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Northern China Attractions

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Pearl Market (Hongqiao Market)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 159 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

Beihai Park (Beihai Gongyuan)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 81 Reviews

Before 1911, when the Qing dynasty ended, this park was attached to the Forbidden City. Built in the 10th century, it is one of the most lavish and important ...  Read more

Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

The Lama Temple (Yonghegong), one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist temples in the world, started life in the late 17th century as a residence for ...  Read more

Great Hall of the People

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Sitting to the west of Tiananmen Square in Beijing, the Great Hall of the People is where the National People’s Congress is held, along with other ...  Read more

Monument to the People’s Heroes

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

The Monument to the People's Heroes stands in the center of Tiananmen Square, close to the Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao. Construction of the monument began ...  Read more

China World Trade Center

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Nowhere is China’s rapid modernization more apparent than in Beijing at the China World Trade Center. Completed in 2010, the complex houses Beijing’s tallest ...  Read more

Meridian Gate

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

The Meridian Gate of the Palace Museum is perhaps the most recognizable landmark of the Forbidden City. Built in 1420 and renovated in 1801, the Meridian Gate ...  Read more

Great Wall at Badaling

4 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

Few bucket lists are complete without a walk along the Great Wall of China, famously one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage site ...  Read more

Beijing Hutongs

4 star rating: Recommended 15 Reviews

Beijing's hutongs are a glimpse - fast disappearing - of what the city used to look like before the skyscrapers started munching the skyline. A hutong is a ...  Read more

Olympic Green (Olympic Park)

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

In just a few years since Beijing hosted the 2008 Olympic Games, the structures built within the Olympic Green (Olympic Park) have become just as ...  Read more

Drum and Bell Tower

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Back when Beijing consisted of single-story courtyard houses organized into hutongs , the Drum and Bell Towers in central Beijing dominated the landscape. ...  Read more

Gong Wang Fu

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 30 Reviews

Gong Wang Fu, or Prince Gong’s Mansion, was a Qing Dynasty imperial residence that has since been converted into an excellent museum. Built in 1777, the ...  Read more

Beijing Zoo

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 9 Reviews

Some 500 different species of animals and more than 14,500 furry friends call the 220-acre Beijing Zoo home. This popular destination, which attracts roughly ...  Read more

798 Art Zone

Located in northwest Beijing, 798 Art Zone occupies a decommissioned military factory from the 1950s that now houses an edgy artistic community. The ...  Read more

Antiquarium of The Palace Museum

While the entire Forbidden City operates under the name “Palace Museum,” its treasures, artifacts and memorabilia are all housed within the Antiquarium. The ...  Read more

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