The "Chinese" City
Wonderful city, still quite exotic and strange. It's definitely the city within China that is the most "Chinese" in atmosphere and feeling.. many of China's other cities are just becoming international cities, but this one retains it's old world charm. You must have Peking Duck (Kaoya), it's a Beijing specialty.
Insider Tip:Only visit the summer palace if it's a clear day (without much fog or pollution) otherwise you can't see anything, especially as this palace complex is perched on a hill and over looks a grand lake.. it's quite far out from the city center, so do it on a good day. Don't follow anyone who offers to take you to a "cool bar" with "cheap beers",you're in trouble... you'll sit down for awhile and some girls will demand "lady tips" for talking to you. Wear a mask if the pollution level is high,you'll be thankful