Exploring Beijing

Beijing combines ancient history with accelerated progress, but information can be sketchy and transportation difficult, even for Chinese speakers. These two itineraries include the city’s highlights and offer advice on how to make the most of your time.

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Two Days in Beijing

Day 1

Morning

Do some morning tai chi with the locals at the Temple of Heaven, then browse the art stores on Liulichang. Stop for roast duck at Deyuan, then head into Tian’an Men Square and the Forbidden City.

Afternoon

Leave by the north gate and walk to Bei Hai Park, then over to the Drum and Bell Towers for a rickshaw ride around the hutongs ...

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