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Thing to do:
 - wall at mutinyahu
 - Ming vase company (or silk or other companies...)
-summer palace
-forbidden city
-tain'anmen square
-silk/pearl/ yaxiu antique markets
-Panda zoo
-Drum tower, nightly acrobatic shows,
Kong fu show,
Back lake,
Hutong area?
-Olympic park (birds nest, cube) ,
-Chairman Mao?

Only place to eat:
dinis restaurant -( chabad)
(www.kosherbeijing.com)

Places to stay;
St Regis (downtown chabad) with bowling! And Massage across the street .
Westin (chaoyang)-near chabad,
Rosemary
Shrangila, trade west town

Get around:
-car service +8613051258776
(They are unofficial but good service and prices.)
-yellowcar John <johnyellowcar@hotmail.com>
( The price will be around 1000 rmb for everything (gas,toll,parking) except ticket and food.
reocmmendtions from : www.tripadvisor.com  )

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Beijing Master Thread
« on: July 01, 2010, 06:30:44 PM »
Edit by Eli: Click here to read my trip reports on Beijing. It's chock full of info

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as for Beijing heres a good site to see it all with them in 2 days ,I did itand it was very good (i did the 1st 2 small group tours) http://sinohotelguide.com/travel/index.php

I dont think you need a guide for 2 days. 1 day is more then enough, the second day you can do yourself. I have a very good guide, if needed I will post contact details. 400 RMB for 8 hours. You decide were to go and the speed. After a day with a guide, you will want to spend some time without.

If you are not major into history and care about every little detail, then you can see Beijing in a day. (we got up 8 am) Use the second day to go to mutaniyu part of the wall. Dont go to Badaling, its closer but very crowded, since its attached to public transportation. Check my tripreport on Beijing, we did it in about the same time u have
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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2010, 07:32:52 AM »
can't find an official beijing master thread,so i'm starting one,correct me if i'm wrong:)any specific must see;s?best tour guides? i've read about the chabad restaurant,dini's,sounds great! we plan on spending shbbos at the st. regis next to chabad of downtown,we are going to need a non-jew to bring my daughter in her carriage on shabbos from hotel to chabad,we plan on staying at the st.regis,seems like the hotel is afraid of sending one of their staff to walk with us,any recommendations?also,sounds like an airport pickup would be a big help? thanks and sorry if i missed another thread,a bit new here:)
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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2010, 07:56:15 AM »
speak to the chabad rabbi. hes a nice guy and his goyta brought our baby

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2010, 10:36:16 AM »
the rabbi isn't there currently,seems they have a replacement,no luck getting thru yet,i'll try,thanks!

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2010, 10:37:19 AM »
Edit by Eli: Click here to read my trip reports on Beijing. It's chock full of info

I dont think you need a guide for 2 days. 1 day is more then enough, the second day you can do yourself. I have a very good guide, if needed I will post contact details. 400 RMB for 8 hours. You decide were to go and the speed. After a day with a guide, you will want to spend some time without.

If you are not major into history and care about every little detail, then you can see Beijing in a day. (we got up 8 am) Use the second day to go to mutaniyu part of the wall. Dont go to Badaling, its closer but very crowded, since its attached to public transportation. Check my tripreport on Beijing, we did it in about the same time u have
          do you have the contact info for your tour guide?

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2010, 10:38:49 AM »
Edit by Eli: Click here to read my trip reports on Beijing. It's chock full of info

I dont think you need a guide for 2 days. 1 day is more then enough, the second day you can do yourself. I have a very good guide, if needed I will post contact details. 400 RMB for 8 hours. You decide were to go and the speed. After a day with a guide, you will want to spend some time without.

If you are not major into history and care about every little detail, then you can see Beijing in a day. (we got up 8 am) Use the second day to go to mutaniyu part of the wall. Dont go to Badaling, its closer but very crowded, since its attached to public transportation. Check my tripreport on Beijing, we did it in about the same time u have
we also have a one year old,so that should slow us down a bit,although me and my wife like moving quick!

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Beijing, China Master Thread
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2011, 06:35:47 AM »
I'm going to be in Beijing for 3 days and would appreciate some help/thoughts on what to do and see. Only really able to use 2 being one is Shabbos.

From what I've seen, the most famous and must-dos are:
-Great Wall
-Forbidden City
-Summer Palace
-Tian'anmen Square
-Temple of Heaven (are you allowed to go in al pi halacha?)
-Silk, Pearl and Yaxiu Markets (all or one?)

Any other suggestions or would you take out one (or more) of the above?

As far as hotels go, looks like it will be the Westin on C&P. Right near Chabad an added bonus.

There's also Terra Cotta Warriors in Xian but I think it might be too far to fit in...
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Re: Beijing, China Master Thread
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2011, 07:16:42 PM »
i dont think you can go to temple of heaven. i completely skipped it to the dismay of my tour guide. i would also recommend seeing the pandas at the zoo.
being that you only have a friday and a sunday, you should absolutely forget about xi'an

oh, and i also checked out chairman mao

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Re: Beijing, China Master Thread
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2011, 07:20:03 PM »
i dont think you can go to temple of heaven. i completely skipped it to the dismay of my tour guide. i would also recommend seeing the pandas at the zoo.
being that you only have a friday and a sunday, you should absolutely forget about xi'an

oh, and i also checked out chairman mao
Figured as much.

Do you recommend a tour guide and/or driver?

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Re: Beijing, China Master Thread
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2011, 07:33:47 PM »
i do recommend and i can give you a good one.
especally with the limited time, you dont want to waste it trying to figure out which thing the book is referring to

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Re: Beijing, China Master Thread
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2011, 07:36:55 PM »
i also recommend watching a performance at the drum tower
also the nightly acrobat shows were amazing

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2012, 02:51:31 PM »
Anyone have any suggestions for a one day itinerary arriving early morning (6:30am) leaving 9:00pm... We want to see some part of the wall, and I guess 2-3 of the main sites tiananmen square, forbidden city ?! any other suggestions?  Must sees/dos?

I was offered a reliable driver for 1000 RMB pick up and drop off from airport including all stops is that decent?

We would like to visit a market or two and get some eats at Dini's.. Any help greatly appreciated.

(we're not interested in long and boring historical tours...)


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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2012, 07:05:52 AM »
For the driver, 1000 isn't bad but its not the cheapest. I think I paid 700-800 for a full day (8am-9pm).

I would do the wall in the morning as it will be less crowded. As mentioned Badaling is the most visited so you may want to avoid it.
Mutianyu is much less crowded and a nice stretch. (Wear comfy shoes, its quite the hike)

Tiananmen Square is just a massive square, nothing much to do except walk around.

Forbidden City is just across the road from the square.
I found it very interesting but some do find it just more of the same thing (it kind of is. Amazing how many rooms can be used
for one persons needs)

Summer Palace was also nice. Its a bit of a drive IIRC but you can probably do it in the early afternoon.

Olympic Park is cool, even just for a pic with the Birds Nest Stadium and the Cube swimming center if that interests you. But probably not something id do if pressed for time.

There are tons of markets. Don't think you'll get to the night one. Silk Market is great for real fakes. There's also the Pearl market and the antique market amongst others.

Kung Fu show was incredible but with leaving at 8, don't think you'll make it.

Dini's is good food and the Rabbi and Rebbetzin are really nice!
If you're so inclined, you can go for shachris and have breakfast there afterwards.

Just leave time for things as in the city there can be traffic. I'm sure the driver can help you with that.

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2012, 09:28:23 AM »
Tiananmen Square is just a massive square, nothing much to do except walk around
you can visit chairmen mao there as well
Kung Fu show was incredible but with leaving at 8, don't think you'll make it.
i think 'incredible' is pushing it.

you can also visit the zoo to see the giant pandas, and i also enjoyed a drumming performance at the drum tower

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2012, 10:16:19 AM »
you can visit chairmen mao there as welli think 'incredible' is pushing it.

you can also visit the zoo to see the giant pandas, and i also enjoyed a drumming performance at the drum tower
Right, I forgot I did that as well.

You can also walk around the old streets of the village near the drum tower as well.

How much you can do in a day really depends on how fast you move and how long you spend in each place.