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Best things to do in Beijing

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
Photo: David Dong @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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

Pretty good way to see the Great Wall at Mutianyu!

I took the 12 noon tour. We left a few minutes after 12 to wait for the other members of the group. The instructions on how to take the subway to the meeting point (Please take “Subway line 2” and get off at station “Dong Si Shi Tiao”(东四 十条). Following the signs for exit C, you will find yourself outside the Beijing Swissotel Hotel where the bus parking spot is just 50 meters to the east) were quite clear except the phrase "the bus parking spot is just 50 meters to the east." It would have been clearer to say "turn right and walk towards Chaoyangmen N St. The bus should be 50 meters to your right." The guide Mr Qiang spoke clearly and loudly in understandable English. He explained in details what to expect and provided those who did not book entrance and cable car tickets the opportunity to buy them through him. The bus was clean and nice. We had more than enough time to hike from Tower 14 to 20. I love the mountains behind the wall! The cable car line down was pretty long.

Mutianyu Great Wall Bus Transfer with Options Reviewed by Jon, 09/24/2019

A lovely place to visit that is well worth the money.

If you only choose one activity in central Beijing, it should definitely be this one! Easy to get there with the subway and not far to walk to get to the entrance. The area is well maintained and if you pay for the extra entrances (which I think you should) you can easily enjoy yourself in a relaxing way the entire day. The boat rides are very nice and there are a lot of things to buy, both to eat and to bring back home as souvenirs. You can buy a "passport" to collect stamps along the way inside, something that can make the walk more enjoyable for anyone into "Pokémon go - Gotta catch'em all" mode. There is a lot of written information in English and even though the staff don't speak so much, you will meet a lot of smiling faces trying to get you what you need.

If you are short on time in Beijing this is ideal

This tour covered most of the main places to visit in Beijing in one day. Tour guide Jackson was very informative and helpful. There are two stops at a medical centre and perl shop which were made mentioned previously and in reviews. Even though I was expecting them it was not for me and I had no interest in either. I understand its possibly a way to make money, but I would rather pay extra on my ticket to not have these stops and use this time at the sites we were visiting. Other than that the tour was very good and I enjoy it along with the other members of our tour group.

Really good tour to a not crowded part of the wall

The Mutianyu part of the wall is really a good part to visit especially in the afternoon! There are not many people there and our tour guide Tony was really helpful and gave us tips what to see at the wall. He also made sure that we knew our options of going up or down and we could buy the tickets directly via him. And on this tour you don't visit some shops which force you to buy stuff. I would give this tour even more than 5 stars if possible :)

Mutianyu Great Wall Bus Transfer with Options Reviewed by Anonymous, 09/26/2019

A great experience in the Great Mutianyu

My husband and I were on a day trip to Mutianyu and we really had a great time there thanks to the perfect organization of the GetYourGuide tour and especially, thanks to our guide Steven. He was very helpful, kind and funny, and he told us a lot of interesting information about the Great Wall. We learnt a lot and we enjoyed every minute there. I would recommend this tour to anyone without any doubt.

From Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 08/21/2019