in a couple of weeks I'll go to Beijing on a business trip. Obviously, I'll work daytime, but I've got a weekend to look around the place for myself. So, what I need now is all sorts of ideas on were to go to experience Bejing in the best possible way. I realize that I will have to go see the Great Wall for one day, but what else? Temples, markets, parks, ruins, shops...
I've also got a couple of hours each night to look around, so I'm hoping to do shorter excursions every day after work.
What do you say!?? All help would be very much appreciated.
There's so much to do aroun d Beijing it's great. The FOrbidden City is a must as are The Summer Palace and the Silk Market. The Temple of Heaven is a nice stop off too. I would definitely suggest trying to fit in two trips to the wall and then you can see a non restored (such as Jingsaling to Simitai) and a restored part (such as Mutaniyu) for comparison, well worth it.
Mao's tomb was closed when I was there but if it's open you may as well visit!
Have a ball
The main drag is Wafjung Street (now l have likely spelt that wrong!) but here East meets West with all the stores - but cut off down and side street (Hutongs) and you will see a totally different Beijing - you can sample the wonderful Peking Duck too - there is a great restaurant just off this street - look out for a huge model duck!
At the bottom you will hit a subway station - its easy enough to navigate around but you can catch the tube to Silk Market for your bargaining.
I took 1 day trip out to the Baadling Section of the Great Wall - restored part. On the trip we went to we were trekked around a jade factory - lm not at all interested in that so stood outside and enjoyed the sunshine! We also went to the Ming Tombs - they were ok - but l wouldnt necessarily rush back.
The summer palace is excellent - though it was a bit of a buses, metros and taxis job to get there - but once there TOTALLY worth it! I think my favourite place.
A wander down to T'ianamen Square at sunset to see the cermony of the lowering of the flag ( or if you are up sunrise!).
A foot massage in one of the palours which are in abundance.
The Forbidden City is not to be missed really and just opposite it when you come out the back entrance is Bai Hai Park which has a lake for punting about on, a nice walk and locals sometimes will be playing traditional music which is cool (also we got really cheap beer in here too - and big bottles). There is also a boat which takes you around the lake.
Night life the expat area is that of Salitun - its ok to go for a night and have a drink - just for the people watching if nothing else! Beer isnt as cheap as in other parts of the city but it is cheaper than in the West!
Hope you enjoy Beijing Susanna!
The summer palace is brilliant. The challenge of getting there on the bus/metro is all part of the fun!
I can also recommend the Temple of Heaven. Full of amazing information and set it a great park like setting.
The Beijing Kung Fu Show: The Legend of Kung Fu is a great night's entertainment. The prices I've seen on the web are pretty expensive. Find a good hostel or tour company and you should be able to get tickets much cheaper (Ours were about 100 Yuan each from memory)
I wasn't so thrilled with the Forbidden City. I realise its all very historical and everything but when I was there in early June is was being refurbished for the Olympics so parts of it were closed and it was generally hot and crowded.
Thank you guys for your input. I'm leaving tomorrow and I'm really excited!!!