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Private Custom City Sightseeing and Shopping Tour of Beijing
"The tour starts with a pick up from your hotel in Beijing. Your exact itinerary is flexible so you can customize your tour based on your preferences. If there’s something you want to see more or less of simply let your guide know. Your professional guide will make all the sites you want to go in order as long as time allows and make an ideal itinerary for you.The city sites you can choose include:Tian'anmen square and Forbidden City --recomm please add the sites in the 'Special requirement' box when you make the booking. After the historical sightseeing you will have a Chinese lunch in a local restaurant. Then you will start your exciting shopping tour in the afternoon. When making your booking please provide your shopping interests in the 'Special requirement' box. Your guide will recommend the right s your guide and private vehicle will drop you off at your hotel or site you want to go in the city."""
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Private Tour: Panda House Visit And Cruise To The Summer Palace With Imperial Dinner
"Meet your guide in your hotel lobby around noon time (12:30pm) and head to the Panda House of the Beijing Zoo to visit the lovely pandas. Next take a short drive to the Imperial Dock in the Purple Bamboo Park. Take a scenic 40-minute cruise from Zizhuyuan Park to the South Gate of the Summer Palace on a boat that was once used exclusively by the Qing Emperors and Empress Dowager Cixi. Pass many including the working and living quarters of the emperor; the Long Corridor the longest covered walkway in the world with 14000 exquisitely painted pictures; Longevity Hill the best place to have a panoramic view of the Summer Palace; Marble Boat the iconic building of the Summer Palace which used to represent the stability and eternity of the Qing Dynasty; and Suzhou Street
From $118.00
 
Beijing Private Culture Experience With Lunch Inclusive
"Temple of HeavenPick up at 8:30am from your hotel to visit the Temple of Heaven where the Ming and Qing emperors performed their ritual ceremonies. The best time to visit it is in the morning to see the local seniors exercising practicing Tai Chi playing Shuttlecock doing ground calligraphy as well as singing and dancing.Liulichang StreetYou can visit Liulichang Culture Street which is known throughout China and the world for its ancient books calligraphy paintings brushes
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Walking Tips (6)

Walk and walk

Beijing is a flat city. So if you have a good physical condition, choose a hotel in the city center and go around walking. Is the best way of know a city. Sometimes we used the subway, but I didn´t felt a need of use bus tours (except to go to Great Wall).

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sanluipal
Jul 25, 2010

Pedestrians do not have the right-of-way

Walking in Beijing has its pluses and its minuses. I definitely recommend walking to and from some places, depending on where you are. The buses can be difficult if you don't speak Mandarin/Chinese. The subway is easy, convenient, and cheap, but it does not go every where, so you will have to do a little walking even if you do take the subway. Taxis can get expensive.
The pluses of walking is that it is free, a good form of exercise, and it gets you exactly to where you want to be. It will also give you an opportunity to see Beijing instead of being in the subway or in a crowded bus, not sitting next to a window.
The drawbacks of walking are the air is not that great in Beijing. You could get lost if you don't know how to read a map. The biggest draw back is that pedestrians do not have the right of way. Even if there is a green light for walkers, cars still drive. Cars don't stop for anyone, even wheelchairs. It is pretty crazy to see.
But there is method to the drivers madness and in the entire time I was in Beijing, I never saw an accident with a pedestrian. The best advice I can give is to be confident and just go when the green light tells you to.

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SJTravel
Oct 18, 2009

Walking

Walking is a great way to get a feel of a new city, so feel free to take to the streets and wander. I felt extremely safe as a single female walking at night. Be aware that Beijing is a huge city and the city blocks are deceptivel large so bring some water and have a walk around!

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nattybabe
Jun 05, 2007

Walking around central Beijing

Central Beijing is a flat city - no hills or mountains etc so I did a lot of walking around Beijing. It is a safe place to walk even at night. Just be careful not to walk in front of people on their bikes. But be warned things that look close on a map arent necessarily as close as you think. But it is good exercise & I was a lot fitter afterwards.

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Dec 20, 2006
 
 
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Walking in China

Everywhere we went in China, our tour guides were terribly concerned about our walking the city streets due to the crazy traffic. They all inevitably said the only way to cross streets was to find a local and cross with them.

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Jun 12, 2004

It's been my experience that...

It's been my experience that walking is the fastest form of transportation in Beijing, at least for short-intermediate distance anyway. The traffic hasn't moved since the Ming Dynasty and the 'subway' doesn't take you to a whole lot of places.

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Beihai Park

a tibetan Buddhist stupa in the Tibetan buddhist temple in Qiuongha Island in Behai Park called the Dagoba by Tibetans and Bai Tai by Han Chinese, built by Qing Emperor Shunzhi in 1751, made the Behai...
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Church of the Saviour - North Church - XiShiKu Church

Not too sure about the spelling there, but it should come out to something like that. This church, a little bit west of Beihai Park, is one of the most beautiful in Beijing. During certain times, you...
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Jingshan Park

Jingshan Park is directly north of Forbidden Palace. Most people visit the park in early mornings and day time. However, i recommend taking some time to visit the park in the evening as well. A lot...
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Forbidden City - The Palace Museum

A very serious advice: Pay attention to every detail of the explanation done by your guide (person or book), during the visit: that way you will find out that "peace and harmony" is the dominant...
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Back Lakes - Hou Hai

Shichahai is comprised of three lakes, Qianhai, Houhai and Xihai. Situated just above Beihai Park, there are many restaurants and bars along a quiet roads that run around the lake. Along the lake you...
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Nanluoguxiang

This is the street and area to stay if you are on a budget in Beijing. I liked the street, it is located in an old area of Beijing. You have everything there, hostels at affordable prices in...
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