Things to do in Beijing

Beijing is renowned for its opulent palaces, temples, parks, gardens, tombs, walls and gates, and its art treasures and universities have made it a center of culture and art in China.

There are lots of things you can do here.

Things you can do:

Sightseeing:

  1. The Forbidden City (Chinese: 故宫):
    The Forbidden City was the seat of Imperial power for 500 years, and it is now one of China’s major tourist attractions.
  2. The Summer Palace (Chinese: 颐和园):
    Being the largest and most well preserved royal park in China, it greatly influences Chinese horticulture and landscaping with its famous natural vistas and points of cultural interest.
  3. Badaling Great Wall (Chinese: 八达岭长城):
    It was the earliest section of the Great Wall to be opened to tourists and receives the largest number of visitors.
  4. Olympic Forest Park (Chinese: 奥林匹克森林公园):
    Beijing’s Olympic Forest Park is a large, man-made nature park at the north-end of the Olympic Green, built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics games.
  5. The Temple of Heaven (Chinese: 天坛):
    It is China’s largest and most representative existing masterpiece among China’s ancient sacrificial buildings.

Food:

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  1. Huguosi Snacks Shop (Chinese: 护国寺小吃):
    Huguosi Snacks Shop is one of the local delicacies shop in Beijing, It is well known with its rich variety, outstanding characteristics and its history and culture.
  2. Guijie (Chinese: 簋街):
    West of Dongzhimen is Guijie, or “Food vessel street” (Dongzhimen Inner Street), extremely well known to locals as a food street. Stretching over one kilometer, 90% of the commercial shops in the street house more than 150 eateries.
  3. Niujie (Ox Street, Chinese: 牛街)
    The best place in Beijing to take in Ramadan’s festive spirit and it is full of historical sites and street vendors selling original Muslim food.

Shops:

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  1. Taikoo Li Sanlitun (Chinese:太古里三里屯):
    The shopping mall is a magnet for kids and teens as well as adults. There are numerous boutiques and restaurants to explore, as well as a multiplex cinema where you can enjoy the latest movies.
  2. Wangfujing (Chinese: 王府井):
    Wangfujing is one of the most famous shopping streets of Beijing, China, located in Dongcheng District. The majority of the main area is pedestrianised and very popular shopping place for both tourists and residents of the capital.
  3. Chao Yang Joy City (Chinese: 朝阳大悦城):
    Chao Yang Joy City is an elegant and comfortable shopping mall, possessing of 14-storey retail podium and a total construction area of 230000 square meters. It can meet a variety of consumer needs, encompassing shopping, entertainment, dining, leisure, pleasure and other services.

Leisure:

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  1. National Centre for the Performing Arts (Chinese: 国家大剧院):
    The theater is an arts centre containing an opera house in Beijing. It is said to look like an egg floating on water, or a water drop and it’s designed as an iconic feature, something that would be immediately recognizable. There are three major performance halls: the Opera Hall, the Music Hall and the Theatre Hall.
  2. Lao She Tea House (Chinese: 老舍茶馆):
    You can watch wonderful performances by celebrities from folk arts and drama on any given day while enjoying famous tea, palace snacks as well as traditional Beijing flavor state.
  3. Beijing Wukesong Culture & Sports Center (Chinese: 五棵松体育馆):
    An indoor arena for the 2008 Summer Olympics basketball preliminaries and finals. After the Olympic Games, the center become an important part of Beijing’s Olympic Games heritage, allowing citizens to enjoy cultural, sports, leisure, recreational and commercial activities.
  4. The 798 Art District (Chinese: 798艺术区):
    798 symbolize the country’s cutting edge art movement led by the Chinese vanguard, unchained artistic personalities with alternative life goals. Wild and unconquered attitudes waft inside 798’s free and rambling atmosphere. This area feels a kinship to what can be discovered and sensed along the Left Bank in Paris or around Greenwich Village in NYC. The buildings were vital for China’s old industrialization projects and they’re just as key to the art scene at 798 as well.
  5. Sanlitun Bar Street (Chinese: 三里屯酒吧街) :
    Sanlitun is the hub of expat life in Beijing, spend your night lift at this gathering place by foreigners. There are over 80 bars line both sides of Sanlitun Bar Street. Some bars are open from afternoon to the next morning, while others are open 24 hours. Drinks available include imported wines, homemade wines, cocktails, soft drinks, and fruit juices etc. There are also many activities to enjoy such as bands, magicians, cocktail shows, dance shows, and themed events.

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