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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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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #285 on: December 13, 2017, 06:25:26 PM »
I booked a China trip during the aswsosme Air Canada price mistake! Going with the wife and kid. Looking for a reliable and “safe” driver to take us to Great Wall, anyone have contact info?
I looked up thread but didn’t see the info posted

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #286 on: December 13, 2017, 06:34:32 PM »
I booked a China trip during the aswsosme Air Canada price mistake! Going with the wife and kid. Looking for a reliable and “safe” driver to take us to Great Wall, anyone have contact info?
I looked up thread but didn’t see the info posted
See here.

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #287 on: December 14, 2017, 10:56:55 AM »
I booked a China trip during the aswsosme Air Canada price mistake! Going with the wife and kid. Looking for a reliable and “safe” driver to take us to Great Wall, anyone have contact info?
I looked up thread but didn’t see the info posted
Google "Chabad Beijing" and contact Rabbi or Rebbitzen Shimon and Dini Freundlich for tour guide/driver advice, as well as kosher food arrangements.   

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #288 on: December 14, 2017, 11:42:05 AM »
Google "Chabad Beijing" and contact Rabbi or Rebbitzen Shimon and Dini Freundlich for tour guide/driver advice, as well as kosher food arrangements.   
But keep in mind it's not hard at all to do it yourself.

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #289 on: December 14, 2017, 01:15:03 PM »
looking to stop in bejing from 5am till the following day 11am just had some Qs
1-how do the visas work do i need to apply for a visa or can i get one in the airport?
2-recommended driver/guide?
3-recommended must do attractions?
THANKS IN ADVANCE!!

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #290 on: December 14, 2017, 01:23:38 PM »
looking to stop in bejing from 5am till the following day 11am just had some Qs
1-how do the visas work do i need to apply for a visa or can i get one in the airport?
2-recommended driver/guide?
3-recommended must do attractions?
THANKS IN ADVANCE!!
Did you read up-thread at all, even a few posts? You don't need a visa assuming you're transitting. If you're flying back to the country you came from you need a visa. See here for guides and attractions.

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #291 on: December 14, 2017, 01:46:34 PM »
Thanx! Im doing ewr-cnx-pek-ewr ...does that mean i wont need a visa?

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #292 on: December 14, 2017, 01:54:59 PM »
Thanx! Im doing ewr-cnx-pek-ewr ...does that mean i wont need a visa?
Correct.

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #293 on: December 25, 2017, 01:29:31 PM »
Hi, I'm finalizing our upcoming Beijing itinerary for travel in a few weeks and would appreciate general feedback and responses to specific questions below.

Constraints:
1. Arriving Sunday evening; departing Wednesday afternoon (~70 hours).
2. Need to daven w/kahal Monday ma'ariv and Tuesday shacharit (yahrtzeit; Rabbi Freundlich said mincha not an option. :()
3. Forbidden City is not open on Mondays.

Tentative Touring Itinerary (Days 1 and 2 with China Highlights Tour Company -- thanks, @Yehoshua -- Day 3 on our own):
Day 1. Monday: Summer Palace, The Mutianyu Great Wall (return by ma'ariv)
Day 2. Tuesday: (after shacharit) The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Jingshan Park (Coal Hill), Hutong Tour in Dongcheng District, The Southern Gong and Drum Lane(Nanluoguxiang), Houhai
Day 3. Wednesday: Temple of Heaven, Lama Temple, Beijing Olympic Stadiums (exterior visit only); return to PEK by 4:30PM for 6:45PM flight.

Questions:
1. Thinking about adding Ming Dynasty Tombs to Day 1... is it worthwhile?
2. Presume it would be wise to have tour guide for Day 2, as currently planned. We are packing in a lot of places, so might be efficient to have guide/driver. Agree?
3. Any reason to think that we would need a guide for Day 3?

Thanks in advance for your responses and general feedback.


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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #294 on: December 25, 2017, 02:49:31 PM »
Not going to visit any of the markets?

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #295 on: December 25, 2017, 03:45:25 PM »

Tentative Touring Itinerary (Days 1 and 2 with China Highlights Tour Company -- thanks, @Yehoshua -- Day 3 on our own):
Day 1. Monday: Summer Palace, The Mutianyu Great Wall (return by ma'ariv)
Day 2. Tuesday: (after shacharit) The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Jingshan Park (Coal Hill), Hutong Tour in Dongcheng District, The Southern Gong and Drum Lane(Nanluoguxiang), Houhai
Day 3. Wednesday: Temple of Heaven, Lama Temple, Beijing Olympic Stadiums (exterior visit only); return to PEK by 4:30PM for 6:45PM flight.

Questions:
1. Thinking about adding Ming Dynasty Tombs to Day 1... is it worthwhile?
2. Presume it would be wise to have tour guide for Day 2, as currently planned. We are packing in a lot of places, so might be efficient to have guide/driver. Agree?
3. Any reason to think that we would need a guide for Day 3?

Answers:
1. I don't know, as I did not visit the Ming Dynasty Tombs, but be mindful of Beijing traffic delays generally as you have a deadline to return for Maariv.
2. Absolutely Yes. You should have someone who knows his way around to most efficiently get to, in and out of, all those sites, and they will be much more meaningful with narration.
3. I would skip the Avoda Zora and, as Moish suggests, visit the markets. In my view Silk Market is best; don't forget to bargain. If you're traveling with your wife, she will will love it. And this you can do without a tour guide. 

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #296 on: December 25, 2017, 03:57:10 PM »
Answers:
1. I don't know, as I did not visit the Ming Dynasty Tombs, but be mindful of Beijing traffic delays generally as you have a deadline to return for Maariv.
2. Absolutely Yes. You should have someone who knows his way around to most efficiently get to, in and out of, all those sites, and they will be much more meaningful with narration.
3. I would skip the Avoda Zora and, as Moish suggests, visit the markets. In my view Silk Market is best; don't forget to bargain. If you're traveling with your wife, she will will love it. And this you can do without a tour guide.
Not going to visit any of the markets?

Thank you both.  We will incorporate Silk Market on Wednesday.  Will be cautious about the avodah zarah.


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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #297 on: January 01, 2018, 09:40:17 AM »
I am planning a trip to Beijing and was wondering if anyone can comment on the Nuo Hotel, apparently a 5 star with a 10 minute walk to Dini's/Chabad current location.
Post-trip answer to my own question:
Beautifully modern, luxury hotel. 10 minute walk to Chabad Beijing, the hotel is Shabbos friendly, shutting off automatic lights, that would otherwise go on in the room, before Shabbos, and taking guests up to their rooms with master key card. I recommend a deluxe corner room with park view. Chabad/Dini's   delivered breakfast and take along lunches for us every morning. 

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #298 on: January 01, 2018, 08:28:11 PM »
"China on Thursday extended its visa-free period for people transiting through Beijing to 144 hours"
that's 6 days for visa-free transit

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Re: Beijing Master Thread
« Reply #299 on: January 07, 2018, 09:37:55 PM »
Post-trip answer to my own question:
Beautifully modern, luxury hotel. 10 minute walk to Chabad Beijing, the hotel is Shabbos friendly, shutting off automatic lights, that would otherwise go on in the room, before Shabbos, and taking guests up to their rooms with master key card. I recommend a deluxe corner room with park view. Chabad/Dini's   delivered breakfast and take along lunches for us every morning.
Great! @DTM, Can you tell us more about your meals at Dini's?
We'll be staying at the Fairmont soon, and they said they contacted Dini's and Dini's said they couldn't provide breakfast.