Northern China

Things to Do & Attractions in Northern China

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Drum and Bell Tower

5 star rating: Highly 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

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

Lama Temple (Yonghegong)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 31 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

Jingshan Park (Yingshan Gongyuan)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Jingshan Park (Yingshan Gongyuan), a green space in the heart of Beijing and home to one of the city’s few hills, was made from the earth dug out to make the ...  Read more

Back Lakes (Hou Hai)

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Beijing has modernized so rapidly that it’s hard to imagine what it must have been like in decades past. One neighborhood, however, has managed to hold on to ...  Read more

Pearl Market (Hongqiao Market)

4 star rating: Recommended 49 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

Great Wall at Badaling

4 star rating: Recommended 43 Reviews

When the Great Wall of China opened to tourists in the late 1950s, the 2.3-mile (3.7-km) segment at Badaling was the first to welcome visitors, and today, ...  Read more

Beijing Hutongs

4 star rating: Recommended 22 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

China World Trade Center

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

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

Beijing Zoo

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 13 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

Olympic Green (Olympic Park)

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 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

Wangfujing Street

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

There are two reasons to visit Wangfujing Street in Beijing: shopping and eating. The main portion of this commercial street is home to nearly 300 Chinese ...  Read more

National Art Museum of China

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Review

The National Art Museum of China is one of the largest art museums in the country. Its permanent collection includes both ancient and contemporary Chinese ...  Read more

Shidu Nature Park

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 1 Review

Shidu Nature Park is situated in the southwest of China’s Fangshan District. Sprawled across 300 square-kilometers, this scenic area is ideal for a day trip ...  Read more

Eastern Qing Tombs

The series of Qing Tombs located 78 miles (125 kilometers) east of Beijing remain relatively off the map, despite the fact that they’re arguably more ...  Read more

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