Three Days Away
Stay an extra day in Beijing to marvel at splendid heritage sites and experience the best night markets. Take a stroll past the Egg (the National Centre for the Performing Arts) (2) before exploring the wonders of the most complete imperial palace in China, the Forbidden City (4). Lunch at nearby Siji Minfu or Qianmen Quanjude, popular restaurants where you can enjoy the famous Peking roast duck. Finish your day by visiting the Temple of Heaven (6), an impressively grand complex built during the Ming dynasty for heaven worship ceremonies, or alternatively indulge in some retail therapy at the buzzing Silk Market.
Sample some of Beijing’s favourite breakfast food, jianbing (the city’s version of stuffed crêpes), before appreciating the majesty of China’s most famous landmark at Mutianyu Great Wall (5). From there, drink in the serenity of the beautiful imperial garden at the Summer Palace (1), built in 1750, and surrounded with breathtaking scenery. When night falls, you can act like a local by savouring some street food at Donghuamen Night Market (3), where over 100 speciality snacks from around China are sold, including scorpions on a stick, snake on a stick, fried dumplings and many more.
Stay Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing The gateway to your historical exploration. www.shangri-la.com
Dining Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant (Nanxincang), Beijing An upscale restaurant, ideal for enjoying premium Peking duck. www.dadongdadong.com