Beijing Best Attractions – Find out about the best attractions in Beijing
Last Update: 18th November 2019
What are the Best Attractions in Beijing?
Beijing has been the capital of China from the ancient times to now for hundreds of years. It features numerous cultural attractions, modern venues and old Hutongs to explore. Let’s take a glimpse of the best attractions in Beijing.Are you interested to explore the best attractions to in Beijing? We will lead you to discover them so find out more about Guilin’s best attractions.
Best Attractions in Beijing
- Forbidden City
Originally built in 1406 and completed in 1420, the Forbidden City is the largest royal palace in China and even in the world. Well-preserved, the old buildings offer more than 10 types of roof to appreciate. Exquisite tone statues, jewelries, images of several emperors and queens in the Qing Dynasty are on display to the public. The main halls feature the golden glazed tiles.
- Summer Palace
The Summer Palace is the most completed royal garden with old buildings in China. It is also the largest existing royal garden in China. Composed of the administrative area, the living area and the area for sightseeing, the Summer Palace features a 728-meters-long corridor with more than 8,000 color paintings to admire, several Buddhist buildings, and other old buildings around the Kunming Lake to admire.
- Lama Temple
Originally, the Lama Temple was the former residence of Yongzheng Emperor (1678 – 1735) and the birthplace of Qianlong Emperor (1711 – 1799). As two emperors stayed there for long, it has golden glazed tiles and red walls same as those in the Forbidden City. You could explore Falun Hall, a crystallization of Han and Tibetan cultures, the main hall where statues of Buddhas, and arhats are worshipped, and other old buildings.
- Prince’s Gong Mansion
Acclaimed as “the largest courtyard in the world”, the Princ’s Gong Mansion is the best preserved prince mansion in the end of the Qing Dynasty. Originally as the former residence of He Shen, it consists of several courtyards with green glazed tiles. Several permanent exhibitions there will let you know a little history of the mansion.
- Great Wall of China – Mutianyu
The Great Wall of China – Mutianyu is the most popular section among foreigners compared to other sections of the Great Wall of China. There, you could not only explore the old walls but also could enjoy the natural beauty on the mountain. From March on, wild peach, apricot trees and azalea come out one by one. In autumn, red maple leaves make for stunning views while the section is always covered with snow in January.
- Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven is the largest building complex for sacrificing the Heaven. Originally built in 1420, it covers an area of 273 hectares. It is composed of the inner altar and the outer altar. Through the old buildings and precious exhibits for sacrificing the Heaven and praying for good harvest, you will know the royal sacrificial ceremony in the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
- Jingshan Park
Jingshan Park is one of the most popular parks among locals and visitors to Beijing. Many locals like to walk around the park on weekends. The park is located behind the Forbidden City. After you explore the Forbidden City, you could walk to the park from Shenwu Gate to enjoy the panoramic views of the Forbidden City at the Wanchun Pavilion on the top of Jingshan Mountain.
- Wangfujing Street
On the Wangfujing Street, you will feel that the traditional culture and fashion go on well with each other. Wangfujing Street is a paradise for shopping lovers as well as foodies. You could find interesting and creative handicrafts, and China Time-honored brands and much more. In addition, you could explore the Hutongs nearby.
- Olympic Park
The Olympic Park lies some 11 kilometers north of the Forbidden City. It is the venue where the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games was held. It offers modern facilities, such as the National Stadium (Bird’s Nest) and Water Cube as well as some cultural statues to discover. You also could refresh yourself in the forest park there.
- Liyuan Theater Peking Opera
If you are crazy about the traditional Chinese culture, Peking Opera in the Liyuan Theater is a great option. 8 large Peking Opera facial masks as well as the painted screens with the figures in Peking Opera stand around the auditorium in the theater. You could not only enjoy the essence of Peking Opera but also can try Peking Opera make-up and costumes there if interested.