visit the Imperial Palace, the...
visit the Imperial Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall at either Badaling, Mutianyu (or Simatai, which is the farthest away from downtown but the most beautiful and exciting of Great Walls), the Ming Tombs, the Underground City, Tiananmen Square, Chairman Mao's Mausoleum, the Great Hall of the People, the Summer Palace, Beihai Park, try out Peking Ducks and Hotpots, pay a visit to the nearby city of Tianjin the people, the food, the hotels....
Now is time to use your imagination:
When the "river" of people flowing across the Forbidden City arrives to a place where, touching a small screen promises "good fortune" what happens?
During the very cold winters in Beijing the small channels, lakes and rivers are covered with a thick layer of ice. Then people use the ice for skating and other activities. Only the dust and sand brought by the cold winds from Gobi Desert can stop this fun.
Back Alley--Great Shopping!
There are dozens of local shops in an alley directly north of Wanfujing. (Behind the store with the huge video screen.) Silk, Coisseme (spelling?), pottery...lots of typical Chinese crafts. GREAT deals if you know how to bargain. (Pay up to 1/5th of asking price.) Silk, art, pottery. Also, this area appeared to have very good looking street food. It appeared more safe to eat than other less frequented Beijing street vending areas. 20% of what they ask. Very cheap deals are available. For example, I bought 5 nice Coisomme pens for 25 quai.
San Li Tun, Gong Ti, Hu Guang...
San Li Tun, Gong Ti, Hu Guang Hui Guan
Sanlitun is where you can go clubbing and dancing.
If you wanna take a listen to Peking Opera, then you can go to Hu Guang Hui Guan and also Chang An Xi Yuan