The top places to see and time required
- Forbidden City - all day
- Great Wall & Ming Tombs - all day
- Summer Palace & Temple of Heaven - 4 hours
Beijing is the place to start you crash introduction to China. It is a overwhelming mixture of old and new China. Forbidden City, Ming Tombs and Great Wall provide quite a contrast against modern bulidngs stretching for miles in every direction.
Once in town, the best mode of transportation is eiher metro or taxi. Beijing metro is very efficient, clean and safe. The metro stations and cars are very heavily patrolled by police, but still be aware of pickpockets. Buy single pass metro tickets at any of the machines.
Places to stay
The best and most convenient place to stay is within third ring road. The hands-down favorites - JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton, located next to each other and sharing workout facilties. The hotels run about $120/night.
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Solana Bar Street is THE place for entertainment in Beijing. Although not quite as developed as as some other dining and club places worldwide, it is still none the less quite pleasant surprise in China. If you are going for Peking Duck, make sure hotel concierge orders one ahead of time, otherwise there might be a long wait time when you get there.