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Beijing Attractions

Beijing, one of the world's largest and most vibrant cities, is full of rich Chinese history and features a blended mix of Asian cultures. This city is perfect for tourists who want to enjoy a blend of ancient traditions and modern-day marvels. There are a variety of things to do in Beijing for people of all ages.

The Great Wall of China is one of the top spots to visit. As such, you should begin your Beijing journey by visiting the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Part of many Beijing excursions, this part of the wall has been greatly preserved throughout the centuries. While it is a bit further from the center of Beijing than other sections, the area is rarely crowded, making for a great outing with your family.

While the Palace of Museum itself is one of the best local places to visit during your trip, the Hall of Great Harmony located within the museum is a must see for everyone. The Hall of Great Harmony features ancient architecture, artifacts, temples, and a large number of statues originally sculpted centuries ago.

There are a large amount of Beijing tours available to ensure you don’t miss any of the must-see spots of the area. As such, make sure the tour you choose includes a stop at the Temple of Heaven. This historical religious structure, built in 1420, was originally used by emperors to pay respects to their Gods from the heavens. Now, the Temple of Heaven stands as one of the main tourist focal points and one of the great attractions in Beijing. Don't forget to schedule a visit to this wonderfully preserved historical site.

To take advantage of all the wonderful Beijing activities available to visitors, Expedia recommends you carry a map at all times. Don't miss out on a great opportunity to take your family to one of the most exciting cities in Asia and book your vacation today!

Free Things to Do in Beijing

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Beijing Police Museum - Bring the whole family and set out on a journey of discovery through history with each other.

Imperial City Art Trading Centre - If you'd like to explore more of the cultural and artistic side of the region, don't miss this.

Jingshan Table Tennis Park - Let the kids have a good time or let your own inner child run free — this attraction just oozes fun.

Former Fǔrén University - If you're impressed by modern architecture and design, add this attraction to your schedule.

Front Hall - If you're fascinated by history and heritage, this is one attraction you can't miss.

Tiananmen Square - Stroll the sidewalks and appreciate the charm and character of this favorite local haunt.

Imperial Archives - Leave time to have a look at this place of local importance.

Supreme Temple - Get a better understanding of the local beliefs at this holy sanctuary.

Zhongshan Park - Grab your rug, pack some food and find a comfortable spot to appreciate Mother Nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Beijing

Yanqing

Fascinating cave dwellings pockmark the mountains, shedding light on historic people in a region now known for its ski resorts and access to the Great Wall.

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Dongcheng

Explore the eclectic commercial street and its enormous mall amid the fascinating sights in the heart of Beijing’s historic center.

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Downtown Beijing

Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the North Cathedral and Houhai Park are among the famous attractions in the city center of Beijing.

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Middle Chaoyang

Museums, art galleries, and shopping highlight some notable features of Middle Chaoyang. Make a stop by Sanlitun or Yashow Market while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Liangmaqiao Station or Agricultural Exhibition Center Station to get around town.

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Xicheng

Dotted with gorgeous lakes, spiritual hubs and traditional architecture, the West City is a vast window into the customs and culture in central Beijing.

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Haidian

Get to know Haidian and its many features like its museums and monuments. You might want to explore sights like Summer Palace and Kunming Lake, and you can jump on the metro at Anheqiao North Station or Beigongmen Station to get around the city.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Beijing on a rainy day?

There's no need to splish, splash and splosh your way through a damp day when there are loads of great indoor activities like these on offer:

What is Beijing famous for?

With numerous famous attractions like these, your most challenging decision will be what to see first:

  • Great Wall of China
  • Forbidden City
  • Great Wall of China
  • Tiananmen Square

What should I not miss in Beijing?

Put these sights high on your must-see list to make the most of your trip:

  • Wangfujing Street
  • Temple of Heaven
  • Summer Palace
  • Tsinghua University

Are there cheap things to do in Beijing?

There are loads of experiences here that are just the ticket if you're traveling on a shoestring:

What can you do in Beijing for free?

Your trip to Beijing won't cost an arm and a leg with free attractions like these to explore:

  • Tiananmen Square
  • Wangfujing Street
  • Beihai Park
  • Hongqiao Market