Beijing Top 10 Attractions – Find out about the Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
Last Update: 18th November 2019
What are the Beijing Top 10 Attractions?
Beijing has been the political, cultural and economic center for hundreds of years in China. It features tens of old cultural places of interest, natural beauty and modern shopping malls to explore. Let’s see the top 10 attractions in Beijing.
Beijing Top 10 Attractions
- Forbidden City
The Forbidden City is the largest and best-preserved royal palace in the world. It has more than 1,200 buildings with 9,000 rooms. For now, about 80% of them are opened to the public. Red walls and golden glazed tiles are great background for photographing. You could explore the old buildings in the Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing (1644 – 1912) Dynasties as well as the precious collection there.
- The Summer Palace
The Summer Palace is the most complete royal garden in the Qing Dynasty. You could explore the old buildings on the Wanshou Mountain neighboring the Kunming Lake. The highlights in the garden includes the Corridor with more than 14,000 pictures of color paintings, Suzhou Street with antiques to pick from, Sida Buzhou – the complex in the Han and Tibetan styles, and the like.
- Great Wall of China – Mutianyu
If you would like to experience the wisdom and hard work of the ancient Chinese people through the Great Wall of China, it is recommended that you explore the Great Wall of China – Mutianyu which is the most popular among foreigners. One dwelling for the soldiers and guards in the Ming and Qing Dynasties are also well-preserved on the section.
- Lama Temple
If you don’t have enough time to visit Suzhou but you are interested in the structure of Suzhou gardens, the Summer Palace offers you a great choice to admire the similar style. It is acclaimed as “the Museum of Royal Gardens”. In the ancient China, the royal family liked to spend the hot summer in the garden. Old buildings in the Qing Dynasty there are built around the Kunming Lake.
- Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven is the venue for the emperors in the Ming and Qing Dynasties to worship the Heaven and pray for good harvest. The old buildings and exhibits, such as the Hall of Prayer for the Good Harvest, Circular Mound Altar, chimes, Panchai Oven and much more will let you get acquainted with some of the worshipping ceremony in ancient China.
- Jingshan Park
Situated behind the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park offers the Wanchun Pavilion to you to appreciate the panoramic views of the Forbidden City. It has a peony garden there. From the end-April to the early-May, the peony show is always put on there. You could also find a blind-dating corner in the park.
- Wangfujing Street
If you feel a little tired after exploring the Forbidden City, Wangfujing Street which is within 15 minutes walk is a good choice for you to take a rest. On the street, you will find interesting and creative stores, many restaurants and a snack street to visit. You also could find Quanjude Beijing Roast Duck there.
- Sanlitun Bar Street
Sanlitun Bar Street is the most popular bar street with foreigners. Bars there could let you have a great time. 60% of bars in Beijing are gathered in the Sanlitun area. In addition, Taikoo Li Shopping Mall, Sanlitun SOHO, and China Red Street are adjacent to the bar street.
- Prince’s Gong Mansion
The Prince’s Gong Mansion is the most complete and best preserved prince mansion in China. Originally as the former residence of He Shen, the mansion witnesses the history of the Qing Dynasty from the peak to the decline. The permanent exhibitions will take you back to the time. The buildings there offer the exquisite carvings and paintings to enjoy.
- Liyuan Theater Peking Opera
The Liyuan Theater could be said to offer the best and the most authentic Peking Opera across China. It is the most popular theater among foreigners. It features the highlights of Peking Opera, Beijing tasty snacks, and Chinese tea. You could experience the local Old Beijing life in the theater.