China’s intriguing and ancient past is felt at every turn with your enchanting holiday in Beijing.
Capturing the true essence of China and with so much to do, your holiday in Beijing is the perfect starting point for your China travel adventure. This ancient city has gone by many names since it was declared the capital of China in 1057 BC. It was christened Beijing by the Emperor ChengZu of the Ming Dynasty in 1421. Today, the sprawling city encompasses an eclectic and exciting mix of neighbourhoods.
Enjoy a Beijing holiday full of stunning contrasts
In the trendy and charming Gulou District, narrow, winding streets (called hutongs) that aglow with red lanterns are home to an array of bars, restaurants, shops and live music venues. Wander the streets and enjoy its lively atmosphere day and night. By contrast, Sanlitun District is unmistakebly modern. This vibrant and busy district is the shopping and nightlife centre of Beijing. You can shop alongside locals who venture into the luxury stores that line the thronging streets. After a busy day of shopping, refuel at one of the many restaurants serving every kind of cuisine, from pizza to traditional Chinese dishes.
Throughout this sprawling city are examples of China’s incredible past, and the finest examples of imperial architecture in the country. The world-famous Forbidden City is the largest preserved imperial palace in the world and will give you a glimpse into the lives of some of China’s most revered emperors. One of the iconic landmarks of Beijing, Tiananmen Square, is the location for one of the most moving political moments of the twentieth century. Come here to marvel at Tiananmen Gate and the impressive Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.
Perhaps the ultimate attraction for you to visit during your Beijing holiday is the Great Wall of China; a fortification of unparalleled grandeur and one of the manmade wonders of the world. Bucket-list worthy and a once in a lifetime experience, it’s an awe-inspiring moment as you witness the wall stretching before you. From Beijing, the wall at Badaling is less than a two hour drive away, making it an easily accessible day trip should you wish to head to a less crowded option.
After a busy day sightseeing, why not head to the city’s Liyuan Theatre for a regal night at the opera? The traditional masks, costumes and make-up are a sight to behold, and an evening spent here is a truly unique cultural experience. As your evening draws to a close, meander back to your Beijing hotel down the steamy hutongs, lit by colourful red lanterns, and soak up the evening magic of the city.
Great sample itineraries
Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Beijing holidays. Beijing is the perfect starting point for a multicentre holiday in China. From here, visit the city of Chengdu and its famous pandas, see incredible Shanghai or stop over in vibrant Hong Kong. We recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor made holiday just for you.
Discover The Beauty Of China Tour
Wonders Of China Tour
Hutong Excursion Beijing
Tiananmen Square And Forbidden City Tour
China’s capital city Beijing has been known under many names from Ji, Zhongdu, and Dadu to Peking, no matter the name the city has been a hub of politics and intrigue for centuries and continues to fascinate visitors today.
From the iconic Tiananmen Square and the mysterious Forbidden City to the Xiu Shui Market – a one stop shopper’s paradise, Beijing is brimming with attractions to entertain and educate visitors.
Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World – The Great Wall of China, you have a selection of sections to choose from around Beijing from the well preserved Badaling section to the beautiful Simatai section.
Take a tour of the Houtongs or take a journey up to the Ming Tombs and the impressive Sacred Way. For more recent history stop by the Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum which memorised the first chairman of the People’s Republic of China.
Stroll along Liuichang Art Street to see traditional Chinese paintings, calligraphy and arts and crafts, why not pick up a souvenir to take home with you.
When it comes to entertainment you will be spoilt for choice, take in an acrobatic show to be amazed by a stunning performance of human balance, contortion and dexterity, be wowed at a Shaolin Kung Fu demonstration or enjoy a traditional Peking Opera.
The symbolical heart of China and a gathering place for the masses, the iconic Tiananmen Square is a symbol of Beijing. The largest public square in the world, in fact it can hold one million people, this is where Chairman Mao proclaimed the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Visit some of the famous landmarks within the square such as the Great Hall of the People, the towering 125 foot granite obelisk, Monument to the Peoples Heroes – honouring those who died in revolution and the National Museum of China. Why not visit Tiananmen Square on our full day Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Juyongguan Great Wall tour?
Beijing's Hutongs, the narrow intertwining lanes, alleys and small streets which surround the Forbidden City, are one of the most representative icons of local culture in Beijing. These historic structures give you a glimpse into the old lifestyle of ordinary locals and are a must visit on any Beijing itinerary. Why not experience the distinctive alleyways for yourself on our half day Hutong tour included lunch with a local family.
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"To escape the tourist crowds at the Great Wall, take an excursion to quieter sections like that at Mutianyu, or book a guided trek with a specialist who can take you to even more remote parts of the wall for a more secluded experience."
“The Forbidden City, National Museum of China and the Capital Museum are all closed on Mondays. Be sure to visit these on a different day to avoid disappointment.”
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Beijing holiday. Find out our favourite dishes and foodie hotspots to tuck into during your trip.
Beijing’s speciality dish is the world-famous Peking duck. Enjoy thin strips of roast duck with crispy skin, served with spring onion, cucumber, hoisin sauce and soft pancakes. The dish is so popular that entire restaurants are dedicated to it, including famous Beijing eateries Duck de Chine 1949, Quanjude and Dadong. No trip to the capital would be complete without trying this rich and flavoursome dish.
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