By Jonathan Mayhew
Insiders Guide Beijing
Luxury Travel Team
If you ever find yourself in Beijing, be sure to stay out of that way streets. You’ll want to avoid the pedestrian maze to make your way around the city. I found that having a healthy dose of friendly sarcasm is the best way to navigate the city, as it’s easy to strike up a conversation with strangers. I especially learned to talk the language.
Take a trip
The most impressive places to visit are the Forbidden City and the Great Wall. Being exposed to the historical sites is a unique opportunity. Take an hour and experience the wide variety of incredibly decorated rooms inside the Forbidden City. If you get a chance, walk the Great Wall.
Miho Bakery is a truly unique bakery where you can get a Chinese-accented spin on your favorite Western dishes. With only five locations, I highly recommend you experience this establishment.
Miho Bakery is open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. If you get in your queue very early in the morning, you’ll likely get the best selection, so be sure to set your alarm a little earlier.
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City is nestled in the north of Beijing. It is open during most times of the day and from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. It does not have much in the way of information about the store, but for a great tour you can schedule a day long visit.
The Great Wall
Beijing’s Great Wall extends for 36 miles and spans numerous valleys, hills, and heights. Although only a portion of the wall is on the map, there are plenty of opportunities to get a quick glimpse of the wall. Walk any of the sections and you’ll be amazed at the amazing views.
Closer to the city
If you live in a big city, then there are great options for day trips. Head to Taicang in the northeastern part of Beijing. It’s on the highest part of the city and has one of the best views of the city. Once you’re in Beijing, do the Pan Tongjiang Expressway, which connects Beijing and Hebei. To get there, take the No. 82 Expressway.
You’ll find both Taicang and Pan Tongjiang in the orange section.
Head to Taicang to enjoy the views.
Beijing not only has jaw-dropping views, but it’s definitely worth a visit. Not to mention, you will enjoy some pretty good food, too.