City Scoop: Beijing

29 February 2016
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When you're visiting a city for the first time, there's nothing better than getting tips from a local beyond the usual guide book suggestions!

We asked Dennis Basham, GM Scoot Airlines, for his insider scoop on Beijing including where to eat, drink and play, along with a rewarding day trip to make your stay extra memorable.

Beijing Bar Visit Beijing's hutongs for authentic dining and culture (Image: Getty)


Liqun Roast Duck Restaurant - It’s hidden in the hutongs – Beijing’s historic streets – so follow the cartoon duck signs to this courtyard eatery and try delicious duck, or challenge yourself with braised duck gizzards and intestines.

After Dark

Yin Bar - Enjoy a huangjiu cocktail at a rooftop bar with views to the Forbidden City, Jingshan Hill and Tiananmen Square.


Panjiayuan Antique Market - Every weekend the Panjiayuan flea market teems with vendors selling prints, statues and antiques. Pick up a bargain and work on your bartering technique.

Which is better? Beijing Vs Shanghai

What will you see? Exploring China: From Ancient Treasures To Outdoor Adventures

Beijing Bar The Great Wall offers immense history and scenic walking

Day Trip

Great Wall of China - Take your Great Wall experience beyond the tourist areas by hiking through farmland and small villages to an almost forgotten China.

Secret Tip

Insider info - Always carry the name of your hotel written in Chinese characters to help with directions. Beijing is huge and it’s easy to get lost wandering the streets.

Visit your local Flight Centre store or call 131 600 for more advice and the latest deals on travelling to Beijing.

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