Beijing Adventure



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This itinerary will get you outside and exploring Beijing. Best for younger travellers, it includes several more strenuous afternoons of biking or hiking and highlights expat dining and drinking favorites on the cheaper side. The DaWang Lu neighborhood is a great place to stay for easy access to the subway and cheap, delicious street food. (A trip to the Great Wall can be added on to this itinerary with an extra day.)

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Chaoyang Kosaido Golf Club

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Nongzhan Nanlu
Near Pacific Century Plaza, southern edge of Chaoyang Park
100027 Beijing, China

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tel: +86 (0)10 6501 8584


Tuanjiehu Park

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On East Third Ring Road
Chaoyang District
100026 Beijing, China

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tel: +86 10 8597 3603
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Hutong Pizza

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Yinding Qiao Hutong 9
Nan Gong Fan Hutong, Hou Hai
Beijing, China

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tel: 010/6617-5916


Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant

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Backside of Nanxincang Int'l Building, Dongsi Shitiao
Southwest of Dongsi Shitiao Bridge
Beijing, China

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tel: 86 10 5169 0328


Dragonfly Retreat

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Location:

6 Baijiazhuang Lu
1F Eastern Inn
100027 Beijing, China

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tel: +86 (0)10 6593 6066
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Golden Elephant

Location:

Sanlitun Street, Building 3
East Block 2
100027 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 86 10 6417 1650


Fishing & Picnic Tour

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Location:

Huai Rou County
101400 Beijing, China

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tel: +86 10 6965 9647
fax: +86 10 6962 5156


Chao Yang Park

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1 Nong Zhan South Road
Chao Yang District
100026 Beijing, China

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tel: +86 10 6506 5409
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Day 1 - Beijing, Beijng


The Winterless and DaWang Lu area is a great place to call home during your stay in Beijing. Close to DaWang Lu subway station and the Third Ring Road, the area between the hotel and subway stop has an abundant selection of local street food where you can grab a quick, cheap breakfast. And don't be fooled by the giant Gucci store; Xin Kong Plaza Mall, across the street from the Winterless, has a great selection of affordable restaurants and a top quality food court in the basement. Start your visit to Beijing in the heart of the city, spending your first morning exploring Tiananmen Square and environs. It is an easy subway ride from DaWang Lu. Grab lunch before you enter the Forbidden City. Head east out of the area behind Tiananmen Gate and sample some of the strange delicacies at the Dong Hua Men Night Market. (It is also open during the day.) If scorpion isn't your thing, continue down Wang Fu Jing to Oriental Plaza Mall. The basement is filled with dining options including a bustling food court. Spend the afternoon in the Forbidden City and then climb the hill in Jingshan Park, just to the north of Forbidden City, to watch the sunset over Beijing. If you want to head back to the hotel to recharge, grab dinner at the Xin Kong Plaza branch of famed Din Tai Fung. Later head to expat hotspot Sanlitun for oven-baked pizza and imported beers at the Tree. Look behind the 3.3. Mall for all the action.


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Tiananmen Square

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Chang An Avenue
Dong Cheng District
100006 Beijing, China

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ZhengYangMen Gate

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Southern end of Tiananmen Square
Xuanwu District
100006 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 10 6351 0018 (Beijing Tourist Information Center)


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Tiananmen Gate

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Location:

North end of Tiananmen Square
Dongcheng District
100006 Beijing, China

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tel: +86 10 6512 3043
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Dong Hua Men Night Market

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Location:

Xing Dong An Plaza
off Wangfujing Daije
100005 Beijing, China

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tel: +86 10 8119 1011


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Wang Fu Jing Shopping Area

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100005 ,

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Forbidden City (Gu Gong)

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North of Tiananmen Square
Dong Cheng District
100009 Beijing, China

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tel: +86 0 10 6512 2255 / +86 0 10 6513 2255
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Jing Shan Gongyuan (Jing Shan Park)

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Location:

Jing Shan Qian Jie 1
Dong Cheng Qu (opposite Forbidden City north gate)
100009 Beijng, China

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tel: 010/6404-4071


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Din Tai Fung

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24 , Xinyuan Xili Zhongjie
Northwest of Yu Yang Hotel
100000 Beijing, China

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tel: 86 10 6462 4502
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The Tree

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Location:

43 Sanlitun Lu
Behind 3.3 Mall
Beijing, China

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tel: 86 10 6415 1954


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Bar Blu

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Location:

4/F Tongli Studio
Sanlitun Beijie
Beijing, China

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tel: 10 6417 4124


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Winterless Hotel

Location:

No. 1 West Dawang Road
Chaoyang District
100026 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 (0)10 6581 2288
fax: +86 10 6581 2600
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Day 2 - Beijing


Start your second day with a more leisurely morning at the Temple of Heaven. For lunch try the creative Sichuan cuisine at Lin's Kitchen or another one of options at Xin Kong Plaza. In the afternoon go local and rent a bike. The Winterless staff can help make arrangements and point you in the direction of the Lama Temple. It is a bit of a trek from Da Wang Lu so you may want to consider renting from a more central location. After Yonghegong, peddle through Beijing's hutong neighborhoods and observe a vanishing way of life. Stop at Vineyard Cafe or one of Nanluoguxiang's many cafes. Il Sole's almond tofu dessert is a little piece of heaven. Exiting Nanluoguxiang to the south, you will be just north of Beihai Park. Get off the bike for a while and try duck boating on the beautiful lake. In the evening north of Beihai is the Houhai Lake District. Sick around to watch the lights come up over the lake and dine at the famous Hakka restaurant on the eastern shore. The area's bar scene comes alive at night.


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Temple of Heaven (Tian Tan)

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Tian Tan North Road
100050 Beijing, China

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tel: +86 (0)10 6702 2242
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Yonghe Gong (Lama Temple)

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Location:

Yong He Gong Dajie 12
South of the North Second Ring Rd. (entrance on the south end of the complex)
100007 Beijing, China

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tel: 010/6404-3769
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Vineyard (Putaoyuan'r)

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Location:

Wudaoying Hutong 31
Just north of the Confucius temple
100007 Beijing, China

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tel: 010/6402-7961
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Nanluoguxiang

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Runs north to south between Jiugulou Dajie and Dianmen Dajie, respectively
Southern entrance a few blocks east of Houhai
Beijing, China


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Café Il Sole

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Location:

79 Nanluoguxiang
Beijing, China

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tel: 86 10 6407 3249


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Bei Hai Gongyuan (Beihai Park)

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Location:

Wenjin Jie 1
Xi Cheng Qu (south entrance is just west of the north gate of the Forbidden City; east entrance is opposite the west entrance of Jing Shan Park)
100034 Beijing, China

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tel: 010/6404-0610


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Lao Hanzi Hakka Restaurant

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Location:

Qianhai Nanyan
On the eastern shore of the Houhai area
Beijing, China

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tel: 86 10 6404 2259


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Aladdin Club

Location:

Hou Hai Xi Yan #4
100010 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 10 6400 9561


Day 3 - Beijing


Your hotel can help arrange a day trip to the Great Wall at Simatai, the most breathtaking and strenuous stretch of the wall near Beijing. The 10 km hike from Simatai to Jinshanling is one photo opportunity after another, but it is not a walk in the park. Be prepared with good hiking shoes and sun protection. Upon your return to Beijing, head to the north gate of Worker's Stadium and treat your feet to a massage at Bodhi. Kro's Nest, Beijing's best pizza, has just set up a new branch inside the stadium gates. Vics is Beijing's ultimate clubbing experience and late night the Den is the place to be for cheap drinks.


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Great Wall at Simatai

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Gubeikou Town
Miyun County
101508 Beijing, China

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tel: +86 10 6903 1051 / +86 10 6903 5025
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Bodhi

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Location:

17 Gonti Beilu
Across from Workers Stadium, near Minsheng Bank
100027 Beijing, China

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tel: +86 (0)10 6413 0226
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Tube Station Pizza (Formerly Kro's Nest)

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1 Fuyuanmen, (400 meters north of Beijing University West Gate, on the northwest corner of the intersection)
400 meters north of Beijing University West Gate
Beijing, China

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tel: 86 136 2622 4948
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Vics

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Location:

Inside Workers' Stadium north gate
Beijing, China

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tel: 10 5293 0333


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Den (The)

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Location:

4 Gongtidong Road, Chao Yang District
Next to City Hotel
100027 Beijing, China

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tel: 86 10 6592 6290


Day 4 - Beijing


Start your day peering into Beijing's future at the Urban Planning Museum and then duck into the infamous Underground City. The Qianmen area south of Tiananmen Square is undergoing massive redevelopment but hopefully Li Qun Roast Duck will still be standing when you arrive. Squirrel your way through the hutongs to find this out-of-the-way spot. Spend the afternoon on the west side of town at the Summer Palace. To save on cab fare, take Subway Line 13 to the end and then hop on a bus. If there is still time stop by the Beijing Botanical Gardens to pose for photos among the blossoms or take a hike in Fragrant Hills Park. In the evening check out hip Taiwanese eatery Bellagio and walk over to Q Bar. Toast another great day in Beijing from the rooptop lounge.


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Urban Planning Museum

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East Qianmen Avenue
Southeast corner of Tiananmen Square, behind the old train station
Beijing, China

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Beijing Underground City (DiXiaCheng)

Location:

Between 62 & 64 Xidamo Changjie
100051 Beijing, China

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tel: +86 (0)10 6702 2657
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Li Qun Roast Duck

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Location:

11 Beixiangfeng, Zhengyi Nanlu, Qianmen Dongdajie
Follow directions painted on the neighboring walls
100000 Beijing, China

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tel: 86 10 6702-5681; 6705-5578


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Summer Palace (Yi He Yuan)

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Location:

Hai Dian
100091 Beijing, China

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tel: +86 10 6288 1144
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Eight Sites Park

Location:

Near the Fragrant Hills
Shi Jing Shan District
100041 Beijing, China

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tel: +86 10 8119 1011
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Beijing Botanical Garden (Cherry Valley)

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Location:

Haidian District
100093 Beijing, China

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tel: +86 10 8119 1011
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Bellagio

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Location:

6 Gonti Xilu
Opposite Destinations
Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 86 10 6551 3533


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Q Bar

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Location:

Top floor of Eastern Inn Hotel, 6 Baijiazhuang Lu
Nan Sanlitun Lu (on top floor of Eastern Inn Hotel)
Beijing, China

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tel: 010/6595-9239


Day 5 - Beijing


On the last day of your trip, get outside Beijing with a day trip to Shi Du. The beautiful scenery -- Shi Du is sometimes called the Guilin of the North -- makes this spot popular with rock climbers and romantic couples alike. The hotel can help with tickets, but it should be no problem to buy them upon arrival at the train station. Upon your return to Beijing, swing by Xiushui Market for some last minute souvenir shopping. Spend you last evening in Beijing around Ritan Park. Tankstelle offers hearty German fare and delicious German brews or the branch of Serve the People will satisfy a craving for Thai. Just inside the park is the Stone Boat Bar, the perfect outdoor spot to end your Beijing adventure.


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Shi Du Scenic Spot

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Location:

Shi Du Town
Fangshan District
101411 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: +86 10 8936 0123 (Beijing Tourist Information Center)


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Xiushui Silk Market

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Location:

East Jianguomenwai Dajie
Directly above Yong'an Li subway stop
Beijing, China


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Tankstelle

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Location:

South Gate of Ritan Park
Beijing, China

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tel: 86 10 8562 6439


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Serve The People (Wei Renmin Fuwu)

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Location:

San Li Tun Xi Wu Jie 1
Behind German embassy
100027 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 010/8454-4580


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Ri Tan Gongyuan (Ri Tan Park)

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Location:

Ri Tan Lu 6
Chaoyang Qu
100020 Beijing, China

Contact:

tel: 010/8561-1389


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