36 hours in 'My Beijing'

Hilton Beijing Wangfujing Package

    

China’s vibrant capital is ancient, futuristic, cosmopolitan and exciting. The 'My Beijing Package' lets you discover lots of local experiences, history and culture whilst mixing in 'Insider' tips on great street food, boutique store shopping, galleries and bars in this amazing metropolis, including where to find the world’s best Peking duck!

'Insider' activities, tips & 36 hours at Hilton's premier lifestyle hotel... ALL  inclusive!

Fall in love with Beijing and join us for a 36 hour visit with a touch of adventure into local shopping, street food, nightlife and more whilst staying in the centrally located Hilton Wangfujing, awarded the ‘World's Leading Lifestyle Hotel’ at the World Travel Awards. It's perfectly located and  within walking distance of the Forbidden City and downtown Beijing. We've added a few special 'local's tips' below on some of our Beijing favourites, from the restaurant that serves the world's best Peking Duck - (according to us at least!), to the city's coolest art district and a little-known section of the Great Wall where you can walk far from the madding crowd.

 

Inclusive in the '36 hours' Package we'll take you on a special version of either our Famous Beijing day orientation covering hidden and major sites, from Mao's bunkers to  the Forbidden City and World Trade Summit Tower with lunch at a fabulous microbrewery, or our 'Insider's' nightlife adventure including some great shopping, cocktail bars, street stalls, galleries and what's hot and happening about town after dark!

 


 

 

Sights, sounds, tastes, some of our 'Insider' tips for your stay ...

Would you like to see, smell, taste or imbibe at some of these incredible places below when you join our 'Insider' guide - just let us know, we're here to make it your '36 hours in' Beijing experience!

 

The place for drinks


China Club Beijing
This place is an institution. It's a private club and restaurant housed in a 400-year-old palace, created by David Tang, behind the renowned China Club flagship in Hong Kong. The décor is all 1920s Art Deco - and a veritable visual feast. Lots of silk fabrics, dark woodwork, lotus leaves and outdoor ponds with goldfish provide for the lavish ambience. All the little details are in the menus and the glassware, the lampshades, the table settings. This place is like a museum - it is absolutely beautiful with an attention to detail that is inspiring. Even if you are not a member, you can dine in the restaurant, The Sichuan Pavilion, and the food is great.


Simply ask us to make a reservation here.

 

Awe-inspiring and a 'must see'


The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City is fittingly enormous - this place is gargantuan. It's from the Ming and Qing dynasties and immaculately restored. Enter via the huge red doors and the State portrait of Mao - you really do get a sense of the Emperor like status and power he had. You could spend days here trying to see it all and soaking in the enormity of China, and its power. It's incredibly dynamic.


Join our day time orientation and we'll take you to the best vantage point over this magnificent World Heritage listed site away from the touristy crowds.

 

Best food markets ...


Jingshen Seafood Market
The fresh food markets anywhere in Beijing are a sight to behold but the Jingshen Seafood Market is one of the best. If you go early in the morning you'll be confronted by a sea of colour, from a sea of fresh vegetable options to different sections for the seafood and meats. There is so much activity: restaurateurs arrive on bikes to fill up on produce for the day; locals do their family shopping. You'll see wonderful cakes, jars of freshly pressed sesame paste, roasted peanuts, steamed dim sum… Enjoy the incredible atmosphere, with the live chickens and ducks, and all the bustle!

 

 

  

Our favourite place for peace and quiet


The Temple of Heaven (Park For The Elderly)
The Temple of Heaven is an amazing example of Ming Dynasty architecture, where every morning, hundreds of elderly people come to do tai chi, opera singing, ball-room dancing, knitting, sewing, calligraphy, poetry readings, outdoor gym, hugging trees - you name it, they come here to do it. The park is a beautiful place, where the elderly can do physical or spiritual exercises and be part of a wonderful community of people. This is an inspirational place, where people incorporate ritual and ceremony into their daily life.

 

 

China's (read 'the world's') BEST Peking Duck


Li Qun Roast Duck Restaurant
Everybody raves about the Peking duck at this restaurant and it is where the locals go, as well as some foreigners in the know. You can see photos of the likes of Al Gore on the wall! The ducks are cooked over an open fire, using four different kinds of fruit woods, such as cherry, apricot and the like, which impart an amazing flavour. It's extraordinarily tasty and incredibly artisanal. You can watch the owner making it - he gets a stick, hooks the duck on the end and feeds it into an open wood fire where it cooks for about 45 minutes. It has a subtle, smoky flavour and all the ducks are free-range. The pancakes are thin and delicious. On the wine list you'll find bottles of chardonnay and riesling. After a long day at The Great Wall, there is nothing better than coming here and tucking into this mouth watering Peking duck. As far as feelings of satisfaction are concerned - you'll be feeling culinarily triumphant!


Located at Bei Xiang Feng Hutong, Qian Men, Beijing, or, simply ask us to make a reservation for you here.


Favourite Dumpling House


Yuan Xin
This is a little local restaurant that specialises in northern-style dumplings, that is characteristic of Beijing. You will feel like a seasoned local as it's just a hole-in-the-wall type set up, but, it's a standout; casual, and the dumplings are more than good with soft, velvety pastry and tasty, juicy fillings of pork or vegetables. The young woman who makes the dumplings has a big heart and giggles a lot when she cooks.


Located at Xitangzi Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing. If you like the sound of this ask our 'local expert' (your guide) and visit for lunch!

 

 


 

 

  

Best Street Food 


Yonghegong Avenue
Beijing offers incredible local food from small stalls and stores. They do a thin crêpe made from mung-bean flour, which is filled with Hoisin sauce, a fried egg, beansprouts, and bits of rice that is to die for. It's one of their famous on the go snacks, it's spicy, sticky and sweet and very tasty. Another great dish is braised brisket with star anise and soy, it's a wonderful winter dish and filling. Also worth trying out is steamed lamb and pork buns and so much more. All of which cost virtually nothing! Everything is done in front of you, from bread dough, hand-thrown noodles, morning, noon and night. A real 'Insider' must do!

 

Best Dim Sum


Jindingxuan dim sum (Golden Tripod Restaurant)
This is the best yum cha you'll have in your life - we're pretty confident you'll agree. There is a huge variety of dishes on offer - all the traditional dumplings, chicken's feet, prawn har gau, pork shui mai, rice noodle rolls, barbecued pork and duck. But there is also some really terrific unusual stuff, such as the 'plate of guts', braised heart, lung and tripe. The congee here is wonderful, too. Incredibly fresh and clean-flavoured. Get a group together because the more of you who go, the more dishes you can try.

 

Located at Pufanglu, Fangzhuang, Fengtai District, Beijing, - if you'd like us to book a table click here - we'd be delighted to help.


 

 

  
Insider Experiences & Highlights:
 

We've designed our '36 hours in' package to provide guests, whether visiting for leisure or on business, with little experiences you'll never forget ... like the first time you'll wake up, stroll out the hotel doors, walk to the Imperial centre of the Forbidden City, and enjoy the complexity of a new world metropolis at the cross roads of the past, present and future.

 

We'll provide you an exciting introduction with our 'Insider' guides taking you on a 'local's orientation' far removed from the tourists yet taking in the key sites along the way, depending on the day or night tour these include The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, The World Summit Wing, Beijing's Nuclear Underground 'Great Wall', Cold War intrigues, traditional life amidst historical hutongs, fabulous boutique stores, galleries, bars and more! 

 

Who are our local 'Insider' Guides? They are a mixture of journalists, architects, fashion designers, beer and wine officiendos, and others - all compelling, fun, professional and highly informed!

 

Inclusions:
 

Hilton Hotel room for two and guided 'local's orientation' / activity of choice as well as - where applicable - Museum & Heritage Buildings' Entrances.

 

Activity Duration: Approx 4 hours
 
Meeting Point:
 

Collection directly from the foyer.

  
Getting there:


See our partner airlines Cathay Pacific or QANTAS who have regular flights to Beijing on a daily basis from all major hubs. Full details from travel agents or the Cathay website or QANTAS website where special fares are often available.

 


We're offering a discounted room rate with our special day or after dark Orientation activity all inclusive - limited rooms are available at these rates. Save over $80 USD off our normal seasons rates!

 

For direct information on the Conrad Hilton Wangfujing click > here

 

To secure the 36 hour package inclusive this room and activity rate inclusive ask us and book now! 

Beijing Conrad Hilton

    

Beijing's cool hub of art and creativity


798 Factory
A labyrinth of wonderful warehouses, 798 comprises art galleries and studios, cafés, restaurants, bars and more. It's a community within itself where you'll find cutting-edge, contemporary Chinese art. There is such great passion, dynamism and creativity you could spend days here in a world of your own. Besides artworks, there are also quirky clothes stores and art bookshops - check out what's on offer!

 

Why not ask us for one of our art-historian 'Insider' guides for a real local's perspective!

 

 

Our Favourite Hutong - Alleyway Neighbourhood


Bei Xiang Feng
You won't need to go far after lunch to get to enjoy one of Beijing's best hutong as it's the same one where you'll find the Li Qun Roast Duck Restaurant. There used to be many areas of old, narrow alleyways, where the real Beijingers reside with the wonders of everyday life such as colourful vegetable trolleys trundling past. Alas with the commercialisation and modernisation of Beijing, many hutongs have been lost. Yet this neighbourhood still captures that feeling of old Beijing.

 

 


 

 

Must do activity

 

The Great Wall

There are several sections to the Great Wall and if you want to, you can go and walk it with three million other people. To get away from the crowds, the secret is to avoid the Badaling section and do the Huangyaguan section instead, which is about 60km north of Beijing. This is one of the oldest parts of the Wall, and hasn't been restored, apart from minor work to make it safe, so it's an authentic experience. And you can walk it with virtually nobody else in sight. It's a three-hour drive to get there, and it's worth it. On the way, stop and get steamed buns from the street stalls. We suggest to walk the Wall for a couple of hours, then return via the art district 798. It is simply great day out.

 

Huangyaguan Section, Jixian County. If you want to mke life easy for yourself just book an abridged version of our Great Wall Hike and Gourmet Picnic Tour, contact us and reserve one of our great guides - pictured above - here.

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