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The Chinese capital has a history that stretches back over 3 millenia, but this former center of multiple kingdoms is as renowned for its modern skyline as its ancient monuments. Here are some of the attractions Beijing is best known for. Don't miss them!

Ming Dynasty Tombs

Also known as the "13 Tombs," most of the Ming emperors were interred within these striking mausoleums. The Ming-Gräber are on the way to the Great Wall, so factor them into your day trip!

Tiananmen Square

The site of several major protests and displays of military might, Tiananmen Square is made one of Beijing's most famous as much by the iconic monuments that surround it.

Forbidden City

Tiananmen Square takes its name from the "Gate of Heavenly Peace" that seperates it from this ancient royal city. There's a lot to see in the Forbidden City, so book a guided tour and wear comfy shoes!

Summer Palace

The most impressive of the surviving Chinese imperial gardens is a recreational complex of lakes, greenery, and palaces providing one of Beijing's most tranquil attractions.

Temple of Heaven

Combining the architectural qualities of both Ming and Qing dynasties, the Temple of Heaven was finished in 1420 and has been one of China's holiest sites ever since!

Beihai Park

This former imperial garden-turned-public Beihai Park is not just a site of outstanding beauty, but home to many sightseeing favorites, like the White Pagoda and the Nine-Dragon Wall!

Photo: David Dong @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Beijing National Stadium

Built for the 2008 Olympics, the 91,000-seat "Bird's Nest" has emerged as an icon of modern China. You can take a tour or even grab Beijing National Stadium tickets to a soccer game! Why not do both?

Planning Your Beijing Visit

How many days?

Five days to a week should be enough to see the sights of Beijing, get a feel for the city's culture, and even take a day trip out to the Great Wall of China!

When to visit?

Beijing's weather is most pleasant in early autumn (September/October), although the snowy winters do bring a charm of their own. Unless you want to see the Chinese New Year parade, avoid going during the nation's public holidays, when vast swarms of domestic tourists overwhelm even the quietest attractions!

Where to stay?

Beijing's sights are spread all over the city, so if you plan to cover the lot then you should consider staying in the city center. The districts of Beijing all have their own character, but one of the best areas for a first-time visitor is Wangfujing. Its central location boasts plenty of places to shop and eat, including the famous Wangfujing Snack Street, where vendors flog a bizarre collection of snacks far from the usual Chinese staples!

Good to Know

  • Language
    Mandarin
  • Currency
    Renminbi (¥)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+08:00)
  • Country Code
    +86
  • Best time to visit
    Early autumn is best to beat the crowds and avoid the summer heat.

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What People Are Saying About Beijing

Great day out in Beijing with a very good guide!

Great sights to visit on a beautiful day in Beijing, good shopping opportunities.

Très bien mais manque de temps sur la Grande Muraille.

Pick Up on Time in the morning, very nice and friendly guide (Lee) but due to the mandatory shopping stops, there is not enough time on the Great Wall (we were rushed).

Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall & Underground Palace Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 01/03/2017

we had a great day with our guide Michael

We spent a wonderful day in Beijing with our guide Michael. He picked us up at our Hotel in time at 8:00 a.m. and his driver brought us to Tiananmen Square and to the Forbidden City. Michael knew a lot about historical backgrounds and answered all our questions. Michael was very polite and friendly and his English was very good. After visiting the Forbidden City, we went to the Great Wall and had a very good lunchbreak in a Chinese restaurant. The view of the Great Wall was amazing! On our way back to Beijing, Michael gave us some very good recommendations regarding our plans for the evening and a very good restaurant serving Beijing duck. All in all, it was a great, very pleasant day. Michael did an excellent job!

It was a great & not too tiring itinerary esp with kids coming along.

The tour guide is very friendly and knowledgeable with the itinerary. Explains very well. Its just a good itinerary, not too heavy perhaps can also include along with Summer Palace and would be just perfect 5 places covered.

great day out and great and value for money.

A lovely day out. Lots included in this day trip and at a good price too. A good introduction to some of Beijing's interesting history and culture.


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