A Sample Itinerary for 72 hours in Beijing:
Day One—Visit everything you want to see around Tiananmen Square
- Forbidden City
- National Museum of China
- Railroad Museum
- Mao’s Mausoleum
- Hall of the Heroes of the People
- Temple of Heaven park
- Roam around Dashilar and Qianmen hutongs.
Day Two—Visit the Great Wall
There are all sorts of tours you can do, or even ride public transport to Badaling or Mutianyu yourself. Research what type of wall experience you want—something close and popular, like Badaling, something remote and unrestored, like Simatai, or something in-between, like Mutianyu. If you book a full-day tour, it may take you also to the Ming Tombs.
Day Three—Finish seeing Beijing or take a day trip outside
You can visit anything you didn’t see the first day in Beijing.
Or you can take a day trip to the Ming Tombs, the Marco Polo bridge and historic town nearby, or visiting the Dragon Gorge.
- Eat Peking duck while in Beijing. You can find it almost anywhere—small restaurants serve it on the street for only a few dollars, while expensive restaurants serve duck for 50 USD apiece.
- Watch either Chinese acrobats, visit the Beijing Zoo to see Pandas, or Chinese opera.
Hop on a plane a head to your next location! Jordan and I were in Beijing for a total of 68 hours and did all of the above except for evening activities, and that’s mostly because we were saving our money for the next destination on our trip.