Here’s How to Have One Spectacular Day in Beijing

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BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 19: A general view of the skyline of central business district on February 19, 2013 in Beijing, China. Large amounts of organic nitrogen compounds were found in Beijing smog in January, the worst month in recent years. Most alarming is that the Chinese Academy of Sciences says they've found organic nitrogen particles, a key component in the deadly photochemical smog in Los Angeles in the 1950s and the Great Smog in London. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)
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We asked Lewis Liu, concierge of the Rosewood Beijing hotel, to plan a single, spectacular day in Beijing…

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1. Private tour to Summer Palace

Early in the morning, head to the Summer Palace with your private tour guide. Climb the Wan Shou Hill and take a boat ride on Kun Ming Lake.

2. Lunch at Mei Mansion

Then enjoy a delectable lunch at Mei Mansion, which is located in an elegant 200-year-old Houhai courtyard, followed by a private Peking opera performance.

3. Visit to the Forbidden City

In the afternoon visit the Forbidden City and take a pedicab to travel around the Hutong neighborhood to get a taste of an old Beijinger’s life.

4. French cuisine in a temple

Enjoy the best French cuisine at Temple Restaurant, which is housed in an ancient temple.

5. Whiskey at Jia Ding Fang bar

After dinner, take a walk and enjoy the beautiful night view in Houhai. Cap the night off with whiskey or wine at Jia Ding Fang bar, where you can also order snacks and enjoy the live band.

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A version of this post appears in the February 1, 2016 issue of Fortune as a sidebar to “Black Book: See Beijing Like a Local.”

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