Northern China

Northern China Attractions

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Great Wall at Mutianyu

4.5 star rating: Recommended 190 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 37 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 270 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 96 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 93 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 82 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 45 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 36 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

Nine Dragon Screen at the Palace Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 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 4 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

Confucius Temple

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

A quiet sanctuary away from the smoggy streets of Beijing, the restored main hall of this temple contains a statue of the sage Kongzi (Confucius). It is the ...  Read more

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