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Top Beijing Tips - Your Unmissable Highlights of Beijing!

    China’s ancient capital of Beijing is the cultural heart of the country, with a treasure trove of beautiful palaces, gardens, gates and – of course – walls.

    We asked you over on our Facebook page for your top tips on what is unmissable in Beijing. Here's what you told us...





    Marvel at the Summer Palace

    Kelly Cheek says:

    Summer Palace for sure! Beautiful!

    Carlos Lozano says:

    Absolutely no doubt: the Summer Palace. Take the time to walk around all the place and go in a boat at the lake.

    Pablo Garcia says:

    The Summer Palace is a must.

    Rico Hauck says:

    The beautiful Summer Palace !



    Relax in Temple of Heaven Park

    Karissa Parvese Esposito says:

    The Temple of Heaven park. It's a place where you really feeling connected to the people. You will be asked to join people in singing, dancing, playing games, etc. I felt more at home here than anywhere else in the city.

    Cécile Zehnacker says:

    The Temple of Heaven, a magical place!

    Kuba Malczewski says:

    Temple of Heaven.



    Taste something new at the food markets

    Oana Roua says:

    The night markets. They are amazing, colourful places where you can bargain for everything, where you can eat strange things like fried scorpions or big bugs and where you can enjoy delicious food. Remember that they usually close at around 10pm.

    Gemma Tatham says:

    Donghuamen night market: whether you're into exotic food or not it’s worth a wandered to see the cockroaches/ scorpions and starfish on offer here!

    Alberto Monteiro says:

    Wangfujing Food Market.

    Rico Hauck says:

    Wangfujing food street.

    Alberto Monteiro says:

    Wangfujing Food Market.

    Deb Baker says:

    Wangfujing Snack street.



    Explore the hutongs

    Masha Rogozhina says:

    Nan Luo Gu Xiang hutong just off from Bell tower; full of artistic shops and rooftop bars. I come there every time I visit Beijing.

    Aline Van Moerbeke says:

    Rent a bike and ride through the hutongs!

    Pablo Garcia says:

    Riding a bike around the hutongs is a pleasure.

    Raúl Tapia says:

    Wandering around the hutongs.

    Gustavo Moledo says:

    Visiting the hutongs is a must; they are everywhere and is the real way the Chinese used to lived in former times.

    Milena Vujicic says:

    Hutongs of Beijing – wonderful and unique districts in the city, rich with artistic shops, galleries, local food flavours and vibrant energy throughout day and night. If you would like to feel real culture of Beijing and learn about its history and people, this is one of the places to see.



    Discover the Forbidden City

    Svenja Palzer says:

    Forbidden City!

    Sandra Waldman says:

    Forbidden City, ones of the best trips we had!







    Go shopping, local style

    Ruben Versmessen says:

    Da Shi Lan Road and its small shops.

    Andy Bent says:

    The big tourist sights are every bit as awesome as their reputations, but while you're in the area of Beihai Park, try to make time for a walk up Xinjiekou Da'jie - this street is full of musical instrument shops, and it's common to see Chinese classical musicians trying out new instruments in the street!



    Discover Beijing's thriving art scene

    Sam Sheppard says:

    Beijing Art District! 798 Art Zone, amazing sculptures and galleries...love it.

    Meelike Eenpuu-Villup says:

    Art District 798.

    Osvaldo Frías says:

    The 798 Art District.



    When in Rome...eat Peking Duck

    Yi Lu says:

    Peking Duck.

    Alejandro Masetto says:

    Eat Beijing Duck.

    Deb Baker says:

    You shouldn't miss Peking Duck at Dadong Roast Duck.

    Don't Stop Living says:

    Peking Duck in a local restaurant with no advertising!



    See the breathtaking view from Jingshan Park

    Pinar Yuce says:

    Jingshan Park! Beautiful view of Beijing and the Forbidden City.

    Stevo Hillman says:

    The park behind the Forbidden City. Has incredible views of the Forbidden City.

    Diarmuid Enright says:

    Jingshan Park is a must. Beautiful park in the middle of the city with breathtaking views of the city and an unmissable view looking down onto the Forbidden City! Also, it’s one of the cheapest parks in Beijing and one of the most beautiful. Early mornings and evenings you will find lots of locals doing tai chi or dancing and 'you're always welcome if you want to join in.



    In fact...see it all!

    Kiara Gallop says:

    So many things...I loved the Summer Palace - it was so colourful and like a little pocket of tranquillity amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. Also loved wandering through the hutongs, and the Lama Palace nearby, which is still a working temple with saffron-robed monks wandering the grounds and the smell of incense permeating the air. The night market is a real eye-opener, especially if you like the weird and wonderful - scorpions on sticks and goat's heads are two examples of the kind of food you can buy and eat there! Last but not least, the Great Wall. I walked the section at Mutianyu, which was well-preserved but not over-run with tourists, and the views are amazing!

    Juan C. Fierro says:

    I would not leave the city without visiting: The Forbidden City, The Temple of Heaven, and The Summer Palace... oh! and the Great Wall, right outside Beijing.



    ...and don’t forget the Great Wall!

    Maret Kekki says:

    The Great Wall hike from Jinshanling to Simatai.

    Alaciel Campos Dugone says:

    The great wall.

    Michael Shoesmith says:

    Great Wall!

    Deb Baker says:

    The obvious ‘can't miss’ is The Great Wall. It's breathtaking.

    Juan C. Fierro says:

    The Great Wall, right outside Beijing.

    Silvia Di Carlo says:

    The Great Wall! Well, not in Beijing but near.



    And that's not all... You can find even more great tips from our Facebook fans here and here. Hopefully these top tips will help you make to most of your visit to Beijing.



    Book hostels in Beijing | Beijing videos, podcasts, free pocket guide and more



    Photos courtesy of Jirka Matousek and Adamclyde. All images used under the Creative Commons license.

    China’s ancient capital of Beijing is the cultural heart of the country, with a treasure trove of beautiful palaces, gardens, gates and – of course – walls.

    We asked you over on our Facebook page for your top tips on what is unmissable in Beijing. Here's what you told us...





    Marvel at the Summer Palace

    Kelly Cheek says:

    Summer Palace for sure! Beautiful!

    Carlos Lozano says:

    Absolutely no doubt: the Summer Palace. Take the time to walk around all the place and go in a boat at the lake.

    Pablo Garcia says:

    The Summer Palace is a must.

    Rico Hauck says:

    The beautiful Summer Palace !



    Relax in Temple of Heaven Park

    Karissa Parvese Esposito says:

    The Temple of Heaven park. It's a place where you really feeling connected to the people. You will be asked to join people in singing, dancing, playing games, etc. I felt more at home here than anywhere else in the city.

    Cécile Zehnacker says:

    The Temple of Heaven, a magical place!

    Kuba Malczewski says:

    Temple of Heaven.



    Taste something new at the food markets

    Oana Roua says:

    The night markets. They are amazing, colourful places where you can bargain for everything, where you can eat strange things like fried scorpions or big bugs and where you can enjoy delicious food. Remember that they usually close at around 10pm.

    Gemma Tatham says:

    Donghuamen night market: whether you're into exotic food or not it’s worth a wandered to see the cockroaches/ scorpions and starfish on offer here!

    Alberto Monteiro says:

    Wangfujing Food Market.

    Rico Hauck says:

    Wangfujing food street.

    Alberto Monteiro says:

    Wangfujing Food Market.

    Deb Baker says:

    Wangfujing Snack street.



    Explore the hutongs

    Masha Rogozhina says:

    Nan Luo Gu Xiang hutong just off from Bell tower; full of artistic shops and rooftop bars. I come there every time I visit Beijing.

    Aline Van Moerbeke says:

    Rent a bike and ride through the hutongs!

    Pablo Garcia says:

    Riding a bike around the hutongs is a pleasure.

    Raúl Tapia says:

    Wandering around the hutongs.

    Gustavo Moledo says:

    Visiting the hutongs is a must; they are everywhere and is the real way the Chinese used to lived in former times.

    Milena Vujicic says:

    Hutongs of Beijing – wonderful and unique districts in the city, rich with artistic shops, galleries, local food flavours and vibrant energy throughout day and night. If you would like to feel real culture of Beijing and learn about its history and people, this is one of the places to see.



    Discover the Forbidden City

    Svenja Palzer says:

    Forbidden City!

    Sandra Waldman says:

    Forbidden City, ones of the best trips we had!







    Go shopping, local style

    Ruben Versmessen says:

    Da Shi Lan Road and its small shops.

    Andy Bent says:

    The big tourist sights are every bit as awesome as their reputations, but while you're in the area of Beihai Park, try to make time for a walk up Xinjiekou Da'jie - this street is full of musical instrument shops, and it's common to see Chinese classical musicians trying out new instruments in the street!



    Discover Beijing's thriving art scene

    Sam Sheppard says:

    Beijing Art District! 798 Art Zone, amazing sculptures and galleries...love it.

    Meelike Eenpuu-Villup says:

    Art District 798.

    Osvaldo Frías says:

    The 798 Art District.



    When in Rome...eat Peking Duck

    Yi Lu says:

    Peking Duck.

    Alejandro Masetto says:

    Eat Beijing Duck.

    Deb Baker says:

    You shouldn't miss Peking Duck at Dadong Roast Duck.

    Don't Stop Living says:

    Peking Duck in a local restaurant with no advertising!



    See the breathtaking view from Jingshan Park

    Pinar Yuce says:

    Jingshan Park! Beautiful view of Beijing and the Forbidden City.

    Stevo Hillman says:

    The park behind the Forbidden City. Has incredible views of the Forbidden City.

    Diarmuid Enright says:

    Jingshan Park is a must. Beautiful park in the middle of the city with breathtaking views of the city and an unmissable view looking down onto the Forbidden City! Also, it’s one of the cheapest parks in Beijing and one of the most beautiful. Early mornings and evenings you will find lots of locals doing tai chi or dancing and 'you're always welcome if you want to join in.



    In fact...see it all!

    Kiara Gallop says:

    So many things...I loved the Summer Palace - it was so colourful and like a little pocket of tranquillity amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. Also loved wandering through the hutongs, and the Lama Palace nearby, which is still a working temple with saffron-robed monks wandering the grounds and the smell of incense permeating the air. The night market is a real eye-opener, especially if you like the weird and wonderful - scorpions on sticks and goat's heads are two examples of the kind of food you can buy and eat there! Last but not least, the Great Wall. I walked the section at Mutianyu, which was well-preserved but not over-run with tourists, and the views are amazing!

    Juan C. Fierro says:

    I would not leave the city without visiting: The Forbidden City, The Temple of Heaven, and The Summer Palace... oh! and the Great Wall, right outside Beijing.



    ...and don’t forget the Great Wall!

    Maret Kekki says:

    The Great Wall hike from Jinshanling to Simatai.

    Alaciel Campos Dugone says:

    The great wall.

    Michael Shoesmith says:

    Great Wall!

    Deb Baker says:

    The obvious ‘can't miss’ is The Great Wall. It's breathtaking.

    Juan C. Fierro says:

    The Great Wall, right outside Beijing.

    Silvia Di Carlo says:

    The Great Wall! Well, not in Beijing but near.



    And that's not all... You can find even more great tips from our Facebook fans here and here. Hopefully these top tips will help you make to most of your visit to Beijing.



    Book hostels in Beijing | Beijing videos, podcasts, free pocket guide and more



    Photos courtesy of Jirka Matousek and Adamclyde. All images used under the Creative Commons license.


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