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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

A very good tour guide and time management.

Tour is value for money. Knowledgeable and friendly guide Tina managed the tour very well. We had fun and adventure.

Very Gold guide, knew everything about the forbidden city, and nice.

We had a great time together, he explained everything to me and was friendly and nice. Very good English speaking. Thank you for this great trip!

Great tour but confusing info on voucher

The tour was great. But for future reference, who ever makes the mobile vouchers, don’t put the time 6am when in fact the pick up time is 7.50am. It is super frustrating and just not okay service. But the tour itself was great. Guide was difficult to understand.

From Beijing: Jinshanling Great Wall Hike Reviewed by Aisha, 06/18/2019

Excellent bus transfer and a great guide, Tony

Had a great trip there, weather was hot but I had a good time, a good bus transfer and we arrived on time, tony is an excellent guide, speak English well, very pleasant and polite young man.

Mutianyu Great Wall Bus Transfer with Options Reviewed by Mimy, 06/16/2019

An amazing experience and very good value for money.

The guide took us to a more remote section of the Great Wall where there were no crowds, even though it was a public holiday. He was knowledgeable and friendly and took trouble in answering our questions. I would recommend a good pair of walking shoes as the climb up to the wall is steep and demanding as are some sections of the wall. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Great Wall Hiking: Small Group Reviewed by David, 06/09/2019