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12 Weekend Trips from Beijing

12 Weekend Trips from Beijing

Written by LilyUpdated Feb. 28, 2022

As capital city of China for centuries and most popular international gateway to China today, Beijing is the premier China destination for most tourists and expats.

Here we have listed the top 12 perfect weekend getaways or short trips from Beijing for you to escape the hustle and bustle of this metropolitan city and find contrasting experiences. 1–3-day (weekend) trips from Beijing offer a wide range of possibilities!

Weekend Trips from Beijing Weekend Trips from Beijing

1. Ice Camping and Ice Climbing in Jinshuihu Scenic Area

Ice Camping and Ice Climbing in Jinshuihu Scenic AreaIce Camping Near Beijing

 Highlights: ice camping, canyon hiking, sports on ice

Getting there: 2 hours’ driving from Beijing

Recommended visit: 1-2 days

Transfer service from Beijing: from CN¥800 (US$130) for a 5-seat vehicle

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Top things to do:

  • Experience ice climbing and the speedy drop from falling off the ice with rope protection. 
  • Ice sledging, a tug of war on ice, skating, ice fishing, ice football...
  • Hike in a deep canyon
  • Cook your food on the ice or just relax while someone else does and enjoy the scenes.

Suitable for families with kids, Jinshuihu Scenic Area is a good weekend trip for a Beijing getaway. The ice experiences are available from January 19th to February 15th, 2022. You can visit for a day or consider a night’s camping on the ice there.

The staff there can speak some basic English. You can just rent a vehicle by submitting a quick inquiry or you can take a trip with our private English-speaking guide and driver for hassle-free travel and communication. 

2. Beijing to the Great Wall and Gubei Water Town

Simatai Great Wall evening tour Simatai Great Wall evening tour

Highlights: Great Wall and natural views

Getting there: 1½–2½ hours by private car — contact us for a private transfer

Recommended visit: 1–2 days

Tour price: from CN¥900 (US$139) per person based on 2 travelers

Top things to do:

Recommended Great Wall sections:

Recommended Beijing Great Wall Tours:

3. Beijing to Chuandixia Village: Return to Nature

Chuandixia Village Chuandixia Village

Highlights: traditional Chinese village, ancient courtyards

Getting there: about 3 hours’ driving from Beijing city — contact us for a private transfer

Recommended visit: 1 day

Tour price: from CN¥900 (US$139) per person based on 2 travelers

Top things to do:

  • Visit courtyards built in the Ming and Qing eras (1644–1912).
  • Experience Chinese rural life.
  • Walk in the naturally stunning Yixiantian Canyon.

Cuandixia ancient mountain village is a pearl of Chinese classical architecture,” said famous Chinese architect, Luo Zhewen. Chuandixia (previously Cuandixia) contains profound cultural tenets of northern architecture with important historical, cultural, and artistic value as well as a history of more than 400 years.

Let us tailor a one-day Chuandixia Village trip for you from Beijing.

4. Beijing to Hohhot: Explore the Nomadic Life

Huitengxile GrasslandHuitengxile Grassland

Highlights: vast grasslands, yurts, desert experiences

Getting there: 2½-hour bullet train from Beijing

Recommended visit: 2–5 days

Tour price for a 5-day trip: from CN¥7,543 (US$1,185) per person based on 2 travelers

Top things to do:

  • Horsing riding on the grassland
  • Stay a night in a traditional yurt.
  • Visit a local nomadic family.
  • Have fun in Xiangshawan Desert
  • Camp in the wild desert
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5. Beijing to Zhangjiakou: the Oriental Davos

Zhangbei GrasslandZhangbei Grassland

Highlights: ski resorts, grasslands, Great Wall sections

Getting there: 1-hour bullet train travel from Beijing

Recommended visit: 1–3 days

Tour price: from CN¥1,700 (US$269) per person based on 2 travelers

Top things to do:

  • Ski at resorts set to host the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Taiwoo Ski Resort, Walong Ski Resort, and Chongli Ski Resort are good options.
  • Horse riding on Zhangbei Grassland
  • Visit Nuanquan Ancient town.
  • See the sunrise or sunset on Shadian Lake.

A host area (cluster) of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, Zhangjiakou has the largest natural ski resort in North China, and it is known as “the Oriental Davos”.

In addition, Zhangjiakou is the area with the most sections of Great Wall, spanning the ages from the Warring States Period (476–221 BC) to the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). It covers a total of 1,476 km (917 miles), so Zhangjiakou is known as the "Great Wall Museum". 

Contact us for a Zhangjiakou tour from Beijing 

6. Beijing to Tianjin: Discover the History of the Huge Port City

Tianjin City Tianjin City

Highlights: huge international port, Culture Street, colonial buildings, Great Wall

Getting there: 25 minutes by high-speed train from Beijing

Recommended visit: 1–2 days

Tour price: from CN¥2,300 (US$358) per person based on 2 travelers

Top things to do:

Tianjin is the largest port in northern China and Xingang Cruise Terminal is one of the hubs for international travelers entering China via cruises. Contact us for a Tianjin tour (when pandemic measures ease).

7. Beijing to Datong: Admire 1,500-Year-Old Buddhist Art

Yungang GrottoesYungang Grottoes

Highlights:  grottoes, temples, mountain views

Getting there: about a 3-hour high-speed train travel from Beijing

Recommended visit: 2 days

Tour price: from CN¥2,600 (US$409) per person based on 2 travelers

Top things to do:

Recommended Datong Tours:

8.  Beijing to Pingyao: Visit a Stylish UNESCO Ancient City

Pingyao City Wall Pingyao City Wall

Highlights: ancient city, photographable architecture, dynastic cityscapes

Getting there: 4 hours by high-speed train from Beijing

Recommended visit: 2 days

Tour price: from CN¥1,700 (US$269) per person based on 2 travelers

Top things to do:

Recommended Pingyao Tours:

9. Beijing to Luoyang: a Trip to the Hometown of Kungfu

Longmen GrottoesLongmen Grottoes

Highlights:  splendid grottoes, ancient temples

Getting there:  4 hours by high-speed train

Recommended visit: 2 days

Tour price: from CN¥2800 (US$439) per person based on 2 travelers

Top things to do:  

Luoyang has been a center of China’s politics, economy, and culture for around 2,000 years. 105 emperors of 13 dynasties had their capital in Luoyang from 770 BC to 1234 AD. Luoyang is often called the cradle of Chinese civilization.

Contact us for a Beijing to Luoyang tour.

10. Beijing to Chengde: a “Potala Palace” near Beijing

Putuo Zongcheng TemplePutuo Zongcheng Temple

Highlights: the little Potala Place, classical imperial gardens, Great Wall

Getting there: about 1 hour by high-speed train or about 3 hours’ driving

Recommended visit: 1–2 days

Tour price: from CN¥1,400 (US$219) per person based on 2 travelers

Top things to do:

  • Hike on the most beautiful Great Wall section (on the way): Jinshanling.
  • Admire the ‘little Potala Palace’: Putuo Zongcheng Temple.
  • Visit the largest royal garden in China: Chengde Summer Palace.
  • Climb Club Peak.
  • Horsing riding on the Fengning Grassland

Chengde is a mountain city outside the Great Wall, rising from a garden and a group of temples. You can appreciate the prosperity and decline of China's last feudal dynasty when visit the gardens and temples.

Let us tailor a Chengde trip for you from Beijing.

11. Beijing to Xi’an: a Trip to the Birthplace of Imperial China

Xian Terracotta WarriorsXian Terracotta Warriors

Highlights:  Chinese history, Terracotta Army

Getting there: 5 hours by high-speed train or 2 hours by flight

Recommended visit: 3 days

Tour price for a 3-day trip: from CN¥2,900 (US$459) per person based on 2 travelers

Top things to do:

Recommended Xian Tours:

12. Beijing to Shanghai: a Trip to See China’s Recent Rise... and Future

Shanghai Yuyuan Garden Shanghai Yuyuan Garden

Highlights:  high buildings, modern China

Getting there: 5 hours by high-speed train or 2 hours by flight

Recommended visit: 2 days

Tour price for a 2-day trip: from CN¥2,569 (US$399) per person based on 2 travelers

Top things to do:

Recommended Shanghai Tours:

Travel beyond Beijing with Us

We have a dozen or so popular China itineraries starting from Beijing and all of them can be customized based on your interests and requirements.

Our private tours give you the flexibility to maximize your experience with VIP entry to a number of famous sites and landmarks, escorted by a local expert.

Most of all, our service can save you spending your precious time in finding bits of information and arrangements here and there to plan a trip on your own. Contact us to tell us your travel ideas and preferences and we will deal with the rest. Or you can check out our Beijing tours and China tours for inspiration.

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