China 2020 – Itinerary – Beijing

Our first destination will be Beijing, the capital city of the People’s Republic of China.

Our current plan has us flying directly from Toronto to Beijing. The flight will be about thirteen and a half hours and we’re hoping to get business class seats so we’ll be able to stretch out and sleep a bit on the way over.

We will be spending a total of five days in Beijing. Our first two nights will be at the Aman Summer Palace Hotel near the Summer Palace. The hotel provides easy access to the summer palace and is a perfect location for us to start our journey. The Summer Palace dates back to about 1750 when the royal garden was first started. It is recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After two nights, we’ll move on to the center of the city of Beijing where we’ll be staying at the Park Plaza Beijing Wangfujing . While in the city, we’ll be visiting the Forbidden City, Tianamen Square, the Temple of Heaven and the Olympic Park. In addition, we’ll be traveling to visit the Great Wall at a spot that is not so heavily congested with tourists.

There are so many places to visit. As I’ve always been interested in the history of the various Chinese Dynasties, the museums will definitely be on our agenda.

The Wangfujing district, besides being centrally located, is the shopping district in Beijing. As you all know how much we both enjoy shopping, I’m guessing that during our walks we’ll be dodging people on the streets and scoping out restaurants.

Speaking of restaurants, since we enjoy Chinese cuisine, you know we’ll be seeking out a place for a delicious Peking Duck dinner. There are restaurants for just about any kind of food you would like including French, Italian, Indian and American. We’ve also been told that the markets have some great street food that we’ll need to try, though even the Herkeys will probably avoid the scorpions and other insects.

After our five days in Beijing, we’ll board the bullet train and head to Xian.

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5 Responses to China 2020 – Itinerary – Beijing

  1. Marta says:

    Oooh, still a few months to go but I’m already excited for you hehe! Hope you enjoy your visit. If you can fit it in your itinerary, I wouldn’t miss a visit to the Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing, it’s one of my favourite temples in China and very centrally located.

    For Beijing duck, I loved the Datong restaurant in Qianmen. Virginia surely knows it. And yes, skip the scorpions and that stuff, only tourists eat those haha. (Silkworm larvae, on the other hand, can be found on normal local restaurants, if you are curious).

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  2. herktrav says:

    Thanks, Marta! I’ll add the Yonghegong Lama Temple to our list of sites.

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  3. Nice plan. Enjoy yourself

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  4. Henry Lewis says:

    On your trip to the Great Wall, I’d advise avoid being coaxed into eating at numerous buffet restaurants on the way to and from. I got food poisoning from one such establishment and ended up lying on the bathroom floor of my hotel for an entire night plus I missed out on all the next day’s sights I had planned. Order entrees that are freshly cooked and I’d also avoid street food. Others may disagree, but I lived in China and learned not to trust it. Otherwise enjoy!

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