It was October 2009 that I had my first opportunity to visit Beijing. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Lido, where the staff were able to guide us to the nearby Muslim restaurants, which was around about 500m away.
During this short stay we managed to visit The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, The Great Wall, The Mings Tombs and Beijing's famous, but fast disappearing "Hutongs" (narrow streets or alleys).
Forbidden City is a must visit; as it gives a glimpse of how the emperors of China lived and conducted the affairs of the country. This vast complex used to house thousands of people including the Emperor's concubines who were reported to number in hundreds. This visit requires a long walk and thus a pair of comfortable walking shoes is a must.
Exploring Shadian and Lijiang, and Asia's most hidden gem
Have you heard of the ‘Great Mosque of Shadian?' Did you know that it is a replica of the Nabawi Mosque, available only in China? It is not on your usual travel books or maps. No one, not even your travel agent will ever tell you about it unless you know the Muslim locals in Kunming, China. This must-go destination is not commercialized as yet and is open to the domestic traveler, mainly the Hui people of China.
A Weekend Getaway to the Capital City of Beijing, China
The exciting capital of China, Beijing is a contemporary metropolis with strong historical heritage. The city offers a wonderful heritage sites, excellent food and gorgeous opportunities for shopping.