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Shireen Patel

Hong Kong, China

Beijing in two days?

During a work trip in February, I'll have just two free days in Beijing, so what are the true "musts" that you would recommend?  My favourite things to do in China so far have been to visit temples and experience local food and culture, but I am open to anything else, too!

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  • Esther Feldman

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    Everyone has their own favorite place but if I had only two days, I'd spend one in the Forbidden City and split the second between the Hutong area and Tiananmen Square - those three areas give you a feel about what China was and what it is today and also an opportunity to talk to the locals.

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      Brilliant! Thank you, Esther! Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square are musts for sure! What should I see in Hu Tong? · (1 likelikes)

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      Great suggestions, Esther! I'm a community manager here, so I helped you tag Hutong so that it shows up on your map! :) · (1 likelikes)

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    Hi, Shireen! First, Have you even been to The Great Wall of China , which is one of the must see attraction in Beijing, even in China? If you have not been there yet, it is really a good attraction. And there are several sections of the Great Wall. Though Badaling Great Wall is the most famous, it is also the most crowded one. The are full of people on Badaling Great, especially Chinese domestic tourists,which you see is not the great wall, but the people... LOL~ Now in Beijing, the Mutianyu Great Wall , the wild Badaling Great Wall, Jinshanling Great Wall , Jiankou Great Wall, may be better choice. Some is very suitable for hiking, which you could check online. The Great Wall tour usually takes one day. And when you get back it is the afternoon, you can find a place to have delicious meals.

    Secondly, Hutong is really a good place to see the really Beijing people's life. However, you should choose a section of Hutong. Some of the Hutongs are art, while some maybe boring.You could ask you friends to take you to the interesting Hutong. There are also declicious snacks and good restaurants in Hutong, which is cheaper, quiter, and better taste than outside. the Hutong tour may takes half a day.

    Thirdly, If you are interested in Temples, you can go to The Summer Palace , Lama Temple Yonghegong , Tantuo Temple , Jie Tai Temple ....




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      I've not been to the Great Wall yet. I want to but I don't think I'll have time this trip! Very good to know about all the different parts of the wall that I can visit, though. I had no idea! I'll try to go see everything else. Thank you, Caroline! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Jinny Oh

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    Hi Shireen,

    Check out my post on My Weekend in Beijing. My friends and I were there for 2 nights and 3 full days.

    My recommendation on the "musts" are:

    1. Great Wall Of China, but there are different sections of the Great Wall. I went to the 慕田峪(Mutianyu), which has a nice cable car up the wall and there's one path that breaks off from all the tourists. It's super bushy and full of dead shrubs, but if you don't mind pushing through all of that, you'll end up getting to an area that's all to yourself. This should take up at least half the day. Go early in the morning with a tour group, they'll provide lunch and transportation (you don't actually have to explore with them).

    Great Wall

    2. Forbidden City This is full of tourists, but shouldn't be missed if you're in Beijing.

    慕田峪

    3. 798 . This is such a cool area in Beijing. It totally reminds me of what the 70s would've been like in San Fran. Very artsy and has tons of cool art/souvenir shops and restaurants.

    798 Middle 1st St

    4. 天安门Tiananmen and Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. They're across the street from each other. Be careful though, DON'T bring a bag, security at the Mausoleum is worse than US airport security..

    Mausoleum of Mao Zedong

    5. Summer Palace. This is just a one big temple with many small temples, parks and a huge lake inside of it. Really pretty, but full of tourists.



    These should keep you pretty occupied for the two days that you're there. If you're feeling adventurous, try some deep fried scorpion while you're there ;)


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    Temple of Heaven early in the morning to watch the old folks practice Tai Chi and dancing was the best. Also head over to the Pearl Market down the street afterwards.

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      These sound absolutely lovely. Thank you, Meghan! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Christa Unangst

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    I agree with Esther those are two good places to go in a short time. I'd imagine it would still be pretty cold in February but if you haven't been, going to the Great Wall is another thought. Figured I'd also try some Peking Duck while I was there and went Da Dong Roast Duck with a couple local co-workers. If you are looking for gifts for family/friends should check out the 秀水街 Silk Street Market 8 Xiushui E St, Chaoyang, Beijing, China.

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      Thank you, Christa! I would LOVE to go to the Great Wall, but it sounds like a full-day trip, so maybe I will save that for next time. Duck and shopping sound amazing, though! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Duyen Pham

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    When you are in Beijing, don't miss Beijing 798 Art Zone, Qianmen Main Street Mall, Nanluoguxiang, Tian'anmen Square , The Forbidden CityWangfujing Shopping Street, ....


    You can view my itinerary for a suggestion. It includes needed info about the hotels, attraction and transportation.


    Hanzhou is also a great place to travel. Take a view on my itinerary at here.


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