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Great Wall at Mutianyu

4.5 star rating: Recommended 297 Reviews

The Great Wall at Mutianyu was fully restored in the 1980s as an alternative to the increasingly popular Badaling section of the Great Wall of China. The ...  Read more

Great Wall of China

4 star rating: Recommended 409 Reviews

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

Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

4 star rating: Recommended 163 Reviews

In 1750, the grand Summer Palace was commissioned by Emperor Qianlong as a lavish lakeside retreat from the heat of Beijing. With pavilions, walkways, ...  Read more

Ming Tombs (Ming Shisan Ling)

4 star rating: Recommended 161 Reviews

A series of temple-like structures and burial mounds, the Ming Tombs contain the remains of 13 of the 16 emperors who ruled China during the Ming Dynasty ...  Read more

Forbidden City (Imperial Palace)

4 star rating: Recommended 138 Reviews

The Forbidden City, or Imperial Palace, is the world’s largest palace complex, with more than 800 buildings and some 8,000 rooms set in the heart of Beijing. ...  Read more

Temple of Heaven (Tian tan)

4 star rating: Recommended 60 Reviews

Built by the Yongle Emperor, the Ming Dynasty builder of the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven (Tian tan) was a stage for important rituals performed by ...  Read more

Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 67 Reviews

Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest public plaza, has always been a symbol of Mao’s epic Communist project—and resistance to it. Despite its bleak history, ...  Read more

Great Wall from Jinshanling to Simatai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 69 Reviews

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

Great Wall at Huanghuacheng

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

Uncrowded and off the beaten path, the segment of the Great Wall of China at Huanghuacheng is popular among hikers who want to experience the wilder side of ...  Read more

Great Wall at Juyongguan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

While the Juyongguan segment of the Great Wall of China is the closest to Beijing, it's not the most visited; after all, the steps here are still steep and ...  Read more

The Legend of Kung Fu Show

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

The Legend of Kung Fu Show , which premiered at Beijing’s Red Theatre in 2004, tells the story of a young monk who dreams of one day becoming a kung fu ...  Read more

Great Wall at Jiankou

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

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

Chaoyang Theatre

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

If you’re planning to see a Chinese acrobatics show while in China -- and you should, since the young acrobats here are wildly talented -- Beijing’s Chaoyang ...  Read more

Beijing Opera

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Beijing Opera (Peking Opera) has been around since the late 18th century and was originally performed for the imperial family of the Qing Dynasty. It has ...  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, which connects Beijing with other notable destinations in the country. Quiet, fast, and ...  Read more

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