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March 25, 2010 at 5:03 pm #30537
I’m off to Beijing in the next few weeks. Does anyone have any recommendations for activities and sights in and around this large city?
DaveApril 19, 2010 at 8:49 pm #31415
Here are a couple of comments regarding my trip so far….
The Great Wall is definetely a must visit when one is in Beijing. Badaling is the closest spot to Beijing and is the most popular – Chinese tour groups and other International visitors descend upon this spot in droves. There are other areas nearby where one can access the wall and can hike for several hours and probably not see any other tourists.
The Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant (original branch) where a number of famous celebs and International politicians have eaten (just south of Tiananmen Square in a run-down neighborhood) is way overrated. Their specialty is “Peking Duck” – its quite expensive – a chef walks out a huge duck to your table for inspection and then a bit later 2 small plates make an appearance with the majority being fat, seemingly only part of the duck is served.
The Birdsnest Stadium is impressive when seen in person. It is surprisingly tall. The stadium and nearby Olympic infrastructure have become major tourist attractions – when I visited the huge plaza was filled with throngs of people.
The Don Hua Men night market is worth checking out – its very touristy, mainly with Chinese tourists but a variety of eclectic foods are served including scorpions, snake, seafoods and other interesting delectables. After 5pm, the main food vendor street is one of the most crowded you will ever experience – and throw in the fact that many people are carrying food on sticks…things get quite crazy!
The Forbidden City requires at least 1/2 to see all the main temples, courtyards and museums (to the untrained eye, all the temples may feel repetative). This is a huge complex with parts dating to 1406 – adjoining Tiananmen Square.
The Summer Palace is worth visiting as well (it is big so be prepared to do some walking) – it is situated next to a man made lake which freezes over in the winter. A large temple is on top of a hill – lots of ornate artwork decorate the temple walls.
Anyhow, those are some sites I’ve seen so far in this very historical city.
~ DaveApril 27, 2010 at 8:21 am #31412
both historical and modern spots are recommended. have a happy trip. I will be going to china as well this year. 🙂December 11, 2010 at 11:50 am #31413
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Thanks for the trip info – I’ll be renewing my China tourist visa in Bangkok in a week or so. My next trip to China may include Beijing but I really want to check out the Shanghai area.
~ DaveJanuary 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm #31414
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