Things to Do in Bejing

What to see, to buy, to experience in Beijing? What are the best you should never miss, and what are the feature activities only the locals know?

To help you plan your Beijing vacation, and to explore the real life of this city, here we collected the TOP 10 attractions that you can get a better understanding about Chinese culture and history, as well as some recommended featured activities you can choose to add much fun on your Beijing trip.

Beijing Attraction Map

Forbidden City

No. 1: Forbidden City

Type: Historic Site, landmarks

Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours

Forbidden City is absolutely the top must-see place in Beijing, which will show you what the Chinese culture and Dynasty is all about. Consisting of more than 9,000 rooms and spread over 250 acres, it is once reserved only for the Emperors in 15-18th century. Once you enter the palace, you are steeped in the centuries old history of China's imperial dynasties. More about Forbidden City

Great Wall

No. 2: Great Wall

Type: Historic Site, Landmarks, Hiking Trails

Recommended Length of Visit: about 3 hours' hiking

Hiking the Great Wall is always a must for Beijing first- time visitors. From the continuous line of the Wall, there are some famous sections for visitors to go near Beijing city, including the most famous Badaling Great Wall, the less crowded Mutianyu Section and Simatai section where you can see the wild wall. The views from the Wall are spectacular and you can feel the history as you walk.

Tian'anmen Square

No. 3: Tian'anmen Square

Type: landmarks, Square

Recommended Length of Visit: less than 1 hour

Tiananmen Square is a vast open concrete expanse at the heart of modern Beijing. Here you can see the national flag raised at dawn and lowered at dusk every day, and the locals, as well as visitors strolling about as kites flit overhead. The most famous site, Tian'an Men is where Chairman Mao announced the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949. More about Tian'anmen Square

Temple of Heaven

No. 4: Temple of Heaven

Type: Historic Site, Parks, Religious Site

Recommended Length of Visit: 1-2 hours

Temple of Heaven is the largest building for religious worship in China with a total area of 270 acres. It is where the Ming and Qing emperors to pay homage to Heaven and pray for a year of rich harvest. Nowadays it has become a park, where you can see many beautiful temple buildings and halls with lovely architecture and colorful decorations on them. More about Temple of Heaven


No. 5: Hutong

Type: Historic Walking Area

Recommended Length of Visit: about 2 hours

Beijing is famous for its centuries-old alleys known as hutongs. The siheyuan (courtyard houses) that line them were built with their backs turned on the outside world with the main entrance set in otherwise blank walls. What is charm to visitors is the 'real life' of Beijing in these neighborhoods of narrow, twisting alleys. And Houhai area is the best place to explore the Hutong culture for most have been well renovated. More about Beijing Hutong

Summer Palace

No. 6: Summer Palace

Type: Hisotric Site, Parks

Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours

Summer Palace, called Yiheyuan in Chinese, used to be the summer retreat for emperors. But now it is a park for both locals and tourists. You can stroll around the ancient pavilions, temples, bridges and huge lakes t o enjoying the amazing view of this Royal garden. More about Summer Palace

Ming Tombs

No. 7: Ming Tombs

Type: Historic site, Monuments

Recommended Length of Visit: 2 hours

Ming Tombs, called Chang Ling in Chinese, is the resting place for 13 of the 16 Ming emperors. In Ding Ling, the only tomb opened to public, you will see the treasures, and Chinese Feng Shui alignment. And the highlight is the Sacred Road leading to the tomb with hundreds of small stone animals. Only 30 km northwest of Beijing city, Ming Tomb is always companied with the tour to Great Wall. More about Ming Tombs

Lama Temple

No. 8: Lama Temple

Type: Religious & Historic sites, Museums

Recommended Length of Visit: 1-2 hour

Lama Temple, also called Yonghegong in Chinese, is a Mongolian-Tibetan temple that features an impressive fifty- four-foot high Buddha which carved from one piece of Tibetan sandalwood.

Confucius Temple

No. 9: Confucius Temple

Type: Cultural site, Museum

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

For Confucius fan, you will never miss the trip to Confucius Temple and Guozijian Museum. Less crowded than other sites, you can learn a lot about Confucius while enjoying the quiet atmosphere here. Even you know nothing about Confucius, you will know more about him and his spirit in the East and the West Halls that talked about Confucius's life, philosophies, impact, legacy, etc. in perfect English.

Beijing Olympic Sites

No. 10: Olympic Sites

Type: Arenas

Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hour

The National Stadium of China is also famous as the Bird’s Nest for its overall shaped really like the nest of birds. The Bird's Nest is a marvel of architecture, especially for architecture-lovers. You will be impressed by the amazing structure, and great design. The best time to visit will be in the afternoon till night, for the splendid colorful lights will add more unforgettable memory in your Beijing trip.

Recommended Beijing Tours

Top 3 Beijing tours chosen by most customers to explore Beijing in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.

Forbidden City in Beijing
2 Days Beijing Layover Highlights Tour


Mutianyu great wall
3 Days Beijing Essential Short Stay Tour (Visa Free)


Fobidden City in Beijing
4 Days Classic Beijing Tour Package


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