|There is blue sky still in Beijing|
but you will have to see it on a plane.
Originally, my first choice was the Summer Palace (頤和園) but the travel time takes one hour one way and I will need an entire day to explore so I decided I don't have enough time and dropped it. In the end, we went to Donghuamen Night Market (東華門夜市), Wangfujing (王府井), Tiananmen (天安門), Temple of Heaven (天壇), Lama Temple (雍和宮), and Qianmen (前門大街) in the end. I would say, it's a pretty good alternative compared to just the Summer Palace alone!
|Donghuamen Night Market (東華門夜市)|
I didn't see any "interesting" snacks other travelers mentioned
maybe I was there too late?
by the way, the night market closes around 10:00 pm
The main street is now populated with this outdoor bar / cafe.
If you want to beat the crowd, come here late at night.
There were only a few people here at 11:30 pm.
There is no safer place in China than here...
|Temple of Heaven (天壇)|
I forgot where I heard this but you must come here in the morning
The earlier the better. 9:00 am is considered late.
Bring an umbrella and don't forget your sunblock. It's very sunny out there.
|Lama Temple (雍和宮)|
This used to be the court of Emperor Yongzheng (雍正) when he was a prince.
|Qianmen Street (前門大街)|
One of the oldest commercial district in Beijing.
You can find some of the oldest and most renowned Chinese brands here.
(I cannot say the same thing on their service though...
these brands have all been nationalized...)
There are still SO SO SO many places I wanted to go but didn't have a chance to visit this time. I guess if I really want to see all I want to see in Beijing, I will have to spend months and months there...
And then there is the food! We didn't try the signature Beijing Duck this time as everyone was telling me it was not what it used to be...
|The famous Goubuli buns|
|The questionable sushi at a roadside hawker stall...|
tastes good, cheap, and I didn't get a stomach flu
|The popular Donglaishun|
We spent the first night at Hilton Beijing Wangfujing and the second night at Fly by Knight Courtyard Hostel. Both are very nice place to stay!
|Hilton Beijing Wangfujing|
|Fly by Knight Courtyard Hostel|