Stuck in Beijing airport and you just playing phone on the cold chair, what if you can spend less money to explore Beijing? Would you like to try?
For free attractions, you can choose the nearest 798 Art Zone, wander in the art galleries and view some gadgets in the stores, and there are some stores opened by independent designers. Take pictures in front of colorful graffiti walls and old factory with historical steel tube.
The second option will be Hutong area, the representative hutong in Beijing will be Nanluoguxiang, which is a top-rated destination for young people since it gathers curious items, silk stores, restaurants and stalls, bars etc planking on the narrow street, decorated with colorful signs and boards. There are many restaurants offers delicious food, you need to explore on your own. Besides, Houhai Lake and Shichahai area are full of bars, you can have a drink and listen to melodious live music in the evening. Bell and Drum Tower are near these places, you can look from outside and combine these attractions together.
Or go to the biggest city square in the world, Tiananmen Square, which can hold 1 million people on the square. Explore the nearby Chairman Mao Memorial Hall and Forbidden City(60CNY for tourist peak season, 40CNY for low season), it’s worth it to enjoy the great palace of Ming and Qing dynasties. Jingshan Park is another great place after you visiting the Forbidden City, the entrance fee only cost 2CNY. On top of the mountain, you can get a whole perspective of grand Forbidden City. For nearby, you can have a look for Wangfujing, which is a famous shopping center in Beijing and there is popular food street. If you want to enjoy some of snack, enjoy your wonderful time here. If you don’t want to shop or taste the food, you can visit the Temple of Heaven directly. It’s the place for emperors for holding sacrifice ceremony and praying for a good harvest.
Or you can go to Olympic Park where Bird’s Nest and Water Cube locates, the main buildings for the 2008 Olympic Games and looks stunning in the evening.
These spots are easy to access by subway from the airport, and very popular among travelers if you would like to do a Beijing budget tour.
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If you are having a layover in Beijing and would like to visit the city of Beijing, this is your best choice! Visit Tian’anmen Square（the largest city square in the world), Forbidden City, UNESCO listed as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. You can enjoy our VIP fast track into the Imperial Palace and save time avoiding lines (we suggest you spend there around 1.5 to 2 hours, but if you wish we can stay for shorter or longer time). The next stop will be a Hutong (Narrows Chinese neighborhoods.) The Hutongs are residential neighborhoods which still form the heart of Old Beijing. There you can discover the ancient and modern China inside the Hutongs which represent an important cultural element of the city of Beijing. You will visit Hutongs by a rickshaw, taste local lunch in a Hutong family (around 1 hour, it’s up to you stay a longer or shorter time), We will transfer you back on time to the airport (1 hour).
7 Hours Beijing Layover Tour at Forbidden City and Hutong Area with Rickshaw
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