InterContinental Beijing Beichen
Rent a hotel car or take a taxi which takes you 15 minutes to the Lama Temple at the northeast corner of the Beijing city. The travelers will find an elegant and ancient temple known as the Yonghe Lamaery, which is the largest and most perfectly preserved lamasery in present day China. Then, you may enjoy a very cool shopping at one of the Beijing’s charming shopping area Sanlitun Village with hip outdoor mall-type shopping experience and ultra-cool shops such as Beijing’s Adidas and Apple flagship stores.
To enjoy a tradition culture Hutong tour at Houhai area. Around the south and along the west side of Houhai are a variety of tea houses, cafes, bars and boutiques that combine modern and traditional elements in their unique designs. Taking a rickshaw tour around the Houhai area to visit the ancient courtyard will make your travel experience different.
A classic nightlife with the world famous acrobatic show, it is not to be missed entertainment in the evening. You can enjoy gravity-defying contortionism, juggling, unicycling, chair-stacking, and plate-spinning acts and more. Afterwards to discover the culinary secrets in carving the duck at Beijing’s most famous duck restaurant located in the ancient granary. Another tradition that influenced Beijing cuisine (as well as influenced by the latter itself) is the Chinese imperial cuisine that originated from the Emperor's Kitchen.
As for cooking native to Beijing, the most popular methods are roasting, frying, stewing, braising, and steaming. A prime example of Beijing cuisine is the Beijing Roast Duck. Another favorite Beijing meal is Shuanyangrou or "Hot Pot", which is especially popular in the cold Beijing winter months. Around the Chunjie or Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, Beijingers make meat dumplings called Jiaozi that is a special part of northern Chinese cuisine. Beijing's strong Muslim community with both Beijing's local Muslims and others who migrate from Xinjiang and other parts of China lends its own flavors to the mix that is modern Beijing. Perhaps the most unbeatable dining is to experience the cuisine of the Imperial kitchen. As a great international city, Beijing also offers many choices in western and non-Chinese cuisine and the range of International cuisine here should satisfy even the most westernized of palates. Beyond this, there are plenty of fast food options, handy your shopping expeditions or whenever you just need a cheeseburger. McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, Starbuck's Coffee, Subway Subs and Dunkin-Donuts have all established chain stores in the city.