Last Update: 18th November 2019
What are the 10 Best Things To Do In Beijing In October ?
In Beijing, it is cool in October. When you explore the best spots there, you will feel very comfortable. If you are planning to visit Beijing from the mid-October, it is suggested that you wear a long shirt or a thin coat. The national holiday (October 1 – 7) is in this month, and it is always very crowded in popular attractions in Beijing. It is not recommended that you visit Beijing during the period of time.
The Forbidden City is a paradise for photographers, architects, archaeologists and culture lovers and even all of walks of life. Red walls and golden glazed tiles are great for photographing. In addition to the old buildings in the Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing (1644 – 1912) Dynasties, you will see images of Kangxi (1654 – 1722), Yongzheng (1678 – 1735) and Qianlong (1711 – 1795) Emperors, crowns, armors of the royal family in the Qing Dynasty and other precious exhibits.
2. Beihai Park
In October, Beihai Park features an amazing chrysanthemum show at the end-October every year. Originally built in Jin Dynasty (1115 – 1234), Beihai Park is the oldest royal garden in Beijing. The spots in the park surround Beihai Lake. You could explore the Nine Dragon Wall with two sides with reliefs of dragons on. The park also offers a Tibetan pagoda, Buddhist temples, and Kuaixuetang Calligraphy Museum which has stone carvings of 20 calligraphers from the Jin (266 – 420) to the Yuan (1271 – 1368) Dynasties.
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.
In October, some of the trees on the mountain where the Great Wall of China – Mutianyu lies are turning yellow, making for the colorful views. Great Wall of China – Mutianyu offers the chair lift uphill to the 6th Watchtower or 14th Watchtower. Some steps there, especially the steps from the 19th Watchtower to the 20th Watchtower are very steep, nearly vertical. You will found two old batteries there. If luckily, you may encounter wild cats.
4. Summer Palace
The Summer Palace is acclaimed as the most complete royal garden built in the Qing Dynasty. In the garden, you will find the style of buildings regions south of the Yangtze River. The famous corridor facing Kunming Lake at the southern bottom of Wanshou Mountain is 728 meters long, featuring more than 14,000 attractive paintings. The must-visit spots there include Suzhou Street, several Buddhist buildings, Renshou Hall and much more.
5. Xiangshan Park
If you have enough time during your stay in Beijing in October, it is recommended that you discover Xiangshan Park 20 kilometers from Beijing City. In October, Cotinus coggygria features stunning red leaves. Most of the park is covered with red leaves throughout the entire October. You will be amazed at the views.
Also located at the heart of Beijing City, Jingshan Park offers the best spot, Wanchun Pavilion on the top of Jingshan Mountain to enjoy the panoramic views of the Forbidden City. Qiwang Building, Zhoushan Pavilion, Wanchun Pavilion, Guanmiao Pavilion, Jifang Pavilion, and Fulan Pavilion are all painted in the Qing Dynasty. A variety of cultural activities are regularly held in the park as well.
7. Prince Gong’s Mansion
As the largest mansion of the prince in the Qing Dynasty, Prince Gong’s Mansion is the only one mansion of princes open to the public in the Qing Dynasty. Composed of the mansion and a garden, it offers a variety of buildings to explore. In addition, the permanent exhibitions there will let you know the history and culture of the mansion.
8. Sanlitun Bar Street
Sanlitun Bar Street is the most popular among foreigners in Beijing. It offers more than 80 bars to explore. In addition, actors, trend leaders, and media workers also like to refresh themselves on the street. After immersing yourself at one of the bars, you could wander around the Taikoo Li, SOHO or China Red Street near the street.
9. 798 Art Zone
798 Art Zone is transformed from an old factory complex. With the development in the past few years, the zone has been a new landmark of the urban culture in Beijing. There, you will be amazed at creative and interesting handicraft workshops, galleries and design companies. If you feel a little tired, a variety of cafes there could refresh you with good drink.
10. Liyuan Theater Peking Opera
If you would like to enjoy the highlights of Peking Opera during your stay in Beijing in October, Liyuan Theater will offer it to you. The theater enjoys a good reputation among locals and foreigners. When you appreciate the Peking Opera, you could enjoy local snacks and Chinese tea. In addition, the exhibits will introduce the brief history of the Peking Opera to you.
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!