Things To Do In Beijing in Winter – Discover the best things to do in Beijing in Winter
Last Update: 18th November 2019
What Are The 11 Best Things To Do In Beijing in Winter?
It is very cold in Beijing in winter. It always snows there in winter. The entire city of Beijing is covered with snow. Usually, it begins to snow at the end December. Views in Beijing in winter are stunning as well. During cold days, Beijing also features interesting and exciting things to do.
1. Forbidden City
The Forbidden City is open around the year. It could be said that it is the most popular among attractions in Beijing. As the royal palace in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it offers red walls – great background for photography purposes. In addition to the old buildings, it features precious and rare jewelry to appreciate. You could see the ancient royal armors, royal crowns of the emperors and queens and precious watches and clocks in the Qing Dynasty, and much more.
2. Tiananmen Square
Tian’anmen Square offers a chance to watch the flag-raising ceremony if you could get up in the very early morning. On the square, there are Great Hall of the People, the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the National Museum of China, and Zhengyang Gate.
3. Great Wall of China – Mutianyu
If you would like to experience the grandeur of the Great Wall of China during your stay in Beijing in winter, it is suggested that you explore the Great Wall of China – Mutianyu. It is popular among foreigners. You could take a chairlift to the mountain and take a toboggan down. The Great Wall of China – Mutianyu offers some 20 watchtowers to discover.
4. Jingshan Park
Jingshan Park is situated near the Forbidden City. It is dotted with old buildings with yellow glazed tiles in the Qing Dynasty. The mountain offers a great chance to enjoy the bird’s eye view of the Forbidden City.
5. Olympic Park
If you are interested in the facilities used in the 29th Beijing Olympic Games, the Olympic Park is the best option. It is free to enter the park. But if you want to visit some buildings in the park, you have to pay for extra charge, such as the Water Cube, and the National Stadium (Bird’s Net). You will be shocked at the advanced facilities there.
6. Summer Palace
The Summer Palace is acclaimed as “the Museum of the Royal Garden in China”. It was based on Kunming Lake and Wanshou Mountain. It is the existing largest royal garden around China. It offers more than 20 courtyards, and 3,555 old buildings in the Qing Dynasty. Buildings there show the design style in the Region South of the Yangtze River.
7. Lama Temple
Originally built in 1694, Lama Temple is the largest Tibetan Buddhist Temple in China. Many tourists visit it even in winter. It is mainly composed of 3 memorial archways and 5 courtyards. It has some 1,000 rooms. Bronze sculptures of Buddha are worshiped in the main hall.
8. Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven is called as the largest sacrifice building complex. It consists of the inner altar where the main buildings are located in and the outer altar. Temple of Heaven features the old buildings used to sacrifice the heaven by the emperors in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It offers a great chance to know the sacrificial ceremony of the royal family.
9. Red Theater Kung Fu Show
Kung Fu Show in the Red Theater offers you a chance to watch the traditional Kung Fu closely. In addition, you could enjoy dancing and acrobatics during the show.
10. Liyuan Theater Peking Opera
Liyuan Theater Peking Opera could be called the most popular among foreigners. The theater has the traditional old-fashioned square table for eight people and the Chinese tea to try. The theater features the highlights of Peking Opera. If you are interested, you could wear the costumes of Peking Opera and do the make-up of Peking Opera.
11. Wangfujing Street
If you love shopping, you could visit Wangfujing Street near the Forbidden City. It is a fusion of modern and traditional cultures. On the street, you will find the traditional herbs stores, snacks form all over the country, Western restaurants, bookstores of foreign languages, a variety of boutiques with creative goods, tea shops and the largest handcraft store in China and much more.