Beijing: modern metropolis with ancient history
Quick facts about Beijing
Beijing, founded in 1045 BC, is one of the oldest capitals in the world, with history spawning over three millennia. With historical sites and monuments well preserved, Beijing has grown into a modern metropolis and it is among top ten destinations in the world. Tourists visit Beijing primarily to explore its many landmarks, such as Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, National Museum of China, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Olympic Park and many more, but this marvellous city is one of the main starting point in exploring China in general.
Several popular sections of famous Great Wall are within city limits and can be visited on a day tour. Walking around or taking a rickshaw tour around narrow streets, or Hutong, in old town, visiting Beijing Zoo or going for some regular and high-end shopping in popular Wangfujing Street are all on the list of many visitors.
Main attractions in Beijing
Wangfujing. Primarily designed for pedestrians, this central Beijing street is popular for shopping, snacks and night market. Old Summer Palace. Known in Chinese as Yuanming Yuan, located in Beijing, these are remains of palace located in a scenic park. Beihai Park. Also known as Northern Sea Park, this, 1,000 year old imperial park is one of the largest and oldest in China. Located next to Forbidden City in Beijing.
Jingshan Park. Massive, historic park located on a hill north from the Forbidden City in Beijing. Offering stunning views. Yonghe Temple. Also known as Harmony and Peace Palace Lamasery, this Tibetan Buddhist temple complex dates back from 17th century. Beijing National Stadium. Uniquely designed stadium with modern design, also known as the Bird’s Nest was built for the Olympics of 2008 and is now hosting concerts and sports events.
Simatai. Another popular section of the Great Wall, located northeast from Beijing. Featuring rustic appearance, sentry towers and steep climbs. Juyong Pass. One of the three main passes through the Great Wall, this one located 50 km in the north from Beijing city center. Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. Resting place of former leader of China, Mao Zedong, featuring museum with historical exhibits.
Top things to do in Beijing
Beijing is a massive city and attractions we have listed are very few in comparison of what you can see and do. Apart from the list, we also recommend following: book Old Beijing Hutong Rickshaw Tour, attend traditional Chinese theatre play, go for live Kung Fu show, visit any of historic location in Beijing surrounding, especially well preserved portions of the Great Wall.
Festivals and events in Beijing
Interesting facts about Beijing
Best time to fly to Beijing
The peak season for flights to Beijing is April, July and October. The low season for purchasing tickets is January, February and November.
Beijing is served by these airports: Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) and Beijing Nanyuan Airport (NAY). Direct flights to Beijing are offered by 67 airlines.
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