I am likely to visit Beijing for the first time late this year. There's a conference in December that runs for three days, but I'll try to spend a week or so. Various questions arise.
The conference is at Beijing International Convention Center & the organisers suggest staying at the Beijing Continental Grand Hotel. Location is described on their site (https://www.bcghotel.com/english/huiyi/dlwz.html
) as "next to the Beijing National Stadium called the “Bird’s Nest”, and the Aquatic Center called the “Water Cube”.
Questions on that: The conference organisers give directions only for bus & taxi from the airport. Is there a subway stop nearby? Are there any decent cheaper hotels in that area? Or a short subway ride away? Good food or bars nearby?
More general questions: What should I see, and which tourist traps are to be avoided? Sanlitun? There's at least one flea market; what is that like?
Food: Where do I find good jiaozi and/or West-of-China kebabs etc. in Beijing? Are there any Western (or Mexican, Greek, Indian, ...) restaurants that are unusually good?
Historic sites: I suppose I'll visit a few but most are not priorities for me. One exception would be the old Summer Palace, not the rebuilt version but the one Lord Elgin burnt. Is there anything left of that to see?
The thing I'd most like to see near Beijing, though, is the Badger's Mouth Pass where one of Genghis Khan's great battles was fought.
Wikipedia on the battle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Badger_Mouth
and on the location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wanquan_County
How does I get there from Beijing?