Play around Beijing! Must-visit attractions you cannot miss

Beijing is a fascinating city, with its narrow alleyways, old teahouses, trendy bar streets, bustling commercial districts, and the perfect blend of modern elements and authentic Beijing flavor. It embodies the profound cultural heritage and elegant lifestyle of the city. Must-visit attractions in Beijing include Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall. Apart from these, there are various options available based on personal interests and preferences. Whether it's a couple's trip, a family vacation, an exploration of ancient imperial sites, or trendy neighborhoods, Beijing has the perfect destination for everyone.

The Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, is the most complete and largest wooden structure complex of ancient architecture in China and even the world. It is acclaimed as the "top of the world's five palaces." The Forbidden City houses a large collection of precious cultural relics, with a total of over one million items, accounting for one-sixth of the country's total cultural relics. Don't miss the clock exhibition at 11 o'clock and 14 o'clock every day.
The Temple of Heaven Park is very large and of great historical significance. The park has excellent greenery and is highly recommended for a visit. If you take the subway to the Temple of Heaven Park, get off at Tiantan East Gate Station, take exit A2, and turn right to find the ticket office at the East Gate. You must buy a package ticket, otherwise you can only wander around the park and cannot enter or see the core parts such as the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and the Echo Wall. After entering from the East Gate, walk westwards to reach the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. After visiting the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, continue walking southwards to visit the Circular Mound Altar and the Echo Wall. Then, turn back to the northwest to visit the Imperial Vault of Heaven and the Divine Music Administration.
The Summer Palace, located in the western outskirts of Beijing, is the pinnacle of classical Chinese gardens. It covers a total area of approximately 290 hectares and consists of the Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake. The park is divided into three main areas: the political activity area centered around the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity, the imperial residence area centered around the Jade Ripple Hall and Hall of Joyful Longevity, and the scenic tourist area consisting of the Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake. With the backdrop of the Western Hills and the integration of the buildings with the mountains and lakes, the scenery is ever-changing. It was inscribed on the World Heritage List on December 2, 1998.
The Great Wall is an important part of the ancient Chinese defense system.

Tiananmen Square

On the south side of Chang'an Avenue, the traditional central axis of Beijing, lies the world's largest square, Tiananmen Square. The center of the square is the Monument to the People's Heroes. Continuing southward through the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, one arrives at Zhengyang Gate, also known as the Front Gate by people. The west side of the square is occupied by the Great Hall of the People, while the east side is home to the National Museum of China.

Shichahai

The Shichahai Scenic Area is not only free, but also has a strong cultural atmosphere. Yinding Bridge, Yandai Xiejie, Nanluoguxiang, Lotus Market, Huguo Temple snacks, and bar street are all located here. It is loved by those who miss old Beijing, as it has the most authentic Beijing flavor. In the past, high-ranking officials and noble people lived here, so the courtyards and hutongs here are relatively well-preserved. North of Lotus Market is the bar street, and if you cross Yinding Bridge and head north, you will reach Yandai Xiejie. Shichahai extends east to Gulou, and further east is Nanluoguxiang. You can spend half a day strolling around here. On summer nights, you can enjoy the coolness in the bar street, and in winter, Shichahai offers ice skating activities. You can spend half a day to a whole day exploring the Shichahai area. It is suitable for bourgeois, foodies who love old Beijing culture, and other groups!
Whether you are an artistic youth or not, you can come here to show off your artistic style. Art lovers should definitely come here to experience the artistic atmosphere. This place used to be an old factory, where you can feel various art forms and cutting-edge art from around the world. There are exhibitions of fine arts, creativity, fashion, photography, sculpture, coffee, bars, graffiti, various small shops, performance art, and more. There are also occasional events and art exhibitions. It all depends on fate and luck to see what exhibitions and activities are happening. It is suitable for capturing artistic photos with various styles and a touch of petite bourgeois sentiment. It's a place for artistic youth!

Panjiayuan Flea Market

Like various old objects, you can come here to browse if you like antiques. Saturdays and Sundays are the big market days, where you can find various cultural relics, calligraphy and painting, stationery, pearls and agates, shadow puppets, foot bath clothing, porcelain and wooden crafts, furniture crafts, and collectibles, etc. However, there are various counterfeit and smuggled goods inside, so please polish your eyes to differentiate. The price is completely determined by your preference!