8 Things to do in Beijing

Beautiful Beijing with its rich culture, history and rising appeal is currently on top of everybody’s bucket list. Beijing is a combination of history and modernity. It is the home to some finest remains of china’s imperial past, suave and cosmopolitan present and a more globalized future.

Beijing is transformed by its lustrous past and was enhanced as the times went by. Behind its rich and complex historical attributes, everyday life grows with a mixed-up variety. Beijing is bursting with a unique charm that attracts tourists from all around the world to explore in this amazing and grandiose place. There are hundreds of reasons on why choose to visit Beijing such as their culture, tourist attractions and events, and accommodation hotels.

8 things to do in Beijing

Of all the places to visit in Asia with kids, Beijing would have to be an eye-opening experience and one of the highlights of China. For most people, spending  few days in Beijing makes sense at the start of a longer China itinerary.  If you can only spend a week in China, it still makes sense to plan a few days exploring in Beijing.

The combination of historical sights and activities makes exploring Beijing with kids both fun and educational. Here are a bunch of things to in Beijing:

1- Temple of Heaven

Beijing has a lot of historical interests such as The Temple of Heaven where the ancient emperors performed solemn rituals for bountiful harvests. The most notable buildings of the temple include the Circular Mound Altar, the Imperial Vault of Heaven and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest and the Ming Tombs where the 13 great emperors of China were buried.

2- Great Wall of China

Of course, everyone has seen the Great Wall of China, may it be on pictures or the television… but seeing it live is a majestic experience, indeed! It is the longest man-made structure in the world and there are really interesting stories that the tour guides would tell you about the Great Wall of China.

3- Forbidden City

It’s like time travel to the imperial times! Add to that the Forbidden City which is the largest and well-preserved ancient architectural compound in the world but before entering the Forbidden City, you can’t miss its front door.

4- Tiananmen Square

Tian’anmen Square is the largest square in the world and a great place to go people watching.

5- Go shopping in Beijing

Apart from the rich historical aspect of Beijing, it has also a energetic outdoor markets and upbeat nightlife that surely attract tourists and souvenir shoppers! In addition,

Beijing has several shopping districts that offer an overwhelming variety of goods these includes the Wangfujing Street and Qianmen Street.

Check out Panjiayuan “Antiques” Market and Xiushui Street for local specialties such as fresh-water pearls, antiques, silk, and much more! The food markets in Beijing are also wonderful to explore and taste local food. 

6- Hit the nightspots

As the capital city of China, Beijing attracts people from all over the country and the world. The diversity and liveliness of the city have gifted Beijing with a varied and colourful nightlife.

7- Learn Tai Chi in Bei Hai Park

Do not miss out on activities in the locale too! Watch the locals do Tai Chi in Bei Hai Park and learn some basic moves yourself.

8- Peking Opera

Watch a performances of the Beijing Opera. You may not understand what’s going on but Peking Opera is a cultural treasure not to be missed.


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