Beijing has been at the heart of Chinese culture and society for many centuries, and the combination of its ancient past and the developing “New China” is sure to excite and fascinate. 20 million people live here, with a further 125 million visitors coming every single year, making it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Begin your visit in the traditional heart of the city. The imperial gardens at Jingshan Park offer wonderful views over central Beijing, including the fantastic Forbidden City, which is a must-see attraction. After you've seen all there is to see here, head for the famous Tiananmen Square where you can enjoy two extensive repositories of culture and history, the National Museum of China and the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall. The Front Gate (Qianmen Gate) looms over the southern end of the square, an impressive reminder of the old fortifications which used to protect the city.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre with a visit to the opulent Summer Palace of the hugely powerful and wealthy Chinese emperors, or gaze on the stunning and historic Marco Polo Bridge. Or for a more serene, spiritual experience, the Lama Temple is hard to beat.

Beijing is also a startlingly contemporary city, full of cutting-edge architecture, chic eateries and bustling shopping centres. The 2008 Olympic Games gave the city’s development a huge boost, and you can see the centre of it all at Olympic Park.

The hip artistic scene of modern China can be experienced at 798 Space, while you can pick up some mementoes of your visit along Wangfujing Street. When you get hungry, make sure to try the authentic local Peking duck with noodles or rice. Later in the evening, head for a karaoke bar or a nightclub to experience what the capital's nightlife has to offer.

Beijing is in the northeast of China and, despite being many thousands of miles away from the capitals of the West, is served by a well-connected modern international airport. The city is very flat, so it’s a pleasure to cycle around, and the public transport system is top-notch, with plenty of signs in English to help orientate the visitor. Getting around by car can be significantly more difficult, particularly if you don’t have a good command of Mandarin, so be warned.

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Museums, Historical Buildings and Culture

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Where to stay in Beijing

Dongcheng
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Dongcheng

Historical Buildings, Museums, Shopping

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

Fengtai
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Fengtai

Historical Buildings, Small Towns, Museums

Discover a bustling district where you can get a real feel of everyday Beijing life as well as enjoying impressive historic, cultural and entertainment attractions.

South Chaoyang
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South Chaoyang

Theme Parks, Universities, Cocktails

Visit a museum about local history and traditions, attend a spectacular dance show and relax in the park by a vast lake.

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Top hotels in Beijing

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
4 out of 5
1 Chong Wen Men Xi Da Jie, Beijing
AU$132/night
10 Aug. - 11 Aug.
3.9/5Very Good! (1,759 reviews)

"The hotel is in a great location. Walking distance to everything. Staff were very helpful & obliging. Room was clean and spacious. Great variety of food at breakfast. Would definitely stay there again"…"

Reviewed on 2 Jul. 2019

Novotel Beijing Xin Qiao
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Hotel Jen Beijing by Shangri-La
4.5 out of 5
No. 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing
AU$218/night
21 Jul. - 22 Jul.
4.6/5Exceptional! (130 reviews)

"Amazing place. Rooms are very modern with a great view! Breakfast buffet is a perfect way to start the day. Would definitely recommend staying here. I will definitely stay again if I am in Beijing."…"

Reviewed on 5 May 2019

Hotel Jen Beijing by Shangri-La
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Prime Hotel Beijing Wangfujing
4.5 out of 5
No.2 Wangfujing Main Street, Beijing
AU$149/night
31 Jul. - 1 Aug.
4.1/5Very Good! (1,521 reviews)

"Service was great! Loved the room amenities. Wuick response to room request! Great breakfast!"…"

Reviewed on 14 Jul. 2019

Prime Hotel Beijing Wangfujing

Popular activities in Beijing

Forbidden City
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Forbidden City

This magnificent imperial palace is one of the most popular tourist sites in all of China, and is filled with many centuries of culture and art.

Tiananmen Square
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Tiananmen Square

From national celebrations to mass protests, Beijing’s main square has been the scene of many of China’s most important gatherings and is a must-see for any visitor.

Great Wall of China
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Great Wall of China

See terracotta warriors, ancient temples and Ming Dynasty architecture at the Juyongguan section of one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in the world.

Wangfujing Street
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Wangfujing Street

Shop ‘til you drop on one of Beijing’s best-loved shopping strips, where you’ll find everything from designer labels to cheap souvenirs.

Summer Palace
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Summer Palace

This majestic former summer residence of the Qing Dynasty is now a world heritage site and favourite Beijing attraction.

Temple of Heaven
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Temple of Heaven

Behind the high walls of this peaceful complex lie some of the most impressive temples in Beijing, where human sacrifices were once held to appease ancient gods.

Top activities in Beijing

3-Day Private Tour of Xi'an & Beijing with Flight
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3-Day Private Tour of Xi'an & Beijing with Flight

AU$1,522

Itinerary Day 1: Guangzhou – Xi’an (L, D) After pickup from your Guangzhou hotel, drive to the airport to catch your morning flight to Xi’an. Upon landing at the Xi’an airport, meet your guide, take you directly to see Terracotta warriors.

Beijing: Small-Group Great Wall Experience Tour
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Beijing: Small-Group Great Wall Experience Tour

AU$158

Trek the Mutianyu section of the iconic Great Wall of China, savor an authentic Chinese lunch, and experience traditional reflexology on this memorable day tour. Walk away knowing more about the intriguing history, legends, and culture of China and its people.

Beijing Forbidden City & Mutianyu Great Wall Group Tour
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Beijing Forbidden City & Mutianyu Great Wall Group Tour

AU$88

This full-day group tour begins from your most central located hotel within 2nd ring road of Beijing around 7:00 am in the morning. Then take a drive to the Forbidden City, which is kind of most impressive China's Palace Museum.

Beijing Kungfu Show Night Tour with Hotel Transfer
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Beijing Kungfu Show Night Tour with Hotel Transfer

AU$43

1. Pick you up from your hotel on departure time (6:00pm) and make sure all visitors from different hotels in the coach and then drive you to Beijing Red Theatre for Kung Fu show.

Small-Group Chinese Cooking Class & Market Tour
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Small-Group Chinese Cooking Class & Market Tour

AU$128

Beijing is known for its exotic and flavorful cuisine, and this activity lets you learn to prepare a remarkable feast from experienced chefs in a small small-group setting. Tour a market, learn how to find the freshest ingredients, prepare your dish, and savor your creation.

Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall & Underground Palace Bus Tour
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Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall & Underground Palace Bus Tour

AU$68

In the morning around 07:00 am our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel lobby in Beijing downtown area. After hotel pickup, you will be escorted to Mutianyu Great Wall, which is 73km from Beijing city area and the drive will last about 1 hour.

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