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Summary

This three-day itinerary for Beijing covers the city's most iconic sights, including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace. It offers a mix of cultural exploration, historical landmarks, and local experiences, making it perfect for first-time visitors.

🏯 Day 1: Exploring Beijing's Heritage

Start your journey in Beijing by visiting some of its most iconic historical sites, including the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square. Experience the rich cultural heritage and vibrant local life.

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🏯 Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven is a historic complex of religious buildings known for its stunning architecture and beautiful gardens. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a must-visit for history enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

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Tips

Get up early and eat a huge breakfast before heading towards the Temple of Heaven. Observe the local elders in the gardens leading to the temple. Don't miss the traditional music performances, dance, exercise, and the matchmaking market.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +86 10 6702 8866
🌐   Website: http://www.tiantanpark.com/
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: 1 Tiantan E Rd, Dongcheng, China, 100061
🔗   Profiles: YouTube

🏯 Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is a vast palace complex that served as the home of emperors and their households for almost 500 years. Its grandeur and historical significance make it a captivating destination for anyone interested in China's imperial history.

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Tips

Bring your passport for ticket purchase. Arrive early as there is a limit to the number of tickets sold each day. Closed on Mondays. Use the bathrooms here before you go. Explore the museums and learn about the fascinating history of this site.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +86 400 950 1925
🌐   Website: https://www.dpm.org.cn/Home.html
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: 4 Jingshan Front St, Dongcheng, Beijing, China, 100009

🏯 Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square is a large city square in the center of Beijing, known for its historical significance and as the site of important events in Chinese history. It offers a glimpse into the country's past and present.

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Tips

Have lunch in a local restaurant nearby. Read up on the 1989 protests before visiting to appreciate the historical context. Avoid discussing the protests with locals due to its sensitive nature.

Travel Information
📍   Address: China, Beijing, Dongcheng, 前门 邮政编码 - 100051

🏯 Hutongs (Old Town)

The Hutongs are traditional alleyways that offer a glimpse into old Beijing, showcasing the city's rich cultural heritage and community life. Walking through these alleyways is like stepping back in time.

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Tips

Walk through the tree-lined alleyways or hire a rickshaw if you're tired. Head towards Dashilan or the imperial hutong courtyards for a more immersive experience.

🏯 Peking Duck Restaurant

Peking Duck is a must-try dish in Beijing, known for its crispy skin and tender meat. Indulge in this culinary delight at one of the many renowned establishments in the city.

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Tips

Ask a local for recommendations on where to find the best Peking Duck and savor this iconic dish to complete your day of exploring Beijing's heritage.

Day2: Great Wall Adventure

Dedicate a full day to exploring the Great Wall of China at the Jinshanling section, known for its stunning views and fewer tourists.

Jinshanling Great Wall

A less crowded section of the Great Wall offering breathtaking views and a challenging hike.

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Tips

It's about two hours outside of the city. The hike takes 4 hours, so bring snacks and cash for vendors. Wear comfortable shoes with non-slip soles.

🏯 Day 3: Cultural and Scenic Delights

Explore the beautiful Summer Palace, visit the Lama Temple or Beijing Zoo, and end your day at the vibrant Donghuamen Night Market.

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🏯 Summer Palace

The Summer Palace, located just outside Beijing, is a vast garden complex with historical significance and breathtaking views. The palace structures and gardens offer a serene escape from the bustling city.

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Tips

Visit on a clear day for the best views. Take your time to explore the intricately designed palace structures and stroll through the picturesque gardens.

🏯 Lama Temple

The Lama Temple, the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist temple in Beijing, is a place of tranquility and spiritual significance. The ornate shrines and the opportunity to spin a Tibetan Prayer Wheel make it a must-visit for those interested in Tibetan culture.

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Tips

Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere by burning incense and taking the time to explore the intricately decorated shrines. Don't miss the chance to spin the Tibetan Prayer Wheel for a moment of reflection.

Travel Information
📞   Phone: +86 10 8419 1919
🌐   Website: http://www.yonghegong.cn/
🕒   Hours: See hours
📍   Address: 12 Yonghegong Ave, 国子监 Dongcheng, China, 100007

🏯 Donghuamen Night Market

The Donghuamen Night Market is a bustling and vibrant hub known for its eclectic street food and lively atmosphere. It offers a sensory feast with a wide variety of local delicacies and unique culinary experiences.

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Tips

Open from 4pm to 10pm, the market is a paradise for food enthusiasts. Indulge in candy-coated strawberries for a delightful treat, and if you're feeling adventurous, sample the "creatures on a stick" while enjoying the lively ambiance. Be prepared to haggle over prices for a memorable shopping experience.