I live for my first ever trip to Beijing, on April 20th.
I want to thank the experts and others on here, who have given great advice. I don't post a lot, however I do read a lot of the threads and replies.
For the forum experts: Thank you! I personally appreciate your timely responses to questions. Many of which have answered many of mine.
I shall submit a review of my thoughts, etc when I return. In case anyone is wondering, I am spending 5 days in Beijing at The Hilton, 2 nights in Xian at the Hilton, then returning to Beijing. I have a few day trips booked in Beijing and everything else I am pretty much doing on my own.
I am quite lucky, for I have a very close friend who teaches English in Beijing and she has lived there for the past 3 years. So, I kinda have a built in guide.