10 Things You Must Do in Beijing

Beijing, China’s historic capital, is the perfect place to go if you want to experience Chinese history and culture with full of magnificent landmarks including the Great wall and the Forbidden City. The city offers so many things to see, do and eat.

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1. Climb the Great Wall of China

Visiting the Great Wall of China is one of the most popular things to do in Beijing among tourists and even to the locals. The Great Wall was built to keep out the Mongolian invaders and now it is the most famous and iconic tourist attraction in China. There are several different ways to climb the Great wall but if you want to enjoy without too much adventure and walking, hike through the Mutianyu section. If you want more adventure, you can head to Jinshanling or Gubeikou sections of the wall!

2. Enjoy the day in Nan Luo Gu Xiang

Nan Luo Gu Xiang is an old Hutong(a long alley with shops and courtyard residences) in Beijing, renowned for its long history, culture and local shops. Nan Luo Gu Xiang is packed full of shops, galleries and cafes for about several kilometers. You will experience the diverse culture by the authentic shops, meals and snacks in Nan Luo Gu Xiang.

3. Watch Peking Opera

There are different forms of Chinese Opera, but the Beijing style Peking Opera is the most recognized opera in China. With colorful costumes, makeup and skilled performances, you will enjoy watching the Peking Opera. 

4. Visit Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square is the world’s largest public square where you can see all the important landmarks including the Monument to the People’s Heroes, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall and the Great Hall of the People. The best way to explore Tiananmen Square is to start from Qianmen, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, Great Hall of the People and then the monumental National Museum of China. You can also watch the daily Flag-Raising Ceremony if you visit in the early morning. 

5. Experience Wangfujing Snack Street

Wangfujing Snack Street is packed with hundreds of snack stands and shops where you can buy local street food, tourist souvenirs and crafts. There are a lot of unique snacks you can see or even try including the skewered scorpions, sea horses, starfishes and some insects. But don’t worry, most of the shops sell delicious street food and snacks you can enjoy!

6. Explore 798 Arts District

Named after the 798 factory, 798 Arts District is a protected arts district with full of Chinese contemporary art. 798 have many cafes, commercial galleries, design studios and souvenir shops for you to enjoy after exploring. Now, it also holds important international art exhibitions and activities

7. Visit Yiheyuan (Summer Palace)

Summer Palace is located in the northwest of Beijing, 15 kilometers away from the downtown area. It is the largest and the best preserved royal garden in China with magnificent nature landscape. You will enjoy the gardens, temples and pavilions in the Summer Palace. You can also ride a boat on Kunming Lake, walk the Long Corridor and watch Chinese performance in the ancient theatre. 

8. Have drinks at Sanlitun

Sanlitun is the perfect place to experience Beijing’s vibrant nightlife with so many shops, restaurants and bars. More than 60 percent of bars in Beijing are located in Sanlitun. There are over 80 bars in Sanlitun Bar Street for you to complete your night in Beijing with a drink or two!

9. Have some Peking Duck

Peking duck, or Beijing roast duck is one of the most famous Beijing cuisine that everyone should try whilst in Beijing. Peking duck serves as the thin layer with crispy skin and duck meat. A correct way to have Peking duck is to wrap it with pancakes, cucumber, spring onion and sweet bean sauce. The chef will slice the whole roast duck into pieces and serve in front of guests. Having Peking duck will be an authentic experience at Chinese restaurants with delicious dishes. 

10. Wander Beihai Park

Beihai Park is one of the oldest,largest and well-preserved ancient royal gardens located in Beijing. It is a popular attraction with the stunning Five-dragon Pavilion, Jade Flower Island and Nine-Dragon wall and temples. You will be amazed by its beautiful photo-worthy sites in Beihai Park.


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