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Beijing Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, October 2014

4.5 star rating: Recommended 414 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

Beijing is a wonderful mixture of the ancient and the modern, the past and the present. A true ancient citadel with a history of Emperors and temples, it is now the seat of communist power with a ...  Read more

Exploring the Forbidden City

By Viator, October 2014

4.5 star rating: Recommended 58 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

If there’s one sight that has come to represent not only Beijing, but Imperial China as a whole, it’s the Forbidden City. Closed to the world for some 500 years, this vast Imperial palace puts into ...  Read more

Guide to Climbing the Great Wall

By Viator, October 2014

4.5 star rating: Recommended 104 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

The Great Wall, a Wonder of the World and one of China’s most recognizable landmarks, deserves a place on any itinerary to Beijing. With several sections located just outside of the city, you’ll have ...  Read more

Beijing Cuisine

By Viator, September 2013

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

To think of Chinese cuisine as one unified whole is an error; the landmass of China is as large as the United States and its regional cuisine is just as diverse, with Beijing’s popular dishes tasting ...  Read more

Tea Ceremony in Beijing

By Viator, October 2012

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

You may have heard of China's Silk Road, but its less famous yet equally important cousin is the Tea Horse Trail. Tea has played a fundamental part of day to day life in China dating back thousands ...  Read more

Beijing Temples

By Viator, August 2010

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

These days the temples Beijing builds may be more to the gods of business than harvests as modern skyscrapers pop up, but this ancient city is also rich in temples redolent of a more spiritual ...  Read more

Chinese Street Food at the Dong Hua Men Night Market

By John Reality , Cambodia, August 2012

Adventurous foodies who find themselves in Beijing would be remiss to skip out on the Donghuamen Night Market , located at the northern end of the Wangfujing business district. Since 1984, ...  Read more

The Olympic Green in Beijing

By John Reality , Cambodia, June 2012

Constructed for the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Olympic Green in Beijing is a massive park containing ten distinctive facilities for sports as various as handball, hockey, soccer, and archery.  ...  Read more

Beijing Day Trips to the Great Wall of China

By John Reality , Cambodia, March 2012

No visit to China would be complete without a visit to the Great Wall of China. Luckily, just such an achievement is an easy hop, step and a jump from beautiful Beijing in China’s north. The ...  Read more

Markets in Beijing

By John Reality , Cambodia, December 2011

Shopping in Beijing is a vibrant affair, but notoriously tricky from a practical point of view. Westerners can find themselves bewildered and befuddled without some careful consideration.  ...  Read more

Golden Resources Mall in Beijing

By John Reality , Cambodia, November 2011

The second largest mall in all of Asia, at the Golden Resources Mall you can buy almost anything from cars to tables to diapers. As a consumer mall, it has less of the cultural allure of some of ...  Read more

National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing

By John Reality , Cambodia, October 2011

An obvious choice, perhaps, but the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, otherwise known affectionately as “the egg” (because of its shape) is a masterful structure made of ...  Read more

Beijing: The 4 Best Sights from China’s Imperial Past

By Emma , Australia, October 2011

Beijing is home to some of the finest treasures of China ’s imperial past. The UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Forbidden City; the Temple of Heaven; the Summer Palace and the Great Wall are ...  Read more

The Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway

By Emma , Australia, September 2011

Tickets for the new Beijing - Shanghai high-speed railway have been selling like hot cakes. The 1,318-kilometer railway officially started operating on July 1 this year with promises to whisk ...  Read more

Shopping in Beijing

By Emma , Australia, August 2011

You can still find many traditional handicrafts in China ’s bustling modern capital. Perhaps the best know are Cloisonné (a popular ancient metalworking technique), Ivory Carving, Lacquer ...  Read more

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