Beijing in a Day



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Seeing Beijing in a day? You must be kidding. People spend years here and still fail to see everything they should. But if a day is all you have, focus on the sights in the center of the city and try to avoid getting trapped in Beijing traffic. (Or go local and rent a bike.) This itinerary will take you to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Wangfujing Pedestrian Street, the Lama Temple, Houhai Lake, Beihai Park and still leave time for Peking duck.

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Author: Jennifer


Day 1 - Beijing


This is an ambitious itinerary, but if you've only got one day in Beijing, it will get you to the highlights in the center of town. Begin with breakfast in the hotel (the lobby bakery has some of the best croissants this side of Paris) and then head down Chang'An Avenue toward Tiananmen Square. If you're still suffering from jet lag, you may catch the 6 a.m. flag raising or some early morning tai chi. The line forms early and grows quickly to catch a glimpse of embalmed Chairman Mao. ZhengYanMen, at the south end of the Square, provides a nice view of the rapidly developing Qianmen area, but if you're running late, head directly for Tiananmen Gate, pass under the Mao portrait, and enter the Forbidden City. (Make certain you buy tickets for the Forbidden City and not access to the gate.) Exploring the sprawling Forbidden City can take awhile and afterwards your feet will surely want a break. Head back east to the Wangfujing area and check out the bizarre delicacies available at DongHuaMen night market. (It is open at lunch as well.) If nothing there appeals to you, fill up on Peking duck at the Quanjude Wangfujing branch. Now you're nearly back at the Hyatt where you can rent bikes for the rest of the afternoon. (No shame in a cab if you're really tired.) With a good map in hand, trek over to the Lama Temple and then peddle through Beijing's hutongs to Nanluoguxiang shopping street. Pick up a few souvenirs or recharge with a coffee at one of the many cafes. Exiting Nanluoguxiang to the south, you will be at the north entrance of Beihai Park or just to the east of Houhai Lake district. Either makes for an enjoyable stroll at dusk. If you want to stick around to see the lights come up over Houhai, try the Yunnan cuisine at South Silk Road (just past Starbucks) and grab a drink just across the lake at East Shore Jazz. If you're looking for something more upscale, head back to the hotel, spruce up a bit and then dine in style at the Courtyard. Book ahead for a table with the best views of the Forbidden City. On the walk home, pop into RBL for a cocktail.


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Stroll on Chang An Avenue

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Chang An Avenue
100004 Beijing, China

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tel: +86 10 8119 1011


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Tiananmen Square

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Chang An Avenue
Dong Cheng District
100006 Beijing, China

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Mao Ze Dong Mausoleum

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Tiananmen Square
Chongmen District
100006 Beijing, China

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tel: +86 10 6513 2277


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ZhengYangMen Gate

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Southern end of Tiananmen Square
Xuanwu District
100006 Beijing, China

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


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Tiananmen Gate

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North end of Tiananmen Square
Dongcheng District
100006 Beijing, China

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tel: +86 10 6512 3043
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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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Wang Fu Jing Shopping Area

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100005 ,

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Dong Hua Men Night Market

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Xing Dong An Plaza
off Wangfujing Daije
100005 Beijing, China

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tel: +86 10 8119 1011


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Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant

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32 Qianmen Avenue
100051 Beijing, China

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tel: 86 10 6701 1379


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Yonghe Gong (Lama Temple)

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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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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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Bei Hai Gongyuan (Beihai Park)

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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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South Silk Road

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19 Lotus Lane
Beijing, China

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tel: 86 10 6615 5515


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East Shore Live Jazz Café

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2/F, 2 Qianhai Nanyuan Lu
Eastern bank of Houhai
Beijing, China

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tel: 10 8403 2131


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The Courtyard (Siheyuan)

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Donghua Men Dajie 95
10-min. walk, on north side of street
100006 Beijing, China

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tel: 010/6526-8883
fax: +86 10 6526 8880
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RBL

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53 Dong An Men Street
Xi Pei Lou
100747 Beijing, China

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tel: 86 10 6552 1393
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Grand Hyatt Beijing

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1 East Chang An Avenue
100738 Beijing, China

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tel: +86 10 8518 1234
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