We have a three-day first visit to Beijing beginning next week. Because of the season and holiday and our ages (50-70) I have drafted this itinerary.,
I would appreciate suggestions on the itinerary and restaurants.
Day 0 Arrive 9:30 pm, check into Hilton Hotel Wangfujing
day 1 Saturday, February 13
CAR SERVICE: (pick up at Hilton Hotel Wangujing)
bird nest (50RMB/person) 鸟巢，水立方 and water cube(30RMB/person)
Afternoon--Great wall mu tian yu section ( 40RMB/person) 慕田峪长城 Mutianyu Pass. The ski lift up and toboggan down?
Do not want to hike, just scenery and photo op
Maybe shopping in Wangfujing area near hotel
Traditional Beijing Duck dinner for nephews birthday. Is Da Dong Wangfujing walkable from the Hilton Wangfujing or will taxis be difficult
on New Years Eve? How to make reservations?
watch the fireworks in the Chinese New Year Eve---where?
day 2 Sunday, February 14
ON OUR OWN: (Holiday)
Tian an men square ( free of charge) flag raising ceremony at dawn & circle Mao’s Tomb
Forbidden city ( 60RMB/person) walk through only for photo ops, or audio tour 故宫
Lunch--Noodle Loft or Old Beijing Noodle King? Other?
Confucius Temple/Lama temple ( 25RMB/person) 雍和宫
Maybe fairs in Beijing during Spring festival to see folk performances
(stores are closed)
Wangfujing pedestrian street, Suggestions for dinner?
day 3 Monday, February 15
WITH GUIDE--400RMB/day (9hours ) (no extra fee), transportation by taxi
Temple of heaven ( 35RMB/person) early morning exercises? 天坛
(or is this the best day for noodles?)
Summer palace (60RMB/person) 颐和园
Drum & Bell Towers -drop or drive by? Or move this to day 1?
Beijing zoo (20RMB/person) for pandas only
Hutong old alley way tour (free of charge)(you can experience the local old Beijinger's culture)
dinner at Ghost Street (Gui Jie)
Possible acrobatics show
day 4 Tuesday, February 16
ON OUR OWN: (short day)
Panjiayuan market (go as early in the morning as possible),
Our flight departs at 1:30 pm, leave for airport at 11:00??
I think some of this is rushed but I am not certain where to make changes and would appreciate your suggestions.