10 Things To Do In Beijing

The 10 things you absolutely must do in Beijing:

1. The Great Wall

simatai great wallThe Great Wall is one of the country’s most famous symbols. Like a giant dragon, the Great Wall winds its way in the north of China from remote west deserts to the east sea. An excursion to the Great Wall should be the first thing you do in Beijing. The famous sections include Badaling, Mutianyu and Simatai.

2. Forbidden City

Largest palace Forbidden CityWith a long history of more than 600 years, the grand Forbidden City witnessed the awesome power of the imperial state. It is in this imperial palace that 24 emperors ruled the country for centuries. Now the vast palace complex has become one of the greatest museums in the world.

3. The Legend of Kung Fu

the legend of kung fu showThe daily show, the Legend of Kung Fu, in the Red Theatre is a must-see night show in Beijing. All its actors are real and excellent Kung Fu practitioners around the country. The spectacular show combines Kung Fu, acrobatics dancing and music together, presenting a spectacular Chinese Kung Fu feast. Kung Fu fans or families with kids should not miss it.

4. Temple of Heaven

morning execise in Temple of Heaven ParkVisiting Temple of Heaven in the early morning can be a really great experience. Inside the park you will find many locals perform a bunch of activities in very different and unique ways, practicing Taichi, sword dance, fan dance and singing, Chinese yo-yo etc.

5. Shichahai Lakes

shichahai lakeIn addition to visiting grand Forbidden City, walking around the Shichahai lakes is a wonderful complement. The three lakes named Qianhai, Houhai and Xihai are known together as Shichahai and are famous for restaurants, bars and various shops.

6. Hutong

hutong beijingHutong is the name of ancient lane in Beijing. A cycling tour around Beijing’s few remaining hutong neighborhoods will take you to discover traditional courtyard houses, narrow alleys and its unique story.

7. Peking Roast Duck

peking duckWhen it comes to eating in Beijing, Peking Roast Duck is a must-try gourmet. This local specialty features tempting shining colour, crispy skin and tender meat. There are many Peking roast duck restaurants; the most famous ones include Liqun Roast Duck Restaurant, Da Dong Roast Duck, Bianyifang Roast Duck Restaurant and Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant.

8. Jingshan Park

view of the Jingshan parkJingshan Park is located behind the Forbidden City. What makes it famous is its full and clear view of the Palace and the city from the top of the hill, once Beijing’s highest point. The hill was piled up with the earth dug up to create the moat of the Forbidden City.

9. Cuandixia Village

cuandixia villageChuandixia is an ancient village nestled deep in the Western Hills of Beijing. With a history of more than 600 years, Cuandixia still keeps its original appearance. Visitors can find traditional village courtyards, stone paved lanes, steep staircases, ancient village well and so on.

10. Panjiayuan Flea Market

panjiayua flea marketThis is a giant flea market where various antique goods and handicrafts are on sale. In the market you can find everything from porcelains to classical furniture, calligraphies and paintings to jade. The best time to visit is early morning on Saturday or Sunday.

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