Beijing is a beautiful and attractive city, both classical and fashionable. Not only the historical sites like imperial architectures, Great Wall, but also small Hutong, old teahouse, trendy bar street, bustling business district, from which infinite modern elements and old Beijing authentic Beijing taste blend each other, making the extensive and profound cultural background, and orthodox but elegant way of life in Beijing city. No matter you’re travel with your lover, or with family and kids, exploring a royal monument or a fashionable district, you would find it the most suitable and comfortable.
Beijing, “Jing” for short, known as Yanjing, Peiping in ancient times, is the capital of the People's Republic of China. Beijing is also the China's political center, educational and cultural center, international exchange center and science and technology innovation center as approved by the State Council.
Beijing has a strategic geographical location, lying on the northern edge of the North China Plain behind mountains and facing the sea in front, adjoin with Bohai Bay and Hebei Province, and Tianjin in the east. There are about 21.5 million permanent population in this city.
l Best Tours in Beijing:
1. One Day Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven-
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2. Beijing Day Tour to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Beihai Park and Hutong Tour—
This classical one-day tour will show you to explore the ancient Chinese architectures and experience the former life of local residents.
3. One Day Mutianyu Great Wall and 798 Art District—Experience the breathtakingly beautiful scenery and glories culture of Great Wall, then enjoy the numerous art galleries with China modern arts in 798 Art Districts.
4. Beijing Classic - Badaling Great Wall, Tiananmen and Forbidden City—See the essentials if your travel time in Beijing is limited, The Forbidden City and Great Wall are the places that people need to go to Beijing.
5. Family Trip – Beijing Zoo, Olympic Green, Hutong and Calligraphy Learning—Experience the most kids-friendly sites and interactive activities in a full day tour including Beijing Zoo, Olympic Green, Rickshaw Hutong tour and Calligraphy learning with a Chinese teacher (or any of paper cutting, flour figurine learning).
l Best time to visit Beijing:
Beijing has a typical continental monsoon climate, characterized by hot and rainy summers, cold and dry winters. The best time to visit Beijing is autumn, from September to October, with light winds, clear sky and pleasant sunny weather, especially in late October, when it’s the best time to admire the charm of the Fragrant Hills with its famous maple leaves.
Another feasible time will be spring, from March to May. Spring in Beijing is vitality with all kinds of flowers blossoming. But meanwhile the weather in spring will be a little dry and windy sand. In addition, Beijing in summer is sweltering and drippy when in winter it’s freezing. In fact, winter activities in Beijing are popular, skiing, skating, and particularly during Chinese Spring Festival, temple fairs, folk art shows, those’re full of real Beijing flavor and sentiment.
l Customs and Products in Beijing:
Beijing is one of the four ancient capitals of China. There are many distinctive local customs: Beijing snacks, Beijing Opera, Jingyun Drum, Crosstalk, Stage Play, Iron Plate Express, Tooth Carving, Hair Monkey, Paint Carving, Grasshopper Race and Grasshopper Cage, Blowing Sugar Figurines, Dough Kneading and so on.
l Food Culture in Beijing:
Beijing is the eighth "Food City" in the world, ranking first in the mainland. Beijing's flavor snacks have a long history, the great varieties, exquisite materials, delicate production, which all win the universal praise.
The representative of Beijing snacks are: Bean Juice(Douzhir), Bean Flour Crisp Sugar, Plum Soup, Tea Soup, Wotou, Fuling Pancake Sandwich, Preserved Fruit, Sugar-coated haws, Aiwowo, Yellow Pea Cake, Lvdagunr(Rolling Donkeys), Enema, Quick-Fried Tripe, Stewed Pig Liver and so on.
The Roast Peking Duck is the most delicious food Beijing has to offer, and the "Quanjude" is one of the most famous roast duck restaurants in Beijing.
l Shopping in Beijing:
Beijing has been a bustling commercial center since ancient times. From large shopping malls such as Shin Kong Place, Joy City and Parkview Green, to small streets like Yandai Xiejie, Liulichang and stalls, there is nothing you cannot buy, only endless streets.
1. Wangfujing: Wangfujing pedestrian street has a history of more than 100 years. With a length of 800m and hundreds of shops including international luxury brands on both sides, it is an ideal place for tourists to visit and shop in Beijing.
2. Qianmen Street & Dashilan: Qianmen Street is situated from north of Zhengyangmen, and south to Tiantan Road. Here boasts of numerous Peking’s time-honored brands, such as Bianyifang Roast Duck, Liubiju Sauce and Pickles Store, Yue Sheng Zhai, Rui Fu Xiang Silk, Neiliansheng Shoe Store and so on. Dashilan is just on the west side of Qianmen, it’s one of the oldest street markets in Beijing. You could
Find traditional and quaint handicrafts and experience the characteristics of the old Beijing market.
3. Xidan Commercial Street: Being the most prosperous commercial street in Beijing, Xidan Commercial Street is from Xuanwumen in the south and to Lingjing Hutong in the north. Xidan Commercial Street focuses on the elements of youth fashion, it attracts lots of local Beijing young people here for leisure and shopping, hence the reputation of "Shopping paradise for young people".
4. Sanlitun (Taikoo Li): Sanlitun is located in the central and western Chaoyang District of Beijing. It is so named because of its 3 KM from the Beijing inner city. Now it’s famous for the Bar Street. Sanlitun Bar Street is one of the most lively entertainment streets in Beijing. And the Taikoo Li, the open shopping block which locates in Courtyard 19, Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, has become a fashion and lifestyle landmark in Beijing.
5. Xiushui Street: Xiushui Street Market is on the Changan Street Extension line, close to the international CBD business circle, with prominent geographical location, convenient transportations, it is the most influential international tourism and shopping market in China, enjoying the equal popularity with The Great Wall and The Forbidden City.
l Must-See Tourist Attractions in Beijing:
1. The Great Wall
As the saying goes: He who doesn't reach the Great Wall is not a true man. When you’re travelling in Beijing you should not miss this wonder of the world- the Great Wall.
Badaling Great Wall, as the essence of the whole Ming Dynasty Great Wall, is approximately 70 kilometers northwest of Beijing within the Beijing municipality. It is not only the best-preserved section, but also the site of the most visited section of the Great Wall of China. With the high reputation and complete facilities, Badaling Great Wall has attracted many admiring visitors all the year round, especially during the Chinese Holidays, there’s a sea of people.
When comparing to Mutianyu Great Wall, which is located in San Du He in HuaiRou county, about 72 kms from downtown Beijing, less visitors but offers the most spectacular scenery and amazing place to take photos. Mutianyu Great Wall is more popular among foreign visitors. And former British Prime Minister John Major, former U.S. President Bill Clinton as well as other foreign leaders, have visited Mutianyu Great Wall.
Besides, there are also other sections of Great Wall which are worth a visit:
Jinshanling Great Wall:
Jinshanling Great Wall, located in Luanping County, Chengde, Hebei Province, is adjacent to Miyun District, and 130 km away from downtown Beijing. It’s the elite section of the Great Wall, Jinshanling Great Wall is known as the "heaven for photography lovers", the scenery is breathtaking, especially in autumn with stunning colours, and there’re so few people around. Jinshanling Great Wall hiking is popular but challenging.
Simatai Great Wall:
Situated in Gubeikou Town, northeast of Miyun Dist., 120km away from Bejing city, Simatai Great Wall starts from Wangjinglou in the east and Houchuankou in the west. It features in ingeniously conception and peculiar design, is the only ancient architecture site that reserved original state of Ming Dynasty Great Wall, hence the praise of: The Great Wall of China is the best in the world, and the Simatai Great Wall is the best Great Wall of China. In 2012, it was named "the top 25 must-see sights in the world" by The Times.
Jiankou Great Wall:
Jian Kou Great Wall was built in Ming dynasty. about 1000 meters above sea level, connecting Mutianyu Great Wall in the east. The Jiankou Great Wall is one of the most famous dangerous sections of the Great Wall of the Ming Dynasty, without any maintenance, simple but natural, that’s so called The Wild Great Wall. It is the most photographed section in various Great Wall albums in recent years.
2. Forbidden City
The Forbidden City of Beijing is a royal palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in China. It is centered on three main halls, covering an area of 720,000 square meters, with a construction area of about 150,000 square meters, more than 70 palaces and 9,000 houses.
The Forbidden City is one of the world's largest and most well-preserved ancient wooden structures. Forbidden City has a large number of precious cultural relics. It is a National 5A-Level Tourist Attractions. In 1961, it was listed as the First National Key Cultural Relics Protection Unit. In 1987, it was listed as a World Cultural Heritage.
If you’d like to take the panorama views of the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, from which the highest point in Beijing City, will be the best choice
3. Tian'anmen Square
One of the largest squares in the world, Tian’anmen Squqre is located on the south side of Chang'an Street, the traditional central axis of Beijing. The center of the square is the Monument to the People's Heroes, the Great Hall of the People on the west side, the National Museum on the east side, and the Tiananmen Tower on the opposite side. Every morning and evening, a flag raising ceremony will be held. For those new to Beijing, watching a flag raising ceremony is a must-do thing you should not miss.
4. Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven was where the emperors of Ming and Oing Dynasties offered sacrifice to Heaven, prayed for bumper harvest. It’s in the southern of Beijing city, east of Yongdingmennei Street, Dongcheng District. The Temple of heaven is the general name of the two altars: the Circular Mound Altar and Altar of Praying for Grain, forming the inner altar wall and the outer altar wall, the altar walls is round in the north, and square in the south, meaning round sky and square earth.
With its profound cultural connotation and magnificent architectural style, The Temple of Heaven has become a portrayal of the ancient oriental civilization. It is a masterpiece of Ming and Qing architecture, a treasure of ancient Chinese architecture, and the largest architectural complex dedicated to heaven worship in the world. In 1961, the State Council announced the Temple of Heaven as a "National Key Cultural Relic Protection Units". In 1998, it was recognized as a "World Cultural Heritage" by UNESCO. In 2007, it was officially approved as a National 5A Scenic Spot by the National Tourism Administration.
5. Summer Palace
The Summer Palace, the imperial garden of the Qing Dynasty, originally named Qingyi Garden, is located in the western suburb of Beijing, 15km away from the city. It covers an area of about 290 hectares (2.9 square kilometers). The Summer Palace is a large landscape garden built on based of Kunming Lake and Wanshou Mountain, took the example of West Lake in Hangzhou, drew design techniques from South China Garden, it’s also the best-preserved imperial garden and honored as the “Royal Garden Museum”.
The Summer Palace, and the Chengde Mountain Resort, Humble Administrator's Garden, Lingering Garden are known as China's four famous gardens. In 1961, the Summer Palace was listed as one of the first batch of National Key Cultural Relics Protection Units. In 1998, UNESCO included the Summer Palace on its World Heritage List. In 2007, the Summer Palace was officially approved as a National 5A Tourist Attraction by the National Tourism Administration. In 2009, the Summer Palace was selected by the China World Record Association as the largest existing imperial garden in China.
6. Hutong Tour
Beijing's Hutongs are all-embracing, it is not only the living place of ordinary people in Beijing but also an important stage for the development and evolution of the city's history and culture. It records the changes of history, the style of times, and contains a strong cultural atmosphere. Hutong just likes a museum of folk customs, marking people's various social life.
Walking along Hutong, you’ll find it the places of interest everywhere. Taking a rickshaw is a popular way to explore the Hutong and local market, and what’s more you should not miss a visit to the courtyards.
l Popular Hotels in Beijing:
1. Sunworld Dynasty Hotel Beijing Wangfujing *****
Sunworld Dynasty Hotel Beijing is in the heart of the bustling Wangfujing Commercial Area, and plenty of popular shopping malls and stylish restaurants nearby. Spacious room and excellent location, helpful staff and comfortable accommodating.
2. Pentahotel Beijing****
The Pentahotel Beijing adjoins in the heart of Beijing's Business District, top Beijing shopping and attractions like Wangfujin Street, New World Shopping Mall, Oriental Plaza, Tian'anmen Square, Qianmen Street, the Hongqiao Pearl Market and the Temple of Heaven, it’s just two minutes away from the Subway Lines 2 and around ten minutes by subway from the Central Business District. Great services and atmosphere.
3. King Parkview Hotel ***
Great value and location. Situated on Shatan Back Street, King Parkview Hotel is surrounded by the hot attractions of Beijing, including the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park, Wusi Street and Beihai Park. The bustling Wangfujing Pedestrian Street is about 12-minute stroll away. Just nearby it offers a stylish Chinese restaurant serving the famous Peking Duck.
4. Beijing Pudi Hotel, Special Hotel
Beijing Pudi Hotel, original Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall, adjoins the Ruins of Ancient City Wall in Ming dynasty. It’s about 15mins walking distance to Forbidden City, The Tian’anmen Square, as well as the Silk Market. Ideal location and wonderful services.
5. The Emperor Tiananmen Beijing, Special Hotel
Excellent customer service with great location, clean and modernistic in style. Very friendly staff.
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