Things To Do In Beijing In July - Visiting Beijing In July + What to do!
What Are The 10 Best Things To Do In Beijing In July?
July is during the summer holiday in China. Thus, there will be always much more tourists in Beijing, especially from the mid-July on. However, in July, you could explore Peking University as well as Tsinghua University to feel the local academic atmosphere. In addition, there are many other things to do in Beijing in July.
1. Peking University
Originally built in 1898, Peking University is ranked on the top 10 universities in China. Many foreigners study in the university. It offers Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology with bronze ware, jade ware, old coins, folk cultural relics and much more to explore. The number of visitors is limited to 3,000 persons per day, 1,500 persons for the morning and another 1,500 persons for the afternoon. Visitors are required to book the entrance tickets on the booking system of the university.
2. Tsinghua University
Same as the Peking University, Tsinghua University is also among the top 10 universities in China. It is originally built in 1911. It is dotted with green trees in July. Walk around the campus, and you also could hear birds singing. The main spots there include Wen Pavilion, Shuimu Tsinghua Garden, the second gate built in 1909 – one of the landmarks in the campus, Guyue Hall and the like. If you are interested to visit it, you are required to book the entrance ticket through its WeChat Applet 7 days at least in advance.
3. Forbidden City
The Forbidden City could be much more crowded in July as many parents like to take their children to visit the spot in the summer holiday. It was built on the blueprint of the Ming Palace in Nanjing. The national great ceremonies were held in the Hall of Supreme Harmony, Hall of Central Harmony and Hall of Preserving Harmony. Palace of Heavenly Purity, Hall of Union and Peace and Palace of Earthly Tranquility were the residence for the emperors and the queens during the two periods of time.
4. Beijing Hutongs
Hutongs in Beijing feature old courtyards to discover from outside as most of them are privately-owned and the tourists are not permitted to enter them. In July, as it is a little hot in Beiijing, many of the retired people always chat with each other at the gate of the courtyard, or play chess under the old tree. You could see the Old Beijing life in Hutongs.
5. Wangfujing Street
After visiting the Forbidden City, you could walk to Wangfujing Street to refresh yourself with local snack, a cup of tea or coffee or western cuisine. The street is located within 20 minutes walk from the Forbidden City. You could take a taxi to the street from the Forbidden City. But the road to the street from the Forbidden City is not so wide.
6. Great Wall of China
The sun is a little strong in July in Beijing. If you are planning to explore Great Wall of China – Mutianyu, the most popular section among foreigners, it is suggested that you wear sunglasses, sunscreen cream and a long thin shirt to prevent the sunshine. If you enjoy hiking, you could just take a chair lift to the 6th watchtower and then discover the rest of the Great Wall of China there with your own foot. When you go downhill, you could take a toboggan as well from the 6th watchtower.
7. Jingshan Park
If you just have one day in Beijing but would like to enjoy the views of the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park behind the Forbidden City offers you a great choice to admire the panoramic views of the Forbidden City. The park is decorated with old buildings and old trees. The Wanchun Pavilion on the top of the mountain offers the amazing sunset as well.
8. 798 Art Zone
Transformed from old factory complex, 798 Art Zone is a paradise for art lovers and photographers. Doodles on the walls make for interesting backgrounds for photographing. There are many creative stores to explore, including handicraft workshops, galleries and design companies.
9. Pearl Market
If you like to purchase jewelry with a reasonable pricing during your stay in Beijing, you could visit Pearl Market (Hongqiao Market). Many of foreigners like to explore it to get some items. Some of the pearls there are fake. Thus, it is recommended that you visit the market with some locals if you don’t know how to judge it.
10. Lama Temple
If you are keen on the Buddhism in China, the Lama Temple is a must-visit spot in Beijing. Buildings there feature golden glazed tiles and red walls. It is the largest Tibetan Buddhist temple. Some buildings there reflect a combined character of Han, Mongolia and Man styles.