Beijing Attractions

Beijing, the heart of China, is always the first choice of travelers who are willing to know a time-honored and developed city of China. It has been the political, economic and cultural center of China for over 800 years from the Yuan Dynasty. The numerous royal buildings with long history endow Beijing with incomparable charm, not only the 'Nation's Best' but also the 'World's Best'. On the other hand, as the host city of the 2008 Olympic Games, this oriental ancient city presented her best fashion fascination to the world.

Top Attractions

Forbidden City, an imperial palace for over 500 years  Forbidden City
The magnificent Forbidden City is the largest and the best-preserved imperial palace complex in the world. It has 9,999 rooms in flourishing period with just a single room short of the number that ancient Chinese belief represents 'Divine Perfection' and surrounded by a moat six meters deep and ten-meter high wall. For five centuries, this palace functioned as the administrative center of the country.

Great Wall, one of the world''s seven wonders  Great Wall in Beijing
The Great Wall of China is one of the 'Eight Wonders of the World' and is enlisted in the World Heritage Directory. This immense wall was built to keep out invaders as well as to retain the inhabitants. It spans five provinces from Shanhaiguan Pass in the east to Jiayuguan Pass in the west, looking like a gigantic dragon across deserts, grasslands and mountains. In the downtown area, it is possible to climb Badaling Great Wall.

Tiananmen Square, the center of Beijing  Tiananmen Square
The solemn and respectful Tiananmen Square is the largest central city square in the world, which serves not only the city's symbol but also the whole of China. This immense courtyard is surrounded by a variety of significant edifices such as the Tiananmen Tower, Great Hall of the People, Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao, Monument to the People's Heroes and National Museum.
 

 

Tickets & Activities

If you are an independent traveler, book tickets for the attractions and shows below in advance to make your trip smoother.


If you are planning to join a tour group, here are some recommended tours with low price:
 Beijing Mini Group Day Tour from $79 to Forbidden City & Great Wall: 1 - 6 People, No Shopping
 Private Beijing 1-Day Tours: 10 options to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Great Wall...
 4-Day Beijing Small Group:  to Forbidden City,  Badaling Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Hutong...
 8-Day Beijing-Xi'an-Shanghai: 8 days small group to Great Wall, Terracotta Army Museum, the Bund...
More Beijing Tours
 

Imperial Gardens & Mausoleums

Summer Palace, a grand imperial gardenIt is the capital city of several Dynasties. Therefore, besides the spectacular imperial palaces, it also possesses the most luxurious royal gardens—the well-preserved Summer Palace with an area of 727 acres,  the elegant Beihai Park and the destroyed Old Summer Palace. On the other hand, those Emperors also constructed spectacular mausoleums for themselves. The Ming Tombs of the 13 emperors  should be the most excellent necropolis.

 

Temples

The holy Temple of HeavenDue to religion was always related with the supreme imperial power, it at one time served as the focus of religious life with lots of beautiful temples. The Temple of Heaven, where the Emperors paid homage to the glory of heaven, is the largest group of structures in the country dedicated to rituals. To be opposite, the Altar of Earth was used to worship the God of the Earth. The Great Bell Temple, where the Emperor prayed for rainfall in the Qing Dynasty.

 

Historical Sites

Beijing hutongIf you would like to experience the local life and have a different vacation in Beijing, there is a great deal of Hutongs and Courtyards distributed for your choice. The Prince Gong's Mansion should be the most magnificent courtyard, which was the residence of an official and then a prince. Other famous historical sites include the Bell and Drum Towers, Liulichang Cultural Street (Colored Glaze Factory Culture Street) for people interested in Chinese calligraphy, painting or other artwork, the Lugou Bridge carved with marvelous stone lions.

 

Modern Scenic Spots

Beijing National Stadium, namely the Bird's NestThanks for the 29th Summer Olympics, the city has been well-known for travelers all over the world. This hospitable metropolis has been mixed with lots of modern elements, which is also a new part for its mysterious orient civilization. Your Beijing vacation should not miss the representative buildings displaying this international metropolis, such as the National Stadium and the National Aquatics Center for 2008 Olympics.

 

Natural Beauties

Jingshan Park, a leisure place for localsFor a peaceful and interesting stroll, please visit the beautiful parks. Located at the back of the Forbidden City, the Jingshan Park is an ideal place for an overview of the city, which was also an imperial garden in ancient time. The Fragrant Hills Park has the most beautiful red maple leaves in every autumn. The Taoranting Park is a wonderful workmanship of Chinese ancient and modern architectural skills. The Stone Flower Cave is an astonishing karst park.

- Last modified on Sep. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Attractions
Asked by Leong from SINGAPORE | May. 31, 2019 05:29Reply
May i know how much is the taxi fare from Beijing Airport to gubei water town?
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Answered by Nancy from AMERICA | Jun. 02, 2019 18:07
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It is about 140km between these two places, and the taxi fare will be CNY 450 to CNY 500. However, I'm afraid there is no driver would like to do this business because of the long-distance. Thus you are suggested to hire a private car directly.
Asked by Marvin from MOOI | Mar. 20, 2019 02:11Reply
We love flowers; especially Beijing spring flowers.
For this April / May 2019, where would you recommend that we go to catch them ?
There are so many flowers that we would like to see in PEK and understand they are spread all over. However what would be the top 3 places to catch majority of them ?
Thank you
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Answered by Agnes from FRANCE | Mar. 25, 2019 19:26
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Oh, yes, you can see the beautiful scenery of spring flowers in the city. In my eyes, I think the top 3 places are the City Botanical Garden, Yuyuantan Park and Dajue Temple.
Answered by Marvin from MALAYSIA | Mar. 25, 2019 23:18
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Dear Agnes, Thank you.
Asked by Marvin from MALAYSIA | Mar. 20, 2019 02:02Reply
Beijing Tourist Attractions bulk discount card
Hello,
Is there a tourist card of sort we can pre-buy that
1). allows individuals to visit the main Tourist Attractions of Beijing without queuing for tickets
2). also have built-in discounts.
We are seniors over 60 and our targets are Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Tiananmen, Temple of Heaven, BeHai park and one of the Great Wall likely Badaling Great Wall.

3). If there is such a card, where can we buy it?
Thank you for your kindness.
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Answered by Alberta from CANADA | Mar. 25, 2019 19:35
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Hi, Marvin, as I know, there is no such card for major tourists attractions. I am afraid that you need to purchase the entrance tickets separately.
Asked by Lek from SINGAPORE | Oct. 03, 2018 06:36Reply
shilinxia glass platform and jing dong grand canyon
I am planning to go these 2 places in one day somewhere in late october. Can i know the bus to take from shilinxia glass platform to jing dong grand canyon or vice versa.
how long is the journey between these 2 places and how much?
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Answered by Vida from USA | Oct. 10, 2018 01:13
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Dear, there is the direct bus Ping NO. 25 between the two attractions. The bus ride needs about 40 minutes to one hour. But it is difficult to wait for the bus. So you are advised to hire a car or join one-day tour for the two attractions.
Asked by Clara G Parra from UNITED STATES | Jun. 14, 2018 21:01Reply
How do I purchase tickets to see a Kung Fu Show?
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Answered by Orlando from NEW ZEALAND | Jun. 18, 2018 21:19
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You can buy the tickets when you get there or order the ticket in the official website. But it’s only in Chinese so you’d better find a Chinese friend help you.
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