Welcome to Beijing, China's capital and the former imperial capital for over the past centuries. Like its motherland, Beijing is absorbing new things at a lightning speed while trying to keep its cultural legacy intact. Here grand papas still stick to old Hutongs and youngsters have fun with Reggea and iPhone; picky French foodies find authentic croissant and steak here juicy (but probably not their price), and delicious Beijing food let backpacker eat their fill with a low budget.
What to see on your trip to Beijing? Of course, the Great Wall, choose the Mutianyu section-less crowded. Next, the Forbidden City, Beijing's most spectacular site, make sure you climb on the Jingshan Mountain right outside the north gate, and you overlook the entire palace, not everyone knows this. For the Temple of Heaven, architecture isn't everything, people playing Tai Chi and old papas practicing floor calligraphy are full of fun too. Houhai is quite famous, but alleys around Nan Lou Gu Xiang are where local life get staged. The 798 Art District is more touristy these days, but still possible to find the hidden gem in the corner, have a chat with the art worker there, maybe some surprise. If you are kind of a bar animal, then the clubs close to the Beijing Workers' Stadium are pretty much your thing, world-class in their atmosphere and the good-looking partaker.
So, are you ready to meet this ancient but new metropolitan?
Travel ideas about Beijing
Beijing does have more to offer than one could envision, but if you only have a few days, let's focus on the classic of the classic-the noble Forbidden City (Palace Museum), the formidable Great Wall, the elegant Summer Palace and dignified Temple of Heaven; evening is left for the Houhai (Back Lakes), Beijing Roast Duck and Kong Fu Show. A classic itinerary covering the best of Beijing usually requires for 3 or 4 days.
Slow Down for In-depth Beijing
Time is not an issue? Great, we can spend a week here, slow down and get an in-depth perspective about the city. There is a more diversified history hidden in the Jingshan Mountain, the Lama Temple and the Temple of Confucius; a real everyday life staged in the Houhai (Back Lakes) and Nan Lou Gu Xiang, a more home-grown contemporary art flourishing in the 798 Art District…and a vivid nightlife thriving around the Beijing Workers' Stadium, enjoy an in-depth Beijing holiday!
Great Wall Trekking
Looking to go outdoors?Take a trek through the Jingshanling and Simatai section of the Great Wall, which witnessed numerous battles in old days. Just let the aged and harsh bricks irritate themselves, your sweater will be paid off. Find out more ideas about Great Wall hiking tours.
Great Wall Tours
Beijing without a doubt is the best place to experience the Great Wall. There are many suitable choices for a Great Wall tour: the most-visited section at Badaling, the less-touristy section at Mutianyu, the Jinshanling section great for hiking, etc. Choose your favorite section under the guidance of our Great Wall Tours.
Exciting Bejing Sidecar Experience
Cool, safe and super flexible, a sidecar tour offers a unique Beijing sideway look, allowing you to race past the traffic jams and get easy access to the city highlights & hidden gems. The Great Walls, Hutongs, business districts, countryside... are all within reach under the guide of your experienced drivers. "The best way to see Beijing", "so close to everything"…We didn’t say these, but the travelers who had a sidecar tour did.