Sep 10, 2011

Beijing DIY IT & cost

Our IT is designed for one to walk a lot during the day then rest and recuperate at night. I really loved the parks and temples we visited. I especially love love love the trees and admire how they maintain the cleanliness of all the places we visited. Yes, almost all have entrance fees but it was worth it. The ambience was so relaxing and a real eye candy. We toured around Beijing using the subway system, it was convenient and affordable.

Here’s what we did in Beijing...

Day 0: Travel to Beijing
Day 1: Temple of Heaven, Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Coal Hill
          (if you’re not too tired visit Wangfujing Street at night)
Day 2: Mutianyu Great Wall & Ming Tombs (to post soon: CNY180 vs CNY260)
Day 3: Summer Palace, Bird’s Nest, Beijing Zoo
Day 4: Drum and Bell Tower, Yonghe Lama Temple, Beijing shopping
            i.e. Wangfujing; Xidan; Xiushui Market; Sanlitun area; Panjiayuan Market
Day 5: Travel Home

For the highlight of our trip, we booked a packaged tour to visit Mutianyu Great Wall for CNY180 (also includes visit to Ming’s Tomb). The tour fee includes park fees, transportation and lunch. You can also try the cable car and toboggan run rides for CNY65.

Overall, I am glad to have covered the Top 10 must sees in Beijing for a total cost of Php18,484 per pax. This cost can definitely go lower if you are able to get discounted airfares and avail of lower room rates, which took 68% of our total budget.

-Airfare ticket from MLN to BJ was purchased for only Php1,038 per pax but our return ticket was booked at a normal rate of hpP6,133. Airfare also includes the Php750 terminal fee and Php1,620 travel tax

-We stayed for 3 nights and 8 hours (standard room) at Beijing Central Youth Hotel conveniently located next to Beijing Railway subway station. Loved the free & fast internet access

-Conversion rate used: CNY1 = Php6.65

-I also took an online examination in Beijing (mgt of innovation finals), a very innovative way to mix travel with school!

looking forward for my next trip,

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