I have a day and a half free in Beijing, at the end of a tour through China. I would like to see something that is maybe a bit 'off the beaten track'.
hmm, things you must and 'off the beaten track' might not be quite the same in Beijing. Most of the things you "must see" there are pretty big ones: The forbidden city, the great wall, the summer palace...
There's an art district called Art 798 that might interest you. http://www.798space.com/index_en.asp. over 7 years ago
I agree with Greg - these are a "must" but hardly off the beaten track.
Full day = Great Wall + Summer Palace then an opera or acrobatics etc. in the evening. Summer Palace will be a bit rushed depending on how long you spend on the wall so start out early.
Half Day = Forbidden City + Tiananmen Square (which are adjacent)
If you need to see a panda (they are in some other cities as well so try to get it done before Beijing) then replace the half day with the Beijing Zoo.
Strongly recommend hiring a car and driver so you don't lose time on transport interchanges etc. You will pay between 400 and 600 depending on whether you hire through a hotel or other agent and whether they speak English. Unless you happen to be fluent in the language and the history, an English speaking driver is invaluable and worth paying extra. We paid 600 through our hotel for a 9am pickup and 8pm return after an evening show. about 7 years ago
Tim R is on the money.
If opera or acrobatics don't interest you, head out to the Olympic precinct at night to see the stadium and water cube all lit up. about 6 years agoAnswered by Brian Boon via WorldNomads.com
I would highly recommend doing the great wall on your half day, as you can go there and be back by 3pm. Go to a place called MuTianYu for the great wall. Its not the traditional great wall place, but its beautiful, and a lot less crowded than the other place (I forget the other places name). If you are lucky, you can even walk up to the unrestored sections of the great wall so you can see what its really like.
I would skip on the art district, as it is really a pain to get there because of the lack of subways going there. It takes a taxi hire if you want to do it with any good time. Of course, you should go to the forbidden city and TianAnMen square, as they are right next to each other, but I also recommend going to the park behind the forbidden city and hiking to the top of the hill for a great view.
From there, I think that you have a few options as to what else to see, going from the Temple of Heaven (TianTan) or the Olympic Stadium or the Summer Palace. I would recommend going to the Summer Palace, personally, and spending the rest of your day there. That evening, you can go to WuDaoKou subway station, walk down the main street towards the west, until you see a club called D-76 on the left hand side of the street (its tiny) and check out some Chinese punk. Its an interesting scene, and a fun experience. I would do that over the opera or kung fu show in the evening.
Lastly, if you are really looking for "off the beaten track", you can arrange a tour that stays on the great wall overnight. I hear its amazing, but Ive yet to do it myself, although that would take all of your day and a half on its own.
As far as pandas go, you should see them in Chengdu, if you are heading through there. The city is known as the hometown for pandas, and they have the worlds biggest panda research base. about 6 years agoAnswered by Dandoval via WorldNomads.com
If shopping is your cup of tea, I suggest you visit "Beijing Loo" which is one of the largest malls/longest street I have ever seen and they have many many types of restaurants to choose from. Visit this place ay night and the lights are beautiful. over 5 years ago
Hello we need help with getting directions from beijing to shijiazhuang hebei china could you please help us out in what we do thankyou kind regards Annmarie almost 5 years agoAnswered by Annmarie via WorldNomads.com