Welcome to Beijing, the most populated capital city in the entire world. Blended by a mix of culture, tradition and futuristic technology, the Chinese capital can definitely enthrall you, the moment you set foot. The city of the Great wall, be prepared for a packed 3-4 day itinerary that can quite literally test your walking stamina.
Though there’s never enough time to explore Beijing , three to four days should give you a fair experience of the Chinese capital and it’s culture. Here’s how you can go about it
Hotel : Choose a hotel that’s close to city centre (probably near Wangfujing Street) so that a lot of shops are nearby to you. Else you will spend a min of 40 mins in the metro one way.
I stayed in Beijing 161 Wangfujing Street Hotel
( Closest metro was Dongsi – 100 metres away ). Plus this hotel offered me free phone with unlimited internet access (with a built in VPN) to access Maps, Facebook , Mails etc. So that saved me a bit of money and 1KM from the famous Wangfujing shopping street of Beijing.
For most people, China is synonymous with Shopping (though not necessarily cheap). Though slightly cheaper than its cosmopolitan counterpart, Shanghai, you still pay a small fortune for most things, esp on branded things. However from whatever little I have observed, shopping in Beijing is pretty much reserved to Clothes ( fake and original ones) , fake pearls and fake silk and of course the famous Chinese Tea.
Places to Shop in Beijing
Hongqiao Pearl Market
Dahongmen Wholesale Market
You can refer to my separate post on Shopping in China for the full details .