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How to visit Beijing in One Day

Friday, December 7th, 2018
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If you only have one full day in Beijing and would like to feel, touch and see the essential Beijing, you may check out the quick guide to Beijing one-day itinerary below, my suggested self-guide itinerary to plan your own memorable Beijing Day Tours.

This itinerary takes you for a walk along Beijing axis from south to north and appreciate the harmony of the city design which took its form in Yuan (1279-1368) and Ming ( 1368-1644) Dynasties.

For Beijing airport layover day tours or short tours, please check out Beijing layover tours.

Temple of Heaven
Get up early and have a fast breakfast, and get to the south gate to Temple of Heaven by taking Beijing taxi or to the east gate by taking the subway line 5.

Walking from the south gate ( or east gate ) through the north gate, visit the 500-year-old temple ( now actually a huge park).

Temple of Heaven was constructed in 1420 AD during the Ming Dynasty as a site for the emperors to offer sacrifices to heaven.

Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven is now actually a park. Early in the morning there are a great number of retired people who come here to hang out with friends and do morning exercises, playing Taichi ball, doing ribbon dancing, ballroom dancing, playing cards and dominoes and writing calligraphy with water brush pens on the ground. There are also music and singing…

Qianmen and Hutongs
Now you exit from the north gate to the Temple of Heaven and turn left (west) for 15 minutes walking, then turn right (north) to Qianmen Walking Street and Dazhalan.

Please notice, to get to Qianmen Walking Street, you have to pass over a flyover to the east side of the Church you will see.

Use some time to explore the time-honored Qianmen Pedestrian Street full of shops and restaurants. You may grab some local food as your lunch. Dazhalan is a must for you to walk for a while exploring the modified ancient street in Beijing.

Walking on the Qianmen Pedestrian Street

Dazhalan is a must for you to walk exploring the modified  ancient street in Beijing.

Tiananmen Square
After finishing your exploration on Qianmen, you head north and pass through Zhengyangmen Tower ( Arrow Tower) and then walk through a Beijing Subway tunnel to Tiananmen Square.

Take a half hour or more time taking pictures and immersing yourself in the center of Beijing or even China.

Walk through an underground tunnel again from Tiananmen Square up to the Gate of Heaven Peace (Tiananmen Tower), where  Chairman Mao declared the People’s Republic On October 01, 1949. You pass under Mao’ Portrait and enter Forbidden City .

Take a half hour or more time taking pictures and immersing yourself in the center of Beijing and China.


Forbidden City
The grandeur imperial palaces for the emperors in Ming and Qing Dynasties. The Forbidden City  is a must see highlight for every first time visitor to Beijing.

Be prepared for crowds of people like you visiting this complex.So you go from the south gate to its north gate. Your visit usually will take 2-3 hours.

The Forbidden City is a must see highlight for every first time visitor to Beijing

Jingshan Park  ( Jingshan Hill,  Coal Hill or prospect Hill).
Jingshan Park  is unmissable for your Beijing Day Tour. Jingshan just sits across the north gate to Forbidden City . After finishing your visit to Forbidden City  from south to north, you exit from Forbidden City’s north gate.

Raising your head, you will find a pavilion with three-layered eaves perched on a hill in Jingshan Park, a perfect place to have a panoramic view of Forbidden City and the city of Beijing.

The main road between the north gate area of Forbidden City and the south gate of Jingshan Park  is full blocked. To get across to the south gate  to Jingshan Park , you just turn left for 20 meters and take the underground pass.

Line up at the ticket window by the gate to Jingshan Park for the tickets: RMB 2 per person. Opening hours: 6am – 8pm all year round.

Jingshan Park is not to be missed a visit during your Beijing Day Tours


Beihai Park

After Jingshan Park , you are supposed to walk west to its neighbor – Beihai Park.  Beihai Park is very often neglected by many visitors.

Often dubbed as Winter Palace by westerners, Beihai Park  is the oldest imperial garden in the world as well as one of the largest in China.

Beihai Park is well-known for its beautiful gardens, the maze in the stone cave, temples and pavilions. Atop the Jade Island in Beihai Park, White Dagoba becomes an important landmark of the city.

Beihai Park is the oldest imperial garden in the world as well as one of the largest in China

Public Bars at Shichahai
Walk through the north gate to Beihai park, you come to the most famous night hangout in Beijing – Shichahai, where a cluster of bars and restaurants are dotted along the banks of the lake.

People mill along the bridge with weeping willows glowing with shining sunset in Shichahai

If you are fed up with the gentrification in Beijing; if you lose interest in modern Beijing; if you feel sad about the fact that Beijing is becoming less like Beijing; if you want to see a traditional Beijing,  and if you try to find a quiet place in the busy Beijing, come to Shichahai! Tired? Have a drink in one of the bars.

Guojie Food Street
Are you hungry? Take a cab to the nearby Guijie, Ghost Street ,  a 1442-meter long gourmet street, located within Dongzhimennei Dongcheng District, running from the east of Dongzhimen Bridge.

Eating seeds outside on benches and waiting for a seat in Ghost Street

06611Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

For Beijing airport layover tours, please check out Beijing layover tours.Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P

(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p
Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


How to Visit Beijing in Two Days.
How to Visit Beijing in Three Days.
How to Visit Beijing in 8 Days.

Forbidden City Travel Tips – The Palace Museum Travel Tips
Tips for Visiting Tiananmen Square
Tips for Visiting the Temple of Heaven
Tips for visiting Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs in Beijing
How to visit Beihai Park Beijing
How to visit Bird’s Nest and Water Cube
How to visit CCTV Tower in Beijing
How to Visit National Grand Theatre in Beijing
How to visit Shichahai

Any questions, just drop a  line.

Beijing Baigongfang

Thursday, December 6th, 2018
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“Baigongfang or Bai Gong Fang” literally means “100 Handicraftsmen Workshop”. It was set up by Beijing Municipal and Chongwen District (now merged into Dongcheng District), and opened to the public in 2003 aimed at preserving and developing Chinese traditional handicrafts.

 “Baigong, or Bai Gong” originated from the book named “Kaogongji”, an official record of the State of Qi during the Spring and Autumn Period ( 722-481 BC ) and the Warring States Period (403-221 BC).

“Baigong”literally means “one hundred craftsmen”, a general expression for all the craftmen who made imperial arts and crafts for emperors and noblemen in ancient times. “Fang” means “workshop” in Chinese.

“Baigongfang” (One Hundred Craftsmen Workshop) is such named in order to show that it is the place where masters of numerous handicrafts meet and research for inheriting the ancient arts and crafts.

Baigongfang (100 handicraftsmen Workshop) is composed of 30 studios including Cloisonne Studio, Carved Lacquer Studio, Inside-Bottle Painting Studio, Pearl Studio and Clay Studio etc. It is now a place both for making palace arts and crafts, but also producing common handicrafts popular in ordinary life.

In these handicraftsmen studios, you are able to experience the most famous “Eight Unique Skills of Yanjing (Today’s Beijing)”, the palace handicrafts including Engraved Lacquer, Ivory Carving, Cloisonne, Jade Sculpture, inlaid filigree, inlaid gold lacuqer, palace hand made carpets and palace embroidery. Besides, there are major studios making the ordinary Chinese including paper-cutting, glassware, dough figurine, clay figurine and more.

On the third floor there is a DIY classroom, 120 square meters, 40 double desks and 80 chairs. The classroom is brightly lit,air-conditioned, equipped with a wide range of audio visual equipment including projector Screens.

On the four walls of the classroom are hung up with the photos of the visitors practicing to make handicrafts and the over-100 masters of handicrafts at work, making it an ideal place to be immersed in Chinese traditional handicrafts.

In the classroom, you are taught by the masters how to make paper-cut, learn to write Chinese brush writing, make paper flowers, make clay figurines, paint facial masks, make dough figurines, Chinese knots and more.

Beijing Baigongfang is a living museum of the Chinese traditional handicrafts. On your short Beijing tour, just spare some and come here to see and feel the China traditional culture flowing under this fast developing and restless world.

Opening hours: 9:00 – 17:00 everyday
Add: Yi12, Guangming Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing (北京市东城区光明路乙12号)
( 1km to the east of the east gate of Temple of Heaven)
Tel: 010 67111381, 67112480
Telfax: 010 67140179

Attend a DIY class for learning the ABC of Chinese traditional handicrafts . Make an inlaid snuff

Making an inlaid snuff

Having a on-site lesson on arts and handicrafts

Having a on-site lesson on arts and handicrafts

Further Readings


Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in  Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

 

Any questions, just drop a line.

Carrefour Beijing, Beijing Carrefour Locations

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
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Want to do some shopping in Beijing during your Beijing tour?  Carrefour is highly recommended. The French hypermarket offers a wide choice of wine, cheese, coffee, canned goods, daily necessities and much more. Shopping in Carrefour keeps you from your worries about fake or poor quality products.

The first carrefour supermarket was set up in Beijing in 1995. Now there are over 10 carrefour hypermarkets in Beijing. Some of Carrefour branches offer free delivery with certain distance for purchases over certain amount of money. But the crowds are thick for most of Carrefour branches in Beijing.

Ask your hotel people, or your taxi driver to locate a nearest carrefour in Beijing. Below are the addresses ( English and Chinese ) of the carrefour markets in Beijing for your reference.  If necessary, you can ask the taxi driver to take you to the nearest Carrefour. In Chinese, it’s called Jia Le Fu 家乐福.

Carrefour Hotline in China:  4008-512-512

Carrefour Chuang Yi Jia Store, 家乐福(北京创益佳店)
6B Beisanhuan Donglu, Chaoyang District, Beijing 北三环东路乙6号(中国国际展览中心正门旁),
just by the side of the main entrance to China International Exhibition Center.
Daily 8.30am-10.30pm
(010) 8460 1061

Carrefour Guangqumen (家乐福广渠门店)
Floor 3 Fuguiyuan shopping mall, Zone 3 Donghuashi Nanli, Dongcheng District, Beijing
(010)6712 3750
北京市东城区东花市南里三区,富贵园购物中心3层
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Guangqumen (家乐福双井店)
No.31 Guangqu Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing (010)51909500
双井店 北京市朝阳区广渠路31号
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Maliandao ( 家乐福连道店)
No. 11, Maliandao Street, Xicheng district,Beijing
北京市宣武区马连道11号
Tel: (010) 6332 2155-92
O
pening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Fangzhuang (家乐福方庄店)
No.15,Community no.2, Fangchengyuan, Fangzhuang, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Tel:(010)67609911
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00
北京市丰台区方庄芳城园二区15号

Carrefour Fangyuan (家乐福方圆店 )
Fangyuan Building, A56 Zhongguancun South Road, Haidian District, Beijing
Tel: (010) 5296 3511
北京市中关村南大街甲56号方圆大厦
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Wangjing(家乐福望京店)
北京市朝阳区广顺北大街16号
No.16, Guangshun North Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: (010) 5912 4033
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Tiantongyuan (家乐福天通苑店)
N0.186 Litang Road, Changping District, Beijing (010)8481 2903
北京昌平区立汤路186
Tel: (010) 8481 2903
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Tongzhou (家乐福通州店)
No.48 Jiu Keshu East Road, Tong Zhou District, Beijing
Tel:(010) 5167 8911
北京通州区九棵树西路48号
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Liangxiang (家乐福良乡店)
Jinhua Commerce Plaza, Fangshang District Beijing
北京市房山区拱辰街道办事处二街村金花商业大厦地上2.3层
Tel: 5291 0002
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Dinghui Qiao (家乐福定慧桥店)
1 Basement Dinghuijiayuan, Haidian District, Beijing
北京市海淀区定慧北桥东南角定慧家园3号楼地下一层
Tel: (010) 5296 3510
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Dazhongsi (家乐福大钟寺店)
2 Basement zhongshen Plaza, Dazhongsi, Haidian District, Beijing
北京海淀区北三环西路大钟寺中坤广场地下二层
Tel: (010) 5296 3208
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Majiabao (家乐福马家堡店)
16 Xilu, Nansanhuan, Fengtai District Beijing
北京丰台区南三环西路十六号
Tel: (010) 8757 0808
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Yaojiayuan (家乐福姚家园店)
Jia 1, Yaojiayuan Road, Chaoyang District Beijing
北京市朝阳区姚家园路甲一号
Tel: (010) 5119 3584
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Jianxiang Qiao 家乐福(健翔桥店)
Jianxiang F2-3, Changyao District, Beijing
北京市朝阳区祁家豁子8号健翔大厦2-3层
Tel: (010) 5293 5256
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Ciyunsi (家乐福慈云寺店)
B1 of Huaye International Center, Chaoyang District, Beijing
北京市朝阳区东四环中路39号华业国际中心底商一层
Tel: (010) 5100 5757
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Shijingshan (家乐福石景山鲁谷店)
B1, Building 4. Y18 Shijingshan Road, shijingshan District, Beijing
北京市石景山区石景山路乙18号4号楼地下一层
Tel: (010) 5299 0073
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00

Carrefour Zhongguanzchun (中关村广场店)
Zhongguancun Plaza, Haidian District, Beijing (010)51721516
北京市海淀区中关村广场
Tel: (010) 5172 1598
Opening Hours: 08:00—22:00
Photos below taken from Carrefour Guangqumen:

The entrance to Guangqumen Carrefour in Beijing

The entrance to Guangqumen Carrefour in Beijing

Take an escalator up the third floor of Carrefour Guangqumen

Take an escalator up the third floor of Carrefour Guangqumen

The shop is packed with passengers due to the Chinese new year purchases.

The shop is packed with passengers due to the Chinese new year purchases.

People born in the year of dragon are selecting red socks, red shorts and more red thing to bring luck during the dragon year.

People born in the year of dragon are selecting red socks…

vegetables on display

vegetables on display

Fruits on display

Fruits on display

Chinese desserts

Chinese dessert

Bread

Bread

Hams, milk, sausage yogurt…

Hams, milk, sausage yogurt…

More dried beef, port and more

More dried beef, port and more

Take an escalator down to the first floor to pay the bill

Take an escalator down to the first floor to pay the bill


Pay for what you buy

Pay for what you buy

Further Readings


Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in  Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

 

Any questions, just drop a line.