What is the one place you want to visit in China? The Great Wall, the Great Wall, or the Great Wall?
You might want to reconsider your plan of visiting the Great wall if you were to stay in Beijing for no longer than a few days. Aside from having to squeeze through thousands of people just to take a decent photo, the great wall is located on the outskirt of Beijing which is practically in the middle of nowhere.
So, in other word, you will need an entire day to see the Great wall alone.
The forbidden city is a better option according to many foreigners who has visited Beijing. It’s also quite crowded, but it’s well worth it. Filled with amazing monuments and relics, it will be a visit to remember. The best thing about it is it’s located flat center in Beijing, which allows you to visit several amazing places that are all within walking distance. Zhongshan Park, Tiananmen Square, Beihai Park, etc….. Which will allow you to see more of the city and save enough energy to enjoy a nice night out as well.
The Night life in Beijing is another pretty amazing sight. You could choose to go to a modernized high-end bar in Sanlitun/Solana area on the east side of Beijing, or have a drink at a fancy Chinese style bar in the Hutongs of Houhai.
The choice is yours to make.Always remember to eat at restaurants away from busy streets and tourist attractions to save considerable amount of dough.