If anyone could comment on our proposed itinerary I’d be very grateful and I have a few questions that I would love answered. We have pulled it together from the tripadvisor forum and the Lonely Planet books (restaurants mainly from this one). If any parts are a bit vague, it is because I haven’t done the detail yet and wanted to get this out for comment!
Day 1 Arrive from England about midday, so will probably be tired. Will take taxi to hotel (about 100 RMB) is this the amount per taxi, irrespective of the number of occupants? Our hotel is the Days Inn at the Forbidden City, which seems a really good location. I must get its address in Chinese though, where do you think I’d get that? I thought we’d wander to the Shopping on Wangfujing Dajie and check out a place there for dinner (any ideas?) we may have a late lunch in the fast food restaurant Zeng Kung Fu, which I think, is there. At 19:34 we’ll see the sunset in Tiananamen Square, with marching and flag coming down. Then back to see Donghuamen night market and eat.
Day2. Visit the Forbidden City (plus Jingshan Park) and the Beihai Park to see a temple. We may add other stuff to this day. Lunch unknown, dinner at Beijing Dadong Roast Duck Restaurant. Early evening go to either a Kung Fu or Acrobat show, can anyone recommend which is the best? Some reviews say that the Kung Fu show is more a story rather than involving Kung Fu displays?
Day3. Start at the Temple of Heaven then got to Tiananamen Square with I walk past the Egg building. My husband isn’t sure about queuing to see Mao – are there always big queues? Is there much benefit in climbing the Tiananamen and Qianmen gates? In the evening we want to eat at Makye Ame with its Tibetan floorshow and visit the Shard Box Store and Silk Market.
Day4. Drum and Bell Towers and Lama Temple, with the Hutongs around Nanluogu Xiang. Visiting Plastered T-shirts shop. We may have lunch at Xiao. In the evening we are going to see the Bird’s Nest Stadium and Cube all lit up and then going to Ghost Street to eat at Hua Jia Yi Yuan.
Day5. Great Wall at Mutianyu Day! Taxi. Negotiate a fixed price 400 - 500 RMB and don't need an english speaking one, get hotel to help with negotiation. Get there when it opens: 8am! How long will it take a taxi to get to great wall? If we get dropped at tower 20 and picked up at tower 6, will we have to get taxi driver to understand that, or to we walk back to tower 20 to get taxi back? What about food on that day? We will take water. I had allocated the Dali Courtyard for dinner, but my husband pointed out that I may be being very brave since you just get the set food for the day. Has anyone been there?
Day6. The Zoo to see the pandas (really early) then the Summer Palace. I think we may go by boat to the summer palace, but that might mean hanging around till 10am. What is the best other way to get there? Dinner at Baguo Buyi.
Day7. Off to train station to get bullet train to Tanggu, then taxi to the port (Xingang) 50 RMB per car flat rate (20min) Get on ship and relax till we hit our first Japanese port of call.
When we come back to get the shuttle bus to Beijing airport, looking at the website bcia.com it says shuttle from Tanggu(?) not port, is this a different one?
That is it so far. I’d greatly appreciate any answers to my questions and comments on the itinerary. Thanks.