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Beijing, combining a long and rich history with modern life, is a welcoming China tour destination for travelers of all ages, and suitable for family tours.
We, at China Highlights, have provided some suggestions to help plan your Beijing family tour.
Beijing is filled with parks, museums, and historical sites. Your children will enjoy an unforgettable tour with a lot of fun and knowledge.
You could easily spend five days to a week exploring this big city, known for its palaces, temples, and parks.
We suggest you have a flexible itinerary and try not to overschedule your days. We recommend you complete just one or two major activities or outings every day.
Here is a sample itinerary for inspiration:
Day 1: Beijing arrival
Day 2: AM: the Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square; PM: the hutongs
Day 3: AM: the Great Wall at Mutianyu; PM: the Temple of Heaven
Day 4: AM: the Summer Palace; PM: Beijing Zoo; evening: a kung fu show
Day 5: Departure from Beijing
Click to see our handcrafted itinerary with detailed descriptions and vivid pictures as a starting point for your tailor-made tour.
Regarding the weather in Beijing, autumn (September to November) is the best time to visit the city as there is less rain and mild temperatures. It is comfortable to do outdoor activities for children.
No matter when you go to Beijing, you’ll never lack things to do and will have different experiences. The table below details some seasonal activities you can enjoy.
|Season||Temperature||Season Features||Things to Do in Beijing|
|11°C–24°C (52°F–75°F)||Cool/warm and fresh||Enjoy blossoming flowers in the parks (the Cherry Blossom Festival in Yuyuantan Park)|
|30°C (86°F)||Hot and crowded||Take a leisurely boat trip on Kunming Lake at the Summer Palace|
|8°C–18°C (46°F–64°F)||Cool and clear||Ride a rickshaw to visit the hutongs; fly kites at the Temple of Heaven; see the red leaves at Fragrant Hill|
|Below 0°C (32°F)||Cold, windy, and less crowded||Enjoy Chinese New Year; enjoy skiing at ski resorts|
Please book well in advance because train/flight tickets and hotels are sold out quickly during the Chinese holidays as listed below:
Travel with our private tour to give you and your kids a comfortable trip. Your guide will help you skip the lines at scenic spots, lead you to avoid large Chinese tourist groups, and keep you refreshed with ice water and wet wipes.
What if your children don't like Chinese food? Don't worry.
There are plenty of child-friendly 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 roast duck, and most children and adults enjoy that.
Local snacks can be found in the ancient snack streets. Please see best food and restaurants in Beijing’s hutongs.
Beijing is full of international hotel chains, such as Sheraton, Hilton, Hyatt, Four Seasons, and InterContinental. It is easy to find a child-friendly hotel.
If you want to experience the idiomatic Beijing lifestyle of the past, choose a siheyuan in the hutongs. The ancient Chinese houses retain a quiet charm.
Red Wall Garden Hotel (红墙花园) and Double Happiness Courtyard Hotel (阅微庄) are two exquisite hotels with a rich ancient Chinese atmosphere. They are located in the hutongs, where you can enjoy a great experience of the local lifestyle.
It is advisable to enjoy a private tour if traveling with children. You do not need to be part of a larger group.
The idea of being packed into a bus and driven around for long periods of time sounds terrible for anyone, but is particularly unsuitable for families with kids.
Using a local agency like us can be a great option for families planning a trip. Your travel specialist will take care of the details for you from planning the tour to returning home.