Last Update: 18th November 2019
What are the 10 Best Things To Do In Beijing In July ?
It is a little hot during the daytime in Beijing in June. The maximum air temperature is around 28 degrees while the minimum air temperature is some 18 degrees. Compared to the number of visitors in July and August, the number of its kind in June is a little less. Let’s find interesting and exciting things to do in Beijing in June.
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
The Forbidden City is a must-explore spot in Beijing. It consisted of living areas and office areas for emperors and their wives in the Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing (1644 – 1912) Dynasties. Exhibits in some rooms will let you know some about the royal wedding, the political system and the court life during the two periods of time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!