Things To Do In Beijing In MayVisiting Beijing In May and What to do!

Last Update: 18th November 2019

What are the 10 Best Things To Do In Beijing In May ?

It is cool and comfortable in Beijing in May. Rainfall there is little as well. It is sunny for most of the days in Beijing in May. It is recommended that you wear sunglasses, and sunscreen scream. You could find a variety of exciting things to do in Beijing in May. As it is the May Day Holiday from May 1 – 3, the best attractions in Beijing are always crowded. Let’s see what we can do in Beijing in May.

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1. Forbidden City

Forbidden City could be said to be the most famed attraction in Beijing and even around China. It functioned as the royal court and palace in the Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing (1644 – 1912) Dynasties. Generally speaking, emperors lived and dealt with the official business. Thus, you could see the living area from outside and one of the offices inside. In addition, you could also appreciate the rare and precious jewelry of the royal family.

2. Summer Palace
In May, Summer Palace is dotted with green trees and colorful flowers. It is one of the royal gardens in ancient times. The palace is composed of Renshou Hall where emperors in the Qing Dynasty met the foreign messengers, Kunming Lake where you could enjoy the views on a boat, and Wanshou Mountain where one Tibetan temple is hidden and old trees grow for hundreds of years.

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.

3. 798 Art Zone

Old classic Chinese culture and modernity collide in Beijing, creating different experiences. 798 Art Zone is a paradise for art lovers as well as photographers. The zone is home to tens of art workshops. Besides, you could find a variety of restaurants and café there. You could experience making some handicraft at one of the interesting workshops.

4. Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven features old buildings used for the worshipping the Heaven and good harvest by the emperors in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The main building you could explore include Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, and Circular Mound Altar. Through the exhibits there, you could get a little acquainted with the culture of worshipping the Heaven of the royal family.

5. Great Wall of China

Many foreigners prefer to explore the Great Wall of China – Mutianyu rather than visit the Great Wall of China – Badaling which is crowded with Chinese domestic visitors. In May, views on the Great Wall of China – Mutianyu are turning more amazing. The steps from the 19th Watchtower to the 20th one are nearly vertical. There is chairlift and toboggan for you uphill and downhill respectively.

6. Jingshan Park
Jingshan Park is one of the most popular parks among locals. In May, it is dotted with colorful flowers. Jingshan Mountain in the park is the best spot in Beijing to enjoy the bird’s eye views of the Forbidden City. Most of the old buildings there have red walls and golden glazed tiles too. At the early May, many species of peonies in the Peony Garden in the park are in blossom.

7. Lama Temple

As the largest Tibetan Buddhist temple in Beijing City, the Lama Temple offers 238 Buddhist rooms to discover. The temple is a combination of Han, Man and Meng Style. In the main hall, 18 arhats and 3 golden statues of Buddha are worshipped. You could not only visit the old buildings but also could admire the precious wood carvings, such as sandalwood Buddha and Nanmu wood niche.

8. Wangfujing Street
If you love shopping, Wangfujing Street is a paradise for you. If you love trying local snacks, Wangfujing Street is ideal for you. Near to the Forbidden City, the street is 1,818 meters long. You will find international boutiques and restaurants and a variety of stores there. In addition, the snack street there features local snacks and snacks from around the country to have a try.

9. Sanlitun Bar Street

Sanlitun Bar Street is the most popular among foreigners. If you would like to immerse yourself during your stay in Beijing, the street is an option. You could find various types of bars there. Many visitors from different countries enjoy themselves there.

10. Liyuan Theater Peking Opera
If you are interested to appreciate the traditional and authentic Peking Opera in Beijing, Liyuan Theater in the Beijing Qianme Hotel offers you a great chance to experience. The highlights of the Peking Opera are always put on there. When you sit at the traditional table, you could enjoy the opera together with Beijing snacks and tea. The exhibits there show the developing history of Peking Opera in Beijing.



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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!

Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin Exterior

Jolie Vue Boutique Hotel, Guilin Interior

Elephant Trunk Hill Hotel, Guilin Exterior
Zizhou Panoramic Hotel, Guilin Interior