Top 10 Beijing Must See Attractions

Beijing, a city full of stories, wisdom, elegant simplicity, traditional culture and the spirit of modernity, is one of the most well-known cities over the world. More and more people are coming to Beijing out of curiosity and admiration. With its unique charm, Beijing has already become one of the most attractive cities of the world. As the capital of China, with its long history and rich culture, there are so many places to explore in Beijing. Here we ChinaTour.Net will recommend you the Top Ten Beijing Must See Attractions  which most represent the essence of Beijing. Whether it’s your first time come to Beijing or not, these are the places you cannot miss.

1. The Great Wall

the great wall-Beijing Must See Attractions What comes to you first when people talk about China? Perhaps the answer is the Great Wall. It is one of the greatest man-made wonders over the world. It was built as an ancient military defense project which was actually worked in the history. The Great Wall integrally preserves all the material and spiritual elements and historical and cultural information that carry its outstanding universal value. The complete route of the Great Wall over 20,000  kilometers.  >>More
Badaling Great Wall    Entrance fee:CNY45   Opening time: 6:30-19:00
Address: In the southwestern part of Yanqing County
Mutianyu Great Wall    Entrance fee: CNY45   Opening time: 8:00-16:00
Address: Mutianyu Village, Bohai Town, Huairou District.

2. The Forbidden City

forbidden city-Beijing Must See Attractions Built about 600 years ago, the Forbidden City has played an important role in Chinese history. It was the imperial palace of Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty from Emperor Yongle. Have you ever wanted to catch a glimpse of the life of ancient emperors? This palace is definitely the answer. There are over 8000 rooms in the palace. The Forbidden City was  the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. >>More
Opening time: 08:30 – 17:00 (Apr 1st – Oct 31st); 08:30 – 16:30 (Nov 1st – Mar 31st)
Entrance fee: CNY60 (April 1st – October 31st);CNY40 (November 1st – March 31st)
Address: No.4 Jingshan Front Street, Dongcheng District,Beijing
How to get there:Take No. 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 20, 52, 57, 22, 54, 120, 802, special No.1 Bus to Zhongshan Park stop or Tian An Men Stop;Take Subway Line1 to Eastern Tiananmen Square or Western Tiananmen Square.

3. The Summer Palace

summer palace-Beijing Must See Attractions The Summer Palace is the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. It is a blend of natural scenery and artificial landscape. The mountains, waters and architecture together form picturesque scenes that are amazingly beautiful. UNESCO declared the Summer Palace “a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value.” >>More
Opening time: 6:30-18:00
Entrance fee: CNY30
Address: No.19,Xinjiangongmen Road,Haidian District
How to get there: Take No.374,437,704,726,826,732,331,332 Bus to Donggongmen; Take No. 384,375,393,817,808,801,697 Bus to Beigongmen; Take Subway Line 4 to Beigongmen.

4. Tian’anmen Square

tiananmen square-Beijing Must See Attractions Tian’anmen Square is one of the largest city squares in the world. Its name literally means “Gate of Heavenly Peace”. The square witnessed the foundation of the People’s Republic of China and several important events in Chinese history. Thus, it has a strong emotional connection with Chinese people. It is a great experience to watch the raising of the national flag in the early morning. >>More
Opening time: whole day
Entrance fee: free of charge (Tiananmen Gatetower CNY15)
How to get there:Take No. 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 20, 52, 57, 22, 54, 120, 802, special No.1 Bus to Zhongshan Park stop or Tian An Men Stop;Take Subway Line1 to Eastern Tiananmen Square or Western Tiananmen Square.

 5. The Temple Of Heaven

temple of heaven-Beijing Must See Attractions The Temple of Heaven is a complex of religious buildings where the emperors came every winter solstice to worship heaven and to solemnly pray for a good harvest. Built about 600 years ago, it is the most holy imperial temple in Beijing. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 and was described as “a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design which simply and graphically illustrates a cosmogony of great importance for the evolution of one of the world’s great civilizations…” >>More
Opening time: 6:00-21:00
Entrance fee: CNY35
Address: No.1,Tiantan Road,Dongcheng District
How to get there: Take No.7,17,20,35,36,69,71,105,106,110,120,692,707,729 Bus to Tianqiao Station.

6. Beijing Hutong

beijing hutong-Top 10 Beijing Must See Attractions Hutongs are a type of narrow streets or alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, tranditional courtyard residences. The Hutongs are not only part of Beijing residences, but also an indispensable part of Beijing culture. It is a unique feature of old Beijing that will absolutely surprise you. The well-known Hutong areas are Shichahai Area and the Southern Gong and Drum Lane. >>More
Entrance free: free of charge
Shichahai Area  Address: Opposite the north gate of Beihai Park, Di’anmen West Street, Xicheng District
The Southern Gong and Drum Lane   Address: Di’anmen East Street, Dong Cheng District.

7. The Ming Tombs

ming tombs-Top 10 Beijing Must See Attractions The Ming Tombs are the mausoleums of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). The harmonious integration of remarkable architectural groups in a natural environment chosen to meet the criteria of geomancy (Fengshui) makes the Ming Imperial Tombs masterpieces of human creative genius. So far, three of them are open to the public. They are Changling Tomb, Dingling Tomb and Zhaoling Tomb. Dingling Tomb is the only tomb of the thirteen to be excavated. >>More
Address: Foot of Tianshou Mountain, Changping District, Beijing
Changling Tomb   Opening time: 8:00-17:00   Entrance fee: CNY50
Dingling Tomb   Opening time: 8:00-17:30   Entrance fee: CNY65

 8. The Olympic Stadiums

bird's nest-Top 10 Beijing Must See Attractions The Olympic Stadiums consists of the National Stadium (Bird’s Nest) and the National Aquatics Center (Water Cube). They are the main stadiums of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The night scene of the stadiums is amazingly beautiful. >>More
Address: Olympic Green, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Bird’s Nest    Opening Time: 9:00-19:00   Entrance fee: CNY50
Water Cube    Opening Time: 9:00-18:00   Entrance fee: CNY30

9. Beijing Zoo

beijing zoo-Top 10 Beijing Must See Attractions Beijing Zoo is home to around 450 different species and has a population of some 5,000 animals. Some of the most popular attractions among visitors are the wild and rare animals of China itself, such as the giant pandas, golden monkeys, milu deer and northeast tigers. Undoubtedly, Panda House is the most popular places for foreigners, where you can see giant pandas. With its black-white coat, the adorable fluffy animal is one of the most precious animals in the world. >>More
Opening time: 7:30-18:00
Entrance fee: CNY20
Address: No.137 Xizhimenwai Street, Xicheng District
How to get there: Take No. 27, 319, 347, 360, 362, 601, 632, 634, 714, 716, 732, 808 or 814 Bus to Dong Wu Yuan Stop

10. Beihai Park

beihai park-Top 10 Beijing Must See Attractions Beihai Park is one of the oldest, most representative and best-preserved ancient loyal gardens in China. It is a perfect integration of magnificent imperial palaces and solemn religious constructions. Here you can enjoy the unique scenery of artificial hills, pavilions, halls, temples, long corridors blended with trees, hills and waters in a harmony of man and nature. >>More
Opening time: 6:30-21:00
Entrance fee: CNY20
Address: No.1 Wenjin Street,Xicheng District.

2 Comments

  1. dr walia July 14, 2014

    I along with my wife are interested in visiting Beijing & Shanghai in Oct 2014. Now we have gone through the places of interest at Beijing, we will be planning accordingly.

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    graceli July 14, 2014

    We are glad to be helpful.

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