The dynamic Beijing is the perfect start or end location of a tour of China. A large part of China’s ‘must sees’ is located in or near the metropolis. Explore the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the imperial Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Tianmen Square and the Lama Temple. Stroll through the narrow streets in Beijing’s hutongs, taste the famous Peking Duck and other Chinese delicacies, surprise your taste buds at the night market and go shopping in ultramodern shopping centres.
Tips for Beijing
Beijing is easy to get around by metro and all stops are displayed both in Chinese and English. Buy a metro card and put some money on there, so that you do not have to buy a single ticket every time.
Make sure to plan enough time for this city, because the greatest attractions require a full day. Also take into account the hot days when a lot of smog hangs over the city, it might be nice not to schedule a full day on these days.
Want to discover the best spots in Beijing which are a bit more off the beaten track? Read our tips below for the most intimate hutongs, the less touristy parts of the Great Wall that you can visit on your own and other “insider tips” that we have gathered during our trip through China.