5 DAYS IN BEIJING
Replies: 27 - Last Post: Jun 23, 2012 7:17 AM Last Post By: chrisj
Jun 18, 2012 10:24 AM
5 DAYS IN BEIJINGHi guys...
i will be in beijing for shrt trip approx 5 days end of this month could anyone suggest me places that i can visit within 5 days in beijing. tot of goin to Xian but is it doable for this shrt trip.?
Jun 18, 2012 11:03 AM
Jun 18, 2012 5:28 PM
2You can see all the major traditonal tourst sites within two days In Beijing : Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Hutong (ancient alleyway), and Bird’s Nest &Water Cube.
It is better to visit mutianyu section of wall, which takes 1.5hr drive from the city. but you 'd better go early to avoid crowds for more enjoyment. Half day should be enough to see Mutianyu, which is also much better than Badaling.
Another choice is that spend one day or two day hiking / camping on wild Great Wall, for example, one day Jiankou- Mutianyu hike or one day Jinshanling hike. Both routes are very popular and are suitable for you if your time are NOT in short suppy.
Jun 18, 2012 6:44 PM
3Beijing is a big city and offers much to see. Better save Xian for your next trip. You can check the things to do in Beijing here.
Jun 18, 2012 6:58 PM
Jun 18, 2012 8:05 PM
5You can see all the major traditonal tourst sites within two days In Beijing : Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Hutong (ancient alleyway), and Bird’s Nest &Water Cube.
2 days would only allow you around 10 minutes at each place and assume you are fluent in Mandarin to get around quickly, or have money to burn using lots of taxis. And don't mind poor quality photos at midday. In 6 days, using public trains, & buses, I saw
- Great Wall at Badaling twice (it was raining the first day I went) 1 full day + Ming Tombs enroute.
- Forbidden City (takes at least 1/2 a day to see thoroughly)
- Tiananmen Square (1 hour is enough), adjacent to the Forbidden City.
- Summer Palace (another full day)
- Tibetan Lama temple (1/2 day)
- Taoist Temple 1/2 day
- Temple of Heaven (1/2 day - 1 full day)
Bird’s Nest & Water Cube What are these? 2008 Olympics buildings? I went in 2007.
I think 5 days is manageable, but 2 days is not possible imho. There's just too much interesting stuff to see in Beijing, and it takes time to appreciate & savour it all. It really depends on the OP's personal interests & tastes, too. They might find museums boring, eg.
Anyway, the Wikitravel link gives a good overview:
Some photos I took:
Jun 18, 2012 8:44 PM
6I cannot agree with #2, visit all the major site in Beijing within 2 day is squander.
Merely Summer Palace will take you at least half a day. Temple of Heaven take another half a day. and I not yet calculate the transport and meal times.
I myself spent 9 day in Beijing still feeling missed something.
at least 5-6 day is reasonable.
Jun 19, 2012 3:45 AM
7My favourites in Beijing-
Tiananmen, Behai and Jingshan Parks, Houhai
Temple of Heaven
Great Wall Huanghua
Add a bit of shopping and eating and there is easily 5 days worth. Don't spoil your trip by trying to fit in more. If you find you like China, you will return.
Jun 19, 2012 6:24 AM
8"Bird’s Nest & Water Cube What are these? 2008 Olympics buildings? I went in 2007. "
In 2007, you could't get by subway to Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven,Bird’s Nest & Water Cube ......
Just like Damian Harper said: the author of Lonely Planet Bejing Guide, ” the city seems too large to comprehend! Beijing is a city rushing towards the future so fast…”
Jun 19, 2012 6:25 AM
Jun 19, 2012 8:10 AM
10using public trains, & buses,
Yes, I DID go by bus to the Summer Palace in 2007.
And the Bird’s Nest & Water Cube were still under construction.
In 2007, you could't get by subway to Temple of Heaven
Umm, yes you could: Found this on the Temple of Heaven dating from 2007:
"The most convenient way for getting there is taking the Subway Line 5 to the Tiantandongmen Station (this is Tiantan's East Gate). It also can be reached by buses 2, 7, 17, 20, 110, 120, 803, 814, 826 to the West Gate (天坛西门 Tiāntán Xīmén); or buses 35 and 106 to the North Gate (天坛北门 Tiāntán Běimén). Bear in mind that walking around this park will take some time. Park and historical sights (like the temple) ¥35 (¥30 in winter half year), park only ¥15 (¥10 in winter half year).""
Jun 19, 2012 8:17 AM
Jun 20, 2012 1:35 AM
12"Bird’s Nest & Water Cube What are these? 2008 Olympics buildings? I went in 2007"
Yes, I DID go by bus to the Summer Palace in 2007. And the Bird’s Nest & Water Cube were still under construction"
You claimed that you didn't know what Bird’s Nest & Water Cube are in 2007 and then you continued to say that they were still under construction in 2007. Umm, How did you know that?
Jun 20, 2012 6:52 AM
13FYI, Line 5 opened in the fall of 2007, so a visitor prior to October of that year would not have been able to use it to get to Tiantan or anywhere else on the Line. Put another way, for 9+ months of 2007, Line 5 was still in process, and for 3- months, it was open to the public. Water Cube's first public opening was a competition in January 2008; Bird's Nest, in April 2008. I should know--I was there for all of these openings. ;-)
Jun 20, 2012 8:54 AM
14You claimed that you didn't know what Bird’s Nest & Water Cube are in 2007 and then you continued to say that they were still under construction in 2007. Umm, How did you know that?
As I have never visited either "Bird’s Nest & Water Cube" and had no desire to see a partly completed structure up close, I did not visit them in 2007, but vaguely recall seeing one of them in the distance. Pre Olympics advertising like this made me aware of the Olympics, but I haven't been back to Beijing since, so I am not familiar with either name. Until reading this thread.
Tiantangdongmen is only 2 stations from Chongwengmen, which WAS open in 2007. From memory only lines 1 & 2 were open in May / June 2007? I really can't remember if part of line 5 was open or not, & if I got a taxi from Chongwengmen? But anyway, I found the Beijing subway MUCH easier to use than Shanghai & without the pushing & shoving. People actually queue in Beijing, instead of stampeding, which was great.
I just checked this image, & it was uploaded in 2009, so Jiejie is right.
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