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Q: Planning trip to Beijing

I am planning a trip to Beijing for myself and my Chinese wife. It will be the first time there for both of us. Apart from the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tiannemen Square where else would you suggest on a list of must see places. We are probably going in February or March.

8 years 14 weeks ago in  Transport & Travel - Beijing

 
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the Ming tooms (Sorry cant spell) and some jade factorys are worth a look.
we went on a day tour from our hotel in 2006 and had a good time Book the tour in your name.
they might not like the idea of your Chinese wife because it is harder to rip you off
back then it was 180rmb for each of us and lunch was supplied
enjoy your stay and watch were you walk
You will get the hang of it

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The National Museum, just to the side of Tiananmen square, is pretty amazing. As is the Temple of Heaven, which isn't too far. Try to go as off-season as possible, because the crowds in all these places can be murder.

Beware of scammers. Anyone you don't know who talks to you, in a touristy place, is not to be trusted. They can be extremely friendly and charming, but trust me, tell them to leave you alone and be prepared to call the police over if they're persistent. Dozens will likely bother you. It ruins the whole experience.

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If you are the museum type, then you should take time to visit the National Museum (just next to Tiananmen Square). 

The Beijing Planning Exhibition, located at south east of Tiananmen Square) is a worthy place to spend a couple of hours to get to know a bit more about Beijing.

Summer Palace is a bit out of the city but accessible through the subway. Lots of hill climbs and all but worthwhile spending a nice leisurely day there.

Of parks, you should go to the Beihai Park or the Jinshan Park. Best to go during the weekends and see how the locals enjoy a weekend at the park. But I guess February would still be cold and so I think there would not be as many people there during that time. But still.

Into military and Chinese history in 20th century, then go to the Military Museum. 

I recommend that you also go walk along Qianmen and the side streets. Lots of shops, restaurants and such. Overpriced and sort of a tourist trap, but still a bit of history of Beijing's commercial streets of old.

You must factor in eating while here. There are lots of places you can try. Too many to list but you should at least have Peking Duck while here. It is the national dish.

Go to Wangfujing and check out the snack stalls where they sell stinky tofu, scorpions, etc. Not my kind of place but is a must do place for tourist. You just gotta take a picture of you eating those stuff that the locals don't.

Like Pandas? Go to Beijing Zoo.

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You must check out the temple of heaven...it's relaxing!
You can get some nice photos while your there.
Also the Beijing Zoo is a must! You can check out the panda bears that they have. 
Another place that I would suggest for you to visit is the Olympic stadium there are three stops....the first is the olympic stadium and water cube. The second stop is the park I believe and the last is the village where the athletes use to stay during the Olympics...I had to go there a lot!
Cheerio carry on! cheeky

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forbidden city.....sh-t That time of year you will freeze your nads off.

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Make sure to check out the last remaining hutongs in the Gulou area. There are lots of snug, little cafes and bars in alleyways along Gulou Dongdajie so it's a good daytime and nightime destination. I would recommend catching a folk gig at Jiangjinjiu bar behind the drum tower or just sipping on a coffee in one of the numerous cafes in the area and people-watching. For souvenir shopping, I would also check on Nanluoguxiang which is a reburbished alleyway in the Ming architecture style just off Gulou Dongdajie and running towards houhai. Houhai (lake with touristy bars surrounding it) is pretty but don't eat or drink here. It's over pricd and just geared towards tourists. The area does make for some nice photos however and you can actually go skiing on the lake now.

I also like the Lama Temple, because of it's serenity and lack of tourists. There are also some hutongs around the temple. When in the area, make sure to eat at Jingjingxuan dimsum restaurant, the building is a sight all by iteself. Enjoy!

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