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The Chinese capital has a history that stretches back over 3 millenia, but this former center of multiple kingdoms is as renowned for its modern skyline as its ancient monuments. Here are some of the attractions Beijing is best known for. Don't miss them!

Ming Dynasty Tombs

Ming Dynasty Tombs

Also known as the "13 Tombs," most of the Ming emperors were interred within these striking mausoleums. The Ming-Gräber are on the way to the Great Wall, so factor them into your day trip!

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square

The site of several major protests and displays of military might, Tiananmen Square is made one of Beijing's most famous as much by the iconic monuments that surround it.

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Tiananmen Square takes its name from the "Gate of Heavenly Peace" that seperates it from this ancient royal city. There's a lot to see in the Forbidden City, so book a guided tour and wear comfy shoes!

Summer Palace

Summer Palace

The most impressive of the surviving Chinese imperial gardens is a recreational complex of lakes, greenery, and palaces providing one of Beijing's most tranquil attractions.

Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven

Combining the architectural qualities of both Ming and Qing dynasties, the Temple of Heaven was finished in 1420 and has been one of China's holiest sites ever since!

Beihai Park

Beihai Park

This former imperial garden-turned-public Beihai Park is not just a site of outstanding beauty, but home to many sightseeing favorites, like the White Pagoda and the Nine-Dragon Wall!

Beijing National Stadium
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Beijing National Stadium

Built for the 2008 Olympics, the 91,000-seat "Bird's Nest" has emerged as an icon of modern China. You can take a tour or even grab Beijing National Stadium tickets to a soccer game! Why not do both?

Planning Your Beijing Visit

How many days?

Five days to a week should be enough to see the sights of Beijing, get a feel for the city's culture, and even take a day trip out to the Great Wall of China!

When to visit?

Beijing's weather is most pleasant in early autumn (September/October), although the snowy winters do bring a charm of their own. Unless you want to see the Chinese New Year parade, avoid going during the nation's public holidays, when vast swarms of domestic tourists overwhelm even the quietest attractions!

Where to stay?

Beijing's sights are spread all over the city, so if you plan to cover the lot then you should consider staying in the city center. The districts of Beijing all have their own character, but one of the best areas for a first-time visitor is Wangfujing. Its central location boasts plenty of places to shop and eat, including the famous Wangfujing Snack Street, where vendors flog a bizarre collection of snacks far from the usual Chinese staples!

Good to know

  • Language
    Mandarin
  • Currency
    Renminbi (¥)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+08:00)
  • Country Code
    +86
  • Best time to visit
    Early autumn is best to beat the crowds and avoid the summer heat.

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Excellent in all aspects, very friendly and knowledgeable guide.

I was by myself, since although it was a perfect day for hiking, it was in the middle of the week. The hike is a little bit tiring, but absolutely amazing views and so unusually peaceful (almost no other people for 3-4 hours, unlike the crowd atmosphere at other Great Walll sections. If you are fit and want to do something different in Beijing, you should definitely try this trip.

We had a great time at the Great Wall with Emma

Emma was great! we first arrive at the restaurant, get our Chinese launch, which was great and after that we walt to the entrance of the great wall. We use the lift chairs and came down the toboggan. It was fun all around.

Mutianyu Great Wall Small Group Tour Including Lunch Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 02/11/2018

Awesome tour guide and best and fast driver

The day was smooth and hassle free because of Mr. Happy. He was knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and entertaining. Realize that I should have bargained more in the Jade factory and tea shops as they all sell the same knock of goods. Even with the over priced items we bought the trip was still worth it! It was my second time visiting Mutianyu, this was much better because of us taking this tour. Great job! Will definitely recommend you folks!

Mutianyu Great Wall & Ming Tombs Bus Tour Reviewed by Marilyn, 31/10/2018

Excellent ! Very nice trip with our very great guide !

She speaks english very good and has many stories to tell about Beijing, the Great Wall and China. Well organized, well on time ! Thank you ! I recommand !

Really convenient ride to the Great Wall and very helpful guide

Very convenient way of transportation to Mutianyu Great Wall. The guide was very helpful and attentive and spoke good English. He bought the tickets for the full group and dropped us at the entrance of the wall. It gives you perfect timing to climb to tower 23 and then go back to tower 6 (the slide ride down is real fun).

Mutianyu Great Wall Bus Transfer with Options Reviewed by Sylvia, 18/10/2018