Here’s how to enjoy Beijing for...
Head to Tiananmen Square in the morning to file past the body of the Great Helmsman at the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, then visit the National Museum of China (en.chnmuseum.cn) next door, one of the largest in the world.
In the evening, catch the death-defying acrobatics show at the Chaoyang Theatre.
Go beyond the guidebooks and discover a new side of the Forbidden City by attending a talk by the history experts at Beijing Postcards. Explore the still-active Lama Temple in the afternoon, a former Imperial palace turned lamasery.
Finish the day shopping for designer souvenirs and retro antiques on trendy Wudaoying Hutong.
Begin the day on a city tour with a difference: a two-hour chauffeured joyride on a 1950s PLA motorcycle sidecar by the bike fanatics at Beijing Sideways. After all that excitement, indulge in a relaxing spa treatment at the Peninsula Beijing.
End the day with a champagne-paired dinner while learning the secrets of Peking duck. Go behind the scenes on a kitchen tour at the city’s best duck restaurant, courtesy of boutique travel company Bespoke Beijing.