Like every city in the world, Beijing is nowhere near perfect. But I am the kind of traveler who chooses to see the good. I also focus on the things I could learn. And I learned a lot in Beijing.
If you are looking for a place to go to (and if you haven't been), try Beijing. You might fall in-love with it the way I did.
I received a couple of emails asking me for a sample Beijing itinerary. I'm done blogging about individual places we visited and realized I've never included a sample itinerary.
Here goes --
Wangfujing Shopping District and Night Food Street
Panjiayuan Antique Market
The Summer Palace
Qiangan Hutong Tour + Shopping
Great Wall of China
798 Art District
Indoor Shopping (this is a mall where foreigners go)
Lunch (Peking Duck)
Tiananmen Square Market
Off to the airport
If you hire a guide (which I advice you do), you can discuss with him or her the itinerary you want. Other people also swing by Xian to see the terracotta army. Include that in your itinerary if you have enough time.
I would want to visit Xian one day. I hear a lot of wonderful stories about the place.
(six days in Beijing):
Hotel: Days Inn Tiananmen Square with breakfast
Tour Guide + Transpo + Lunch
Airfare: Cebu Pacific
more or less $1,200/person
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Our tour guide Jamie Wang speaks english
and is knowledgeable about China's history and tourist spots.
He was very helpful and nice and honest.
If you plan to visit Beijing and would need a guide,
email him at email@example.com
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Beijing | Tiananmen Square
Beijing | The Forbidden City
Beijing | Donghuamen Night Food Street
Beijing | Summer Palace
Beijing | The Olympic Venue
Beijing | Panjiayuan Antique Market
Beijing | Beihai Park
Beijing | Qiangan Hutong Tour
Beijing | The Lama Temple
Beijing | An Acrobatic Show
Beijing | The Great Wall