"Must do's" in Beijing?

Feb 15th, 2007, 12:13 PM
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"Must do's" in Beijing?

What are the "must do's" in beijing? We have 3 full days and are hoping to make good use of them. We were thinking of spending 1 full day at the Great Wall, and staying at the Commune Kempinski hotel (any thoughts on that?). That leaves two full days around Beijing. Suggestions would be most appreciated!
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Feb 15th, 2007, 01:01 PM
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Spend some time exploring the Back Lakes area of Beijing. A lot of restaurants and bars in a lovely park-like setting. The area also includes the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower, as well as hutongs through which you can stroll for a glimpse of old Chinese life.
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Feb 15th, 2007, 03:36 PM
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It depends on what you're interests are. The commune is good for lovers of avant-garde architecture, but it's by the Badaling section of the wall, which is rebuilt and extremely touristy. If you are interested in modern architecture, I would stay at the commune. If you are interested in exploring the unspoiled wall, a better spot to stay is the Red Capital Ranch, which is a boutique hotel right on the wild wall. I believe they have a website.

Personally, with three days in Beijing, I probably wouldn't stay out by the wall... there are so many other things to do and see - Forbidden City, the back lakes, summer palace, shopping, eating. The Mutianyu section of the wall is a 1/2 day trip.
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Feb 15th, 2007, 04:42 PM
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the summer palace was by far our best visit
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Feb 15th, 2007, 05:32 PM
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Hi,Great Wall,Summer Palace,Black Lake area,Hutong tour,Summer Palace,if you stay in Beijing during Chinese New Year,dont miss the Temple fair.shopping at Silk Street or Yaxiu or Hongqiao.
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