What to do in Beijing

Activities, attractions and tours
Forbidden City showing a fountain

Beijing Attractions

The cultural, political and educational heart of China, Beijing has a unique and fascinating history that stretches back thousands of years. Home to some of the best museums, galleries and historic sites in the country, as well as a mouth-watering cuisine, vibrant nightlife and burgeoning creative scene. Explore Beijing’s world famous landmarks, shop in its markets and malls, experience traditional culture at one of the city’s many festivals and discover the rich and vibrant history of one of the most fascinating cities on earth.

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Beijing

Dongcheng – Much of Beijing’s historic centre is in the Dongcheng District. This is where you’ll find the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the National Museum of China. This attraction-packed district needs a few days to explore properly so take your time or take a tour.

Chongwen – The most famous sight in Chongwen is the Temple of Heaven, a medieval temple complex surrounded by tranquil gardens. A great place to escape the hectic city streets, this beautiful park is a must see during your stay in Beijing.

Xicheng – With its great choice of lakeside bars and restaurants, this spacious district of Beijing is a great destination for an evening meal or a night out. Xicheng is also home to the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing Zoo and a selection of temples and shrines.

Chaoyang – One of the more modern districts of Beijing, Chaoyang is where you’ll find the 2008 Olympic Park, the Sanlitun international retail, food and entertainment district and the 798 Art Zone. A great destination if you’re interested in Olympic history, contemporary culture and cutting-edge cuisine.

Things to See in Beijing

The city’s most famous sights are The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and, of course, the Great Wall of China. The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square are conveniently located next to each other in the centre of Beijing, making it easy to visit both of these colossal attractions in a day. The Great Wall of China is a short drive from Beijing, though your small effort in travelling to the site will be well rewarded with panoramic views and the chance to see one of the world’s greatest structures close up.

Things to Do in Beijing

With so many sights to see, much of your time in Beijing will be taken up visiting the city’s attractions. However, the city also offers a fantastic choice of shopping locations, great restaurants, exciting arts districts and modern architectural developments. Explore the stadiums and parks of the Olympic site, relax in one of the city’s many parks, enjoy some live music at Beijing Concert Hall or the National Centre for Performing Arts or sample authentic Chinese cuisine at one of Beijing’s outstanding restaurants. To learn more about the culture of China, visit one of the many festivals that take place in Beijing throughout the year.

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