What to See in Beijing

The Mutianyu Great Wall

慕田峪长城

The Mutianyu Great Wall is about 80 kilometers to the northeast from downtown Beijing. First built in 1404 in the early Ming Dynasty, it's the most popular section among foreign tourists . Unlike the Badaling Great Wall, the Mutianyu section has a beautiful landscape all year round, and is less crowded. The Toboggan is a unique feature of the Mutianyu Great Wall and is an ultimate feast for the eyes. This is unarguably one of the favourite destinations for kids!
Opening time:  

8 am to 16:30 pm from 1st Nov. to 31st March
7:30 am to 17:00 pm from 1st April to 31st Oct.


Tickets: 

45 RMB for adult and 25 RMB for kid (1.2 m to 1.5 m); 15 RMB for the Shuttle bus.

 

The Forbidden City

紫禁城

The Forbidden City was the former Imperial Palace during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It's located in the city center of Beijing, just next to the Tian'anmen Square. Built 600 years ago in the Ming Dynasty, it's one of the largest and best-preserved imperial palaces in the world. The Forbidden City needs an undiverted attention for 2 hours at least from tourists for imparting the truest essence. 

Opening Time:  

8:30 am to 16:30 pm from 1st Nov. to 31st Mar.

8:30 am to 17:00 pm from 1st April to 31st Oct.

 
Tickets: 

40 RMB for adult; 20 RMB for kid & senior from 1st Nov. to 31st March.

60 RMB for adults; 20 RMB for kid; 30 RMB for senior from 1st April to 31st Oct.

 

The Summer Palace

颐和园

The Summer Palace was the former imperial Garden of the Qing Dynasty that was built in 1750 by the Emperor Qian Long for his mum's birthday celebration. Quite  unfortunately , it has been burnt down in 1860 by the Anglo-French Allied Forces. The Garden today has been rebuilt in the late Qing Dynasty for the Empress Dowager Cixi. It occupies an area of over 290 hectares(716 acres).


Opening Time:  

8:00 am to 16:00 pm from 1st Nov. to 31st Mar. 

8:00 am to 17:00 pm from 1st April to 31st Oct.


Tickets: 

20 RMB for adult; 10 RMB for kid & free for senior from 1st Nov. to 31st Mar.

30 RMB for adult; 15 RMB for kid & free for senior from 1st April to 31st Oct.

 

The Temple of Heaven

天坛

The Temple of Heaven was  built in 1420, in the Ming Dynasty. It was the largest Heaven-worshipping architecture in the World. It covers an area of 273 hectares (674 acres).  Being one of the major scenic spots in Beijing, it has been opened as a public park today. A lot of local people do morning exercise here, many people come to this harmonious place dancing, singing, performing Tai chi and so on.


Opening Time:

8:00 am to 16:30 pm from 1st Nov. to 31st Mar.
8:00 am to 17:30 pm from 1st Apr. to 31st Oct.


Tickets: 

28 RMB for adult; 14 RMB for kid & free for senior from 1st Nov. to 31st March

34 RMB for adult; 17 RMB for kid & free for senior from 1st April to 31st Oct.

 

The Ming Tombs

十三陵

The Ming Tombs is about 50 kilometers far from the north of Beijing. 13 Emperors have been buried in this area,thus rendering the name of this place as "Thirteen Ming Tombs". Normally, visiting "the Great Wall and Ming Tombs" is a typical one day tour.  There are only three tombs and the Sacred Way are opened to the public. Changling is the biggest and best-preserved tomb there and Dingling is the only one which has been excavated so far. You can visit the Underground Palace as well to have a better understanding of the culture that has been preserved carefully.  The Sacred Way is famous for the huge stone statues which project the artworks prevalent in those times.


Opening Time:  8:00 am to 17:30 pm


Tickets:   Free for senior. Kid is half price.

45 RMB, 30 RMB, 20 RMB for different Tomb from 1st Nov. to 31st March. 

60 RMB, 45 RMB, 30 RMB for different Tomb from 1st April to 31st Oct. 

 
 

The Old Beijing Hutongs

胡同

Hutong is the symbol of the authentic old Beijing today.  In the old days, the layout of Beijing City was much like a chessboard which explains for the Hutongs present: the narrow alleyways between the main avenue and street. It was a residential area originally, with e local Beijingers still living in the area covered with Hutongs . But it also has become a major tourist arraction with vibrant stores, cafes, bars and etc.. By visiting the Hutongs, you will get a deep understanding about the local Beijinger's life and their habitat. The famous Hutongs areas are: Nan luo gu xiang; Hou hai; Liu li chang Area and Guo zi jian Area. It's really worth it to see one or two areas as you can get an essence of the way people live and the culture they foster.


Tickets: free
        

The Lama Temple

雍和宫

The Yonghegong Lama Temple is a famous Lamasery. It's the largest and one of the best preserved lama temples at the present time in Beijing. It was built in 1694 by the Princely Mansion of Yong Prince. It was formally converted into a lamasery in 1744 by the 4th Emperor Qian long in the Qing Dynasty.  Lamaism is another name for Tibetan Buddhism; a form of Buddhism, which contains a large element of Hinduism and popular Tibetan religious worship. After entering this temple, you would feel long-lasting peace and the silence will calm and soothe your soul to the core.


Opening hours:  9:00 am to 16:30 pm.At 15:50 pm,they  stop selling tickets.


Tickets: 25 RMB for adults; 12 RMB for kids & seniors. 

 

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