November 15, 2019
6 Days DIY Solo Adventure in Beijing, China Winter Edition

6 Days DIY Solo Adventure in Beijing, China: Winter Edition

‘‘China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move the world.”

– Napoleon Bonaparte

Nicknamed as The Sleeping Giant, it never occurred to me that I will be visiting China on my own, during winter, at the start of my 2019.

I booked a spontaneous 2 way flight from Manila to Beijing to Manila last year of 2018 via Cebu Pacific for only P2,000.00 ($40.00). I didn’t think it over, I just booked without thinking about it.

Chinese visa is the first ever visa I’ve obtained. Getting one has given me a lot of emotions, especially being worried if I get denied, and joy when i got my single entry visa to China

Having a detailed itinerary is one of the documents I submitted within my application. Which most of it, I haven’t really had the chance to do. 

The flight between Manila to Beijing is roughly 4 to 5 hours. I flew 15 minutes before 8pm and arrived in Beijing before 1am, the other day. 

Sharing below is my 6 day itinerary to Beijing, China. 

Day 1 Qianmen Street, The Temple of Heaven

January 14 – Day 1:

  • Check in to my hostel – Leo Hostel (52 Dashilan W St, Xicheng, Beijing, China)
    • Bunk Bed, 7 nights – P2,734.84 (CNY 378.42 / $54.09)
  • Rest for a few hours. Breakfast at the hostel
  • Leo Hostel has a really good location which make it accessible to most of the tourist spots in Beijing. 
  • Walk and food tripping at the Qianmen Street
  • The Temple of Heaven 
    •  – P202.36 (CNY 28 / $4.00)

 

Day 2 Tienanmen Square, Beijing Railway Station going to Harbin

January 15 – Day 2:

  • Quick visit to Tienanmen Square
  • Beijing Railway Station
  • Train ride going to Harbin, China – 7 hours train ride
    • P2215.07 (CNY 306.5 / $43.81)
  • Check in to my Hostel – The North International Youth Hostel (No.65 Dijie Street, Daoli, 150016 Harbin, China)
    • Bunk Bed, 1  night – P361.57 (CNY 50.03 / $7.15)

 

Day 3 at Harbin, China

January 16 – Day 3:

  • Check my Harbin adventure here!
  • Harbin Railway Station
  • St. Sophia Cathedral
  • A walk and food tripping at Zhongyang Street – Russian style street
  • Songhua River Winter Wonderland
  • Siberia Tiger Park
    • including the ordinary sightseeing bus trip – P794.97 (CNY 110 / $15.72) 
  • Harbin University
  • Train ride going back to Beijing
    • P1102.12 (CNY 152.5 / $21.80)

 

Day 4 Food tripping and wandering around the Hutong market street in Dashilan

January 17 – Day 4:

  • Get back to Leo Hostel
  • Food tripping and wandering around the Hutong market street in Dashilan
  • Rest, drink some beer and read a book  at the hostel lounge

 

Day 5 National Stone Place – Jade Stone, The Ming Tombs, Mutianyu Great Wall

January 18 – Day 5:

  • Pick Up tour by TravelBeijingTour.com
    • Lunch is included – P1517.67 (CNY 210 / $30.00)
  • National Stone Place – Jade Stone
  • The Ming Tombs
  • Mutianyu Great Wall
  • Tea Making 
  • Food and Beer during night at the hostel

 

6th day at the beijing zoo, lama temple, forbidden city, Wangfujing District

January 19 – Day 6:

  • Beijing Zoo
    • P72.27 (CNY 10 / $1.43)
  • The Yonghe Temple – also known as the Lama Temple
    • P180.67 (CNY 25 / $3.57)
  • Summer Palace 
    • P114.54 (CNY 20 / $2.86)
  • Food tripping and wandering around Wangfujing District
  • Night visit outside the Wangfujing Catholic Church
  • Flight back to Manila 

 

6 days in Beijing is never enough. When I looked back at the places I visited, I always think that I would’ve done better, explored better and followed my original itinerary. But, looking at my photos, remembering the days I had in Beijing – every minute of it was never a waste. It was a spectacular vacation that I am planning to go back to China again. 

 

Tips in getting around Beijing (or Harbin) (during the winter season):

  • Make sure to bring the right type of clothes – warmers, jackets, leather gloves which you can also use while using your phone without taking it off, beanie, boots or warm shoes. 
  • Install a VPN to access Google or Facebook, if you don’t want to install a VPN, you can use WeChat as a form of online communication to your friends or family. I used Betternet.
  • Simcard costs P2023.56 (CNY280 / $40.02) good for 7 days. This is fast and reliable. I even used it for calls and texting while I was in China. You can pre-order this, with my experience, I bought it from the airport which is why it caused a bit expensive.
  • NEVER ever ride the black taxi, or follow the taxi driver who offers their services. These are scammer – i paid P3505.09 (CNY485 / $69.33) for a single ride going to my hostel. It was 1 am and I was really cold. 
  •  If you are riding on a train, it’s okay to ask if the seats are available. Chinese are really nice if you talk to them kindly. 
  • Use the Beijing Subways! You will enjoy it and it saves a lot of time.  Make sure that you have 1, 5 or 10 yuan available for easy subway tickets. 
  • Try authentic Chinese food. 
  • If you are travelling solo on a group tour, it’s always feels nice to talk to other people on that group. You’ll learn a lot from them.
  • Listen to your tour guide. 
  • Always bring your passport. 
  • Download a Google Translate application.

 

Total Number of Expenses: 

  • P18,444.73 (airfare, accommodation/s, train ride (Beijing ⇆ Harbin), tours, stupidity in taxi ride, travel tax) – Food and Pasalubong expenses are not included. 

 

I don’t normally share my expenses, but this could be helpful to those who want to travel in Beijing – especially for a solo (female) traveler like me. 

 

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Throughout the years, it seems that The Sleeping Giant has been awake and doing so much better to its country. In my experience and humble opinion, China is a place that you should be adding to your bucket list. 

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Til my next adventure!

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