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The Chinese capital has a history that stretches back over 3 millenia, but this former center of multiple kingdoms is as renowned for its modern skyline as its ancient monuments. Here are some of the attractions Beijing is best known for. Don't miss them!

Ming Dynasty Tombs

Ming Dynasty Tombs

Also known as the "13 Tombs," most of the Ming emperors were interred within these striking mausoleums. The Ming-Gräber are on the way to the Great Wall, so factor them into your day trip!

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square

The site of several major protests and displays of military might, Tiananmen Square is made one of Beijing's most famous as much by the iconic monuments that surround it.

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Tiananmen Square takes its name from the "Gate of Heavenly Peace" that seperates it from this ancient royal city. There's a lot to see in the Forbidden City, so book a guided tour and wear comfy shoes!

Summer Palace

Summer Palace

The most impressive of the surviving Chinese imperial gardens is a recreational complex of lakes, greenery, and palaces providing one of Beijing's most tranquil attractions.

Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven

Combining the architectural qualities of both Ming and Qing dynasties, the Temple of Heaven was finished in 1420 and has been one of China's holiest sites ever since!

Beihai Park

Beihai Park

This former imperial garden-turned-public Beihai Park is not just a site of outstanding beauty, but home to many sightseeing favorites, like the White Pagoda and the Nine-Dragon Wall!

Beijing National Stadium
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Beijing National Stadium

Built for the 2008 Olympics, the 91,000-seat "Bird's Nest" has emerged as an icon of modern China. You can take a tour or even grab Beijing National Stadium tickets to a soccer game! Why not do both?

Planning Your Beijing Visit

How many days?

Five days to a week should be enough to see the sights of Beijing, get a feel for the city's culture, and even take a day trip out to the Great Wall of China!

When to visit?

Beijing's weather is most pleasant in early autumn (September/October), although the snowy winters do bring a charm of their own. Unless you want to see the Chinese New Year parade, avoid going during the nation's public holidays, when vast swarms of domestic tourists overwhelm even the quietest attractions!

Where to stay?

Beijing's sights are spread all over the city, so if you plan to cover the lot then you should consider staying in the city center. The districts of Beijing all have their own character, but one of the best areas for a first-time visitor is Wangfujing. Its central location boasts plenty of places to shop and eat, including the famous Wangfujing Snack Street, where vendors flog a bizarre collection of snacks far from the usual Chinese staples!

Good to know

  • Language
    Mandarin
  • Currency
    Renminbi (¥)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+08:00)
  • Country Code
    +86
  • Best time to visit
    Early autumn is best to beat the crowds and avoid the summer heat.

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What people are saying about Beijing

Michael did a great job. He is a great guide! I highly recommend him.

We had a good time at the Great Wall of China. Michael provided us with some interesting information about the Wall. The tour was held in Chinese and English. We were very happy. Thank you, Michael!

Mutianyu Great Wall Bus Transfer with Options Reviewed by Sara, 14/03/2019

Awesome hiking in stunning part of the wall

Amazing hiking in a quiet, non-turistic section of the Wall. Nancy our guide was fun and provide us with the information we needed. Even though she walked with the group the whole time, everyone was at its own pace not feeling part of a typical tour. If you are looking for someone to take you to the wall, not needing a guided tour and enjoying walking the amazing wall by yourself (and finishing with great local food), this is your best option!

From Beijing: Jinshanling Great Wall Hike Reviewed by Federico, 11/03/2019

A wonderful way to discover the Great Wall

For us it has been a wonderful experience with spectacular scenarios and smooth organization. The hike is quite steep in a few points, but the time is well planned and allows for a lots of picture taking. We were given a bottle of water and a snack, which may be necessary if it's warm. For the rest, the car trip was smooth and we concluded with a nice lunch. The whole experience may take till 7pm, depending where you stay in Beijing.

From Beijing: Jinshanling Great Wall Hike Reviewed by Michele, 03/03/2019

Great tour with friendly and competent guiding.Topped my expectations

The Trip to the Ming tombs and the great Wall was fantastic. Our guide explained everything very well in english. I had a very good feeling during the whole trip because the guide cared alot for the well-being of the customers. We even did some additional activities like tea ceremony, lunch and jade museum-shop. All in all it was the best possible atmosphere and I can definitely recommend it.

Mutianyu Great Wall & Ming Tombs Bus Tour Reviewed by Julian, 22/02/2019

Great Wall, tiananmam and forbidden city

Victor was a fantastic guide. Spoke great English and had a lot of history to share about China. We went on 15th Jan and I must say -11c was a bit cold in the AM before the sun came out. But much more pleasant during the day! Rug up if you go in winter! The mini van was clean and fresh and the driver was safe. Lunch was lovely. Overall a fantastic day and a great price!