48 Hours in Beijing
By Janice Wald Henderson CruiseMates Culinary Editor
An Inside Guide to Exploring this Exotic City with just 48 hours before or after your cruise.
The Forbidden City is a Major Beijing attraction
Beijing is a difficult city to explore, and sometimes, endure. But the rewards are far greater than the challenges this Chinese capital can impose.
When planning an Asian cruise, don't bypass Beijing with some half-day pre-or-post cruise tour. Or worse, some two-day guided tour where you're shuffled around like cattle and miss the real Beijing. You can see this city on your own.
Schedule two days for sightseeing, shopping and dining. (The Great Wall, a drive from the city, needs its own day.) Here's how to survive, and yes thrive, in this formidable destination. You may only need to visit once but that one stay provides thrills only travel this exotic can deliver.