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8 hours in Beijing with two small children

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8 hours in Beijing with two small children

Hi there

I have 8 hours (during daytime) in Beijing with my two small children, 3 and 5 years old. Any recommendations as to what we should do? Should we leave the airport (hotel?) or stay put (lounge? are there play areas?).

Thanks for your tips!

Donna

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1. Re: 8 hours in Beijing with two small children

8 hours is in general enough to visit something in Beijing, but with two kids it will be a bit more of a hassle. The lounges at the airport are not very exciting. There are a few play area's scattered around Terminal 3 which I think for that age they will be pretty engaged with. If budget allows why not get a dayroom at the Hilton or Langham, spend 2 hours in the pool have lunch, freshen up and back to the airport.

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3. Re: 8 hours in Beijing with two small children

Definitely get out of the airport. But avoid any of the strenuous and "adult" sights like the Great Wall, Forbidden City, etc. Probably better to take the kids to a place they can run around and release pent up energy, and/or nap.

You could do as #1 says and get a day-rate at a hotel with a pool. If the Hilton and Langham are too expensive, try the (CITIC) Sino-Swiss Hotel which also has a free shuttle bus.

Other alternatives on the eastern half of town (more convenient for getting to/from airport):

--Chaoyang Park with plenty of room and small-kid amusement rides and equipment, also has an outdoor pool.

--Blue Zoo (aquarium attraction, not the BJ Aquarium which is on the west side of town)

--Crab Island, not far from airport, big water park with a beach and has a shallow/small kid area.

--Tuanjiehu Park, has water park with wave pool, also paddle boats on the lake, reaching this by Airport Express + subway is an option.

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4. Re: 8 hours in Beijing with two small children

Thanks so much for your great tips! Much appreciated.

D

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