Last Update: 17th November 2019
What are the 10 Best Things To Do In Beijing In November ?
It is a little cold in Beijing in November. The mean maximum air temperature is 13 degrees while the mean minimum air temperature is 3 degrees. It rains little in November in Beijing. It is suggested that you drink enough water during the period of time. You need to take enough warm clothes to prevent the coldness there. Beijing has been the capital for hundreds of years in China. Thus, it offers a variety of attractions to explore even in November.
Forbidden City is famous around the world. It is ranked the No. 1 of the must-visit spots in Beijing. It covers an area of 720,000 square meters with a floorage of 150,000 square meters. Since 2018, 80% of the floorage has been open to the public. Around 1.86 million of pieces of cultural relics 8% of which is on display are well-preserved in the Forbidden City. Please note, it is closed to the public except the public holidays.
2. Great Wall of China
In November, the mountain where Great Wall of China – Mutianyu lies is a little bare as some of trees are bare on the mountain. The chair lift will take you to the 6th Watchtower. Alternatively, if you don’t want to walk long, you could take a chair lift to the 14th Watchtower. When you explore the Great Wall of China, you may see some crows flying over your head. The old dwelling rooms for the soldiers in the Ming and Qing Dynasties are well preserved between the 1st Watchtower and the 4th one.
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.
Tian’anmen Square is the spot for the national flag-raising ceremony in the very early morning. When you see the flag rising together with the sun, you may be shocked at the live performance of the national anthem. You also can admire the night view there. Great Hall of the People, the Monument to the People’s Heroes and the National Museum of China stand on the square as well.
4. Wangfujing Street
Wangfujing Street is the place where you could experience the collision of the old culture and fashion. It is located near to the Forbidden City. You could find China Time-honored Brands there, a few shopping malls, a variety of restaurants, and creative boutiques. In addition, the street is also a paradise for foodies. It features local snacks and snacks from around the country.
If you don’t have enough time to explore the Forbidden City but want to admire it, you could visit Jingshan Park. At the Wanchun Pavilion, you could appreciate the panoramic views of the Forbidden City. In addition, you could explore several old buildings in the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912). If you are interested, you could visit the blind-dating corner in the park.
Peking Opera at Liyuan Theater has enjoyed a good reputation among the audience for tens of years. You could not only watch the essence of the Peking Opera there but also could know some of its history through the exhibits. The theater offers you a chance to wear the costumes and the make-up of the Peking Opera.
Chinese Kung Fu is famous in the world and popular among foreigners. During your stay in Beijing, you could enjoy the authentic Kung Fu at the Red Theater. The show is a fusion of Kung Fu, ballet, modern dance and acrobatics. You could know some about Tiger Kung Fu, Snake Kung Fu, Duck Kung Fu and much more through the show there.
8. Sanlitun Bar Street
If you are interested to experience local colorful night life in Beijing, Sanlitun Bar Street is a great option. Many foreigners like to visit the street when they pay a visit to Beijing. You will find various types of bars there. Near the street, there is Taikoo Li and China Red Street to explore.
If you are interested in the ceremony of worshipping the Heaven for the emperors in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Temple of Heaven offers you a great choice. It was declared as the World Cultural Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1998. Through the exhibits at the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, the Circular Mound Altar, Danbi Bridge, and Huangqian Hall, you could imagine the ceremony in your mind.
10. Summer Palace
Summer Palace is acclaimed as the largest royal garden in the Qing Dynasty in China. There are more than 3,000 rooms there. You could wander along the Suzhou Street with a variety of antiques for you to choose from, explore old temples hidden in the woods, appreciate the colorful paintings on the corridor, or walk along the Kunming Lake. It takes 3 hours at least to discover the main spots in the garden.
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!