Beijing - Post Report Question and Answers

What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?

The Great Wall of China is not far, and there is a hiking group that regularly goes on excursions. Inside the city you can explore the hutongs and various markets. There's a great artist community not far from the embassy neighborhood, and some really world-class restaurants. They're expensive, but amazing. Many spas as well - you can get massages, mani/pedis, and very nice haircuts. - Nov 2021

There are world-class parks in Beijing. With the air getting clearer by the day places like Chaoyang park are really fabulous and within walking distance. - Nov 2020

So many great ideas and places to visit, but beware - don't travel on Chinese holidays! - May 2020

Go to the Beijinger and you will find more things than you can imagine after you have seen the typical landmarks. - Oct 2017

Great bars in Sanlitun, fantastic hiking in the Jinshanling/Gubeikou sections of the Great Wall, amazing holes in the wall in the hutongs, best duck ever at Li Qun. - Dec 2015

We don't get out THAT much... it is just such a pain with the traffic. Haven't visited all of the popular sites yet, so not sure about the hidden ones. - Apr 2015

There are tons of shopping opportunities so if you like that, you'll have a good time. But, you must bargain hard and there are lots and lots of knocked-off products. Imported goods are better quality. China made products have even lower quality than those exported to the U.S. and that's really bad. I bought 3 pairs of shoes and within 2-6 months later, I threw them out for one reason or another. - Aug 2014

Take a stroll or bike ride through the city's hutong areas where you can see vestiges of the old city remaining. Drive outside the city to some of the lesser known sections of the wall and to some beautiful national parks like Longqing Gorge. Definitely ice chair skate on the city's frozen lakes in the winter months. - Jul 2014

The Great Wall is a day trip. There are lovely parks. Hutongs fulls of hipster shops and restaurants. - Jun 2013

Visiting any of the historic/cultural sites: palaces, temples, the Great Wall. Shopping at the Dirt Market. - Aug 2011

Get lost in the old city - Apr 2011

Great Wall, 798 Art Zone, the Summer Palace, Beijing's many parks, the Forbidden City (which is worth seeing once or twice), Zhongguancun Electronics City, and ... honestly, my favorite thing to do here is to take the subway somewhere I have never been and just wander around. There is as much diversity to the neighborhoods here as there is in New York. It's a really incredible place and you'll never get bored if you have a sense of adventure. - Jan 2011

Shop. Hike. Walk the Wall. Go out to eat. - Apr 2010

Hiking in the mountains, visiting temples etc. - Jan 2010

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