What to see and what to do in the brilliant city of Beijing

by Merryn Sherwood on 30 Aug, 2011 12:45 • Español

Are you one of the thousands of triathletes about to descend on Beijing for the 2011 ITU World Championships? Don’t forget to check off this list of sights to see, exciting things to do and all the triathlon action you can handle in one of the world’s most dynamic cities.

The City
Beijing is China’s capital city, and it’s a thriving metropolis home to almost 20 million people. So why not shop in some of the world’s biggest and most lively markets.  The Hongqiao market (also known as the Pearl market), located near the Temple of Heaven, is a legendary shopper’s paradise with five floors offering rows and rows of stalls selling clothes, jewelry, purses, shoes and more.  Also as popular are the Silk Market and Wangfujing pedestrian street, starting at the Beijing Hotel.  Beijing is also a great place to indulge in excellent Chinese food and since you are in Beijing, why not try Peking Duck? Peking is what Beijing was originally called in English, so it’s the traditional dish of the city.

The Sights
It’s easy to be swept up in China’s ancient history in Beijing, with remnants of it everywhere. Make time to see the Great Wall of China, which is only a short cab ride from the triathlon venue at Changping. Then there are places like the Forbidden City, which has the best preserved group of ancient buildings in China, Tiananmen Square, if you can try and make it extra early for the flag raising ceremony, the Summer Palace, Ming Tombs or the world class Beijing Zoo. Also don’t forget there is some pretty spectacular triathlon action – other than racing – with the parade of nations and event opening ceremony on Thursday, September 8 at 6:30pm, followed by the chance to stock up on carbs at the Beijing pasta party.

The 2008 Olympic Games
The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games were the first time the Games had been held in China. They responded by creating some of the most memorable Olympic stadiums of all time. So why not have a look at the watercube where Michael Phelps won his eight gold medals, or the birds nest where Usain Bolt claimed the 100m and 200m double in record-breaking style? Both are located in the Olympic Green Village, that was the centre of the Games back in 2008.

The Racing
Then there is the triathlon action, with a bevy of ITU World Champions to be crowned in age-group, paratriathlon, junior, Under23s and the elite men and women competitions.  In both the juniors and Under23s, it’s a great chance to see who will be the next senior ITU stars, with names like Ashleigh Gentle, Hollie Avil, Yuka Sato, Aaron Barclay and Aaron Harris. In the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series Grand Final, it’s a final showdown with everyone on the line, and names like Alistair Brownlee, Jonathan Brownlee, Javier Gomez, Helen Jenkins, Barbara Riveros Diaz and Paula Findlay. The U23 men kick off the world title races, on September 9, while the junior women, elite men and Under23 women on Saturday September 10, followed by the elite women and junior men on Sunday September 11. It’s also the largest ever paratriathlon world championships, and now there is Paralympic glory on the line (it’s officially been accepted as sport for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games), the action will be thrilling on Friday, September 9. For those who love the swim, also check out the world Aquathlon World Championships on September 7.

For more information on the Dextro Energy Triathlon Series ITU World Championship Grand Final Beijing schedule, please click here

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Related Event: 2011 Dextro Energy Triathlon - ITU World Championship Grand Final Beijing
09 - 11 Sep, 2011 • event pageall results
Results: U23 Women
1. Agnieszka Jerzyk POL 02:07:07
2. Zsófia Kovács HUN 02:07:08
3. Rebecca Robisch GER 02:07:14
4. Kaitlin Donner USA 02:07:18
5. Yuliya Yelistratova UKR 02:07:30
Results: U23 Men
1. Matthew Sharp GBR 01:52:12
2. David Mcnamee GBR 01:52:17
3. Thomas Bishop GBR 01:52:19
4. Greg Billington USA 01:52:38
5. Franz Loeschke GER 01:53:01
Results: Junior Women
1. Mikayla Nielsen NZL 01:03:40
2. Ashlee Bailie AUS 01:03:42
3. Hanna Philippin GER 01:03:47
4. Eszter Pap HUN 01:04:02
5. Kelly Whitley USA 01:04:12
Results: Junior Men
1. Lukas Verzbicas USA 00:56:21
2. Justus Nieschlag GER 00:56:54
3. Tony Smoragiewicz USA 00:56:59
4. Ron Darmon ISR 00:57:06
5. Matt Brown AUS 00:57:11
Results: Elite Women
1. Andrea Hansen NZL 01:58:26
2. Helen Jenkins GBR 01:58:40
3. Melanie Hauss SUI 01:58:58
4. Lisa Norden SWE 01:59:00
5. Laura Bennett USA 01:59:02
Results: Elite Men
1. Alistair Brownlee GBR 01:48:07
2. Sven Riederer SUI 01:48:14
3. Jonathan Brownlee GBR 01:48:17
4. Dmitry Polyanskiy RUS 01:48:20
5. Laurent Vidal FRA 01:48:24
Results: 80-84 Male AG Sprint
1. Sidney Ingerman CAN 02:50:21
Results: 75-79 Male AG Sprint
1. L.waldo Leggett USA 02:05:02
2. John Anthony Marriott CAN 02:24:07
DSQ. Boris Kirillov RUS DSQ
Results: 70-74 Male AG Sprint
1. Marshall Wakat USA 01:33:00
2. Gennady Rojkov RUS 01:43:04
3. Peter Smith AUS 01:45:44
4. John Bennetts AUS 01:47:06
5. Charlie Barnes CAN 01:58:24
Results: 70-74 Female AG Sprint
1. Gayla Chambers USA 01:58:29
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