We have started our search for hotels in Beijing and we plan on staying near the Tiananmen Square area after reading about all the traffic jams. We plan on using the Metro as much as possible. When we went to Paris, France last year we used the Metro all the time and it was great a 10 day trip to Paris without any taxis. We are searching on Tripadvisor, Expedia, Hotels, Bookings, and agoda for photos and reviews. We will be using our points on American Airlines for free hotels before they expire.
We are reading a lot of reviews with travelers experiencing hard beds. I actually like a firm bed it is great for my back but China is the extreme. We stayed at the in-laws last February for Chinese New Year their beds were bamboo with only a thin blanket on it, so I slept on my side as much as possible. Actually this is typical for China and most hotels will have firm mattresses or bamboo with a thin layer of cushioning, so be aware.
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