Last Update: 18th November 2019
What are the 10 Best Things To Do In Beijing In April ?
It is still a little cold in Beijing in April. The maximum air temperature in Beijing in April is some 23 degrees while the minimum air temperature is some 4 degrees. Though, it is a little warmer in April than that in March. It is not suggested that you visit Beijing during the Comb-sweeping Holiday as there will be many tourists there. Beijing has been the capital in ancient and modern China for hundreds of years. Thus, you could find many different things to do there in April.
If you are planning to know some about the royal culture and buildings in China, the Forbidden City is a must-visit spot in Beijing. Set in the center of Beijing City, the Forbidden City is the royal palace for the royal families in the Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing (1644 – 1912) Dynasties. It is a combination of the classical Chinese buildings and the precious and rare royal jewelry.
2. Beihai Park
Beihai Park is the existing oldest and best-preserved classic royal garden in China. In the park, you could enjoy boating on the Beihai Lake, and explore the old buildings, including the Nine Dragon Walls with two sides where you will find 635 dragons in total. In April, there are many flowers in blossom there as well.
Best time to enjoy the Li River Cruise?
It is safer to enjoy the cruise from October to March and in May, July and August as it rains a little in Yangshuo.
How to get to the Li River Cruise?
There is no direct bus from Guilin city to the pier in Guilin. The only option is to rent a vehicle to the pier (the pier for the 3-star cruise is called Mopanshan Pier and the pier for the 4-star and 4.5-star cruises is Zhujiang Pier). For the private rafting, there are piers in Yangdi and Xingping.
Additional Li River Cruise Advice
- As at 4th October 2020, the return cruise from Yangshuo to Yangdi is available & operating. It typically operates between April to October. The same applies for the Yangshuo to Guilin return cruises.
- There are one or two vegetarian dish options on the 4-star and 4.5-star boats. If you are vegetarian, it is suggested that you have lunch at the very first beginning as some meat may drop into the vegetables when other passengers pick it.
- There is a security check at the pier just like that at the airport. It is recommended that you arrive at the pier 30 minutes at least in advance.
- All types of tickets on the 4-star and 4.5 star boats are capped with the same pricing due to the accounting reason. But the actual pricing is higher than that on the ticket.
- For the Private Li River Cruise Rafts, persons over 65 years of age and under 120 cms tall are not permitted on-board.
With the rising of the temperature, many visitors like to climb the Great Wall of China. Great Wall of China – Mutianyu is more popular than Great Wall of China – Badaling among foreigners. In April, the trees on the mountain are sprouting. Views from the Great Wall of China are more amazing in April than those in March. You could take a cable car to the 14th Watchtower and then hike to the 20th one. The steps from the 19th one to the 20th one are very steep, approximately vertical.
4. Jingshan Park
In April, Jingshan Park is dotted with several species of colorful flowers. It is situated at the centre of Beijing as well. If you have no time to explore the Forbidden City, Wanchun Pavilion on the top of Jinshan Mountain there offers you a great choice to enjoy the panoramic views of the Forbidden City.
5. Ritan Park
Originally functioned as a venue of worshipping the God Sun for the emperors in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Ritan Park is decorated with a variety of flowers in April. The fresco in the park presents the ceremony of worshipping the God Sun in ancient China. You could find old buildings for the ceremony as well in the park.
6. Summer Palace
Covering an area of 290 hectares, the Summer Palace is the best preserved royal garden in the Qing Dynasty. In the garden, you will find its design style is similar to that of its kind in the regions south of the Yangtze River. In addition to the buildings, Kunming Lake is one of the highlights there. In April, plants there show more vitality as well.
If you are keen on the local culture and life, Hutongs in Beijing are the ideal places for you to visit during your stay in Beijing in April. In the afternoon, some of the elder may enjoy the sun along the Hutong, enjoy playing with the bird in the cage, and chat with each other in the Old Beijing dialect. Hutongs features old courts to explore from the outside.
8. Panjiayuan Antiques Market
If you are interested in antiques, you could visit Panjiayuan Antiques Market with an area of more than 40,000 square meters. It is a combination of classic Chinese furniture, wood carvings, porcelain from Jiangxi, Buddhism goods from Tibet, jade from Xinjiang, old Chinese paintings and the like. It attracts thousands of foreign and Chinese visitors one day.
9. 798 Art Zone
Transformed from an old factory complex, 798 Art Zone features a comfortable art atmosphere to you to experience. For now, it home to more than 300 workshops, design companies and galleries and the like. You could find some interesting and creative doodles there. You also could present your art cell at one of the workshops through your hand and wander around the zone slowly.
10. Olympic Park
If you would like to experience local night life, Sanlitun Bar Street is a good choice. It always attracts many foreign visitors. With a length of 260 meters, it features a variety of bars to explore. Near the street, you also could find some old houses where Old Beijing locals live happily in their own way.
Reed Flute Cave
Would you like to know why several former US presidents had spoken highly of the Reed Flute Cave after visiting it? It features its own unique charm, which some consider to be distinct from any other attractions in the world!
Elephant Trunk Hill
Have you visited a hill standing in the middle of a river in the center of a city before? How about one shapred like an Elephant? In Guilin, there is such a hill – the 300 million year old Elephant Trunk Hill. It looks just like an elephant drinking water from the Li River!