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1st time to Beijing. Places to visit after tour thanks =)

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1st time to Beijing. Places to visit after tour thanks =)

Hi all, a group of us (4paxs in late 20s) are travelling to Beijing on the beginning of July. We will be travelling with a tour agency and had extended 3 more days before returning back. We would be visiting the following places during the tour:

Tiananmen Square

Forbidden City

Zheng Yang Men Tower

Summer Palace

Blue Harbor

Nan Luo Gu Xiang

WTO Building

Great Wall

Ming Dynasty City Wall Ruin Park

Wang Fujin Street

Donghuamen Snack Street

Temple Of Heaven

Bird Nest

Water Cube

Ya Xiu Market

We would like to find out where we can go to explore more of Beijing during the additional days that we have. We would not mind travelling out of Beijing if it isn’t too far and transportation wise is easy. Lastly what other stuff (Eg, Food and Activities) we should not miss out during our stay in Beijing.

Greatly appreciate all recommendation and feedback =)

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1. Re: 1st time to Beijing. Places to visit after tour thanks =)

How about the Great Wall?

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2. Re: 1st time to Beijing. Places to visit after tour thanks =)

Hi Jean, Thanks for the fast reply. Great Wall is already covered when we travel with the tour. Or do u mean going up great wall again via a different point ?

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3. Re: 1st time to Beijing. Places to visit after tour thanks =)

JP, OP already listed the Great Wall.

To OP, what about the Drum Tower, Lama Temple and the Temple of Heaven?

Edited: 28 May 2012, 21:23
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Long list, I missed that. TSS, Temple ofHeaven is also listed.

That leaves the Lama Temple, Houhai area, Qianmen and Dashilar, Luilichang and the National Museum.

There 2-3 places on your list that I never heard of, Blue Harbour being one.

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I have never heard of that one either. I googled it and apparently it's some kind of high rise, maybe a shopping center?

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Tianjing or Hebei Yi xian si nice place all the Qing Dyanasty emperors tomb locats there and the Cixi so famous women tomb should be visited most chinese like to visit her tomb

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You could add in the Lama Temple, Drum Tower & Houhai Lakes. Lots of interesting hutongs around these areas too, with fun little shops & restaurants. All easily doable in a 1/2 day. Add in Beihai Park and explore a bit more & you have a leisurely easy full day. These places are all closish to each other.

If you want some more markets rather than the Silk Market ( Ya Xiu ) there is the Yashow Market or the Pearl Market. Yashow is more clothing & the Pearl market is similar to the Silk Market but the sales people are not as pushy & it's not as crowded.

The Xidan area of Xicheng has some great malls & shopping. 77th Street is an underground shopping mall & lots of fun. Sogo you might like for shopping too & it's close to Xidan ( subway stop Xuanwumen). It's open till about 10pm & it has restaurants & cafes so it makes it good for grabbing something to eat & then late night shopping.

Ghost Street ( Dongzhimennei Dajie) between Beixinqiao subway on line 5 and Dongzhimenh on line 2 is a great restaurant street. Heaps of different styles in nice settings.

Also try a Hot Pot like Hai Di Lao in Wangfujing ( lots of other branches as well). The Hot Pot is excellent & they also do hand pulled noodles at your table.

If you want to do a day trip outside the city there are various. Jinshanling section of the great wall for some hiking. Shidu for a natural scenic area. Cuandixia for an old village set into the hills of Beijing.

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8. Re: 1st time to Beijing. Places to visit after tour thanks =)

Whether you plan to have a hutong tour or not? It is the experience of the local lifestyle.

Other attr4actions for a depth Beijing tour can be

Confucius Temple

Prince Gong's Palace

Drum Tower

Houhai West Street

Tobacco Pipe Lean Street

Shichahai

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Ya Xiu and Yashow are the same market, just different names (English vs Chinese). It is already on your list. I would not go to the Pearl Market, pretty similar or Silk Market, rather annoying. If you want more shopping go to the places suggested by Annie.

What is the WTO building?

Edited: 29 May 2012, 14:32
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Can't believe I did that - Having not a good Tuesday :-( For Silk Market meant to write Xiushui. Good news, when you play Chinese scrabble the Q,Y,X,U,S come in handy.....

Haven't heard of WTO Buiding either. Or Blue Harbour.