- 1 Day Tours
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- 3 Days Sightseeing
- 4 Days Best Beijing
- 5 Days with Hutong
- 1 Week Beijing Xian
- 1 Week Beijing Shanghai
- 1 Day Tours to Xian Terracotta Warriors
Beijing 1-Day Tour: Niujie Mosque & Liulichang
The first destination of this 1-day independent Beijing tour is Niujie Mosque. You can take bus 10, 48, 88, or 717 and alight at Niujie Libaisi Station; walk northwards for a few yards to find the entrance of the mosque behind a long screen.
Afterwards, walk southwards along Niujie and turn east onto West Nanheng Street at the first crossing; then keep going forward until you pass a grand Islamic building; walk northwards through the square on its east to find the entrance of Fayuan Temple.
Fayuan Temple is the oldest well-remained temple of Beijing, with a history of around 1,500 years. Now it is the location of the China Buddhist Academy and the China Buddhist Books and Cultural Relic Museum. The temple is also a renowned place to admire the lilacs. If you go there in April and May when the lilacs are blooming, light purple flowers will decorate the temple and scent the air, making the temple more like a fairy hideaway in the prosperous block.
Artware sold in Liulichang Cultural Street
Liulichang Cultural Street has been a prosperous cultural block in Beijing since the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) and it is separated by South Xinhua Street into eastern and western segments. It was brimming with workshops and stores of calligraphies, paintings, ink stones, and ink brushes. At present, some time-honored brands, such as Rongbaozhai, Yidege, Cuiwenge, and Ruichengzhai, still stand along the street selling their special products. Some of them even hold exhibitions demonstrating rare items that have been passed down for generations.
After having a better understanding of Chinese art and culture, your 1-day independent Beijing tour ends. You may walk back to South Xinhua Street; either walk southwards to take subway line 7 at Hufangqiao Station to leave or go in the other direction to find Hepingmen Subway Station where you can take subway line 2.
Recommended Guided Tours:
Beijing One-Day Tours from $59 per person
Other Independent Beijing 1-Day Tours:
Royal Cultural Sites: to Yonghe Lamasery, Guozijian Street, Temple of Confucius and Imperial Academy, Hutong
CCTV Tower & 798 Art Zone: to the National Centre for the Performing Arts, CCTV Headquarters, 798 Art Zone
Olympic Tour: day trip to visit the Olympic sites including Water Cube and Bird's Nest