Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — China is growing steadily more popular as a business destination for American travelers. With its economy developing at breakneck speed, the capital city of Beijing is a go-to for companies seeking to do business and sign contracts. Business travelers on the go don’t always have the time to see and experience everything Beijing has to offer.
To help the busy traveler, Susie Gordon—freelance journalist and author of Moon Beijing & Shanghai—offers a three-day itinerary, including everything from where to take clients and co-workers out to dinner to visiting Tian’anmen Square.
Here are Susie’s top 20 selections for a short trip to Beijing:
1. After catching up on emails over coffee and breakfast at the hotel, start the day on Financial Street—a modern business thoroughfare that contains many company headquarters, banks and luxury hotels. Admire the shiny high-rises that form Beijing’s commercial heartland.
2. Take some well-earned time out with a massage at the Oriental Taipan.
3. For lunch with clients or co-workers, take them to the CourtYard for a high-end European meal overlooking the old Imperial city.
4. After lunch, stroll around the nearby Forbidden City—one of the historic city’s highlights—where emperors took care of business for several dynasties.
5. Stop off at the Beijing Centre for the Arts to check out the capital’s cultural scene.
6. For dinner, impress clients and guests with fine French cuisine at Maison Boulud—one of Beijing’s best restaurants.
7. Stop at Glen for a whisky nightcap before heading to the Kerry Centre Hotel to catch up on emails before calling it a night.
8. Start the morning in historic Ritan Park, where elderly city folk practice tai chi.
9. Join Beijing’s hip, young creative types and young businesspeople at the Trends Lounge bookshop and café.
10. Spend some time in the Central Business District, admiring the unusual contemporary architecture of the New CCTV Tower that was designed by Rem Koolhas and Ole Scheeren.
11. Head up to Sanlitun to stock up on gifts for family and co-workers back home at the designer shops and boutiques of Sanlitun Village.
12. For dinner, explore China’s culinary tradition with a hint of elegance at Fat Duck, the Renaissance Capital Hotel’s Beijing duck restaurant.
13. Round off dinner with a drink at Atmosphere—the city’s highest bar.
14. Enjoy a chilled-out Western-style breakfast at Grandma’s Kitchen.
15. Explore Beijing’s famous and infamous Tian’anmen Square, and marvel at the sheer scale of China’s largest public plaza.
16. Head to the Legation Quarter to see the various places from which Beijing has been ruled over the years, through Imperial times, to the colonial era and into Communism.
17. Have lunch at Ristorante Sadler in the luxurious Chi’enmen 23 development.
18. Get to know the history and culture of the People’s Republic with a trip to the National Museum of China.
19. Treat clients to a final dinner at Domus for quality home-cooked European dishes inside a renovated historical building.
20. Have a cocktail at chic XIU lounge before heading back to the hotel or the airport.
For more information on Beijing, or more detailed travel tips and advice on planning a trip to Beijing or Shanghai, visit the Moon Travel Guides website.
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