Beijing Attractions Guide

Beijing is the capital of The People's Republic of China, and political, cultural, domestic and international exchange center, one of the largest well-known historical and cultural cities and ancient capitals. As early as 700,000 years ago, there appeared primitive community "Peking Man" in Zhoukoudian of Beijing. In Beijing you can see the famous Chinse historical relics and experience the traditional Beijing's culture and life. Beijing is not only famous for its long history and rich culture, it is also attracted for its moderness and fashion culture.

Top Attractions in Beijing

Forbidden City (The Palace Museum)

The Palace Museum also called the Forbidden City, was the imperial palace of Ming and Qing dynasty. It is the existing largest and most well-kept ancient constructions in China. It covers a total area of over 720,000 square meters with over 9,000 palaces altogeter. These palaces are arranged along a central axis from south to north, extending to both sides, straight from south to north and goes through the Purple Forbidden City, but also reaches the southern Yongdingmen, and the northern the drum tower, the Bell Tower. It goes through the whole city with grand verve, neat formation, which is very spectacular. Read More

Tian'anmen Square

Situated in the center of Beijing, Tian'anmen Square is the largest square in the world. The Tiananmen on its' north originally is the entrence gate of the imperial city in Ming Dynasty and Qing dynasty, which was first built in Yongle Year 15 of Ming Dynasty, it was rebuilt and changed its name to Tian'anmen . Its height is 33.7 meters whose middle entrence was only for the emperor, and it was the place that emperors of Ming and Qing dynasty announced their edicts. After getting out of the Tian'anmen, you will enter the largest city center square in the world-Tian'anmen Square, whose total area is 44 hektares, with 500-meter width from east to west and 880-meter length from north to south. Read More

Chairman Mao's Memorial

Chairman Mao's Mausoleum Memorial is situated in Tian'anmen Square, whose construction started on November, 1972 and ended in May, 1977. It has a total area of 20,000 square meters, and is composed of the North Hall (location for displaying the remains of Chairman Mao) and the South Hall. If you want to look at Chairman Mao's remains with reverence, please pay attention to the opening time here: whole day of every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 8:30am-11:30am, 14:30pm-16:40pm every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Special Hint: all kinds of bags must be checked before entry, and please do not walk at will or make noises. Read More

The Temple of Heaven

Located in the southern part of Beijing city, The Temple of Heaven was the palace that emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties worshiped heaven and prayed for an abundant harvest. It was built in 1420 and became present spetacular building after rebuilt in Qinlong Year of Qing Dynasties. Covering a total area of 2.7 million square meters, grand and magnificent, it is the existing largest ancient buildings for sacrifice in China. It is famous for its precise layout, unique structure, and elegant decolation in the world. It not only stands an important position in China's construction history. Read More

Badaling Great Wall

Badaling Great Wall lies not far from north of Qinglong Bridge of Yanqing County, and its location is called Jundu Mountain. This part of Great Wall is the first choice for climbing due to the wide physiognomy, and majestic scene. You can take a car to the 888-meter-high location, which is the best angle to view the Great Wall and the beautiful mountain scene. Every morning at Beijing Zoo Park and Qianmen, there are travel buses, whose route names starting with the word "Travel", to the Great Wall. There are lots of illegal Taxi there. You'd better not take their vehicles if somebody warmly recommends "one-day Tour for 15 Yuan to you" to you. Read More

Ming Dynasty Tombs

Ming Dynasty Tombs are the mausoleums of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). The tombs are located in 50 kilometers of northern urben of Beijing. Ming Dynasty emperor Yongle (1402–1424) chose the site. From Yongle emperor, there were 13 Ming Dynasty Emperors were buried in this area. Tourists can visit Changling and Dingling tombs. Other tombs did not open to public. The admission fee of these two tombs is from 40RMB to 60RMB according to the month. Opening time is from 08:30 to 18:00. Tourists can take No.919 and No.314 to visit the tombs. Read More

 

Beihai Park

Beihai Park is located in the northwest of Beijing. It is an imperial garden which was built in 10th century of Liao Dynasty. The park covers over 69 hectares in area and there is a big lake taking over half of the park. There are many must see sites in the park including White Dagoba, Haopujian garden, Nine Dragon Screen, Five Dragon Pavilions and Circular City. The admission fee of Beihai park is only from 5RMB to 10RMB. The opening time of the park range from 06:30-22:00 according to the seasons. Tourists can go to the park by taking the bus No 101、103、109、812、814、846 and 107、111、118、701、823. Read More

Summer Palace

Summer Palce is a palace of Beijing. It is located in western of Haidian district of Beijing City. Summer Palace is also one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Summer palace has a long history which was built in Jin dynasty. The ticket price of the Palace range from 10RMB to 60RMB for different attractions. The opening time of Summer palace is from 06:30-18:00 for different seasons. There are many ways to go to the Palace. You can take bus no. 209, 330, 331, 332, 346, 394, 683, 690, 696, 718, 801, 808, or 826 and get off at Yiheyuan Station. You can also take Subway line 4. Read More

Fragrant Hills Park

Fragrant Hills is called Xiangshan in Chinese. It is a public park located in the Western Mountains in the Haidian District of Beijing city. The park covers 1.6 kilometer square meter. There are many beautiful hills and trees in the park, including maple trees, smoke trees and persimmon trees. Xianlu Feng is the highest peak of the park with 557 meters. The park was first built in Jin Dynasty. Ticket of the park is only from 5RMB to 10 RMB. Opening time is from 8:00 to 18:00. You can take bus No. 318, 331, 333, 360, 634, 714, 733, 737 to visit the park. Read More

 

Hutongs & Courtyards

Hutongs are are narrow streets or alleys in Beijing. Hutongs are traditional courtyard residences with by lines of siheyuan. History of Hutongs can be dated back to Yuan Dynasty. Hutong is a symbol of Beijing. Tourists come to Beijing must take a look at the Hutong and its courtyards. It is a sepcial experience to have a lunch in the Hutong's family. You can learn a simple cooking ways in the family. Visiting hutong is totally free. There are many rickshaws in and around the Hutongs area. Spend 10 to 20 Yuan to rent a rickshaws to go around the hutongs. Read More