Things to see in Beijing

Tips from real travelers about attractions and what to see in Beijing.
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  • When I went to China, it was an adventure. When we were at Tiananmen Square, we found some guides who offered to take us out to the wall for 100RMB, so we took them up on their offer. We went in the dead of winter, so when we get th...
  • Beijing's legendary Tiananmen Square is the largest square in the world. It is one of the places where you can really "feel" the history. With 440,000 square meters and 880 meters long by 500 wide, this square was conceived by China...
  • The name Forbidden City is derived from the rule that only the emperors and their court could enter the premises, with the exception of a select students who received the highest scores on a national exam (the "Emperor's Exam")and c...
  • This impressive building, which houses the palace which was once used as a summer residence of Chinese emperors, is one of the most visited monuments of Beijing. To visit and see everything you'll have to spend at least all morning ...
  • The Temple of Heaven was the place where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties offered sacrifices to heaven to pray for bountiful harvests. Located in the Tiantan Park Gongyuan, south of Beijing. The attached video is priceless, i...
  • The Lama Temple is one of the most famous religious centers in Beijing. This temple was declared a National Monument in 1949 and restored in 1979. It is considered the most prestigious Buddhist temple outside of Tibet. The whole com...
  • It was my 2nd day in Beijing, from the 8 that were jammed with tourists and guides with a microphone, false guides, an audio guide sounding each time crossing a historical thing of national interest: Temple , palace, etc, and at th...
  • You can take advantage of your last day in Beijing by doing some last-minute shopping (Silk Market is very touristy, and therefore more expensive), or at other more native-like places such as the Panjiayuan Market (on the street of ...
  • My trip to Beijing was great. It was one of the trips that I enjoyed the most of all. Why? The language, because hardly anyone spoke English (almost no hotels even) and I DO NOT SPEAK CHINESE. I loved Pekin but perhaps I saw it all ...
  • The Nine Dragons Wall is in the Imperial Palace, or the Forbidden City in Beijing. It was built in 1771 and is the largest out of the three walls of its kind in China. This wall, which is 30 meters long and 3.5 meters high, is made ...
  • It is the main area of ​​the celebration of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and is now one of the most emblematic places of the city. It is located to the north, and is easily accessible by metro. I recommend going at sunset to see i...
  • The hotel is located in the Hutong area in Beijing, on Leo Street Inn. The hotel is in a traditional and somewhat grimy area. Inside there are two levels, the top part with a low roof. The ceilings and walls are made of wood and th...
  • The Beijing National Stadium (better known as the Bird's Nest) is one of the most emblematic buildings of the Olympics. The unusual shape is similar to a large lit up nest, that's made up of several interlocking strips, functioning ...
  • Visiting the Wall of China can be done in different ways. We decided to take one of the tours that go near Tiananmen Square, of course, the tourists in the group and the guide were Chinese ... No one had mercy on us even though we ...
  • The bridge of 17 arches is 150 meters long and is one point of interest of the Summer Palace. You have to cross part of Kunming Lake to go around it. Even though the bridge wasn´t my favorite part, I must recognize that it is specta...
  • Kunming Lake is undoubtedly the most characteristic feature of the Summer Palace in Beijing. For generations of emperors it was extended and embellished, and is now a place of extraordinary beauty and with amazing views of its surro...
  • Within the Lama Temple in Beijing City, there exists a special room for me, because it symbolizes the past, present and future through Buddha. It is called the Harmony Hall Yong. In the room towards the center you can find the Buddh...
  • The quintessential Wall of China is one of the most visited sites in the country of China. The section that is usually visited by most tourists is the first part, which has a completely rebuilt wall and is closest to the center of B...
  • This market is one of the best in Beijing and is open until 10PM. In the commercial area of Beijing, there are two narrow streets full of as many bizarre food stalls and little shops as you could find in an entire country! Here, I h...
  • Panjiayuan Market is the best place you can go to on either Saturday or Sunday. Here you can find all kinds of crafts and curiosities at good prices. You can buy all sorts of Chinese objects: calligraphy, souvenirs, antiques. Above ...
  • Located next to Tiananmen Garden is the Beijing National Grand Theater, a spectacular building that breaks up the surrounding landscape. Within it you can see shows of great renown, including theater, dance, and opera. The building ...
  • I remember with a lot of fondness the afternoon of April 2009, when I arrived to the park believing I was seeing another corner of the Chinese capital. During that tour, in the hummed and hot Pekin afternoon, I looked around me and ...
  • Sanlitun is one of the area's most popular bars for tourists and expats in Beijing. To give you an idea of ​​the kind of atmosphere, it reminded me a bit of Madrid's Calle Huertas, although the ​​architecture and landscape does not ...
  • Wangfujing Street is the busiest shopping street in Beijing. I'm sure you've heard of it, as it is where you can find food stalls where you can eat grasshoppers, scorpions, sea horses. Highly recommended to go and dine.
  • Riding on a "Forever", the quintessential bike of Beijing, the city shows itself to be more genuine and authentic. Immersed in a chaotic traffic we felt like citizens while we dodged a bus while it stopped to pick up passengers.
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