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.
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.
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
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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.
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.