Top Things to Do in Beijing
Beijing is a modern and sprawling city in north China. 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. The interest of visiting Beijing is on one side to explore its glorious past, and on another side to feel its modernity as well as an odd combination of the two. Looking to travel more broadly than Beijing? Check out top things to do when traveling in China.
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City, which housed 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368–1911), is the best preserved imperial palace in China and the largest ancient palatial structure in the world. The design and the layout of the 870 buildings in the palace represent the essence of traditional Chinese architecture.
Tian'anmen Square (FREE)
Tian'anmen Square is the largest public square, and can accommodate a million people. It is where the ceremony for the founding of the People’s Republic was held. The Forbidden City can be entered by walking northward from the square.
The Summer Palace
The Summer Palace is the best-preserved imperial garden in the world, and the largest of its kind still in existence in modern China. It is a representative of traditional Chinese garden and a charming place to appreciate the artificial landscape first created hundreds of years ago. Its colorful, long, open corridor is a highlight.
The Beijing hutongs are mazes of narrow alleyways linking old single-story traditional courtyard houses. Hutongs give a wonderful glimpse into the world of yesterday in Beijing. Visiting a hutong family living in a traditional quadrangle dwelling is a nice way to discover traditional Beijing life.
Yonghe Temple is used to be the mansion of the third emperor of the Qing Dynasty (when he was still a prince). It is an active Tibetan Buddhist temple containing a massive statue of Buddha carved from sandalwood (26 meters high, with 8 meters buried underground). It is highly recommended unless you are totally "templed out".
Jingshan Park is situated to the north of Forbidden City. On the top of the hill in the park you can enjoy a view of the whole of the Forbidden City. Get your camera prepared. At sunrise or sunset you can take fine photos of the sunrise and sunset over the imperial palace.
Watching Beijing Opera
Beijing Opera is regarded as Chinese cultural treasure. It has been a staple of Chinese entertainment for over two centuries. The make up, the face masks, the gorgeous costumes, the unique vocal style, and the demanding actions make Beijing opera a high-class performance entertainment.
Watching a Kungfu Show
Watching kungfu shows is an exciting way to spend a free night. The Legend of Kungfu Show is the best one. It is visually stunning with a fast-paced plot and impressive martial art skills. Children might like it.
Watching an Acrobatics Show
The acrobatic show in Chaoyang Theatre is a breathtaking routine of flexibility involving ballet, bikes, human strength, jumping hoops, rotating plates, chairs, and umbrellas. The complicated and exciting performances will give you an exciting free night.
Questions and Answers About Top Things to Do in Beijing
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About activities, he can learn to play Yoyo or bike in Hutong area. You can also ride a boat in Summer Palace together. For some theme park and safri, please see here for morehttp://www.chinahighlights.com/beijing/things-to-do-with-kids.htm
Please fee free to contact with me at christyluo@Chinahighlights.netChristy Luo replied on 2013-11-16
Hi Tina, sorry, it is a bit difficult to cover the 3 places you mentioned in one day. Can you extend half a day more? Then I will quote you the price, okay?Whitney Liao replied on 2013-03-17
Hi Crook, you can take a taxi to get there.Whitney Liao replied on 2012-12-19
Hi Jasmine, to your questions:
1. For hotels in Beijing, please check here: http://www.chinahighlights.com/hotel/beijing-hotels/
2. In the winter season, all the shops are operating as per normal.
3. You can bring thick coats, sweaters, down jackets, gloves, scarves & caps.
4. 10 days is not too long for exploring the lifestyle/ Culture/Everything there.
5. From Xi''An to Beijing or vice versa, you can check flights here: http://www.chinahighlights.com/china-flights/
and trains here: http://www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/
6. Our Skype is working everyday, the account is CHT_EDSWhitney Liao replied on 2012-11-02
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