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Father/Son Trip to China

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A July 2006 trip to Beijing by Seaotter71

Entry to the Forbidden City Photo, Beijing, China More Photos
Quote: My dad always dreamed of going to China. It's our heritage. This is the story of our weeklong stay in Beijing

Father/Son Trip to China

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Entry to the Forbidden City Photo, Beijing, China
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A brief break between jobs allowed me to go with my dad on a trip to China. My dad is full-blooded Chinese, but born and raised in Panama. As a young man, tradition dictated he visit China, but the political climate at the time made it impossible. He’s seen every show and read every book, including dozens of cookbooks. This last is rather strange, since he doesn't cook. When questioned why he spends so much money on cookbooks, his answer is always, "They remind me of my mother." What can you say to that?Given all this, it was a surprise how hard he resisted the idea. Still, I enlisted everyone who held any sway and pulled every dirty, guilt-exploiting trick I knew. And so the Kam boys set ...Read More

Crowne Plaza Beijing

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Hotel

Crowne Plaza Beijing Photo, Beijing, China
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The best thing about the Crowne Plaza Beijing is its Wangfujing location in the heart of Beijing. The Wangfujing area has lots of shopping and serious nighttime street-food action, and is a 20-minute walk from the Forbidden City. Except during rush-hour traffic, most attractions are a short cab ride away. And at about $92 per night (after taxes), it is a pretty darn good deal. The rooms are a bit small but comfortable. They were decorated in the currently popular dark wood brushed metal and glass look for a modern sleek look. The beds were comfortable, if very firm. The one afternoon we stayed in we got a visit to confirm that our room had been cleaned to our satisfaction.The conci...Read More

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Crowne Plaza Beijing
48 WANGFUJING DAJIE
Beijing, China
86-10-65133388

Ke Jia Cai (Kejia Cai)

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Restaurant | "Ke Jia Cai"

Ke Jia Cai (Kejia Cai) Photo, Beijing, China
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Truth be told, Beijing was not my first choice. I had visions of a father and son visit to the village our Hakka ancestors settled in after migrating from Northern China. Unfortunately, the village is a 4-hour drive from Guangdong and is not in any widely available map. If you don’t have someone from the village meeting you and driving you there, chances are you won’t find it. Hmmmm, maybe not on a short trip.Fortunately for us, there is a Hakka restaurant in Beijing so popular it was written up in Frommers. Kei Jai Cai (also called Han Kejia in Frommers website) is charmingly rustic, and on the two times we went, its clients were decidedly local.While we looked over the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 19, 2006

Ke Jia Cai (Kejia Cai)
Southeast Bank Of The Qian Hai
Beijing
86 10 6404-2259

Li Kang

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Restaurant

Li Kang Photo, Beijing, China
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The first time I had duck, I was about ten during a New Years banquet in Panama. We chowed on every type of delicacy, but it was the roast duck I remember.Needless to say I was excited about having Beijing Roast Duck in Beijing proper. We couldn’t get reservations at the hundred-year-old Quan Ju De and were not in the mood to try to find a hidden kaoyas (roast duck restaurants) in a hutong. We were starving and decided to try Li Kang per our guidebook’s recommendation.Li Kang is neither ostentatious nor hole-in-the-wall-like. Its atmosphere is as unremarkable as the beige walls. But the food is simply amazing. Like most of our restaurant outings I left the ordering up to dad, who d...Read More

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Li Kang
Gongti Nanlu
Beijing
+86 10 6552 3818

Jin Ding Xuan

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Restaurant

Jin Ding Xuan Photo, Beijing, China
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I haven’t quite gotten over the fact that my first meal in Beijing was at a McDonalds. On our first day Dad and I were up at the crack of dawn thanks to Jetlag. So we went out foraging for food. Unfortunately, the early opening restaurant recommended by Fodor’s was nowhere to be found. Cue Mac Donald’s. Sigh… a Big breakfast definitely not in the plan.Thankfully, our other book, the Insiders Guide to Beijing, led us to Jin Ding Xuan, a Cantonese chain that specializes in Dim Sum. The location we went to was a 24- hour golden four-story palace of Dim Sum. Did I mention the neon sign advertising the fact that it is open 24 hours? Just in case the fact that the entire place is painted a golden ...Read More

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Jin Ding Xuan
77 Hepingli Xijie,
Beijing, China
6429-6888

Great Wall (万里长城)

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Attraction | "Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass"

Great Wall (万里长城) Photo, Beijing, China
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I was dreading the over commercialization of the Great Wall at Badaling, but hesitant to tackle the difficult trek from Simatai to Jin Shan Ling with my 76 year old father. Thankfully, our tour guide suggested the much less visited, but easily accessible Juyongguan. Located 32 miles northwest of Beijing on the way to Badaling, Juyongguan was reportedly used as early as the Qin Dynasty when the First Emperor started the Great Wall. Juyongguan guarded one of the two crucial passes to Beijing and thus gained historical significance as the site of many battles involving Jurchen, Mongol and, Japanese invaders. For more click ...Read More

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Great Wall (万里长城)
North Of Beijing City
Beijing, China
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