Beijing Points of Interest and Places to Visit

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Great Wall at Mutianyu

4.5 star rating: Recommended 293 Reviews

The Great Wall at Mutianyu was fully restored in the 1980s as an alternative to the increasingly popular Badaling section of the Great Wall of China. The ...  Read more

Great Wall of China

4 star rating: Recommended 405 Reviews

No trip to Beijing would be complete without a Great Wall tour. Winding along the mountain ridges north of the capital city, the Great Wall of China stands as ...  Read more

Ming Tombs (Ming Shisan Ling)

4 star rating: Recommended 160 Reviews

The UNESCO-listed Ming Tombs (Ming Shisan Ling) serve as the final resting place for 13 of the 16 emperors who ruled China during the Ming Dynasty ...  Read more

Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

4 star rating: Recommended 155 Reviews

In 1750, the grand Summer Palace was commissioned by Emperor Qianlong as a lavish lakeside retreat away from the heat of Beijing. Decades later, Empress ...  Read more

Forbidden City (Imperial Palace)

4 star rating: Recommended 135 Reviews

The Forbidden City, or Imperial Palace, is the world’s largest palace complex, with more than 800 buildings and some 8,000 rooms set in the heart of Beijing. ...  Read more

Temple of Heaven (Tian tan)

4 star rating: Recommended 56 Reviews

A Ming temple, Temple of Heaven or Tian tan was built by the Yongle Emperor, who also built the Forbidden City, as a stage for the important rituals performed ...  Read more

Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 66 Reviews

Tiananmen Square, or Tiananmen Guangchang, has always been not so much a square as a symbol. Mao built it to flaunt the epic scale of the Communist project. ...  Read more

Great Wall from Jinshanling to Simatai

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 68 Reviews

To experience both wild and restored portions of the Great Wall of China without straying far from Beijing, many visitors choose a guided hike between ...  Read more

Great Wall at Huanghuacheng

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

Uncrowded and off the beaten path, the segment of the Great Wall of China at Huanghuacheng is popular among hikers who want to experience the wilder side of ...  Read more

Great Wall at Juyongguan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

While the Juyongguan segment of the Great Wall of China is the closest of the open Great Wall sections to Beijing, located just 37 miles (59 km) to the ...  Read more

Great Wall at Jiankou

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Jiankou is the adventurer's Great Wall of China—a completely unrestored section with crumbling mason work snaking along a wild mountain ridge 43 miles (70 ...  Read more

The Legend of Kung Fu Show

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

The Legend of Kung Fu at Beijing’s Red Theater tells the story of a young monk who dreams of one day becoming a Kung Fu master. The boy’s story is told through ...  Read more

Chaoyang Theatre

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

If you’re planning to see a Chinese acrobatics show while in China -- and you should, since the young acrobats here are wildly talented -- Beijing’s Chaoyang ...  Read more

Beijing Opera

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Beijing Opera (Peking Opera) has been around since the late eighteenth century and was originally performed for the imperial family of the Qing Dynasty. It ...  Read more

Beijing Bullet Train

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

China is home to the world’s largest network of high-speed rails, and many of them connect Beijing with other notable destinations in China. The longest route ...  Read more

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