Northern China

Northern China Attractions

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Great Wall at Mutianyu

4.5 star rating: Recommended 143 Reviews

Located 56 miles (90 kilometers) northeast of Beijing, the Great Wall at Mutianyu was restored in 1986 after the section at Badaling rose in popularity. This ...  Read more

Forbidden City (Imperial Palace)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 73 Reviews

Have you ever wondered what's so forbidden about the Forbidden City? It's called that because it was closed to the outside world for 500 years. This was the ...  Read more

Temple of Heaven (Tian tan)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

A Ming temple, Temple of Heaven or Tian tan was built by the Yongle Emperor, who also built the Forbidden City, as a stage for the important rituals performed ...  Read more

Great Wall of China

4 star rating: Recommended 202 Reviews

The Great Wall of China is the greatest symbol of ancient Chinese engineering and one of the world's most famous structures. Its name in Chinese means 'Long ...  Read more

Ming Tombs (Ming Shisan Ling)

4 star rating: Recommended 76 Reviews

The Ming Dynasty Tombs, or Ming Shisan Ling, are located outside of central Beijing and are home to the tombs and mausoleums of the Yongle Emperor. Currently, ...  Read more

Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

4 star rating: Recommended 60 Reviews

The Summer Palace - also known as Yiheyuan - was built in 1750. In those days, it was called the Garden of Clear Ripples, and was a lakeside oasis where the ...  Read more

Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)

4 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

Tiananmen Square, or Tiananmen Guangchang, has always been not so much a square as a symbol. Mao built it to flaunt the epic scale of the Communist project. ...  Read more

Great Wall from Jinshanling to Simatai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Jinshanling and Simatai are two of the most remote and least restored portions of the Great Wall near Beijing. Visitors craving a more natural Great Wall ...  Read more

The Legend of Kung Fu Show

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

The Legend of Kung Fu at Beijing’s Red Theater tells the story of a young monk who dreams of one day becoming a Kung Fu master. The boy’s story is told through ...  Read more

Beijing Opera

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Beijing Opera (Peking Opera) has been around since the late eighteenth century and was originally performed for the imperial family of the Qing Dynasty. It ...  Read more

Beijing Bullet Train

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

China is home to the world’s largest network of high-speed rails, and many of them connect Beijing with other notable destinations in China. The longest route ...  Read more

Great Wall at Juyongguan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Located 37 miles (59 kilometers) northwest of Beijing, the Great Wall at Juyongguan is at once the most conveniently located to the city and the most ...  Read more

Great Wall of China at Jiankou

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Considered by many to be the most picturesque section, the Great Wall of China at Jiankou sits 43 miles (70 kilometers) northeast of Beijing. This portion of ...  Read more

Longqingxia Ravine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Also known as the Dragon’s Rejoice Ravine, the Longqingxia Ravine can be found on the Gucheng River, just under 100 kilometers northwest of Beijing. This area ...  Read more

Pearl Market (Hongqiao Market)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

For a uniquely local shopping experience, plan to spend a few hours at Beijing’s Pearl Market (Hongqiao Market). The market is famous for its three floors of ...  Read more

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