Beijing guide – top 10 tourist attractions in Beijing!

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Beijing guide – top 10 tourist attractions in Beijing!

Before we came to Beijing, we’ve heard many stories about this place. That it’s one of the most polluted cities in the world. That the traffic jam and crowds there are terrible. To be honest, we were extremely excited about our trip to China. We knew it would be something different than all the places we’ve already visited in Asia. Well… we were right! But it was nothing that we expected. We’ve decided to create this Beijing guide to show you the beauty of this city.

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When we left the airport, we were expecting to see crowds, cars and all the hustle and bustle of the big city. We were surprised… how peaceful it is.

Maybe because we were traveling off-season (March/ April). And maybe because all the informations you can see in media are only the part of the story. Beijing may be polluted but it’s not true that this city is dark and you sometimes can’t even see the person you are talking to.

You may experience a huge traffic jam in there during Chinese New Year season but you won’t see it everyday.

It is possible that you will waiting in a line for few hours, to get to the Tiananmen Square. But only during summer. There will be no line during all the others seasons of the year.

It’s true though that it’s very difficult to communicate in English in Beijing. This city is still not tourist-friendly. Most signs are in Chinese language and it’s almost impossible to buy local SIM card (to use GPS in your phone). If you get lost you can’t ask anyone about the way. I mean, you CAN ask but you won’t understand the answer because it will be in Chinese.

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Regardless all these flaws, Beijing is an amazing place with beautiful monuments and rich history. There is something magical and mysterious about this city, something that makes us want to come back there one day.

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Beijing in numbers:

  • More than 21 million people live in Beijing
  • There are 16 districts in the city
  • The area of Beijing is 16 410,54 km2
  • The city is more than 3 000 years old.
  • The first traces of human habitation in Beijing area date back to 250 000 years ago 
  • There are embassies of 163 countries in the city
  • There are 144 galleries and museums in Beijing

Chinese Great Wall

Tips to avoid crowds:

  1. Sightseeing from Monday to Friday.

Try to sightseeing only during a week. Mondays to Fridays are the best. Try to avoid visiting the most famous Beijing tourist attractions at weekends.

2. Avoid visiting Beijing in summer.

The best time to visit Beijing is in spring or autumn. The weather is perfect for sightseeing and it’s not very crowded. Winter is good as well but you may get a little bit cold. The worst time to visit Beijing is summer. It may be really crowded in June, July, August and September.

3. Travel by subway.

Beijing public transport is awesome. You can get to all main tourist attractions using subway. It’s cheap and easy to use.

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Top 10 tourist attractions in Beijing

1.Forbidden City (The Palace Museum)

Forbidden city (also known as The Palace Museum) is probably one of the most famous places in China. It’s the former residence of Chinese emperors. Why is it called Forbidden City?

Forbidden because the average citizen couldn’t go there.

City because it’s huge. The Palace Museum have more than 9 000 rooms.

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Every year more than 14 million people visit Forbidden City. It’s considered as world’s most visited palace.

Beijing guide

Address: 4 Jingshan Front Street

Opening hours: 8:30 am- 5 pm (April to October), 8:30 am- 4.30 pm (November to March)

Admission: $9 (April to October), $6 (November to March)

Getting there: Subway line 1 (Tiananmen East Station) or Subway line 2 (Qianmen Station)

Forbidden City (The Palace Museum) Beijing

2.Summer Palace

In our subjective opinion, Summer Palace is much better than Forbidden city. It has not only a beautiful architecture, but also a lake (Kunming) and a lovely park. It’s a place where everybody will find something for themselves. No matter if you love history or nature, Summer Palace will be interesting to you for sure.

Beijing guide

Address: 19 Xinjiangongmen Road

Opening hours: 6:30 am- 6 pm (April to October), 7:00 am- 5.00 pm (November to March)

Admission: $4.5 (April to October), $3 (November to March)

Getting there: Subway line 4 (Beigongmen Station) 

Summer Palace in Beijing

3.Tiananmen Square

We were surprised that you need to pass the security control before entering a Tiananmen Square. There are 4 main tourist attractions at the Tiananmen Square: The Great Hall of the People, Monument to the People’s Heroes, The National Museum of China and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.

Forbidden city is situated right across the street, so you will need an entire day to see all these places.

Beijing guide

Address: West Changan Street

Opening hours: From sunrise to sunset.

Admission: Free

Getting there: Subway line 1 (Tiananmen Dong Station) or Subway line 2 (Qianmen Station)

Tiananmen Square Beijing guide

4. Temple of Heaven

We’ve heard from many Beijingers that Temple of Heaven is one of the most beautiful in the entire city. Well, we don’t agree.

The temple is really nice but we liked its surroundings even more! Tiantan Park is an amazing place and this is the main reason you should visit this area (more about the park in the next point).

Beijing guide

Address: Tiantan Road

Opening hours: 8:00 am- 5 pm (April to October), 8:00 am- 5.30 pm (November to March)

Admission for all attractions: $5.5 (April to October), $4.5 (November to March)

Getting there: Subway line 5 (Tiantan Dongmen Station) 

Temple of Heaven in Beijing China

5. Tiantan Park

The best park in Beijing! It’s the culture centre to the local people. They are playing cards, laughing, singing and having fun. Tiantan Park is a great place to relax and get to know Chinese culture a little bit more.

We absolutely love this park. For us, it was one of the best places in Beijing.

Beijing guide

Address: Tiantan Road

Opening hours: 6:30 am- 10 pm (April to October), 6:00 am- 10.00 pm (November to March)

Admission for all attractions: $3 (April to October), $1.5 (November to March)

Getting there: Subway line 5 (Tiantan Dongmen Station) 

Tiantan Park Beijing

6. The Great Wall

The Great Wall of China is not actually situated in Beijing. You need to drive for an hour to get there. For us, trekking there was an experience of a lifetime.

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Beijing guide

Address: Jinshanling

Opening hours: 8:00 am- 5 pm 

Admission for all attractions: $10 (April to October), $8.5 (November to March)

Getting there: Hire a guide. More about it here.

The Great Wall of China Beijing

7. Lama Temple

For us, Lama Temple is the most beautiful temple in Beijing. It’s peaceful and very spiritual place.

Watching local people praying, hearing a Buddhist music and smelling the scent of incense were something we will never forget.

Beijing guide

Address: 12 Yonghegong Street

Opening hours: 9:00 am- 4.30 pm (April to October), 9:00 am- 4.00 pm (November to March)

Admission for all attractions: $4 

Getting there: Subway line 2 or subway line 5 (Yonghegong Station) 

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8. Temple of Confucius

This temple is mostly visited by locals. Foreigners prefer to go to the neighbouring Lama temple. And that is why you should visit the Temple of Confucius!

It is not crowded, the architecture is beautiful and the area is peaceful.

Beijing guide

Address: 15 Guozijian Street

Opening hours: 8:30 am- 6.00 pm (April to October), 8:30 am- 5.00 pm (November to March)

Admission for all attractions: $4.5

Getting there: Subway line 2 or subway line 5 (Yonghegong Station) 

Temple of Confucius Beijing

9. Chaoyang Park

Our second favourite park in Beijing. It’s a great place for a walk and relax, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Chaoyang Park is huge, so you won’t get bored there.

Beijing guide

Address: 1 Chaoyang Park S Road

Opening hours: 6:00 am- 9.00 pm (April to October), 6:00 am- 8.00 pm (November to March)

Admission for all attractions: $1

Getting there: Subway line 10 (Tuanjiehu Station) 

Chaoyang Park in Beijing

10. Wangfujing Street (Beijing Snack Street)

Best place for shopping in Beijing! You can buy everything there, including souvenirs, clothes, gadgets and food.

Beijing guide

Address: Wangfujing Street

Opening hours: 10:00 am- 10.00 pm 

Admission for all attractions: free

Getting there: Subway line 10 (Tuanjiehu Station) 

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