Logistics. Chengdu airport is small, so just arrive 10 minutes before your flight. Your flight probably won't leave on time anyway. Don't mind those strange sounds coming from the engine or Grandma throwing up her beef-noodle lunch right before we land.
Beijing is a nice place for a stroll. It's so hot the mushrooms steam! But don't worry: You can drink as much water as you want without ever worrying about the consequences. Trivia! Did you know that Beijing has over 5,000 public toilets, more than other city in the world? Some have even been designated five-star for your comfort and sanitation.
Get off the Banana Trail! The hutongs are one of Beijing's most celebrated attractions. For added fun and interest, take a self-guided walking tour at 3 a.m., and then try to find your way back. Tip: If you encounter large, unfriendly dogs on the loose around a corner, turn around and run.
Point of Interest! On your second day, visit the Beijing Zoo. Here you'll find mischievous animals and even more mischievous children. Open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. during peak season. Entrance: RMB15. (Add RMB1 to see the Giant Panda.) Take subway line 4, or bus 106, 332, 482, 528, 563, or 608. www.bjzoo.com
Enjoy the shopping experience of your life at the world-famous Silk Market—the place to see and be seen. You might not find anything worth buying, but you'll experience 15 minutes of fame. Beijing Must-Do!
End your day with the romance of the West. All those Pimsleur lines you've been reciting over and over? Now is the time to put them to use! Ask her out for a freshly brewed cup of coffee at Grandma's Kitchen. Ahhh, just like home.