Beijing Travel Guide
北京Beijing offers much for visitors to do. It is the gateway to the Great Wall, which is 1 - 2 hours drive from the city depending on which part you visit. Within the city, the major sights include The Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Hutong tours and cycle rickshaw rides.
Aside from the sights Beijing is a fabulous place to dine. Arguably, it has some of the best Chinese food in the world with lots of regional variations. Western food in Beijing is also excellent due to the abundance of foreigners and embassies.
Beijing also boasts some fantastic parks, with boating, amusements for children, Chinese martial arts and good people watching in a quiet green atmosphere.
The pollution in Beijing comes and goes, blown away by a good wind. Sometimes it builds into a haze, but visitors planning a short trip should not put off. It's just another aspect to life in a city of over ten million.
Hotels in Beijing vary greatly, with the huge buildup and many renovations that occurred in conjunction with the 2008 Olympic Games. There are some palatial five star hotels, plenty of great four star hotels and budget hotel abound. Finding the good ones can take some effort but we personally check the ones we use and recommend only the best.
When to visitBeijing has a climate similar to Washington DC. It is cold in the winter with occasional snow. April, May and June are pleasant and there are flowering trees which can be especially picturesque in May. July and August, while still good can be hot. September and October are again pleasant, green and a popular time to visit. November is still nice with a fall feel in the air. December through March are winter months, a good time to go up to Harbin for the Ice Festival or go skating in Beijing's city parks.
NightlifeFor unique entertainment we recommend the Chaoyang Acrobat Show or The Legend of Kung Fu. We can add these in as part of your itinerary. An evening walk around Houhai Lake or Nanluoguxiang is a great way to enjoy the old part of the city.
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1 Day • CNY 350
This one day tour is ideal for those who have just one day and want to see the major sights. This is a lot of monuments in one day, and I only recommend it if you only have this one day to see the sights. Otherwise a more leisurely two day itinerary is better. We can customize this tour with airport transfers, hotel or other activities to suit your needs.
6 Days • CNY 2,170
This is an itinerary only parents with young children will understand. If you have children who have a nap as part of their daily routine, then this itinerary might be the right fit. We pick you up in the morning according to your schedule, have a morning activity and then return you to your hotel for a nap. Then in mid-afternoon we will pick you up again for another outing on most days. This...
1 Day • CNY 410
A great day out with kids in Beijing, these activities are things we regularly do with our own children living in Beijing. The zoo is a spacious green park with fun exhibitions and even a children's playground. Its a good chance to see panda bears up close without going all the way to Chengdu. All kids love the Toy Market which is next to the Hongqiao Pearl Market so you can see both at...
3 Days • CNY 2,115
This Beijing three day tour takes you on the highlights of the city and out of town to one of the better sections of the Great Wall. As with all our tours we offer superior guides, no commission shopping stops, meals in local restaurants and free bottled water in the vehicle. There are no hidden or extra costs, we even include the cable car tickets up at the wall and a free option to come down...
4 Days • CNY 2,810
This Beijing four day tour takes you on the highlights of the city and out of town to one of the better sections of the Great Wall. As with all our tours we offer superior guides, no commission shopping stops, meals in local restaurants and free bottled water in the vehicle. There are no hidden or extra costs, we even include the cable car tickets up at the wall and a free option to come down on...
2 Days • CNY 1,450
We pick you up from the Xingang port in Tianjin and return you back there after an overnight trip to see Beijing. As you are on a tight schedule we don't waste any time in commission shopping places, we just take you to the sights, feed you great Chinese food and give you a great hotel. The price gets less expensive the more people in your group, so if you can recruit others to join your...
1 Day • CNY 770
This tour is for those who enjoy an aggressive hike followed by an afternoon relaxing the muscles at a hot spring spa. Jinshanling offers some of the best vistas of any Great Wall section. The hikes here are moderate to strenuous as there are portions of wild and restored wall. After a morning hiking, spend a few hours soaking in the many indoor and outdoor pools at Jiuhua Hot Spring Resort &...
Pamper yourself with this Great Wall and hot spring tour. Not far from the city, Mutianyu is one of the most easily accessible sections of the Wall that is not overrun with tourists. Spend a morning marveling at the vistas of the Wall followed by a delicious fresh trout lunch before heading to Chunhuiyuan Hot Spring Resort. This elegant resort offers an all-out luxury spa experience complete with...
1 Day • CNY 650
Beijing is one of the most exciting places in the world in terms of art. There are over 10 art districts (converted use space, many old factories or testing facilities) within the city that are brimming with some of the most thought provoking and beautiful works of art produced in the contemporary world. While many of these districts beam with eclectic glamor lined with amazing galleries and...