United Airlines offers nonstop flights from Washington Dulles to Beijing.
WHERE TO STAY
Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall
No. 7 Jian Guo Men South Ave.
Dongcheng District, Beijing
Centrally located and within walking distance of the Beijing Railway Station, offering wheelchair-accessible accommodations. Rooms from $160.
The Peninsula Shanghai
No. 32, Zhongshan Dong Yi Rd., Shanghai
An upscale chain with hotels in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, all offering a selection of wheelchair-accessible rooms/bathrooms. Rooms from $325.
Sanya Marriott Resort & Spa
Yalong Bay, Sanya
In the most beautiful part of Yalong Bay on Hainan Island. Offers wheelchair-accessible rooms and accessible pathways to the beach and pools. The staff works diligently to understand the needs of guests with disabilities and to accommodate them. Rooms from $210.
WHERE TO EAT
Wei Jing Ge
Waldorf Astoria Club Level 5
No. 2 Zhongshan Dong Yi Rd.
Huang Pu District, Shanghai
Features several regional Chinese cuisines, including dishes in the styles of Shanghai, Canton and Sichuan, in an elegant historic setting. Entrees start at $12. Dim sum brunch starts at $37. Restaurant is accessible by elevator, and the spacious table setup allows ample room for maneuvering a wheelchair.
WHAT TO DO
The Palace Museum/Forbidden City
Forbidden City Imperial Palace
No.4 Jingshanqian Qianjie
Dong Cheng District, Beijing
The main entrances have ramps, and the courtyards and open spaces are largely accessible. The inner palaces and buildings vary in accessibility, although the Palace Museum has recently undergone extensive renovation to add ramps and elevators/lifts. Tuesday-Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (also Mondays during summer and on holidays). Admission starts at $7.
204 Dong Bei St., Suzhou
An architecturally unique building designed by local native I.M. Pei, housing extensive collections of ancient Chinese art, painting, calligraphy, stone sculpture and other antiquities. Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. It was closed the day we tried to visit, but the Web site, unusually for China, mentions that “wheelchairs are available free of charge at coat-check areas, lifts are accessible to each floor, and restrooms on the B1 for the people with disabilities are accessible on each floor.”
For a travel agent with expertise in Chinese travel and unique travel situations, contact Mei Zhang of WildChina (1-888-902-8808; www.wildchina.com).