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Beijing

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For many, Beijing is considered the city of reinvention. Unravel in the rich history of China's capital as you wander through colourful neighbourhoods, soaking up a mixture of old world charm, contemporary designs and interesting food...

Top things to do in Beijing

  • The Forbidden City
    Also known as the Palace Museum, was the imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Quing Dynasty.
  • The Great Wall of China
    The Great Wall of China was built during the Ming Dynasty to protect the Country from raids and invasions from enemies.
  • Wangfujing
    Wangfujing is one of the most famous shopping streets in China with a combination of shopping, entertainment and dining places.
  • Houhai
    Houhai is a lake and its surroundings known for its nightlife with over 120 bars, restaurants and coffee cafes.
  • The National Museum of China
    The National museum of China educates about the country's history and arts.
  • Prince Gong Mansion
    Prince Gong's Mansion (sometimes known as Prince Kung's Mansion) boasts ornate Siheyuan structures and gorgeous gardens covering 28,00 square meters. It's the only mansion built in Qing Dynasty which is open to public.

Beijing Neighbourhoods

China's charismatic capital has plenty to see and explore within its neighbourhoods. Check out our top recommendations below.
Sanlitun
Sanlitun
Considered one of Beijing’s most energetic neighbourhoods and popular amongst travellers for its top night clubs and bars. Top tip: pay a visit to the famous ‘Bar street’ which is in the East side of North Sanlitun Street. Here you’ll find dozens of trendy bars and a vibrant youth culture.
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Dongcheng District
Welcome to the heart of Beijing. Home to the Forbidden city, the Dongcheng district is a cultural hub filled with museums, landmarks and delicious restaurants selling the city’s famous dish of peking duck.
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Gulou
North of the Forbidden City, you’ll find Gulou (also known as the Drum Tower of Beijing). Here you will experience the ‘old Beijing’ as you wander through traditional Chinese alleys, past local fruit shops and courtyard homes.
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Dashilan
Located In the heart of the capital, Dashilan is one of the most interesting places to visit in Beijing. Here you’ll experience everything from souvenir shops to restaurants and air of contemporary international vibes as you browse through stores. Make your way to the nearby iconic Tiananmen Square, which contains the National Museum of China amongst other key sites.

Tours and activities in Beijing

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Camping on the Great Wall |
Centuries after its construction, Chinas Great Wall remains one of humankinds engineering marvels. At over 21,000 km (13,048 mi) in length, the Wall is a trip in and of itself. You wont tackle the whole thing on this ten-day trip, but youll return home with a deeper understanding of the life that goes on around and upon it.
2 days | From £829
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Total Beijing | 4 days
Experience this fantastic tour of all of Beijing's highlights, with all accommodation and transfers included. Visit the impressive Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven - selfie sticks at the ready! Take an intriguing bike ride through the city's bustling backstreets and end your tour with a visit to the mighty Great Wall. 
From £491
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Walk The Great Wall of China | 10 days
Centuries after its construction, Chinas Great Wall remains one of humankinds engineering marvels. At over 21,000 km (13,048 mi) in length, the Wall is a trip in and of itself. You wont tackle the whole thing on this ten-day trip, but youll return home with a deeper understanding of the life that goes on around and upon it.
From £829
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Best time to visit Beijing

Beijing has four key seasons with the better time to visit being Autumn, particularly between the months of September and October. During this time the city is at a mild temperature but with sunshine, making it more comfortable to explore the city.

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