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Best of Beijing — Places to Go, Things to Do

Best of Beijing — Places to Go, Things to Do

Written by Candice SongUpdated Aug. 4, 2022

These articles introduce you to the top places to go in Beijing, and many fun activities you might not have even thought of. Get the best from your Beijing trip.

20 Ultimate Things to Do in Beijing 2020

What are the must-do activities in Beijing 2021? Here are our recommendations: enjoying the best Great Wall views, delicious roast duck, souvenir shopping...

The Top 11 Things to Do at Night in Beijing 2020

Our Beijing nightlife page contains our suggestions for helping travelers get the most out of an evening in Beijing, from shows to cityscapes to bars.

Top 7 Free Things to Do in Beijing

Can you imagine having a FREE day in Beijing? Don't worry that you must spend large amounts of money there. Loads of attractions in Beijing are free.

The Coolest Places In Beijing

Of the cities in the orient, Tokyo is known for its tech, Seoul for its fashion, and Beijing for its history, culture, tradition, and… cool?

The Top 10 Things to Do with Kids in Beijing

Want to visit Beijing with kids? Check here to see our best recommended attractions and things to do for children in Beijing.

The 6 Most Beautiful Ancient Villages around Beijing

Go to the six most beautiful ancient villages around Beijing to enjoy both the natural landscape and the folk culture of these areas.

Best Hutong Tours & Walking Routes

Explore Beijing's hutongs via different-themed best hutong tours, including hutong cooking, food tours, family visits, walking tours, and hutong cycling.

Top 10 Churches to Attend in Beijing

Beijing's various denominations welcome foreign tourists to some of the biggest church gatherings in Chinese mainland.

Beijing's Top 10 Museums

Most people would list the 798 and the capital museum as the best museums. But few people know the other good museums.

Top 7 Massages and Spas in Beijing

Getting a massage or spa after a day tour is a good way for relaxing. This page shows you recommended places for massage and spa in Beijing.

Beijing's Top 20 Bars for Foreigners

Most cities around the world have an extremely active nightlife, and Beijing is no different in that case. Find Beijing's Top 20 Bars here!

Most Romantic Places and Activities in Beijing

Beijing has the romance related sights, ideal for a honeymoon or anniversary, and also a fine selection of luxurious hotels.

Visiting Beijing Parks on a Budget

China Highlights has listed the best 10 parks requiring a low entry fee, so that you can make a selection based on your itinerary.

Beijing's Expats' Guide to 4 Best Places to Buy Tea in Beijing

Four of the best places to buy tea in Beijing are Maliandao Tea Market, Yandai Street, Yashow Market, and Sanyuanli Market.

Beijing's Offbeat Attractions

It is a list of a few of Beijing's offbeat (unusual and less-crowded) attractions worth seeing, including Atypical Art Areas and China Honey Bee Museum.

The 5 Best Buddhist Temples to Visit in Beijing

Beijing's best buddhist temples include the lama temple, Tanzhe Temple, Jietai Temple... Each temple is offered with location, introduction and photo.

The Top 10 Hiking Trails Near Beijing

Exercise, great views, fresh air, the Great Wall, and more... Here are 10 mountains around Beijing we recommend you hike.

Top 10 Courtyards in Beijing — Top Siheyuans

Several of the best Beijing siheyuan courtyards (traditional hutong residences with houses on four sides) once housed celebrities.

The Top 10 Festivals/Events Celebrated in Beijing

Beijing is the cultural center of China, so there are a wide variety of festivals in different categories held in Beijing every year. Discover the best here.

Top 10 Landmarks in Beijing

Follow us and explore the top 10 landmarks in Beijing: The Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven,... Discover with us the stories behind them.

The Top 5 Summer Photography Spots in Beijing

Travel guide to where to take the best photos on a summer's day in Beijing, including Lama Temple, Beihai Park, Jingshan Park, Jiankou and more places.

The Expat's Guide to the Best Lavender Gardens in Beijing

Do you like lavender? The company of its relaxing scent and color enhances a Beijing summer outing. Here are four of the best lavender gardens.

Top 9 Parks to Go Boating in Beijing

Here are eight great choices for boating in Beijing with travel details and enticing summaries.

Top 4 Outdoor Activities in Beijing

This article introduces some special things to do in Beijing's great outdoors, including climbing the Great Wall, going boating, and mountain hiking.

Top 3 Places for Sand Sledging Around Beijing

Did you know there's enough sand around Beijing for sand sledging? Enjoy this fun activity and desert scenery at three locations.

The 10 Best Beijing Cycling Routes in 2019

Explore Beijing's beauty and history with the 10 best cycling routes: route details, travel tips, and highlight intros.

Top 8 Water Parks in Beijing

An introduction to six of Beijing's best water parks, including the Water Cube, Happy Magic Water Cube, Tuanjiehu Water Park, man-made beaches, and other cheaper fun alternatives.

The 4 Best Teahouses in Beijing

Beijing's teahouses are more than just atmospheric places to sup quality Chinese tea. These entertainment houses host acts galore.

Best Places to Go to See Flowers in Beijing

The capital of China has a lot of professionally tended gardens where you can see a variety of kinds of gardens, flowers, and flowering trees.

Beijing's Top 10 Ski Resorts

Did you know there are TEN+ ski resorts to choose from around Beijing?! Most have world class facilities — a great way to enjoy a winter Beijing visit.

The Top 5 Hot Spring Resorts Near Beijing

Beijing has many hot spring resorts from where you can enjoy natural hot baths and massages with therapeutic benefits

Beijing's 10 Weirdest Museums

An introduction to 10 of Beijing's weirdest and most unusual museums.

Beijing's Best 10 Art Galleries

Beijing's best art galleries are world class. Read on for what's being exhibited where.

The 10 Best Universities for Learning Chinese in Beijing

Find out about the 10 best universities for learning Chinese in Beijing: what courses are offered, their reputations, and outstanding features.

Beijing's Top Three Theaters

Whether it's acrobatics, dance, or Peking Opera you want to see, Beijing's top theaters will give you an evening to remember.

Top 6 Places for Fishing around Beijing

If you love fishing, why not see what you can fish from Beijing's waters? We introduce six of the top spots with how to get there info.

Camping Around Beijing - the Best 10 Camp sites

The top ten camping spots around Beijing give you a chance to escape the city and see some of Beijing's best countryside.

6 Best Place to Go Bungee Jumping in Beijing

If you enjoy the thrill of bungee jumping, or want to give it a go, there are some great leaps, along with great scenery or rides.

Beijing's Best English Language Bookstores

Beijing's English bookstores may be rare, but there are definitely some good options out there. Here are four of Beijing's best.

Beijing's 6 Best Live Music Venues

Beijing's Best Live Music Venues

6 Top Places in Beijing to see Golden Ginkgoes

The yellow ginkgo leaves shroud these ancient temples from late October to middle November — a gorgeous sight for photographers and travelers.

8 Most Beautiful Places to See Fall Colors in Beijing

Eight great vistas present to you Beijing's autumnal hues — a feast for the eyes not-to-be-missed.

12 Best Places to See Snow in Beijing

Snowfalls sometimes hit Beijing, creating fascinating snowy landscapes. Here are the top places for you to enjoy them.

Top 4 Places for White Water Rafting around Beijing

Looking for something COOL to do in Beijing's sultry summer? White water rafting is a fun and scenic way to get some fresh air and excitement.

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