Beijing Journals

Solo but Not Alone: China in Three Weeks

A July 2005 trip to Beijing by missalg

Quote: China on my own: exciting, exhausting, and exhilarating (but hot as blue blazes)!

Marco Polo Beijing

Hotel | "Marco Polo"

The Marco Polo is a lovely, quiet hotel within about 15 minutes' walk to Tianenmen Square and near two subway lines. The rooms are quite large, the staff is helpful, and the room service food, I must say, is great. I was very pleased with this restful oasis in the midst of the busy city. Although the decor is quiet, there are some nice luxury touches such as the linens. My single room had a very large bed, a desk (with Internet availability), private bath with full tub, fridge, and closet with enough hangers! The travel desk in the lobby got me a ticket for the Xi'an overnight train for a very modest fee--only ¥20 above the price of the tickets. All in all, the Marco P...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 4, 2005

Marco Polo Beijing
Beijing, China
86 10 66036688

Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant

Restaurant | "Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant /Beijing Wangfujing"

Entering the doors to Quanjude, one is greeted by a statue of a duck in a chef's hat, but that's as cheesy as it gets. Inside is nicely elegant, with a courtyard-effect dining area and waitstaff garbed in red and gold. The duck is brought to your table and carved in front of you, and then you are given instructions on how to mix the succulent crispy-skinned duck meat with scallions and a little plum sauce onto your pancake and roll it up. (It must be admitted that my roll-up was not nearly as lovely as that of the waitress who was doing the explanation, but it was just as delicious.) After you've made your way through the duck pancakes, there's a Marx Brothers moment: "Duck Soup". ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2005

Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant
32 Qianmen Avenue
Beijing, China 100051
+86 (0)10 6511 2418

Wandering Beijing

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My first full day in Beijing consisted of getting somewhat lost and ending up in Beihai Park (ballroom dancing going on to the strains of Red River Valley) with an audio guide to the Forbidden City. (I entered at the gate across from the park, even though a "guide" outside tried to tell me there was no entrance there.) Mobs of parasol-wielding or cap-wearing tourists poured through, and I paid my obligatory visit to the "art show:" I actually recommend doing this once if you’re good at saying no, as then you can tell all the rest of the "art students" at every other location that you’ve already seen it. Works well! There is lots of reconstruction going on, but it’s still pretty magical. But oh, wa...Read More