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Arrival at PEK and first day in city

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Arrival at PEK and first day in city

Arrive July 13 at 8.55am after 14 hour travel. Will have two kids whose body clocks will be at 2am.

What is the easiest/quickest way into Beijing at that time of day? Our hotel is in Houhai area.

Will be looking for something, not too strenuous, to do once we have dropped our bags at hotel. We only have three full days in Beijing. Will go to Mutianyu the following day, otherwise have nothing planned yet.

Suggestions please.

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1. Re: Arrival at PEK and first day in city

Taxi from official queue at the airport is best. By time you are ready to leave the airport, the worst of rush hour will be past. As for the first day plans, keep it informal. The best thing you can do is get outside in the sun to help reset your body clocks. I'd start by exploring the Houhai hutong area and maybe Beihai Park. Cheap and interesting and fun for kids. Have a relatively early dinner and get to bed early, then you should be fine for day 2.

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2. Re: Arrival at PEK and first day in city

Thanks kvchinaa.

Edited: 10 May 2018, 05:28
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3. Re: Arrival at PEK and first day in city

You are in a good area to walk around. Get an area map and walk along the lakes and hutongs. Lama Temple is not too far but not close enough to walk. The subway is a good way to get around.

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Thanks JPDeM.

Sounds like a plan. Take it easy, explore neighbourhood, check out the subway. Can sort out sim cards etc.. So on to my next question...

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5. Re: Arrival at PEK and first day in city

Without a driver and tour guide, good luck. I would download a subway map and maybe check out the Lama Temple and Drum Tower. Subway is cheap, about 50 cents for most trips, and easy to get around but it can be crowded. Ticket kiosks have English but you have to select it. Most only take 10 or 20 Yuan notes.

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#5, there is no need for a driver or tour guide, at least for the first day. Luck has nothing to do with anything. If the OP and family can walk, they'll be OK. Just be careful crossing streets--watch what the crowd does. Chinese traffic does not necessarily stop for pedestrians.

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7. Re: Arrival at PEK and first day in city

Memories of crossing the road in HCM City 20 years ago come flooding back. Guess Beijing will be even worse.

Certainly hope we don't need a tour guide to walk out of hotel! Will get our bearings, grab some lunch and take the subway to Lama Temple.

Thanks.

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IMO Beijing is not as treacherous for pedestrians as HCMC or Hanoi! The latter two are like the old Frogger video game. Beijing, though doessn't have the motorcycles to contend with (they are highly restricted in the central city) though you do have electric scooters/bicycles. Beijing traffic moves slower and many boulevards have segregated bicycle lanes. And Beijing has underground pedestrian passages and overhead walkways across major boulevards, as well as some controlled-by-light pedestrian surface crossings. Again, best thing to do is watch what the crowd does and position yourself in the middle of the scrum.

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Do be prepared for heat and humidity. That might be an initial shocker for folks from the UK in July. But otherwise, Beijing and the area around your hotel is pretty manageable. Do grab a map from your hotel and the hotel card in case you get lost....probably won't happen but always a good idea no matter where in places in which you do not speak the language.

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10. Re: Arrival at PEK and first day in city

Thanks, as always, for advice.

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