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Beijing, an oriental tourist hot spot combining a long and rich history with modern life, is not only the most popular China tour destination for young and senior travelers, but also for family tours. We at China Highlights here provide some suggestions for Beijing family tour planning.
Autumn is the best time to be in Beijing. However, if you travel in winter (December to February), bring thermal clothes, especially for children. The average temperature ranges from -5°C to 5°C, so do not stay outside for a long time.
Hazy weather occasionally occurs in late winter and early spring. Usually the light pollution has no impact on sightseeing. However, when the air pollution is particularly bad, wear a mask before going outside or opt for other alternative indoor activities, like visiting a museum.
Tourist spots will be less crowded in winter, which will give you a much better experience. Travel expenses are greatly reduced on flights, hotels, and admission fees in winter, apart from during public holidays.
Your children may be interested in parks, museums, historical sites, shopping streets, and authentic snacks and restaurants. Beijing has all these and much more to give you an unforgettable tour.
Various recreation facilities and cartoon characters are in this dreamlike and adventurous fairytale kingdom. The night performances in summer are brilliant.
The Great Wall of China is one of the greatest sights in the world, and it's a must-visit China attraction. You can have fun with your kids by taking the toboggan down the mountain from the Wall. Your kids can explore the Great Wall battlements and watch towers. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Great Wall of China with your kids, which will be fun and also educational.
Animals are many children's favorite interest. Beijing Zoo has a large number of animals, including pandas, giraffes, and some rare species. The dolphin and other ocean star performances in the ocean park are must-see shows in Beijing Zoo.
All the famous world landmarks in Beijing World Park provide you with an interesting introduction to the world. Without traveling to other countries you can get a feeling of taking a round-the-world tour.
Since Beijing received the honor of hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics, more ski resorts are now open to tourists and local people alike. Most are located in suburban districts, about 1¬2 hours from Beijing’s city center. Some resorts offer shuttle buses from downtown, and can provide accommodation as well.
Taking your children to a ski resort will enrich your winter holiday in Beijing. You can go skiing with professional instruction, equipment is provided, and you can enjoy snow fights with your children.
The most popular ski resorts in Beijing are as follows:
|Ski Resort||Hours from the City Center||Location||Season|
|Nanshan Ski Resort||1½ hours||Near the village of Miyun, about 60 kilometers northeast of Beijing||December – late February|
|Badaling Ski Resort||1 hour||About two kilometers from the Badaling Great Wall section||December – March|
|Yuyang Ski Resort||1½ hours||Pinggu District, about 70km northeast of Beijing city center||December – March|
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Apart from going skiing, skating on lakes or rivers is another highlight in Beijing. Beihai Park and the Summer Palace are great places for travelers and local people to have fun.
You can buy postcards for your kids and help them send them to classmates, or themselves. Take interesting photos with your kids at the attractions to keep them amused and make memories.
In the hutongs: learning to apply facial makeup for Beijing opera and Chinese calligraphy, and making kites, dough figurines, and dumplings
In Temple of Heaven Park: flying kites (best time: spring and autumn) and learning tai chi
Touring around the city by insider-car: you can take a inside-car (at most two people and a professional driver of the car rent agency) to travel around Beijing city, or some famous attractions (like the Great Wall).
What if your children don't like Chinese food? Don't worry. There are plenty of children-oriented foreign restaurants and Western restaurants with good English service, such as KFC and McDonald's, which can be easily found on the streets, especially near the attractions and shopping malls. We have listed several recommended Western restaurants in Beijing for you.
The most representative food in Beijing is Beijing duck, and most children and grownups like that! Local snacks can be found in the ancient snack streets.
Some traditional hotels, such as courtyard residences (siheyuans) in the hutongs, have unique characteristics. The Chinese old-style houses retain a quiet charm. If you want to experience the idiomatic Beijing life of the past, choose a siheyuan!
Han Royal Garden Hotel and Red Wall Garden Hotel are two exquisite hotels with rich Chinese ancient-style atmosphere. They are located in Hutongs, where you can really have a great experience of the local life.
Highly-sought-after hotels in Beijing need reservations especially in the peak season (from late spring to autumn and some important holidays, such as the Labor Day and National Day holidays).
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Let your kids help pack: Bring one or two toys that your kids love very much to help them pass the time on the planes etc.
Bring medicine: It may be hard to find a good hospital, or the medicine you want at a pharmacy, during your trip, so bring what you think you might need.
Bring a mini telescope/binoculars: Your kids can use the mini telescope to watch animals or other interesting things, and appreciate scenery. It's also useful when you wait in line to get more out of China, adding fun to “I spy…”, rather than boredom or computer games.
Bring tissues/TP: Most public restrooms don't supply toilet paper, so bring some when you leave you hotel.
Bring snacks and drinks for your kids in case they don't like the food. There are many familiar fast food chains, like McDonalds, KFC, and Pizza Hut, you could bring your kids to, or for you we have researched the Top Kids Restaurants in Beijing.
Buy interesting souvenirs: Your kids would probably like a China souvenir or two, such as a Chinese doll, toy, outfit, or game. We have an article on What to Buy for Children in China.
Check the weather forecast every morning and help your kids choose suitable clothing.
Tell your children the itinerary and highlights for the next day, in addition to giving them some background information if possible.
Give your children a note showing your name, telephone number, and address (in Chinese), to be kept in their pockets, in case they get lost.
If you are planning a family tour to Beijing, please see our recommended tour for inspiration.
Or you can contact us for a tailor-made Beijing family tour. China Highlights will provide you with superb service.
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