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Top 10 Things to Do in Beijing

Beijing, the capital city of China, with a long history through 3,000 years as the capital city from ancient China, is the cultural and economic center of China. Owning the most numerous cultural relics in the world, Beijing attracts tourists from all over the world for both its historical sites and splendid views. What to do in Beijing? What will be the must-do things during your trip in Beijing? Top 10 things to do in Beijing below may help you enjoy a better experience in Beijing.

1. Appreciate the majesty of the Great Wall

As a symbolic landmark of China, the Great Wall has been through more than two thousand years, representing the most impressive architectural feats in history. You may start your Great Wall journey by choosing these sections below.


  • Badaling Great Wall, the most famous and representative section, and the best-preserved part, but very crowded.
  • Mutianyu Great Wall, the longest section, widely welcome among tourists abroad for its grand view but less tourists here.
  • Juyongguan Great Wall, a precipitous section, and the most essential part of the Great Wall of China.
  • Jinshanling Great Wall, the most magnificent section, quite suitable for photography, especially sunrise and sunset.
  • Huanghuacheng Great Wall, combines mountain view and water view along with the spectacular Great Wall.
  • Gubeikou Great Wall, the most completed section, really a good choice for those who love climbing.
  • Simatai Great Wall, far from the city, less crowded but more dangerous than Badaling Great Wall. Autumn here is pretty good because of the red maple leaves on the mountain.
  • Jiankou Great Wall, the most original part involved a lot of climbing, the best place for adventurous trekking.

Read Which section of the Great Wall are recommended.

2. Shuttle back to ancient China in the Forbidden City

The Forbidden City, renowned as the largest and the best-preserved imperial palace in China, is also one of the largest architecture complexes of wooden structure in the world. Being the busiest museum of Chinese history, strolling around the Forbidden City to explore the ancient history and splendid culture among the precious relics will be one of the top things to do in Beijing, you could closely experience life of emperors in Ming and Qing Dynasty as well,

Read more about Forbidden City Tour Tips.

3. Relax yourself in the Summer Palace

The Summer Palace is the best-preserved imperial garden in China, consists of Wanshou Mountain and Kunming Lake, modeling sceneries of West Lake in Hangzhou. Relax yourself in the Summer Palace after your adventurous trip on the Great Wall and cultural exploration tour in the Forbidden City will no wonder be an ideal choice during your trip in Beijing, tranquil and enjoyable.  


4. Discover religious culture at the Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven is considered to be the most important temple in Ming and Qing Dynasty for sacrifice to the heaven and worship for rain and harvest. Being China's existing largest structure for sacrifice to heaven, it is a great place for you to discover religious culture of ancient China and also a perfect place to appreciate the precise and well-designed architectures.


5. Get close to the local life around Beijing Hutong

Beijing Hutong is the most optimal place to get close to the local life and history of Beijing, and to explore the particular architecture of Siheyuan, which only existed in Beijing. Hutong in English means a lane or an alley while Siheyuan is a compound with houses around a courtyard in four sides. Take rickshaw is the best way to go around Hutongs in Beijing, you could have a chance to experience the folk art at the same time.

Know more about Famous Hutong in Beijing and Beijing Hutong Tour Tips.

6. Explore modern art at 798 Art District

798 Art District is originally the site of factories including 798, a factory that produced electronics. Nowadays, it has been developed into an artistic combination of galleries, art center, designers’ studios, characteristic bars and restaurants, a creative architectural space of modern art, moreover, it is more and more popular among artists and young people.  Don’t miss it if you are a fan of art.


7. Watch the charming Beijing Opera

Beijing Opera, or Peking Opera, is the national treasure of China showing the traditional Chinese performing art, with its wonderful combination of music, vocal performance, mime, dance and acrobatics. Since Beijing Opera enjoys an immense popularity among people in China and also in the world, one will never regret a Beijing Opera show.

Read Where to See the Peking Opera in Beijing.

8. Enjoy an amazing Chinese Kungfu Show

The success of Bruce Lee’s movie made Chinese Kungfu well-known to the whole world. Along with so many famous movies, Chinese Kungfu has been a traditional symbol of China, which is loved by people from everywhere. Watch an amazing Chinese Kungfu Show may be an unforgettable memory during your trip in China. Just go to the Red Theater and enjoy your time.

Furthermore, you could also watch a great Acrobatics Show, including the universally recognized Lion Dance, oral stunts, pagoda of bowls, juggling and wire walking, which is also a wonderful experience in Beijing. Read Where to See Acrobatics Show in Beijing.

9. Taste the symbolic Beijing Roast Duck

Beijing Roast Duck is no doubt to be the first thing come into your mind when mention dishes in Beijing. It’s one of the most famous food in Beijing and also a symbolic dish of China, the crispy and juicy flavor is so palatable for a try. If the Great Wall ranks the top 1 on your must-visit list, then Beijing Roast Duck is definitely the top 1 food you should try in Beijing.

More about Food in Beijing.

10. Experience nightlife in Beijing Sanlitun

Sanlitun, being one of the most prosperous entertainment streets in Beijing, is popular among all the tourists. It’s a great place to enjoy the nightlife in Beijing after a whole day for visiting different attractions. By the way, Houhai is also a good choice for you to relax in a stylistic bar if you’d like a cup of drink.


Create your unique memory in Beijing

Have strong interests on climbing the Great Wall? You may either go to Badaling Great Wall or Mutianyu Great Wall. And you have plenty more choices for Great Wall tour.

►2 Days Great Wall Trekking from Jinshanling to Simatai: Gubeikou, Jinshanling, Simatai, Watertown

►3 Days Hike the Great Wall around Beijing: Gubeikou, Jinshanling, Wohushan, Jiankou, Mutianyu

Do you want to spend every minute on the right place to visit? Check tours below for inspirations.

►One Day Beijing City Must-see Essence Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven

►4 Days Best Beijing Tour: Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Jingshan park, Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall, Bird Nest, Water Cube, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Summer Palace

Seek for the best price for a family trip in Beijing? Don’t worry about your budget, all your family members will enjoy a great time in Beijing. Check 5 Days Beijing Family Tour or 5 Days Beijing Budget Tour

Feel free to contact us for your Beijing travel plan, we’re pleased to help you. You can also tailor-made your own Beijing tour at Free Online Tailor-made Tour to create your unique Beijing tour.


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