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Would love your help on layover hotel and itinerary

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Would love your help on layover hotel and itinerary

Another layover question - apologies in advance.

We are arriving at 6:20pm on 10/4, departing at 2:05pm on 10/5 (following day). 19hr layover.

1) Is there time to see Great Wall and FC in the morning and make it to airport on time? Not sure what traffic patterns are like.

2) Also any suggestions for what to do the first night? Figures we won't leave airport till 730/8pm. Would have loved to see some of the sights but it is likely too late.

3) Where would you suggest I get a hotel? specific recommendation?

Thanks so much!

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1. Re: Would love your help on layover hotel and itinerary

No you don't really have time for both. You need to be back at the airport by maybe 11:30. I would pick one of the two.

If you stay by the airport, you can go to the Mutianyu section of the wall, which is about an hour away, and be there when it opens, walk around for a of hours then go back to the airport. You can arrange for a car and driver to be with you that way to save time.

If you want to do the FC you can stay in Beijing at almost any hotel. Wangfujing area is popular for tourists. Then you could walk around in the evening on your arrival night. The next day leave bags at the hotel, get a car to take you to the FC, walk through, back to the hotel, and to the airport. Normally I'd say do this on public transit but with only a few hours it might be better to hire a car.

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2. Re: Would love your help on layover hotel and itinerary

Hi,

There is not enough time to see the Great Wall & the Forbidden City before your flight. So you will have to choose one or the other.

Wes032, above sums it up very well.

If you want to visit the wall go to the Mutianyu section as its on the airport side of the city. Pre arrange an English speaking driver to pick you up from your hotel and then back to the airport. You can also ask the driver to accompany you to buy tickets when you arrive. Arrive there at 8am, when the chair lifts open. Allow 2-3 hours at Mutianyu. Driver recommendations: https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Attractions-g…

Take the second enclosed Gondala style chair lift up to tower 14. You can then walk down to tower 6 and get the fun toboggan ride down of take the chair lift. There are also villages in this area & you could ask your driver for a very short scenic detour if you have time on the way there or back.

If you decide on the Forbidden City stay inner Beijing. There are places to stay close to there which might be your best option so you can walk. At the main exit of the Forbidden City the transport options are limited ( no taxis will stop for you) but there is a handy bus that will take you back to the Tiananmen Subway stops. This might be a bit daunting if its your first visit to Beijing and as you will have your eye on the clock, so get walking distance accommodation.

Look at Kapok Hotel, Days Inn, Citytel Inn, Jade Garden. These are all within a 10 - 15 minute walk to the entrance of the Forbidden City. Reviews on Trip Advisor. There is also the Emperor, a bit further than the entrance, but closer to the exit.

Annie

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3. Re: Would love your help on layover hotel and itinerary

I agree on seeing the Wall as you will lose time going into and out of the city for the FC. Also, gives you a reason to return to this amazing city for longer.

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With those dates, you are landing smack in the middle of the National Day Holiday. Forget about the Forbidden City--you won't be able to get a ticket and the crowds will be horrendous. My advice to you is NOT to get a hotel in the very central city, but get something on the northeast side of town in the Liangmaqiao, Sanyuanqiao, Sanlitun, Dongzhimen Transport Hub area. Those areas have enough dinner spots around. You could also stay out by the airport, but the good options are pricey. Prearrange a car/driver to pick you up at the hotel around 06:30 and drive you out to Mutianyu, getting there around 07:45 which is just before it opens. You've GOT to get there early to queue for a ticket and get one of the first shuttles to the wall access point/cable car. It will get crowded fairly quickly so get the bulk of your visit in before 09:30 and then get off the Wall and drive directly to airport (allow up to 1.5 hrs due to traffic). As long as you get to the airport by noon, you should be OK. Getting there by 11:30 will allow you to grab a quick lunch before you head to Immigration and Security.

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5. Re: Would love your help on layover hotel and itinerary

Thanks you guys are awesome.. appreciate the advice!

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of the area you suggested staying -Liangmaqiao, Sanyuanqiao, Sanlitun, Dongzhimen Transport Hub area which would give us the best flair/feel for the city/ any restaurant recos? trying to look for hotels - and narrow down the neighborhood. Thanks so much!

Edited: 22 September 2017, 20:43
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All of them are in modern parts of the city, but near Dongzhimen would have walking access to some more traditional neighborhoods, and also to Ghost Street (Guijie) which is lined with mostly traditional restaurants that stay open into the wee hours. Liangmaqiao and Sanyuanqiao have a lot of modern office and apartment blocks around, and Sanlitun is a shopping and restaurant/bar area popular with expats and the well-off Chinese urban class.

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8. Re: Would love your help on layover hotel and itinerary

you will have time too see one of them,depends your interests

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Thanks so much!!!

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10. Re: Would love your help on layover hotel and itinerary

The area is not just modern, it is also where you find the most expats. More international and less Chinese.

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