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Beijing is vibrant with amazing attractions, Forbidden City, the most magnificent palace in China; Ming Tombs, an imperial tomb cluster for thirteen emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644); Great Wall, one of the seven wonders of the world; Temple of Heaven, the worshipping site for the emperors; Summer Palace, the grandest imperial garden in China; Sacred Way, a divine road reflecting the pomp and dignity of emperors; Tiananmen Square, The largest square in the world; Lama Temple, a noted temple dedicated to Tibetan Buddhism; Beihai Park, a centuries-old park with marvelous scenery; Hutong, a carrier and mirror of Beijing folk culture.
Forbidden City in Beijing, China

 Historical Sites
Since Beijing was the capital for four dynasties: Jin (1115-1234), Yuan (127-1368), Ming (1368 -1644) and Qing (1644-1911), it has a wealth of historical sites ranging from royal sumptuous private mansions and gardens to simple villages. Also it is stippled with pagodas and religious temples.

Museums in Beijing are places to get a glimpse of the origin of the Chinese people, the history of China and Chinese culture, including architecture, printing, painting and other aspects.

 Mountains and Forest Parks
In the west and south of Beijing, mountains offer beautiful natural scenery in a bountiful and gracious manner. Luxuriant trees, tall or short, form many natural forest parks and scenic areas with pure water and fresh air. Really great places to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city and clear one's mind!

 Valleys and Gullies, Caves
Due to its mountainous landform, Beijing is riddled with numerous valleys, gullies and gorges in its western area. The brooks trickle through the glens, majestic waterfalls rush down from atop, and bird songs occasionally break the silence of the woods. Caves seem to be playing 'hide-and-seek' while the wonders of nature unfold inside.

 Parks & Lakes
Beijing is dotted with many parks and lakes and some parks even feature different themes. Yuyuantan Park is most noted for its cherry blossoms, Zizhuyuan Park is characterized by its various bamboos, while Lianhuachi Park highlights the lotus.

Last but not least, there are also attractions which cater for tourists looking for something different. These scenic spots demonstrate the all-embracing and gentle character of this city.

Recommended Beijing Tour Itineraries:
Beijing One-Day Tours: 5 itineraries for you to choose.
Beijing Two-Day Tours: 2 itineraries to visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Badaling Great Wall, etc.
4-Day Beijing Travel: to the most popular attractions in the city.

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Comments and Questions


We will be visiting central Beijing in June for a week and are wondering how easy it would be to get to see the Terracota Warriors and the easiest way to get there please?

Reply2/9/2016 1:51:46 PMJulie,   China

Anne ( Australia ) :2/16/2016 3:24:59 AM

Well, you can take a flight from PEK to Xian (about 2 hours). Then, take a bus to Lintong for CNY 31.5. Upon arrival, take a taxi to the Terracotta Warriors Museum. :)

Is the Simatai Great Wall opened to the public? If so, which tourist bus should I take?


Reply3/14/2015 4:18:57 AMBenny Li,   Taiwan, Province Of China

Lucia :3/30/2015 9:55:36 PM

Yes, it has been opended to the public. However, reservation is needed if wanting to visit. You can search relatd info on the official website of Wtown.

As I know, no tourist bus leads to the town (the section of wall) at present. Anyway, here is the way from Beijing:
Take bus No.980 to Miyun County from Dongzhimen Long Distance Bus Station to Miyun West Bridge Station and interchange to Bus Line Mi 38 or 51 (or any local buses with sign “Miyun-Simatai”) to Simatai Village Station. Then walk to the entrance of Gubei Water Town to find the shuttle buses. Or upon reaching Miyun County, hire a local taxi to the water town.

My front hotel is Chongwenmen Station Line 2. Please give me direction to Badaling Great Wall of China.

Reply11/10/2014 3:29:31 PMito .,   United States

Hinda :11/23/2014 1:31:52 AM

Take subway line 2 and get off at Xizhimen. Then walk to Beijing North Railway Station to take a train to Badaling Great Wall directly.

I have make amendments to the itinery as Day 5 will have basically half a day too and the weather seems to be non rainy compared to the last 1.5 free days. First 2 places of Day 5 itinery are fixed.

Day 5
Ming Dynasty City Wall Park (明城墙遗址公园)  Xiu Shui Market (秀水市场) (By 1200-1300hrs)  Beihai Park (北海公园)  Prince Gong’s Mansion (恭王府)  Jingshan Park (景山公园) for sunset  Bullet train (高铁) to Tianjin (天津) and back to Beijing ( 北京)

Day 6
Lama Temple (雍和宫)  Beijing Happy Valley ( 北京欢乐谷)

Day 7
Ming Tombs (明十三陵) (Need to be back at hotel by 1315hrs)

Reply7/17/2013 3:35:25 AMPhan,   Singapore

Cathy :7/17/2013 6:05:32 PM

day 5: after the Xiushui Market, go visit the Prince Gong's Mansion first, and then Beihai Park and Jinshan Park. as the east gate of Beihai Park is quite close to Jingshan Park.

Bullet train to Tianjian and back to Beijing, is this an experience of Chinese bullet train?

Day 6: get up early and visit the Lama temple as quick as possible. because the Happy Valley is far from city center, and it is always filled with visitors. you have to wait in long queues to take each ride.

Phan ( Singapore ) :7/17/2013 6:16:36 PM

Thanks Cathy and Mars, much appreciated.

Thanks to Mars for the reply.

I have slightly amended my itinery assuming that the Nan Luo Gu Jie and Yan Dai Jie that is part of my earlier 5 day itinery forms part of Sichahai and Hou Hai.

1st day - Qinglong Gorge-> Beihai -> Prince Gong's Mansion -> Jingshan for sunset

2nd - Bullet train to Tianjin and back -> Lama Temple

As there will be 4 adults and 1 child, can i assume that i won't be able to get a taxi?

If so, for 1st free day, is engaging a van for the day be better?


Reply7/16/2013 11:27:08 PMPhan,   Singapore

Mars :7/17/2013 5:51:48 PM

1st day: the Qinglong Gorge is a little bit far from the city, and it will take you most of the day. i don't think you have time to visit Beihai Park and Prince Gong's Mansion. but you may still have time to see sunset in Jinshan Park.

a taxi can not hold four adults and 1 child. you need two taxi or a van.

1.5 days Itinery

Hi, I will have about 1.5 days of free time after my 5 days tour in Beijing. The following places are not in my 5 days itinerary: Jingshan Park, Beihai Park, Houhai Park, Ming Tombs, Lama Temple, Prince Gong's Mansion and Longqing Gorge. Is it possible to cover them in 1.5 days especially with a child along? I understand that Ming Tombs can be quite difficult to walk especially for kids.

Reply7/15/2013 11:34:05 PMPhan,   Singapore

Mars :7/16/2013 6:15:28 PM

it is impossible.
you can visit the Ming Tombs in the first morning, and in the afternoon, visit the Lama Temple and Jinshan Park (sunset).
for the half day, visit the Prince Gong's Mansion and then the Houhai Park and the nearby hutongs.

Hi, is it possible to climb the entire great wall or we need to choose sections to visit? thanks in advance for those who would help me. =)

Reply4/9/2013 3:17:53 AMCathy,   Philippines

Penny :4/9/2013 6:13:18 PM

it's impossible to climb the entire wall, you can go to the Badaling or Mutianyu section.

Hi I'll be in Beijing for 6 nights over Chinese new year (from Feb 8 to 14). I've been to Beijing before but in the summer and not over Chinese New Year. I'd like advice about pleasant (romantic) overnight trips or places to visit from Beijing with my girlfriend to kind of get away from the new year festivities for a night. Budget around 500 -700RMB (do I need more?). something scenic - (Is LongQing Gorge overcrowded or too cold? or is Taoyuan Xiangu - Peach-Garden Paradise a good option to stay overnight? - any advice on places and how to book/get there will be appreciated, thank you

Reply2/6/2013 6:03:58 PMScott,   Korea, Republic Of

Bill :2/7/2013 6:28:33 PM

i don't think it would be overcrowded in Longqing Gorge, but there may be many tourists.

Taoyuan Xiangu is a little far from downtown, and it would be cold there.

since it is cold during the Chinese New Year, i think it is better go for a hot spring bath and stay over night there. 500 - 700 RMB is enough for you two.

planning to go Bejing in March 23rd,what to pack-(clothing)

Reply1/29/2013 2:13:08 AMsue,   Malaysia

Tina :1/29/2013 5:39:19 PM

it will be much warmer than winter, and the temperature would be around 10 - 15 C, but you still need to take some warm clothes, such as thin sweater, warm jacket, scaft, and hat.

sue :1/29/2013 9:05:36 PM


Hi, My friends are going to Beijing on October 15 - 18, 2013. What will be the weather at that time? Any suggestions on where to go for that short trip? Also, what hotel can you recommend to stay that is near the attractions and accessible to train and bus stations

Reply1/17/2013 10:11:31 PMConnie Gabriel,   Philippines

Eva :1/18/2013 6:49:41 PM

it is cool autumn at that time.
you can visit the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Great Wall, and Old Hutongs.
you can try the hotels near the forbidden City.
here are some itineraries:
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