48 Hours in Beijing, China

A SuperShe’s Guide to 48 Hours in Beijing.

Friday – 4pm

Step off the plane and into the bustling city of Beijing, China — a capital known for it’s frenetic infrastructure, gorgeous sacred temples, and scattered dining and shopping gems throughout the narrow hutong alleys.

Drop your bags and freshen up once you’ve checked in at The Yi House Grace Hotel, a small, boutique hotel with only 30-rooms, decorated with creative colorful artwork, spacious ceilings and wooden floors which gives off a modern-feel. You will have a chance to relax with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine after your long flight.

Once you’re ready to begin exploring the city, walk outside and weave through the unique sculptures and art exhibits of the 798 Arts District on your way to Shenji Cai Guan, a delectable Shanghainese restaurant. Enjoy a signature dish of steamed gluten, red-braised pork belly, and stir-fried pea shoots in white wine as you admire the featured artwork amongst the peaceful, bright dining atmosphere.

Close your tab and head back toward the Grace Hotel, maybe wandering through the diverse museums and galleries including the S & C Art Museum, Wangshushan Sculpture Studio and the Yiyunzhai Gallery along your way.

Draw yourself a bath and rest up for a full excursion tomorrow visiting The Great Wall at Badaling.

Saturday – 7am

Rise and shine! Your driver is awaiting you and so is the remarkable landscape you are about to meet at the iconic Great Wall at Badalingzhen. Cruise through downtown Beijing, pass the Guangou Scenic Area and in about an hour and a half you’ll arrive at the most preserved part of the Great Wall – built during the Ming Dynasty.

Either hop on the pulley at the Bear Garden station or take the journey on foot as you wind up and down the mountain ranges. Take note of the holes drilled into the stone walls which were used to shoot arrows and watch enemies during warfare. You can decide to stay on the North end or travel all the way to the South side and be sure to get a bird’s eye view from one of the watchtowers.

When you are ready to leave Badaling, head back to the city to grab a bite to eat in Nanluoguxiang district at Da Dong Restaurant where you can indulge in their renowned Roasted Duck, stewed Pork Knuckle with Mung Beans, or Lobster Soup “Cross Bridge” Leopard Coral Grouper dishes.

Then, head over to The Fairmont Hotel, just minutes away from the restaurant that hosts a full spa with massages, body scrubs, facial and hydrotherapy treatments.

Put your feet up and enjoy a treatment or two after a long day hiking Badaling. Then retire to your luxury suite or explore the nightlife of downtown Beijing just blocks away.

Sunday – 8am (11am if you went out)

Whether you rose with the sun or chose to sleep off the night’s endeavors, your day’s activities are within reach. Grab a muffin for breakfast and then head over to The Forbidden City – where the dynasties of the Ming and Quing lived.

The Tiannaman Square and the mausoleum of Mao Zedong are within walking distance as well.

Spend the day taking in the ambient Chinese culture; people dancing and playing Majong – a popular game similar to checkers.

If you have time before your flight out of the miraculous city of Beijing, The Summer Palace and The Olympic Nest are also notable attractions to visit.

The activities and excursions are endless in Beijing, China. Next time you find yourself in this extravagant city, reference this guide for a fun-filled trip of delectable eats, drinks, art, and adventure.