I've gotten a surprising number of messages from Americans who are coming to Beijing and want advice or guidance on navigating this city and its venues. Luckily, someone in our office grabbed a copy of "Healthy Tourism," an illustrated booklet that answers any questions you might have. Some highlights:
Lodging: "There are many hotels that can receive foreign visitors. They usually have better hygienic conditions."
Lodging Attentive Advices: "You might contact the front desk immediately once you feel sick or illness with uncomfortable, especially for cardio-cerebral vascular diseases."
Lodging Attentive Advices: "Tobacco smoking is prohibited in tobacco free hotels. Avoid too low temperatures and long time staying in the air conditioned places to prevent cold. Open the windows for fresh air."
Climate Attentive Advices: "Bring with you sun-shading materials and umbrella, and wearing your favor out door dresses."
Transportation: "The road in Beijing is characterized by many crossing intersections along with so many vehicles, bikes and pedestrians."
Transportation Attentive Advices: "Taking or getting on/off buses in order for your safety....Riding a bike must on the lane for bike, and do not carries any other persons with bike."
Clock: "If you arrived in Beijing in daytime, you should make yourself under the nature light, like walking or visiting. You might also take some tea or coffee. If you arrived in the evening, you should make yourself go to sleep early. You might take a shower and a cup of milk."
Dining Safety: "Try less cold dishes....Choose fresh and clean fruits and vegetable cold platter. Try individual serving if possible....Avoid smoking in non-smoking areas of the restaurants."
Fields Activity Attentive Advices: "To help with your sentiment while watch the matches. Contact service staffs for medical aids in case of heart or brain problems."
Fields Activity Attentive Advices: "Tobacco smoke is not allowed in the tobacco free venues."
Field Visit: "To take precautions for transportation safety....To bring some common drugs."
How to Handle With Soft Tissue Injuries: "Elevate. Swelling and stagnate will be lessen if the limbs were kept higher than the heart."
Precautions for Swimming: "Persons with skin disease or acute hemorrhagic conjunctivitis and other unsuitable problems should avoid swimming in the public swimming pool."
How to Prevent Sunstroke: "Take summer wears....Organize time for rest."
How to Handle with Dog Bite: "You might be met with pets of the local residents during your visit. Treat the injury site is necessary if you were bite or scratched....Clean the blood and dirty things while washing....Leave the small wound open. Stop bleeding in big wound and go to hospital immediately."
(And, like always, I appreciate the kind effort, I acknowledge that we would do infinitely worse with a Mandarin Healthy Tourism booklet, and I publish these items not in the spirit of meanness but rather to help us all laugh and smile in the communal joy of international funny-phrased solidarity. And good luck handling with your soft tissue injuries.)
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