|About the Book|
Welcome to the bustling, interesting, ever changing, yet charming city of Beijing (北京), one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals and the heart of the Peoples Republic of China!Beijing in three days is tough, there’s a lot to see and do and one couldMoreWelcome to the bustling, interesting, ever changing, yet charming city of Beijing (北京), one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals and the heart of the Peoples Republic of China!Beijing in three days is tough, there’s a lot to see and do and one could easily spend two full weeks without getting bored. That’s why, for your short three days in Beijing, the itinerary concentrates on the cultural/historical Beijing. See the city from a local’s point of view and see some of the best parts of this massive metropolis. There’ll be a lot of walking- don’t worry though, I arranged the itinerary for maximum comfort while keeping your budget in mind. Trust me, I’ve been living here for over 10 years. I know my city.== Who is this guide for? ==Budget-conscious first-time visitors to Beijing who want it all:* Visit the best of Beijing’s must sees and experience some of the best of local cuisine, culture, shopping, and party* Get an introduction to cultural/traditional Beijing as well as a look at its modern side* Up-to-date information and local insight* Avoid “so-called” must sees* Avoid wasting time on research, running from A to C rather than A to B, and worrying about getting lost* Additional tips and suggestions for those who stay in Beijing one or two days longer== Itinerary includes ==Get a solid overview of Beijing city, visit Beijing’s ancient and current centers of power as well as Beijing’s most beautiful sites and historic alleys, enjoy the best of local cuisine, fun shopping, and evening entertainment.== MUST SEES ==* Tian An Men Square – current center of power and historic relevance* Qian Men Area - little shops, markets, and snack foods* The Forbidden City – Imperial Palace* Jingshan Park – one of the imperial gardens, aerial view of The Forbidden City* The Great Wall – Mu Tian Yu section* The Summer Palace – royal garden and summer resort of Empress Dowager Cixi* Temple of Heaven – wonders of Taoist architecture, site of annual prayer ceremonies by the emperor* Wang Fu Jing – Beijing’s show-off pedestrian street, Dong Hua Men Night Market, Wang Fu Jing Snack Street* Ghost Street – Beijing’s most famous food street* Lama Temple – the largest lamasery in China and one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world* Beijing’s Hutongs - expansive labyrinth of age-old hutongs (traditional alleys and courtyard neighborhoods typical for Beijing) and sites in the area: Guozijian imperial college, Confucius Temple – second largest Confucian temple in China, Drum Tower & Bell Tower – the highest buildings of old Beijing, Shichahai lakes, Beijing’s most popular Beihai Park and the most popular hutong: Nanluoguxiang== MUST DOS ==* Urban Planning Museum - For a fascinating overview of Beijing City* Traditional Chinese Massage - Enjoy a relaxing Chinese traditional medicine massage at Dragonfly* Pearl market – Test your bargaining skills at one of Beijing’s main fake markets* Laoshe Teahouse – for a Chinese culture program of Beijing Opera to acrobatics, Kung Fu, and Cross-talk== MUST EATS ==* Best of Chinese cuisine from famous Beijing Roast Duck and Chinese dumplings to minority cuisine, upscale fusion, and the best of Chinese and typical Beijing street and snack foods.