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3 days in Beijing

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3 days in Beijing

Hi,

We are 4 young people that arrives to Beijing early in the morning, and will be staying for 3 whole days in Inner Mongolia Grand Hotel Wangfujing.

1. What I can see is that, we can walk to these, am i correct ?

- Tiananmen Square

- The Forbidden City

- Temple of Heaven

2. Can The Great Wall + Ming Tombs + Summer Palace, be seen on 1 day or is it not enough time ??

3. Is there anything we should see, thats must-see in Beijing ??

Thanks in advance

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1. Re: 3 days in Beijing

1. Not really. In theory maybe but the Temple of Heaven is rather far. Better use the subway.

2. Depends on which section of the Wall. No point going to the Ming Tombs.

3. Many. Five days are usually recommended for Beijing so you can imagine that the basic list is much longer.

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2. Re: 3 days in Beijing

just came back from Beijing,spent two nights there,very close to where you are staying.Tiananmen sq and Forbidden city,5 mins walk,make sure you get there early,after 8 am starts to get busy.You can walk to the Hutongs,basically these are being torn down and in a few years will no longer exist(how the poor live).But beware the Rickshaws,they want 120 yuan to take you round for 30 mins,do it yourself.Gt Wall at Mutyianu is a must,especially the toboggan ride down,enjoy.

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3. Re: 3 days in Beijing

Hutongs will remain for years to come. Many have the equivalent of preservation orders, though many buildings will be rebuilt. Mostly, these areas occupy highly desirable land and any poor people will be very well compensated if their homes are subject to compulsory purchase. This has happened recently around the Drum and Bell Tower. However, even the insane amounts of money involved do not necessarily mean that those people have any chance of buying anything nearby.

OP, read through Things to Do. Your time is limited and you'll need to be choosy. Don't waste it on dross like the Ming Tombs.

Edited: 06 May 2014, 01:33
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4. Re: 3 days in Beijing

Hi calling all the experts,

We are a family of 5 (parents in their 50s + 3 young adults) and will also arrive Beijing early in the morning, also staying for 3 whole days in Inner Mongolia Grand Hotel Wangfujing.

Pls advise if the folg is doable :

Day 1

Upon arrival, check in hotel. Then walk to

- Tiananmen Square

- The Forbidden City : Is there any guide at the entrance whom we can engage for a few hours explaining the history of this place? How much do they usually charge?

- Temple of Heaven : which subway should we alike at this temple of heaven from tiananmen square?? how far is it?

- Bird nest and water cube: pls guide how do we travel (subway) from Temple of Heaven to these 2 places?

Do we have time to shop at Hongqiao market??

Day 2.

Mutianyu Great Wall + Summer Palace.

Can we engage a taxi driver to these 2 places, how much usually they charge for 5 pax?

Or if we take public transport, what bus or subway should we take first to the GW then to Summer Palace from our hotel? Can this be done in a day and shopping in Wangfujin area in the evening?

Day 3

walk around Jingshan Park and can we shop at Hongqiao market after that?

We have to leave for Xian @3pm, so can we cover these places?

Appreciate your advise to all above places for our 3 days in Beijing.

Thanks in advance.

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5. Re: 3 days in Beijing

The above first day is impossible. Limit yourself to T. Sq. - FC and maybe Jingshan after. Bird's Nest optional in the evening.

Day 2 cannot be done by public transport. Pre-arrange a private driver.

ToH and Hongqiao go on day 3.

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6. Re: 3 days in Beijing

Ok, what about this?

Day 1:

Walking to Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City.

Subway to Temple of Heaven.

Day 2:

Private Tour to Olympic Stadium, The Jade Carving Factory, Mutianyu Great Wall and Dingling Tombs.

Which order is the best ??

Day 3.

Summer Palace

Thanks in advance

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7. Re: 3 days in Beijing

Thanks, is there any guide outside forbidden city whom we can engage to explain the history of this wonderful place? Cost?

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8. Re: 3 days in Beijing

Thanks, is there any guide outside forbidden city whom we can engage to explain the history of this wonderful place? Cost?

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9. Re: 3 days in Beijing

traxstar - no. See my reply #5 to the hijacker. Only Mutianyu is a must-see on your day 2, tombs and factories shouldn't be figuring at all in your plans.

Felicia - next time I suggest you start your own thread in order to avoid confusion. You can rent audio guides for about 40rmb inside. Outside there will be services offered by guides, probably minimum 100-200rmb depending on time needed. You shouldn't have to pay anyone else's entrance fees but your own.

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10. Re: 3 days in Beijing

Traxstar -

The various tomb locations are never a biggie on anyones must see list. Some tour groups tend to add the Ming Tombs to pad out their tour as they are near the Badaling section of the Great Wall & can be easily added in for group tours. Please dont waste your precious & limited time.

The better option for you would be to visit the Mutianyu section of the wall and omit tombs and tourist factories.

Here is a suggested 3 day itinerary for Beijing & will give an an idea of what goes with what over 3 days. tripadvisor.com.au/Guide-g294212-l106-Beijin…

Beijing is best seen if you can spare 5 full days or more but the 3 day itinerary will show the highlights & what you can reasonably fit in.

The last 3 places ( Back Lakes / Hou Hai, Nanluoguxiang & Qianmen) on each of the days can also be visited in the evening as they are vibrant and you can also grab a bite to eat. Hou Hai & Nanluoguxiang are also known for their bars if you want to add a bit of night life ;-).

Walking distance from the Inner Mongolian Grand Hotel is about 2.5 km to Tiananmen & the Forbidden City. Or your closest subway stop is Dongdan on lines 1 &5. You can get line one & get off at either Tiananmen East or West and be there in 5 muinutes for the cost of RMB2.

As Dongdan is also line 5 you can get the subway, with out changing lines to the Temple Of Heaven - Tiantandongmen stop in 7 minutes for RMB2.

Annie