Beijing Holidays

Discover China’s capital city; from centuries-old Hutong alleyways and the Forbidden City, to the eye-popping CCTV Building and the iconic Bird’s Nest National Stadium. Vast in size but unique in character, explore Beijing by bicycle, passing old men playing chess in walled courtyards while rickshaw market traders sell their wares down the narrowest of alleys.

Visit Tiananmen Square where Mao Zedong declared China the People’s Republic, or enjoy a serene cruise on Kunming Lake to see the Summer Palace. For those seeking a touch of culture, practise tai chi with the locals in Tiantan Park before entering the Temple of Heaven, the largest sacrificial building in China. Whether visiting the Forbidden City, enrolling in a calligraphy class or tucking into noodles at a street vendor’s stall, you’ll soon understand why Beijing, for over three millennia, has stood the test of time.

From Beijing, explore the Great Wall of China as it snakes through mountain scenery at Badaling, or combine your tour of China with a multi centre holiday to Japan to discover the unique history and culture of the land of the rising sun.

Destination Highlights
  • Visit China's historical capital
  • Walk along the Great Wall of China
  • Visit the Summer Palace
  • Explore the Forbidden City
  • See the iconic Bird’s Nest National Stadium

Time Zone

GMT+8

Flight Time

Indirect flights from the UK are available

Currency

CNY - Yuan Renminbi

Visa Information

British Citizens are required to have a visa to enter China.

Language

The official language is Mandarin, however a number of other dialects including Cantonese are spoken

Health Information

Hepatitis A, B, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid and Malaria immunisation are recommended.

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.

  • Tiananmen Square

    Tiananmen Square

    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?

  • Hutong tour

    Hutongs

    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.

Select month

Average weather in January

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
-4ºC
3mm
Xian
1ºC
8mm
Shanghai
4ºC
39mm
Guilin
8ºC
88mm
Hong Kong
16ºC
29mm

Average weather in February

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
-1ºC
5mm
Xian
3ºC
11mm
Shanghai
6ºC
59mm
Guilin
10ºC
98mm
Hong Kong
18ºC
57mm

Average weather in March

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
7ºC
17mm
Xian
8ºC
26mm
Shanghai
9ºC
81mm
Guilin
14ºC
147mm
Hong Kong
20ºC
43mm

Average weather in April

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
14ºC
26mm
Xian
15ºC
40mm
Shanghai
15ºC
102mm
Guilin
20ºC
214mm
Hong Kong
24ºC
120mm

Average weather in May

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
20ºC
44mm
Xian
20ºC
44mm
Shanghai
20ºC
115mm
Guilin
24ºC
354mm
Hong Kong
26ºC
218mm

Average weather in June

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
25ºC
72mm
Xian
25ºC
64mm
Shanghai
24ºC
152mm
Guilin
27ºC
437mm
Hong Kong
28ºC
463mm

Average weather in July

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
27ºC
185mm
Xian
26ºC
90mm
Shanghai
29ºC
128mm
Guilin
29ºC
223mm
Hong Kong
29ºC
496mm

Average weather in August

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
26ºC
156mm
Xian
25ºC
83mm
Shanghai
29ºC
133mm
Guilin
29ºC
140mm
Hong Kong
29ºC
569mm

Average weather in September

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
21ºC
55mm
Xian
21ºC
87mm
Shanghai
24ºC
156mm
Guilin
27ºC
87mm
Hong Kong
27ºC
358mm

Average weather in October

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
14ºC
35mm
Xian
15ºC
56mm
Shanghai
19ºC
61mm
Guilin
22ºC
70mm
Hong Kong
26ºC
137mm

Average weather in November

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
5ºC
17mm
Xian
8ºC
23mm
Shanghai
13ºC
51mm
Guilin
17ºC
64mm
Hong Kong
22ºC
24mm

Average weather in December

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
-1ºC
3mm
Xian
2ºC
9mm
Shanghai
7ºC
35mm
Guilin
11ºC
52mm
Hong Kong
17ºC
37mm