Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel(什刹海皮影文化主题酒店). Charming little 4* hotel in the midst of the Hutong alleys. You can book it here. 12 minute walk from Subway Station Beihai Bei on
line 6. They play shadow art performances on evenings and offer dumpling making lessons. Great for kids as well!
You should not visit Beijing without eating the famous Beijing Roast Duck. Da
Dong(大董烤鸭) has branches in Beijing and Shanghai and serves delicious ducks. One branch e.g. is at the Jinbao Street 88 (inside Jinbao
Mall). Subway Station Dengshikou on line 5.
For Dim Sum head to one of the Din Tai Fung branches, e.g. in the Grand Pacific
Mall. Metro Station Xidan on line 4.
A nice area for Chinese restaurants lies at Houhai – one of the pretty lakes where you can find a lot of small bars and restaurants. Kongyiji is a more upscale big restaurant which serves great
Beijing Subway runs very smooth. A one-way ticket costs between 3 and 5 kuai in the central areas. Subway Map.
Do & See:
Tiananmen Square and the
Forbidden City are
one of the top sights, that should not be missed. It is nice to have a guided tour which tells you a little about palace life.
The Summer Palace is a huge
garden and court complex. Bring some time, here are some good infos on cost and suggested routes.
The Lama Temple is worth a
visit for some Tibetan style interiors. It features an impressive 18m Buddha statue made of one single tree. Subway Station Yonghegong on line 2+5.