Welcome to Welge Travel Report's guide to the best of Beijing. WTR's Beijing map show you the location of the The Forbidden City and The Kung Fu Academy.
You'll also find the best dining in Beijing, guided by WTR's Carlota Cuisine. Fine dining in Beijing includes Quanjude and Da Dong. Then you're off to see the Great Wall.
Welge Travel Report Notables for Beijing
Getting Around in Beijing
Public Transportation in Beijing
WTR's Tony Transit says The Beijing subway is your best bet. (www.travelchinaguide.com/cityguides/beijing/transportation/subway.htm)
The Beijing Subway is a rapid transit rail network that serves the urban and suburban districts of Beijing municipality.
Taxi's - Taking a taxi is the most convenient way for newcomers to travel around a metropolis like Beijing. There are over 66,000 taxis running in every corner of the city. Most of the drivers speak some simple English, which offer western visitors a great convenience of being able to communicate with them.
People Watching in Beijing
Francoise Flaneur says The Temple of Heaven is the best choice for "PW", particularly the Circular Altar's Heart Stone noted for peace and prosperity.
Dining in Beijing
WTR's Carlota Cuisine says the best lunch in Beijng is at Quanjude and for the best dinner Carlota suggests the Temple Restaurant Beijing.
Carlota says book a cooking class at the Garden at Lama Temple - No. 14 Guenshyyuan Hutong, Yonghegong St, 86 134 2628 6012
You'll cook your meat and vegetable dumplings including creating the dough and rolling the wrappers. Beer, wine and soft drinks are included.
Nightlife/Entertainment in Beijing
Our Shauna Showtime says there is something for everyone in Beijing - movies, bars, dancing, opera and tea houses are to be found in the Hutongs. The 798 Art District offers the best Western style cafes and traditional Chinese tea shops. Sanlitun offers the best Beijing international mix of nightlife and dancing.
Shopping in Beijing
WTR's Shari Shopper says the best is Wangfujing Shopping Street followed by Qianmen St. and Xidan Commercial St.
Beverages in Beijing
Our Winnie Winesnob says these are Beijing's best Local wines :
Winnie offers the following advice on pairing wine with Chinese cuisine. "For Asian cuisine wine needs the ability to adapt to a wildly diverse array of flavors."
"Lighter bodied wines with greater acidity and lower alcohol work with most Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai food. A cool climate Pinot Noir works well because of its high tannins and high acidity. (We like a Zinfandel)
Many white wines work for the same reasons. Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio and Albarino are good choices.
Avoid highly aromatic varieties like Gewurztraminer and lightly sweet Rieslings."
Business Information for Beijing
Here is help in regard to your business in Beijing: (http://export.gov/china/)
U.S. Embassy: (http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn/) - No. 55 An Jia Lou Lu 100600, Tel: (86-10) 8531-3000, Emergency Contact Number: 8531-4000
Recognition for Beijing
We extend special thanks to the people who manage and/or own the institutions, museums and restaurants featured in our guides. In some instances we have relied on their descriptions and photos.
Beijing airport is an “oh wow”. The International entrance is breathtaking as is your journey through immigration and customs and both are very efficient.
The train to baggage and the baggage area and garage areas are back to the realities of moving large numbers of people. But, that entrance prepares the soul for flight. We were told the architect was Chinese.
Transportation: Check out this site for the subway and train guides for Beijing: (chinatouristmaps.com/china-subway-maps.html)
Lagniappe for Beijing
WTR's Ernie Exhibit provides information on special current exhibitions for our featured museums such as: Palace Museum
For almost 500 years it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government. Built between 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings is so named because it was off limits to visitors (Chinese) for 500 years.
It didn’t exist. Each Emperor who reigned there had as few as 160 concubines and as many as 3,000. The last Ming/Qing emperor and his dynasty fell in 1911.
Now to August 31, 2018 see Ge Ware Exhibition
Ge ware items from the Palace Museum collection, which make up the majority of this exhibition, there are also ceramic fragments and restored items excavated from sites in Longquan and Hangzhou in Zhejiang, as well as relics and intact pieces lent by museums such as the Shanghai Museum, the Shandong Museum, and the Capital Museum.