Top 34 Places to visit in Beijing

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Tian'anmen - Beijing

With a total space of 44 hectares, Tian'anmen Square is the largest city center square in the world, where one million people could assemble for celebration.
WikiBeijing

158 Followers, 47 Reviews


The largest public square in the world with a total area of 440,000 square meters. It is the heart and symbol of Beijing.
Nancy

156 Followers, 4 Reviews


Most people visit Tian'anmen Square on their way to the Forbidden City. Both can be done together in a morning or afternoon. Tian'anmen Square is the largest public square in the world. It is arguably the most-visited site in Beijing. It lies on the historical central axis going through the Forbidden City.
Bruceli

169 Followers, 4 Reviews


Summer Palace - Beijing

There are the combo tickets. CNY60. And the entrance ticket. CNY30. Bought the entrance ticket since I only had 1.5 hour there. I didn't think that I had the time to visit all the places since I arrived at 4:30 and the closing time was 6. I followed the same strategy as the Forbidden City. Follow some guides, they will they you stories. The Summer Palace is the resort for the Empress Dowager. There is even a "cinema" there. Of course, no movies, just Chinese operas. There is a Quilin at the entrance which is symbolic of Justice. The Qilin is there to watch over the ministers and officers to ensure they are always just. The Dragon and Phoenix usually represent a boy and girl. But in the Summer Palace, it represents the Emperor and her mother, the Empress Dowager Cixi. There is a long corridor that stretches along the lake. Believe me, it is very long. I didn't even finish walking till the end. The interesting point is the painting on the ceiling of the corridor.
Jonway

79 Followers, 10 Reviews


The famous Summer Palace, located in the northwestern suburban region of Beijing, is undoubtedly the largest and most complete imperial garden existing in China. Having stood the testimony of time, it was first built in the 12th century as an imperial palace. Numerous rounds of renovation and extensions followed in the subsequent hundred years or so, till the end of the 19th century, culminating into its grandeur and giganticity as we see today. That was when it was officially named Summer Palace.
Lily Zhiying

175 Followers, 8 Reviews


The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value.
Bruceli

169 Followers, 4 Reviews


Qianmen Street - Beijing

Qianmen is another interesting place at the far end of Tiananmen Plaza. Before you go to the Qianmen Shopping Street, you might want to visit the China Railway Museum which is more of a Victorian style building. I never thought Qianmen could this beautiful. I thought it was just another street like the Wangfujing Street. But no, it was so different from Wangfujing Street. I liked the blend of modern stores and the grey bricks of Chinese houses. I also liked the fusion of Western & Eastern brand side by side on the same street. If you are looking for a good bargain. Get off the main street and go to the back street. You can get some silk scarf for as low as CNY10 per piece. I bought 3 and I am pretty satisfied. They are smooth and nice enough for me.
Jonway

79 Followers, 10 Reviews


I started my journey from Qianmen Street which is south of Tianmen Square. It is a pedestrian street in the architectural style of old Beijing. The architecture therefore is impressive. Along the street is a water fountain that had been created by a 3D street artist. I started this trip by trying to capture myself believably in this 3D painting. 3D paintings are on a rise in streets where more tourists are expected and Qianmen Street is a good example of it. The area has some shops and restaurants. A quick meal and you will be set for the entire day.
Riya Poojary

822 Followers, 74 Reviews


Tiananmen - Beijing

The largest city center Square in the world, which serves as the symbol of new China since its founding in 1949.
WikiBeijing

158 Followers, 47 Reviews


The Tian'AnMen Square is known as the spiritual heart of China. Famous for its historical events, like demonstrations on May 4th, 1999, that inspired young Chinese to fight imperialists and warlords, and build a strong independent country. The Gate of Heavenly Peace is on the square's north end. And at the center of the square is the 40m-high Monument to the People's heroes and Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. Also, the Great Hall of the People lies on the west along with the Museum of Chinese History.
Lily Zhiying

175 Followers, 8 Reviews


Mutianyu - Beijing

The Great Wall is one of the greatest wonders of the world, and was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987. Resembling a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, measuring a length of approximately 8,851.8 kilometers (5,500 miles) from east to west of China. Dating back to more than 2000 years, the walls in some sections remain in ruins while some have even disappeared. However, it is still one of the most appealing attractions all around the world owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance.
Lily Zhiying

175 Followers, 8 Reviews


It is located in Huairou district, about 80 km north from downtown Beijing. This beautiful section of the Great Wall is comparatively less crowded and offers beautiful views from its highest point.
Nancy

156 Followers, 4 Reviews


Temple of Heaven Park - Beijing

The Temple of Heaven Park is located in the Chongwen District, Beijing. It is China's largest and most representative existing masterpiece among China’s ancient sacrificial buildings. The Temple is divided by two encircling walls into an inner part and outer part. The main buildings lie at the south and north ends of the middle axis of the inner part. The most magnificent buildings are the Circular Mound Altar (Huanqiutan), the Imperial Vault of Heaven (Huangqiongyu) and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest (Qiniandian) from south to north.
Bruceli

169 Followers, 4 Reviews


Tiantan - Beijing

A Taoist Temple for the Emperor to perform their ritual ceremonies in the past, now a public park for the local senior to work out.
WikiBeijing

158 Followers, 47 Reviews


Liulichang East Street - Beijing

With a history of 800 years, Liulichang Culture Street is known throughout China and the world for its ancient books, calligraphy, paintings, rubbings, ink stones and ink.
WikiBeijing

158 Followers, 47 Reviews


Museum of Beijing Stone Inscription Art - Beijing

It is located in the grounds of Five-Pagoda Temple. The museum is arranged on all four sides of the pagoda. It is divided into six sections: comprehensive stone inscription, tablets of merits and virtues, epitaph, calligraphy, temples and guildhalls, and stone carvings. From applauding famous officials for their good deeds on the tablets to 300 inscriptions on tombstones all from different dynasties, made this an highlight of my imperial trip. The guildhalls has collection of inscriptions from provincial and commercial associations while the stone carving section showcase the Yuan Dynasty dragon and phoenix slab stones, and other statues from the Ming and Qing dynasties. This place successfully preserves the history of the many great dynasties.
Riya Poojary

822 Followers, 74 Reviews


Beijing Railway Station - Beijing

Starting point for the train ride across China towards the Trans-Mongolian tracks.
Terence Yeo

212 Followers, 10 Reviews


Palace Museum East Gate Outer - Beijing

The working and living place for the 14 Ming and 10 Qing Emperors, which was off-limits to the commoners for more than 500 years.
WikiBeijing

158 Followers, 47 Reviews


Wangfujing Street - Beijing

It is the most talked about street in Beijing among foreigners. Well, I guess that`s why I see a lot of foreigners here. Wangfujing is famous for its food street. Along this street you will find many stall selling all kinds of food. Even some weird weird food items you don't usually find. Tips: It gets cheaper as you walk further.
Jonway

79 Followers, 10 Reviews


Forbidden City - Beijing

The Forbidden City, which served as the Chinese imperial palace was home to the emperors and their extensive households for almost 500 years. The enormous palace complex houses 980 buildings and brilliantly exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture.
Bruceli

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Shenlu Street - Beijing

The Sacred Way is the path leading to the thirteen Ming Tombs, which is considered by the emperor as the road leading to Heaven.
WikiBeijing

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4号 景山前街 - Beijing

The historic significance of the Forbidden City lies in the Chinese imperial palace, dating back to the Ming Dynasty till the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the center of Beijing, China, and currently houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
Lily Zhiying

175 Followers, 8 Reviews


Beihai Park - Beijing

After a much long walk around 798 Art Zone, I decided to catch a quick break at a former imperial garden of Beihai Park which is barely 16 km away. Don't miss this place as it contains numerous historically-important structures, palaces, and temples. First built in the 11th century, it is among the largest of all Chinese gardens. But what excited me the most was the captivating 3D artwork in the park known as "Broken Bridge". The artist couldn't have been more literal. Situated in the northwest of the Forbidden City, this place is beautiful and qualifies for the most relaxing hikes in the city.
Riya Poojary

822 Followers, 74 Reviews


Beijing Zoo - Beijing

Beijing Zoo was planned as a "side dish" rather than a "main dish". The main reason we went to Beijing Zoo was the Panda House. The entrance to Beijing Zoo + Panda House + Boat trip = CNY40 If you want to visit the aquarium, you can add some money. Young bamboo shoots were planted surrounding the area. Whereas the pandas were locked in their cages and play area. The part that excites me was the boat trip. There are 2 boat trips: Round Trip to Purple Bamboo Garden (returning to the Zoo) Single Trip to Summer Palace (not returning to the Zoo) Went into the boat. A guide were explaining the history of the waterways. The waterways that were using were also used by the Empress Dowager Cixi. The bridge on top were low in height. During rainy days, the boat would not be able to pass through.It was interesting.At the end she announced that we have arrived at the Purple Bamboo Garden. Excited. I was ready to get off the boat.
Jonway

79 Followers, 10 Reviews


the hutong - Beijing

Old and narrow city lanes which form the basic communities in Beijing since 800 years ago.
WikiBeijing

158 Followers, 47 Reviews


Houhai Lake - Beijing

Houhai is the most famous pub street in Beijing. With Houhai Lake in the middle, the surrounding palce used to be residences of many famous Chinese high ranking officials.
WikiBeijing

158 Followers, 47 Reviews


Guloudajie - Beijing

Hutong is a Mogolian word which means Water Well. It is the most basic community in Beijing for more than 800 years.
WikiBeijing

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songzhuang - Beijing

I then went to Songzhuang art colony which is I have a complete bias for. It is located in Tongzhou District and is the most famous and biggest artist community in Beijing. Painters, sculptors, performing artists, musicians, composers, writers, photographers, name it and you will meet them all in this single colony. It is in true sense home to about thousand artists. It used to be a laid back quite town but has today managed to emerge as the most sought after centre in China’s contemporary art scene. A tranquil place where all dreamers live next to each other! If you are looking for an environment blessed for deep inner contemplation then Songzhuang is what you are looking for. It is the best place to meet the artists, learn some of their struggles and stories of great achievements. You can begin your trip with a visit to the Artists Reception Center on Xiaopu Jie at the village square or to the Songzhuang Art Museum off Xiaopu Jie in northern Songzhuang.
Riya Poojary

822 Followers, 74 Reviews


Cuan Di Xia - Beijing

With a history of more than 500 years, Cuandixia Village is a place of gorgeous cluster of historic courtyard homes and old-world charm.
WikiBeijing

158 Followers, 47 Reviews


798 Art Cafe - Beijing

The 798 Art Zone used to be an electronics factory and later deserted and taken by artists, because of its spacious room and cheap rent. Now people could still see the Chairman Mao' graffiti in some of the studios.
WikiBeijing

158 Followers, 47 Reviews


Hutong - Beijing

Hutong, an ancient Beijing city, is located in the city center, with about 700 years history. The word "hutong" originated from the word "hottog" which meant "well" in Mongolian. Legends have it that villagers dug out a well and inhabited the area. Those old natives are till date constituting the local families there. In fact the passage formed by lines of Siheyuan (a compound with houses around a courtyard) where old Beijing residents live is laid down in this ancient face of Beijing city. You're sure to get lost in those winding lanes and alleys!
Lily Zhiying

175 Followers, 8 Reviews


Olympic Sports Center - Beijing

Constructed for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Olympic Sports Center is home to the Bird's Nest and the Water Cube. Both these venues are famous for their technical, yet artsy designs and still manage to draw in huge crowds.
Nancy

156 Followers, 4 Reviews


Olympic Village - Beijing

The place for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, where the famous Bird's Nest and Water Cube located.
WikiBeijing

158 Followers, 47 Reviews


Beijing Capital International Airport - Beijing

We flew out of Beijing Capital International Airport on Air Koryo. For the "worst ranked airline in the world" it was a hell of a lot better than United! Yes, even the food was better. And the beer was free. This is not as much of a compliment to Air Koryo, North Koreas national airline, but an affront to United. Get your shit together guys.
Josh Thomas

123 Followers, 5 Reviews


Juyong Guan - Beijing

Great Wall at Juyongguan is the closest section of the Wall to Beijing, which is also the number one Pass in China.
WikiBeijing

158 Followers, 47 Reviews


Dingling Tomb - Beijing

Dingling is the tomb for the 13th Ming Emperor Wanli and his two Empresses Xiaoduan and Xiaojing. It is the only tomb that has been excavated among the Thirteen Ming Tombs, and the 27 meters deep underground palace is the highlight.
WikiBeijing

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Changling Tomb - Beijing

Changling is the tomb for the 3rd Ming Emperor Zhidi and his wife Empress Xu. It is the first, largest and best preserved one among the 13 Ming Tombs.
WikiBeijing

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Changchi Road - Beijing

Be picked up from your hotel by an English-speaking tour guide and private vehicle at 08:30 am. Drive 1.5 hours to Ming Tombs. The Ming Tombs are the final resting place of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors, along with 23 empresses and a number of concubines. It has a history of over 600 years. Surrounded by mountains on three sides, the Ming Tombs feature splendid landscape. Chang Ling (the Tomb of Chang) was built by the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty in 1409 AD. Chang Ling is the largest tomb in architectural scale. The hall of Chang Ling is the largest structure of nanmu wood in China.
Lily Zhiying

175 Followers, 8 Reviews


Great Wall of Badaling - Beijing

I took the 877 bus to Badaling wall. The 877 bus stop is next to it. You pay when you get onto the bus. CNY 12 per person. Quite a comfortable trip. On the bus, there was a kind guide who provided information about the Great Wall of China. Honestly, I never thought there would be a guide to tell us all these information in the first place for a public bus and at this considerably cheap price. He would tell you the do and don`ts; where to get the best view; the time to come back for the last bus; etc. It was an unexpected good service. Some of the walkway could be quite steep. And the steps are knee high. It was quite tough. Firstly, I thought of going to the highest point. Gave up when I reached the 5th station. (9th being the highest).Nevertheless, despite the hardship of climbing it. It was still an adventure. After returning from the North Side. I had some sausages before I went to the South Side. Sausage are the the staple snack food for the Chinese. You will see it everywhere.
Jonway

79 Followers, 10 Reviews


Mutianyu Road - Beijing

Used for warding off the nomads especially Mongols, the Great Wall stretches for more than 4000 miles through 9 provinces and 2 metropolis in China. Mutianyu is the most beautiful section and less touristy.
WikiBeijing

158 Followers, 47 Reviews


Great Wall of China - Beijing

After lunch, we will drive to the famous Badaling Great Wall. Badaling was built in 1505 during the Ming Dynasty. This section of the Great Wall is the best preserved and most visited one. It is 7600 meters long and 1000 meters above sea level, commanding a strategic position in ancient times.
Lily Zhiying

175 Followers, 8 Reviews


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