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

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.

Where to stay in Beijing

Downtown Beijing
Temple of Heaven which includes a temple or place of worship, religious aspects and heritage architecture

Downtown Beijing

Known for Historical Buildings, Monuments, Museums

3.5/5(6 reviews)

Historic sites, museums, and art galleries highlight some notable features of Downtown Beijing. Make a stop by Wangfujing Street or Tiananmen while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Dengshikou Station or Wangfujing Station to get around town.

Beijing Central Business District
Silk Street Market

Beijing Central Business District

Known for Culture, Museums, Shopping

Noted for its art galleries and shopping, there's plenty to explore in Beijing Central Business District. Top attractions like China World Mall and China World Trade Center are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Jintaixizhao Station or Guomao Station to see more of the city.

Dongcheng
Dongcheng - Wangfujing

Dongcheng

Known for Historical Buildings, Museums, Shopping

4.5/5(686 reviews)

Explore the eclectic commercial street and its enormous mall amid the fascinating sights in the heart of Beijing’s historic center.

Middle Chaoyang
798 Space showing signage and military items

Middle Chaoyang

Known for Museums, Skyscrapers, Culture

4.5/5(231 reviews)

Museums, art galleries, and shopping highlight some notable features of Middle Chaoyang. Make a stop by Sanlitun or Chaoyang Park while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Liangmaqiao Station or Agricultural Exhibition Center Station to get around town.

Haidian
Summer Palace showing chateau or palace and interior views

Haidian

Known for Universities, Monuments, Natural Parks

4/5(62 reviews)

Haidian is well-liked for its museums and monuments. If you're hoping to get in some sightseeing, Summer Palace and Old Summer Palace are top spots, and you can jump on the metro at Anheqiao North Station or Beigongmen Station to get around.

Xicheng
Houhai Lake which includes heritage elements and a lake or waterhole

Xicheng

Known for Historical Buildings, Museums, Opera Houses

4/5(84 reviews)

Historic sites, museums, and theaters highlight some notable features of Xicheng. Make a stop by Great Hall of the People or Beihai Park while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Lingjing Hutong Station or Xidan Station to get around town.

Top Hotels in Beijing

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Beijing Capital Airport
Hilton Beijing Capital Airport
5 out of 5
Terminal 3, 1 Sanjing Road, Beijing, Beijing
¥12,458
per night
Nov 25 - Nov 26

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of New China International Exhibition Center, Goldenport Park Circuit, and Beijing Golf Club. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (603 reviews)

"Free shuttle bus to airport. Nice gym facilities n quiet environment"…"

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2019

Hilton Beijing Capital Airport
Grand Hyatt Beijing
Grand Hyatt Beijing
5 out of 5
1 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing, Beijing
¥13,618
per night
Dec 8 - Dec 9

Located in Dongdan, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Oriental Plaza and Wangfujing Street. National Museum of China and Tiananmen Square are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (606 reviews)

"Location is great but rooms are tiny and crampy. Overall a huge property but rooms are not great."…"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Grand Hyatt Beijing
Prime Hotel Beijing Wangfujing
Prime Hotel Beijing Wangfujing
4.5 out of 5
No.2 Wangfujing Main Street, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing, Beijing
¥7,363
per night
Dec 18 - Dec 19

Located in Downtown Beijing, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of National Art Museum of China, Wangfujing Street, and Forbidden City. Sanlitun and Beihai ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,621 reviews)

"a great location to art museum, historical building-red mansion of Beijing university and capital theater in which "Beijing renyi" group perform. If you are a fan of "Beijing Renyi" and want to see the show, this is the best place-walking distance to that theater. also not far away to the forbidden ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 19, 2019

Prime Hotel Beijing Wangfujing

Popular things to do in Beijing

Great Wall of China
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Great Wall of China

4.5/5(57 reviews)

Learn more about the local history when you visit Great Wall of China, a well-known historical site in Huairou. Make time to visit the theme park and monuments while you're in the area.

Forbidden City
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Forbidden City

4.5/5(466 reviews)

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.

Tiananmen Square
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Tiananmen Square

4.5/5(444 reviews)

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.

Great Wall of China
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Great Wall of China

5/5(12 reviews)

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

Wangfujing Street
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Wangfujing Street

4.5/5(283 reviews)

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.

Summer Palace
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Summer Palace

4.5/5(277 reviews)

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

Top activities in Beijing

Mini Group Tour: The Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace
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Mini Group Tour: The Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace

¥11,138

This is a Hassle-Free, No More Than 6 People mini-sized group tour to the two most beautiful attractions in Beijing! 7:00-8:30 Hotel Pickup Your tour guide will be waiting for you in your hotel lobby for pickup, the exact pickup time will be confirmed with you about 2 days before your travel date.

Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace Day Tour
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Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace Day Tour

¥8,158

Visit Beijing's historic destinations and explore its rich history, fascinating architecture, and impressive traditions on this full-day tour. Explore the imperial Forbidden City, historical Summer Palace, harmonious Temple of Heaven and stroll around the Tiananmen Square.

Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Great Wall Bus Tour
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Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Great Wall Bus Tour

¥5,439

Enjoy some of China's most famous landmarks with an expert guide to explain their cultural and historical meaning. Explore Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and hike up the most famous section of the Great Wall of China.

Beijing Forbidden City Tickets
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Beijing Forbidden City Tickets

¥1,009

Please kindly note that you need to send your passport details to the local travel agency in Beijing right after booking in order to buy the tickets. You will get the travel agency contact information after booking.

Bus Tour: Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tomb
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Bus Tour: Badaling Great Wall and Ming Tomb

¥3,807

1. Pick you up from your hotel around 07:00am then transfer you to the first destination, Ming Tombs. Visit Changling for about 1 hour. 2. After the tour, you have 45 minutes visit to Jade Carving Factory to know the processes of Chinese jade carving and Chinese jade culture.

Beijing Private Transfer to Mutianyu Wall
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Beijing Private Transfer to Mutianyu Wall

¥3,916

Meet your private driver and depart your hotel at the planning time, it takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to get to Mutianyu Great Wall. Once you are there, hiking by yourself with amazing view and historic stories.

Reviews of Beijing

4.2

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
363
5 - Excellent 43.162901307966706%
4 - Good
338
4 - Good 40.19024970273484%
3 - Okay
102
3 - Okay 12.128418549346017%
2 - Disappointing
32
2 - Disappointing 3.8049940546967895%
1 - Terrible
6
1 - Terrible 0.713436385255648%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 20, 2019

The tours in Beijing cannot be beat. Definitely book a few day tours if you’ll be in Beijing for a few days— a great way to see hidden parts of the city with local tour guides!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 18, 2019

Beijing is an old city, great for those interested in history and arquitecture, not very welcoming of foreign tourist as

4/5 - Good

Jackie

Nov 17, 2019

Fun time and even caught a clear air day.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 17, 2019

The city was fun and overall fun loved it just one tip for any travelers beware taxi drivers NEVER pay with 100 yuan they will say you gave them a bill with a ripped corner and give you back fake money so if you pay with cash try to pay exact.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 14, 2019

Air is not good.

5/5 - Excellent

LaTesha

Nov 13, 2019

Being Black American does cause much attention, especially if you're a natural. You do get many people trying to take your picture. If you've dodged one camera shot you're in another. However overall a wonderful city.

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