldest In The World

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Holy Mount Ararat

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Guaranteed Departures

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Armenia – Top Destination of the year

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ARMENIA UNESCO

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Following the Great Silk Road

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Feel The Road from Armenia to Karabakh

  Duration: 14 days / 13 nights; Tour Type: Jeeping, Historical, Adventure, Wine Best Period: May - October; Distance: ~1900 km; Countries: Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh See more details

Pearls of Caucasus

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Beijing is the capital of the People's Republic of China - situated in the northeast of the country. Formerly known as Peking, it is a city rich in culture as well as being a centre for international trade. The diverse skyline is an interesting mix of old and new, with ancient palaces rubbing shoulders with gleaming new tower blocks. It also serves as a good base from which to explore the iconic landmark of the Great Wall.

Your list for sightseeing is likely to be quite long, but one of the main sites will surely be the magnificent Forbidden City. This collection of impressive temples was once the administrative heart of the country for over five centuries. The well-known Tiananmen Square is the largest of its kind in the city and symbolizes the Chinese. It is surrounded by other popular attractions including the Mao Mausoleum, Revolution History Museum and the Great Hall of the People.

Etiquette in Beijing

Many visitors have the impression that China has a complex and formal etiquette with many conventions that are unfamiliar to Westerners. Learning about some of these conventions will not only help you to appreciate the local culture more but it will also earn you the respect of the Chinese. You'll quickly realize that there are areas of conversation that are and are not taboo. It's perfectly normal to ask someone you've just met if they are married, and if not, why. Don't be offended if someone asks you how old you are. Chinese people generally stay clear of more in depth conversations about relationships and politics. Make sure you don't criticize people too harshly in front of others and avoid losing your temper at all costs.

If you are invited to dine with locals then you will not be expected to know all the traditions. If it is obvious that you have made the effort to learn some of them, it will gain you respect and 'face'. The accepted method for eating rice is to bring your bowl close to your mouth and quickly scoop the rice into it with chopsticks. Alternatively, simply lifting portions of rice to the mouth from the bowl held in the other hand is also common. Don't play with chopsticks during a meal: avoid pointing with them and don't leave them standing up in a rice bowl. If you want to take a drink of the wine or other alcoholic drink then you may first toast another diner. If you are toasted but do not wish to drink, then just touch the glass to your lips without drinking.

Beijing Safety Tips

Violent crime in China is relatively low, partly due to the severe penalties, so visitors should not encounter any problems. Sexual harassment is also uncommon but women should take care at nighttime, especially if walking alone. Petty crime is more of a problem and pickpockets tend to target the tourist areas and public transport. Make sure you keep your valuables locked in your hotel safe and avoid carrying more cash than you need. Do not wear expensive jewellery or hang cameras around your neck.

Road safety is also an issue in China as the streets are clogged with traffic and drivers tend to be erratic. Be especially cautious when crossing the road or riding a bicycle. Beijing also suffers from pollution at certain times of the year so if you have respiratory problems then you may want to plan your visit during the spring months, when the air is cleaner.

Road safety is also an issue in China as the streets are clogged with traffic and drivers tend to be erratic. Be especially cautious when crossing the road or riding a bicycle. Beijing also suffers from pollution at certain times of the year so if you have respiratory problems then you may want to plan your visit during the spring months, when the air is cleaner.

Beijing Weather

Beijing has four very distinct seasons, characterized by hot summers and cold winters. Most visitors prefer to travel during spring and autumn, thus avoiding the extreme weather seen at other times of the year.

Springtime is a great time to be in Beijing, with warm temperatures and a fair amount of dry, sunny days. The city is also free from the worst of the pollution, which can be particularly unpleasant in the summer. Unless you like crowded, chaotic scenes, avoid travelling during Chinese New Year when hotels are full and space on public transport hard to come by.

The summer months, from June to September, have the hottest temperatures, occasionally climbing above 40oC. Rainfall is also frequent during this time, so the Chinese tend not to travel so much. This means that rooms are easy to find and most of the attractions are quieter.

Autumn is another good time to visit as the days are still warm and sunny, and the evenings are clearer and cooler than the hot summer months. It is also considerably dryer, making it the most popular time of year for visitors. Winters can be harsh and bitterly cold with temperatures sometimes plummeting to -20oC or less. The wind chill is also a factor and snow is common.