Beijing

Things to Do & Attractions in Beijing

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Great Wall at Mutianyu

4.5 star rating: Recommended 192 Reviews

The Great Wall at Mutianyu was fully restored in the 1980s to handle some of the overflow from the increasingly popular Badaling section of the Great Wall of ...  Read more

Temple of Heaven (Tian tan)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 38 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 276 Reviews

No trip to Beijing would be complete without a Great Wall experience. Winding along the mountain ridges north of the capital city, the Great Wall of China ...  Read more

Forbidden City (Imperial Palace)

4 star rating: Recommended 97 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

Ming Tombs (Ming Shisan Ling)

4 star rating: Recommended 95 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 89 Reviews

In 1750, the grand Summer Palace was commissioned by Emperor Qianlong as a lavish lakeside retreat away from the heat of Beijing. Decades later, Empress ...  Read more

Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)

4 star rating: Recommended 46 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 40 Reviews

To experience both wild and restored portions of the Great Wall of China without straying far from Beijing, many visitors choose a guided hike between ...  Read more

Antiquarium of The Palace Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 Reviews

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

Nine Dragon Screen at the Palace Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

During a 1773 renovation of a northeastern section of the Forbidden City, a Nine Dragon Screen was added to provide privacy for Emperor Qianlong’s retirement ...  Read more

Great Wall at Juyongguan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

While the Juyongguan segment of the Great Wall of China is the closest of the open Great Wall sections to Beijing, located just 37 miles (59 km) to the ...  Read more

The Legend of Kung Fu Show

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 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 Jiankou

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Jiankou is the adventurer's Great Wall of China—a completely unrestored section with crumbling mason work snaking along a wild mountain ridge 43 miles (70 ...  Read more

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