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What to Do in Beijing: Must See Attractions

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!

Things to Do in Beijing with Kids

You'll find loads of fun things to do with the kids in and near Beijing. Keep the crew happy with our family friendly experiences.

Free Things to Do in Beijing

Leave your wallet in the hotel. It's a cinch to have a blast in Beijing without surrendering a penny.

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

Downtown Beijing

Historic sites, museums, and art galleries highlight some notable features of Downtown Beijing. Make a stop by Wangfujing Street or Tiananmen Square while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Dengshikou Station or Wangfujing Station to get around town.

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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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Middle Chaoyang

Museums, art galleries, and shopping highlight some notable features of Middle Chaoyang. Make a stop by Sanlitun or 798 Space while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Liangmaqiao Station or Agricultural Exhibition Center Station to get around town.



Museums, art galleries, and cocktail bars highlight some notable features of Chaoyang. Make a stop by Sanlitun or Beijing National Stadium while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Sihui East Station or Gaobeidian Station to get around town.

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Beijing Central Business District

Noted for its art galleries and shopping, there's plenty to explore in Beijing Central Business District. Top attractions like China World Mall and China World Trade Center are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Jintaixizhao Station or Guomao Station to see more of the city.



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 is Beijing famous for?

Bring some walking shoes because there are loads of landmarks that are begging to be explored:

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

What should I not miss in Beijing?

If you'd like to discover the best of this destination, add these attractions to your itinerary:

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

What can you do in Beijing for free?

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

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