I visited Beijing in 2005. Much has changed in preparation for the Olympic (demolition and new construction). Be cautious hailing cabs. There are two types of cabs: registered and gypsy. Always hail a registerd cab which is identified with a roof top sign. Better yet, ride the subway. It’s easy using the subway system and will save you money. Be cautious of those who speak English and request you view their art work. This is a scam. McDonald’s, KFC, Starbucks, and Pizza Hut are all over Beijing. If you’re looking for a memorable meal try one of the restaurants serving Peking duck. We ate at Quan Jude, founded in 1864. This the most famous, authentic, and delicious Peking duck restaurant in the city. http://www.quanjude.com.cn Many restaurants serve pot stickers. An order may contain two-four large pieces and it’s easy to over order. Ask at your hotel for a restaurant serving a Mongolian Hot Pot lunch. You cook your own food in a hot pot at your table. Tea stores offer free tea testing demos. A fun experience that I highly recommend. We took a pedicab tour through a hutong, which is a old, walled off neighborhood, not visible from the main streets. The markets in the hutongs are hidden and must be visited early, since many close by noon. I can’t give any specific recommendations, since we walked into places off the street, checked out their menus, and made a decision. We saw a few Mexican amd Italian restaurants, but decided to take a pass on them. Be adventureous and try the local restaurants. Since you understand the language, it should be easy to read the menu and make a decision on the spot. Watch out for people riding bikes while crossing the streets. They’re thousands of them. Have a great trip.