Area Attractions

Reaching Around

As the capital of China –Beijing is steeped in tradition and culture. A growing metropolis of over 20 million people, there is a plethora of things to see and do in Beijing. If you're pushed for time, the usual sites are the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace, the Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan), the Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall, also there are plenty of other places that are worth seeing, particularly some of the art and history museums.

1、The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is where the emperors lived and governed the country. It is now open to the public where people can see the traditional palace architecture and its treasures (such as The Hall of Clocks and Watches, and a stupendous collection of antique timepieces from around the world,) and learn of the stories of the imperial family and the court. It is the largest and best-preserved group of palaces in China.


2、Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang)

Tiananmen Square is one of the largest city squares in the world. It is situated in the heart of Beijing and it is one of the iconic places in Beijing, with much historical significance. Tiananmen was built in 1417 and was the entrance gate to the Forbidden City. Now the square stretches 880 meters from north to south and 500 meters from east to west. The total area is 440,000 square meters. 


Address: West Changan Street, Dongcheng District,Beijing 100006,China

Transportation:

Subway line one: Get off at Tiananmen dong station

By bus: take number 120, 2 , 5 bus and get off at Tiananmen Square dong station



3、Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

The Summer Palace is the largest and most well-preserved imperial garden in China. Situated around the picturesque Kunming Lake, the entire Palace spans over 700 acres. With stunning scenery, beautiful architecture and rich history, the Summer Palace is a must-see site in Beijing.


Address:

19 Xin-jian-gong-men Rd, Haidian District, Beijing ,China

Transportation: 

Subway line four: Get off at Beigongmen station

By bus: take number 331, 601 , 563 ,697,718 bus and get off at Beigongmen station



4、Temple of Heaven (Tiantan Park)

The Temple of Heaven, another of Beijing's UNESCO Heritage sites is an old imperial sacrificial altar, once visited by the Emperors to wish for good harvests. The main temple and altars are among the most iconic sites in Beijing, and located inside a large park.


Address: Tiantan Road, Dongcheng District,Beijing 100050,China

Transportation: 

Subway line five: Get off at Tiantandongmen station

By bus: take number 2, 17 , 20 ,35,69,71,504 bus and get off at Tiantanximen station



5、The Great Wall

One of the seven wonders of the world - the Great Wall is well worth the travel time it takes to visit.  There are a variety of options around Beijing - the closest (and busiest) being Badaling, while the more remote stretches include Jiankou and Simatai, which are quieter but require more effort to get to.



6、Nanluoguxiang

Nanluoguxiang has slowly turned into a more mainstream attraction in recent years, full of shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. Although it can get busy at times, it's still a cute area to walk around and explore. The shops here offer a more unique selection of items than the traditional markets , and the hip bars and cafes dotted along the alleyways, are always buzzing in the evenings.


Address:Nanluoguo Xiang, Dongcheng District,Beijing 100009,China




Art and history museums:

1、Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (Maozhuxi Jiniantang)

This is final resting place of Chairman Mao where his body was embalmed and put on display after his death. The mausoleum is located at the southern end of Tiananmen Square, making it easy to pay a visit to Mao and then see the surrounding area.

Address:Tiananmen Square, Dongcheng District,Beijing,China


2、National Museum Of China

The National Museum of China houses an impressive collection of art and history.The permanent exhibition 'The Road to Rejuvenation,' tells the history of modern China from its decline at the end of the Qing Dynasty to the history of the Republic of China between 1912 to 1949, and then to the founding of the People’s Republic of China by the Communist Party.


Address:No.16 East Chang'an Street, Dongcheng District,Beijing 100006,China




3、National Art Museum Of China

The National Art Museum houses modern and contemporary Chinese art collections. Many of its artworks are made by well-known Chinese artists from the end of the 19th century till today, such as Ren Bonian, Wu Guanzhong and Qi Baishi.


Address:No.1 Wusi Main Street, Dongcheng District,Beijing,China



4、Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum

The Confucian Temple is where people paid homage to Confucius during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, while the Guozijian Museum (also known as the Beijing Imperial Academy) was an institute of the highest learning in China. Emperors in imperial China would frequently visit Guozijian to read Confucian classics.Learn about Confucius’ life story and his influence on Chinese culture, tradition, and thinking at the Temple, which connects to Guozijian, where you can learn about the history of the imperial examination.


Address:No.13 Guozijian Street,Beijing,China