Beijing Travel Advisors: recommended Beijing’s best for your Beijing travel

26/07/2010
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Our job allows us to take many foreign friends on tours throughout Beijing and China. During their tours they ask many similar questions, so I will dedicate this thread to suggesting the Beijing’s best, including, food, accommodation, transport, must-see attractions, shopping, and entertainment in Beijing.

Food in Beijing

Beijing Roasted duck does worth a try, though you may regret for having it. There is a dime a dozen of restaurants selling roasted duck in Beijing, but only a few of them could offer you authentic roasted duck such as Quanjude and Bianyifang.

Dining in Beijing

Dining in Beijing

 Generally, the Peking Roast duck is served in dinner, and it is typical for the foreign friends to watch the Peking opera or Acrobatics show after enjoying their Peking Roast Duck dinner. You can book a Beijing night tour that just has well arranged everthing for you.

Accommodation in Beijing

You’d better not stay at the hotel the taxi drivers suggested, or you will possibly pay for more, since you may have to pay additional fees for the taxi derivers’ middleman’s fee. The best way is to book the hotel in advance. Meanwhile, you’d better choose a regular hotel in order to be safe, which can refer to the comments on the website of a reliable agency.

Generally, deciding where to stay in Beijing is not a easy feat, because there are over 800 hotels from luxury international star-rating ones to the budget hostels. But, put your worries away, we’ve organized these hotels in 4 ways that can help you find your ideal hotel deals ASAP.

  • 3 Best Value Hotels in Beijing
  • Location: Downtown, Capital Airport, Summer Palace, Sanlitun, Beijing Zoo, Olympic Green;
  • Star-Rating: from luxury 5-Star hotels to budget 2-Star hostels; .
  • Price: <USD 50, USD 50 ~ 80; USD 80 ~ 100; >USD 100:
  • Brand: Shangri-La Hotel; Ritz-Carlton; Hilton Hotel; Crowne Plaza, Novotel Peace; The President; etc.

Just click the page of Beijing hotels in www.beijingholiday.com , and check it out more.

Where to Stay in Beijing

Where to Stay in Beijing

Transportation in Beijing

It is not safe to take a taxi at the railway station or airport, since the taxi drivers there are a rather motley group, you are possibly be cheated. You should take the subway or the airport shuttle bus to the city and then take a taxi to your hotel.

Beijing Subway

Beijing Subway

Must-see Attractions in Beijing

Great Wall (Badaling, Simatai, Jinshanling & Mutianyu), Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven. If you can get up early, I advise you the dawn flag raising ceremony at the Tiananmen Square which is really magnificent.

To Must-See Attractions in Beijing for more detailed information: including, overview, location, tickets, recommended tour time, how to get there, reviews, tips, photos and videos.

Top Beijing Attractions

Top Beijing Attractions

Shopping in Beijing

Some shopping areas of Beijing are also good for sightseeing such as the Xiushui Street Wangfujing, Xidan, and Panjiayuan. You’d better not buy souvenirs at the scenic spots. I advise you buy them at any of the shopping areas above. Meanwhile, be aware that bargaining is a rule at many markets and back-street small stores in Beijing. The initial price offered by the seller is usually at least 40% over (or even 50% over for foreigners) the general price acceptable that the seller could sell it.

To what to buy and where to buy in Beijing page for more information.

Shopping in Beijing

Shopping in Beijing

Beijing Entertainment

Beijing Opera is inevitable if you want to learn Beijing culture more. Although you may not understand it, you may feel it with heart. If you don’t like the noise in the theater, you may go to Sanlitun Bar Street to have a cup of coffee or alcohol. At daytime, you may also go to the libraries or the universities to learn about Beijing and China if you are tired of the scenic spots.

Peking Opera

Peking Opera