Welcome to Beijing!
Oh, this is a city that never sleeps!
Even if it might seem that you can never be alone here, it`s so much worth to explore the capital of China! Learn to cope with some queues and go ahead!
Beijing has a rich and deep history – it has served as a capital of six notable dynasties and governments over 21 centuries. And now this is the capital and the second largest city in China with a population of 22 million in 2015! Remember that Beijing is quite diverse in its temperatures. It can get up to 42 °C, while the lowest is -27 °C! That`s why the best time to visit Beijing is spring and fall. Just try to avoid national holidays (e.g. 1st October to 7th October) as it gets very crowded on these days.
And the beauty is here! Check out our TOP 7 Must-See in Beijing!
1. The Forbidden City
Entire complex is a part of the Palace Museum, which is UNESCO World Heritage Site. More than 900 buildings and 9 000 rooms spread over 720 000 m2! The Forbidden City is the world’s largest imperial palace and it is a masterpiece of Chinese architecture.
Entrance Fee: RMB 60 (No ticket office. Tickets must be bought online!)
2. Panjiayuan Market
Beijing Panjiayuan Flea Market or Beijing Panjiayuan Antique Market is the largest, most complete and most popular market in China. Here you will find antiques, crafts, collectibles, decorations, stones and so much more! Calligraphy, Chinese painting, ivory carving, traditional Chinese musical instruments and so on. Look for some souvenirs or just enjoy the real China`s environment and see how locals come to shop and evaluate antique masterpieces!
3. Beijing Zoo
Beijing Zoo was the first of its kind in China. It consists of wide collection of animals, exhibition halls and some sites of historical interest. You fill find around 450 different species and population of 5000 animals like giant pandas, golden monkeys, milu deer and northeast tigers. Beijing Zoo is comprised of 16 different exhibition areas and halls. And there is Aquarium inside the Zoo as well!
Entrance fee: RMB 15 for the Zoo
RMB 19 Zoo + Panda House
RMB 150 for the Aquarium
4. Tiananmen Square
This is a site where Chairman Mao proclaimed the establishment of the People`s Republic of China. Since then it`s possible to see flag`s raising and lowering ceremony every day, as well as massive parades and other events. The Tiananmen Square is the largest square of this kind in the World!
Entrance Fee: RMB 15 for National Museum of China, Gate of Heavenly Peace, The Great Hall of the People
5. The Great Wall
The Great Wall of China is the longest man-made structure in the World. With a total length of 21,196 km it is equal to half the length of the Equator! The Great Wall is about 2,700 years old, but is not one single long line. The Great Wall is a defensive network consisting of many walls and forts built in different historical periods. Over 10 million people visit the Great Wall of China every year. The most famous section of the Great Wall is Badaling, so be ready for some crowds there! Though there are also real unspoiled sections of the Great Wall, which also can be visited.
Entrance Fee: RMB 40 (In the section of Badaling. Others may differ)
6. Temples and parks
Beijing has so many beautiful temples and parks to visit! E.g. Temple of Heaven that has been one of the most holy places in the whole country for more than five centuries. Also Summer Palace, which is actually the largest and most complete royal garden in China. The Old Summer Palace – once the emperor`s retreat until destroyed and burnt to the ground. And there are so many more, each of them beautiful and with its special vibe.
Entrance Fee: Most popular temples and parks have entrance fee, it vary.
You must enjoy the local food in Beijing! On the main pedestrian street of Wangfujing you will find fried noodles, octopuses, the best sweets and local snacks, even fried scorpions, warms and grasshoppers! We recommend you to try Tofu, Bullfrog and Preserved Egg, created by Chinese people in the Ming Dynasty. These dishes you can find in many restaurants across Beijing. And definitely do not miss the Peking Duck or Beijing Roasted Duck. The history of the roast duck can be traced back to the Ming Dynasty, about 600 years ago. Cooks from all over China traveled to the Forbidden City to cook for the Emperor as only the best chefs could enter the palace kitchens. When the Qing Dynasty ended, the chefs who left the Forbidden City started to work in restaurants around Beijing and brought the recipe of the Peking Duck to everyone.
Beijing will surprise you and will definitely create amazing moments and the warmest memories! Enjoy!