Top 10 Things to See in Beijing

Top 10 Things to See in Beijing

Beijing, as the capital city of China, is the second largest city after Shanghai. However, having served as the capital of the country for more than 800 years, Beijing is home to some of the finest remnants of China's imperial past.

So, there is nothing like Beijing City's glorious past, well-developed modernity, as well as an odd combination of the two.

Since it offers endless things to do and see, it is impossible to finish all of them in one Beijing tour, unless you are planning to stay here for a long time. Therefore, we carefully pick up the top 10 attractions in Beijing, and they are also the landmarks of Beijing City, even China.

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Hereunder is a tourist map, marking the general locations of Beijing top 10 attractions,or you can sroll down, and see the summary of each sight.

27 Must-See Attractions in Beijing

Northern Suburbs

Western Suburbs

Explore Beijing's Museums

Hunt for Treasures

Old Beijing's Hutong

Heart of Beijing

New Beijing

Forbidden City

Beijing Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is a must, a vast stunning complex, home to emperors for nearly 500 years. Stroll down the marble avenue carved with dragons, marvel at the bridges over Golden Water and allow plenty of time to wander through palaces and gardens.

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square

The centre of the city and most important landmark is Tiananmen Square in central Beijing. This is the world's largest public square and a must see for all visitors from abroad and from elsewhere in China.

Beijing Hutongs

Beijing Hutongs

Hutongs are narrow, ancient alleyways shaded by traditional Chinese residences, and are becoming endangered as they're continuously destroyed to make way for bigger roads. An excellent way to get a taste of local life is to rent a bike and navigate the remaining intricate paths, or hop a rickshaw and have the driver serve as your tour guide.

Shichahai Area

Shichahai in Beijing

Shichahai is a famous scenic area that includes three lakes (Qian Hai, meaning Front Sea; Hou Hai, meaning Back Sea and Xi Hai, meaning Western Sea), surrounding places of historic interest and scenic beauty, and remnants of old-style Beijing residences, Hutong and Courtyard. Now, it is always a good place for local Beijingers'recreational life.

Oympic Sites

Olympic Sites

Take a look at the National Stadium built for the 2008 Olympics. Known as the bird's nest, Beijing's Olympic Stadium was inspired by a study of Chinese ceramics and is said to symbolise hope for the future. The National Aquatic Centre, or Water Cube, is also worth seeing.

Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven is one of the best examples of religious architecture in China. The sprawling, tree-filled complex is a pleasant place for wandering: watch locals practicing martial arts, playing traditional instruments, and enjoying ballroom dancing on the grass.

Summer Palace

Summer Palace

Spend a relaxing afternoon in the grounds of the Summer Palace with its glistening lake, pavilions and temples. Look out for the Marble Boat, the Long Corridor, claiming over 14000 paintings, and the Tower of Fragrance on Longevity Hill.

Beijing Zoo

Beijing Zoo

You won't see any pandas aimlessly roaming the streets of the bustling capital. Instead, head to the Beijing Zoo to find all your cuddly bear pals (who are, not surprisingly, the park's most popular residents). The zoo also houses both cultivated flower gardens and more than 600 species of animals, including many rare and wild creatures unique to China. If you want to actually hug one of China's unofficial furry mascots, you'll have to head southwest to Wolong Natural Reserve to fulfill your dream.

Great Wall of Beijing

Great Wall of China

If you are in a rush, you can get the most out of your visit to Beijing by hiking one of the sections of the Great Wall. The Great Wall snaking across Beijing in its northern part is about 600 kilometers long. Along the total length of the Great Wall around Beijing, there are major eight sections including Badaling, Juyongguan, Huanghuacheng, Jiankou, Mutianyu, Gubeikou, Jinshanling, and Simatai.

Ming Tombs

Ming Tombs

If you are in a rush, you can get the most out of your visit to Beijing by hiking one of the sections of the Great Wall. The Great Wall snaking across Beijing in its northern part is about 600 kilometers long. Along the total length of the Great Wall around Beijing, there are major eight sections including Badaling, Juyongguan, Huanghuacheng, Jiankou, Mutianyu, Gubeikou, Jinshanling, and Simatai.