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Capital of the People’s Republic, Beijing is China’s political, economic and cultural centre. With a chequered history, Beijing was established in 1045 BC and for 800 years served as the capital of several dynasties. At first glance Beijing can appear as nothing more than a modern cosmopolitan city with soaring skyscrapers, sprawls of apartment blocks and a crisscross of freeways, but hidden amid the concrete and glass, one can still find remnants of the city’s past and evidence of traditional Chinese culture still practised today. Vast squares, magnificent palaces and beautiful gardens are just some of the treasures still visible from the city’s imperial past, while down narrow alleyways one can find charming teahouses, traditional workshops, and quiet courtyards.

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A massive city with an ancient history, Beijing has been the capital of China throughout several centuries and dynasties.

Zoe Kong
China Travel Specialist

Things to See and Do in Beijing

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The Forbidden City

Explore the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which mostly remains as it was during the last emperor’s time. The world’s largest palace complex, the Forbidden City is divided into two parts: the southern section, also known as the Outer Court, was where the emperor held imperial proceedings, and the Inner Court to the north was where he lived with his royal family. As the imperial palace for over five centuries, the complex houses rare treasures and curiosities in its 9,999 rooms.

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The Great Wall

One of the “new seven wonders of the world,” the Great Wall is a sight every traveler should see in their lifetime. Try to fathom the years of toil required to build the Great Wall of China as you follow its steep, snaking path through the countryside. The views of crumbling, original sections of the Wall winding over the steep mountain ridges into the far distance are highly memorable, especially with the guidance of noted historian and the world's foremost expert on the Great Wall.

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Summer Palace Beijing

This magnificent palace was once the royals’ retreat from Beijing’s summer heat. One of the most famous attractions in Summer Palace is the Marble Boat, a symbol of opulence built by Empress Dowager Cixi in lieu of real naval ships. This 36-meter long lakeside “boat of purity” features two long decks with mirrors to reflect and radiate natural beauty.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the complex was declared a “masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design” with its gorgeous combination of pavilions, halls, palaces, temples, and bridges surrounded by lush gardens and a large, serene lake.

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Try Peking Duck

Have an authentic Peking duck lunch at a casual, family-owned operation which has hosted Al Gore, Jet Li, and scores of other dignitaries and celebrities. An elaborate dish involving special preparations such as pumping air between the skin and the meat and roasting the duck with special woods, Peking duck was once reserved for the Chinese imperial family.

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Chinese Calligraphy

Have a poetic Chinese name bestowed upon you and learn how to write it during a private calligraphy lesson. Most names convey parents' wishes for their children's future - integrity, prosperity, health and wisdom are all popularly used characters.

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Chinese Opera

Be serenaded by virtuosos of traditional Peking opera as they perform classic Chinese characters, such as the mischievous Monkey King, or his gluttonous, pig-like sidekick Zhu Baijie.

On certain occasions, Asia Senses Travel can arrange a behind-the-scenes tour of the opera stage.

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798 Art Zone

Designed by East German Bauhaus architects in the 1950s, the Dashanzi Art District was originally intended to produce electronics and armaments. Today, it has been repurposed and redesigned to house scores of galleries and artists’ studios; it takes its name, “798,” from one of the factories here. Tour this dynamic, fascinating area with an art expert, and learn about the vibrant Chinese contemporary art scene.

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Modern Architecture Tour

Go on an architectural tour of modern Beijing, led by an internationally renowned architect. Visit the Water Cube and Bird's Nest, icons of the 2008 Summer Olympics. In central Beijing, see the towering CCTV building designed by Rem Koolhaas, and the National Center for the Performing Arts, or "Alien Egg," designed by Paul Andreu.


Best Time to Visit Beijing

Best time to visit Beijing is from March to May and from September to October. These temperate seasons provide the best climate, not to mention colorful scenery. In contrast, summer brings sweltering heat, and winter ushers in cold temps and sometimes snow.

Max Temperature(ºC)
Jan
1
Feb
4
Mar
11
Apr
19
May
26
Jun
30
Jul
31
Aug
29
Sep
25
Oct
19
Nov
9
Dec
3
Rainfall (mm)
Jan
4
Feb
5
Mar
9
Apr
21
May
32
Jun
75
Jul
195
Aug
192
Sep
51
Oct
16
Nov
7
Dec
3
Month
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

JAN
1ºC
4mm

FEB
4ºC
5mm

MAR
11ºC
9mm

APR
19ºC
21mm

MAY
26ºC
32mm

JUN
30ºC
75mm

JUL
31ºC
195mm

AUG
29ºC
192mm

SEP
25ºC
51mm

OCT
19ºC
16mm

NOV
9ºC
7mm

DEC
3ºC
3mm

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel to Beijing, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Beijing on a bespoke touring itinerary to China, do not hesitate to contact us.
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