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THINGS TO DO IN BEIJING

The Great Wall

The Great Wall is a must see on a trip to China. Along the total length of the Great Wall around Beijing, there are eight major sections including Badaling, Juyongguan, Huanghuacheng, Jiankou, Mutianyu, Gubeikou, Jinshanling, and Simatai. Most of the sections of Great Wall in Beijing are well-preserved and mainly the remains from the Ming Dynasty, an era of huge construction. Our Front Desk can give information and book 1-day bus tours to the Great Wall. Contact us at least 1 day in advance. We can also arrange private Great Wall Tours for your convenience (this will avoid shopping stops with bus tours)

Forbidden City

The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the centre of Beijing and just a few minutes walking distance from the Kapok Hotel.

Opening Hour: 8:30-17:00
Entrance Fee: RMB 60

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square is a large city square in the center of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its North, separating it from the Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square is the third largest city square in the world and also just a short stroll from our hotel.

At sunrise and sunset the raising and lowering ceremony of the Chinese National Flag is well worth watching. The precision of the young troops is impressive. Go there about 30 minutes early to have a good seat.

Tiananmen Square: Free
Tiananmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace): RMB 15
The Great Hall of the People: RMB 15
Chairman Mao's Mausoleum: Free
The National Museum of China: RMB 15
Open Time (Tiananmen Square): Whole Day

Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven, situated in southeastern Beijing (5km from the Kapok Hotel), is the largest extant sacrificial temple in China. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, it was the site of imperial sacrifices to Heaven. Great place to visit and relax or walk around ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and a huge lake.

Open Time: 6:00-21:00
Entrance Fee: RMB 35

Beijing Roast Duck

Beijing duck is the local flavor of Beijing. The traditional method of preparing Beijing Duck has a history of over a hundred years and boasts a great reputation to this day. There are several places to enjoy the Beijing Roast Duck. One restaurant we recommend is is Quanjude Restaurant. Their roast duck enjoys a high local reputation for the peculiar roast technique and outstanding quality.

Nanluoguxiang Hutong

Nanluoguxiang was built in the Yuan Dynasty and received its current name during the Qing Dynasty, around 1750. In recent years, the hutong has become a popular tourist destination with many bars, stores and galleries. Great place to enjoy a beer and to stroll around. Located less than 5 kilometers from the hotel.

Beijing Opera

Beijing Opera typically consists of a number of stylized actions, including singing, dancing, dialogue and acrobatic fighting to tell a story or present different characters and their feelings of happiness, anger, sorrow, surprise, fear and sadness. In Peking opera there are four main types of roles: sheng (male) dan (young female), jing( painted face,male), and chou (clown, male or female). The characters may be loyal or treacherous, beautiful or ugly, good or bad, their images being vividly presented.

Huguang Huiguan Ancient Opera Building
Time: 9:00-19: 00 closed on Monday
Ticket: RMB 150

Liyuan Theatre
Ticket: RMB 20-150
Chang'an Grand Theatre
Time: afternoon and evening show
Ticket: RMB 20-180

Summer palace

The Summer Palace is a former imperial palace and now a park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the largest royal garden in China, Beijing's Summer Palace is actually a park-like imperial retreat spread out over 10 square miles. The Summer Palace in northwest suburban Beijing is the largest and most complete imperial garden that exists in China.

Open Time: 6:30-20:30
Entrance Fee: RMB 40 (low season) / RMB 50 (peak season)

Olympic Sites

The Olympic Green, National Stadium and National Aquatics Center are three structures constructed for the 2008 Summer Olympic. The National Stadium is the centerpiece of this project. In the evenings the water cube has enchanting water & light show played to a live orchestra.

Ticket Price: RMB50 for the National Stadium RMB30 for the National Aquatics
Opening Time: 09:00-18:00 (Mar.-Oct.) 09:00-17:30 (Nov.-Feb.)

Sanlitun Nightlife Bar Street

Sanlitun is an area of the Chaoyang District, in Beijing that contains many popular bar streets and international stores. The area has been under almost constant regeneration since the late 20th century as part of a city-wide project of economic regrowth. It currently houses many bars and clubs popular with both expatriates and locals as well as international brand-name stores and the Sanlitun Village shopping mall. The Ya Show market is also in the area, and is a popular destination for tourists wishing to buy counterfeit clothes.

Chinese Cuisine

The main eight Chinese cuisines are:


Hunan also known as Xiang cuisine, served in our XIANG JIAN BA BAR & RESTAURANT, from Xiang river region, Dongting Lake and western Hunan Province in Southern China. Food is generally a hot spicy food known for its liberal use of, shallots and garlic and distinctive mala seasonings, tends to be hotter than Sichuan cooking but uses lots of fresh ingredients and tends to be oilier. Summer dishes are cold using cold meats and platters and in winter the hotpot is popular.

Shandong Local flavors from Jinan city and Jiaodong peninsula which is part of East China (NE China) and therefore seafood is dominant. Known for Corn, peanuts and it use of grains andfamous for its production of vinegar. Steamed breads are used more than rice, as its staple diet.

Guangdong better known in general as Cantonese food from southern China using fine, rare and fresh ingredients. It is cooked with great skill with a distinguished difference in style between summer and autumn and winter and spring. The cuisine is best known in the Western World and also uses preserved foods with intense flavors. Also famous for Dim Sum .

Sichuan combines cuisines from Chengdu and Chongqing from South Western China. It has recorded a total of 38 cooking methods and the food is generally known to be spicy using chili oils and often contains food preserves through pickling, salting and drying. Main techniques used are stir-fry, steam and braising.

Jiangsu from Yangzhou, Suzhou and Nanjing, braising and stewing techniques mainly used. Food from the Eastern coastal provinces and includes dishes from Shanghai. The food is characterized that the texture is soft but not mushy. An emphasis on using soup is used to improve flavor. Huaiyang style with the Jiansu cuisine is famous and part of the culinary heritage in China alongside Cantonese, Shandong and Sichuan cuisine. Braised spare ribs (i.e. Wuxi)

Zhejiang Hangzhou/Ningbo's Shaoxing, Eastern coastal areas, dishes named after place names, frying, quick fry, braising and steaming as main techniques.

Fujian is known for its abundance of fish on the Southeast Coast of China and has 4 main features: fine cutting techniques, unique seasonings featuring sweet and sour, soups and exquisite cooking techniques. Food is not greasy, is fresh and soft in flavor with mellow fragrance.

Anhui lavors of Huizhou and areas all along the Yangtze and Huai River where braising food is dominant. The area has plenty of uncultivated fields and forests. As a result, wild herbs are readily used in the cuisine.

Beijing Street Food As Beijing is the capital for centuries its cuisine is influenced by culinary traditions all over China but is mostly influenced by Shandong cuisine.

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