Things To Do In Beijing In January - Visiting Beijing In January + What to do!
What Are The 10 Best Things To Do In Beijing In January?
January could be said to be the coldest month in Beijing. It always snows during the period of time. Beijing City is covered with snow, creating amazing views. All the buildings are decorated with snow. Beijing looks like a fairy tale world. Though it is cold in Beijing in January, it offers various types of things to do. There are fewer tourists in Beijing in January than those in December.
1. Summer Palace
Summer Palace is the best-preserved imperial palace for short stays in Beijing. It features a design style popular in the Region South of the Yangtze River. It offers hundreds of old buildings in the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1912) to discover. In January, water in Kunming Lake is always frozen. You could enjoy skating there.
2. Great Wall of China - Mutianyu
Great Wall of China – Mutianyu is more popular among foreigners than Great Wall of China – Badaling. Originally built in 1368, it is one of the highlights of Great Wall of China. Sometimes in January, it is decorated with snow. Thus, please wear a pair of antiskid shoes. There are some 20 watchtowers on the Great Wall of China – Mutianyu.
3. Forbidden City
It might be the least crowded in the Forbidden City in January due to the cold weather. Although it is cold, the Forbidden City is the No. 1 spot to tourists in Beijing. Red walls, yellow glazed tiles and snow make for breathtaking views. The Forbidden City is acclaimed the highlight of court architectures in ancient China.
4. Tiananmen Square
Tian’anmen Square is the largest square in the world. It is located on the axis of Beijing. On the square, you will see the gate tower, Great Hall of the People, the Monument to the People’s Heroes, and the National Museum of China. If you are interested, you also could appreciate the flag-raising ceremony in the very early morning.
5. Ming Tombs
Ming Tombs is the sleeping place of 13 emperors in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Three of them are open to the public, Chang Tomb – tomb of Zhu Di (1360 - 1424) which is the best preserved among the tombs, Ding Tomb – tomb of Zhu Yijun (1563 - 1620) and his two wives, and Zhao Tomb – tomb of Zhu Zaihou (1537 - 1572) and his three wives.
6. Jingshan Park
If you would like to enjoy the panoramic views of the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park offers you a great chance. On the top of Jinshan Mountain, you will be amazed at the views around. As the royal garden in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it features some old buildings to visit as well.
7. Lama Temple
Originally functioned as a former residence of Yongzheng Emperor (1678 - 1735), the Lama Temple offers you a great choice to experience the strong atmosphere of the Tibetan Buddhism during your stay in Beijing. The main hall there is covered with golden glazed tiles. Covering an area of 6.6 hectares, it has 661 rooms among which there are 238 Buddhist rooms.
8. 798 Art Zone
If you love art very much and want to find some quiet area during the visit to Beijing, you could explore 798 Art Zone. You will find a variety of creative art workshops, art companies, galleries and so on. When you feel a little tire during the visit there, you also could refresh yourself at one of cafes there.
Sanlitun is one of the most popular districts among locals and tourists in Beijing. You could experience night life there, discovering one or two bars, enjoying shopping at some of the creative and interesting boutiques or just relaxing yourself at one of the cafes.
10. Red Theater Kung Fu Show
If you are keen on Kung Fu, Kung Fu Show at the Red Theater is a good choice. The show is a combination of Kung Fu, dancing and acrobatics. You will see a variety of Kung Fu schools through the show.