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.
Museums, Historical Buildings and Culture
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.
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.
See terracotta warriors, ancient temples and Ming Dynasty architecture at the Juyongguan section of one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in the world.
Shop ‘til you drop on one of Beijing’s best-loved shopping strips, where you’ll find everything from designer labels to cheap souvenirs.
This majestic former summer residence of the Qing Dynasty is now a world heritage site and favourite Beijing attraction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.