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My Husband and I will be arriving in Beiging late Oct 30. We will be there the 31st and part of Nov 1st before we transfer to Xinging to beging a cruise. After lots of reading, I have several questions about the places we will be. I realize that our time is very short, only enough for an overview. So, I definitely want to made the most of it. We are 60, love to travel, but have never been to Asia. Here goes, hope some one can help me.
1. Beijing- we plan to go to the Great Wall first thing Sun 31st then stop at the Summer Palace on the return. I have a car reseved, but the driver will not pick us up till 8:30, so we will be there as most of the tour buses hit. I probably will not be able to walk to far from the starting point (to get awy from the crowds) due to knee problems- lots of steps and steep slops are a problem some times. After reading some of the posts I'm thinking we should start earlier, like 7 to beat some of the crowds and plan to be back in Beijing early afternoon. Can you hire a taxi for a trip to the wall AND a stop at the summer palace on the way back? Has any one done it recently? What should we expect to pay?

2. That evening we would like to go down to the Tiananmen-Qianmem area for some looking/shopping and dinner. We will be at the Swissotel which I read is over/near a subway stop. Is it safe/doable to ride the subway to that area or should we use a taxi? Any other sugestions that would get out and about in the early evening?

3. Monday we plan to go to the Forbidden City frist thing. Again is the subway an option? Is there anything else we have time for before we have be back at the hotel for the ship transfer sometime after 1?

4. The ship sails at midnight from Xinging. We should be there by 5. Has anyone sailed from there? What is the port like? Is there any thing to do/see before the ship sails?

5.The next port is Pusan. I have not been able to find out anything about the pier area. We are there for six hours. There are a couple of ship's tours, but is it possible to do anything own your own? I found information on the subway, but don't know where we will be in relation to it.

Thanks for any infomation.

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