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Beijing

Known for Museums, Historical Buildings and Culture

China’s bustling capital has temples, gardens and other precious relics of long-lost dynasties alongside modern architecture and entertainment.

How do you get to Beijing?

Embrace the sensory overload that is China’s historical, political and cultural capital. With more than 20 million people, Beijing is the most populous city in China after Shanghai.

Located in the northeast of China, Beijing is culturally and geographically a world away from Western capital cities, but easy to reach by plane. Once in the city, rent a bike or make use of the excellent public transport system to get around. English signage will lead you to most attractions. Driving around Beijing is more complicated, especially if you don’t speak Mandarin.

For one of the best views in Beijing, climb the hill in Jingshan Park and look out over the Forbidden City. Then, descend to Tiananmen Square and gaze up at the Front Gate (Qianmen Gate) before you visit the huge palace complex beyond it.

Back on the square, explore one of the largest museums in the world: the National Museum of China, opposite the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall. To dance, play or exercise with the locals, visit the nearby imperial gardens at Beihai Park.

Away from the busy city center, visit the Summer Palace and the Marco Polo Bridge to see more of the splendor that surrounded China’s mighty emperors. Find some peace and quiet in the Buddhist Lama Temple.

Beijing is not all about imperial history, religion and communism: Contemporary architecture, fine restaurants and fashion-filled malls represent the new China. The 2008 Summer Olympics resulted in Beijing’s redevelopment. See the stadiums in Olympic Park or browse galleries in restored warehouses, such as 798 Space. For souvenirs, take the subway to Wangfujing Street, a popular shopping strip.

You can’t leave Beijing without trying Peking duck, the city’s signature food, served with delicious Chinese noodle and rice dishes. After dark, visit karaoke bars or nightclubs for evening entertainment.

Beijing is an unforgettable experience. Get a taste of traditional and communist China and at the same time see the futuristic designs of the entrepreneurial East.

Things to do in Beijing

This formerly restricted imperial palace complex is now a public museum that shows the splendor of the old China. It is one of Beijing’s most impressive sites.

One of the most famous squares in the world, this spot is the beating heart of Beijing and has always been the site of mass protests and national celebrations.

See terracotta warriors, ancient temples and Ming Dynasty architecture at the Juyongguan section of one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in the world.

Find the latest fashion or cheap souvenirs and sample local cuisine in this bustling pedestrian-only street, one of the city’s most popular shopping strips.

This idyllic public park was once the summer retreat of the Qing Dynasty. It houses the iconic Boat of Purity and Ease.

Behind a high wall stands an ancient building once used in sacrifices. This huge historical place of worship is a quiet oasis in busy Beijing.

Learn more about the local history when you visit Tiananmen, a well-known historical site in Beijing. Experience the entertainment choices and fascinating museums in this culturally-rich area.

Visit one of the finest places of worship in Beijing, which is still an active Buddhist monastery, to see frescoes, huge Buddha statues and Chinese decorations.

Tickets & Tours

Enjoy an evening of gravity-defying contortionism, juggling, unicycling, chair-stacking, and plate-spinning antics at the Beijing Acrobatic Show. Settle in for a high-flying spectacle that showcases some of the best physical arts in a performance perfect for kids and adults alike.

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Take a journey through Beijing and explore its rich history, ancient buildings, and the Great Wall of China on this full-day private tour. Explore the historic Tiananmen Square, wander around the Forbidden City, and enjoy majestic views atop the Great Wall of China.

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Explore the Great Wall of China and pamper yourself with a revitalizing spa on this full-day tour. Discover the architectural grandeur of the Great Wall of China at Juyongguan Pass and enjoy a rejuvenating hot spring bath at Jiuhua Spa.

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Make the most of your time in Beijing by seeing a Peking opera show at the Liyuan Theatre, which presents traditional opera excerpts in short programs while maintaining the essence of the original works. If you like, add roundtrip transportation for a lovely and convenient night out.

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Trek the Mutianyu section of the iconic Great Wall of China, savor an authentic Chinese lunch, and experience traditional reflexology on this memorable day tour. Walk away knowing more about the intriguing history, legends, and culture of China and its people.

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Enjoy a Kung Fu show filled with live music, vibrant special effects, and elaborate costumes. The exciting performance illustrates the important role martial arts play in Chinese culture. The show tells the story of a young boy who attends an ancient Chinese temple with hopes of becoming a monk.

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