What are the best unique Beijing experiences?

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Don’t even think about visiting Beijing without trying Peking duck, hiking the Great Wall of China and haggling for deals at Beijing’s many markets. Here’s a quick look at must-do experiences unique to Beijing:

1. You may have dined on Peking duck before, but nowhere is it more delicious than the city in which it originated. In Beijing, perfect duck roast is ordered ahead of time, slow roasted and removed from the oven just as you arrive at the restaurant. Purists and tourists alike haunt Li Qun or Da Dong Roast Duck for a no-frills experience. Those on expense accounts visit Made in China in the Grand Hyatt Beijing for a more luxe version.

2. A hike along any one of the accessible sections of the Great Wall is simply unforgettable. You must go. You would also be wise to prepare for steep ascents and descents and the hawkers selling drinks, T-shirts and candy along the way.

3. Haggling for jade or pearls (or any kind souvenir for that matter) at one of Beijing’s markets is a lively sport not to be taken too seriously. Locals suggest offering a price that’s less than 50 perfect of what you think the item is worth and then haggling until it hurts.

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