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Forbidden City is in Xicheng, a walkable, business-friendly area. Unique for its rich culture, this locale has plenty of convenient options for dining. Take in the natural beauty of the lake, gardens, and parks—or broaden your horizons with some local art. Forbidden City is a good place to start before exploring the greater Beijing area. Book your hotel and get ready for some sightseeing.
While you're out visiting Forbidden City, you can enjoy some other sightseeing in and around Beijing. Shopping, dancing, and taking a tour are just a few things to do in the area. The area's storied past is told through its monuments and historic sites, while the museums provide some cultural flavor.
An enjoyable day at the park is awaiting you at Beihai Park, Houhai - Back Lakes, or Yuyuantan Park. For retail therapy, consider Xidan Shopping Center, Lotus Market, and South Luogu Lane, and seek out the perfect souvenir. A visit to Capital Indoor Stadium, Baoguosi Market, or Colored Glaze Factory Cultural Street won't disappoint either.
You can attend a show at National Centre for the Performing Arts, National Grand Theatre, and Peking Opera. Mei Lanfang Memorial Museum, Capital Museum, and Museum of the Chinese Revolution feature a variety of exhibits. Swing by Prince Gong's Palace, Five Pagoda Temple, and Former Residence of Guo Moruo to learn about local history. Temple of the White Dagoba, Guangji Temple, and Pu An Hall are significant monuments.
Create some family memories at Beijing Zoo, Beijing Aquarium, and Beijing Goldenport Motor Park. Some of the area's most popular sights are Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and Bell and Drum Towers. You can also stop by Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling, Deshengmen, and Baiyun Guan.
Arrive at the Beijing (PEK-Capital Intl.) airport, and then travel 16.4 miles (26.5 km) to Xicheng to see Forbidden City. If your plans include public transit, the closest metro stations are Fuchengmen Station, Chegongzhuang Station, and Xisi Station. You can get off at Beijing North Railway Station if you decide to take the train.