Forbidden City is one of most popular tourism destination for the tourists from home and aboard, it is really a must see in Beijing, your Beijing trip is not complete without visiting it, the forbidden city a showcase for Chinese architecture and Chinese history. You can also learn a lot of the Chinese culture in it, how the emperor’s life is like, what are the imperial court is like, everything there is so impressive, definitely you can’t miss it.
How long you recommend spending in Shanghai for a first time visit to cover all the must see tourist spots ?
I am an American senior citizen. I have lived all over China, from Xinjiang to Beijing. I never felt unsafe. Biggest danger for foreigners are pickpockets and the drivers, as they have no tolerance for pedestrians and are careless and offensive. There are no obvious traffic laws or enforcement. So if you keep your personal items close and cross streets, even with the light, cautiously, you can rest easy. Other than the Chinese must sees like the Great Wall and the Summer Palace, don't stay in the western influenced restaurants or hotels, or tourist spots, and enjoy the real China. A 3 star Chinese hotel compares with 4 star Western hotels.