Beijing, capital of the People's Republic of China, is the nation's political, economic, cultural, educational and international trade and communication center. It is a good city to explore on foot, tucking into hutongs, enjoying delicacies at a night food market or visiting some of the top tourist attractions in Beijing.
The Top Tourist Attractions in Beijing
The Forbidden City is one of the world’s great palaces, ranking right up there with the Kremlin, Buckingham Palace and Versailles.
The views of the Great Wall – the world’s longest outdoor museum – snaking through the mountains are awesome.
Temple of Heaven
Not only a beautiful sight, the temple is also surrounded by a vast public park popular with local residents practicing tai chi in the mornings and on weekends.
The Summer Palace was used as a summer residence by China’s imperial rulers – as a retreat from the Forbidden City
Tiananmen Square is the largest city square in the world. It remains an astounding place and a spot to linger and see visitors from all over China, many visiting their capital for the first time.
As Beijing’s most popular park, people ice skate on the lake in winter and stroll around it in the spring when the trees are in blossom. Its Tibetan-style White Dagoba Temple on Qionghua Island is a landmark in Beijing.
The Yonghe Lama Temple (Palace of Peace and Harmony), was built by Chinese emperors who harbored a deep fascination for the Tibetan version of Buddhism
Nanluoguxiang is Beijing’s yuppie street. The nightlife in its trendy restaurants and bars draw young people like a magnet; sometimes the activity spills into the narrow street.
798 Art District
Located in what once was an old electrical power plant, the 798 Art District is a beehive of artistic activity. Visitors can see artists at work in their studios, purchase art and art-related souvenirs, relax their tired feet at a sidewalk café, and admire the hundreds of statues that can be found outdoors on any street.
Gulou and Zhonglou
Gulou and Zhonglou, known as the Drum and Bell Towers in English, used to be Beijing’s official timekeepers during the Yuan and Ming dynasties.