If you want to what I did in Beijing you can here, where to eat, my complete guide which includes where to stay, if you want to see what I bring on my backpacking trips you can see that here or watch my 10 biggest mistakes click here and inside the Forbidden City here!
Things to do
1. Summer Palace
his place is huge! if you really wanted you could make it a full day thing. Also, there are multiple entrances so be aware of that. I went into one on the north east side and that was pretty cool but I also wanted a picture by the lake so I went to a different entrance. Pretty sure I wasn't supposed to be able to get in but I think the ticket taker felt bad and just let me in.
2. Forbidden City
You'll need to buy ticket ahead of time. I bought through a third party company and pretty sure I messed it up because luckily I was able to get a ticket. That process was something as I had to use a text translator with the person to be able to get in
3. Great wall
I used a tour and imagine you'd have to do the same. As a part of tour we stopped by the Ming tombs which I could have done without. The wall is really impressive but I felt an hour was more than enough time as I wasn't trying to walk the whole thing.
4. Beihai Park
The park is near the north side of the Forbidden City and I stopped by after. You'll need a ticket to get in and then a ticket to get access to other parts of park.
5. Panjiayuan Antique Market
It is a giant flea market that will have arts, crafts, and other collectibles.
6. Tiananmen square
It is like Time Square in New York City but bigger and fits like a million people. Honestly, it's just like a big plaza and I wouldn't go out of my way to check it out but luckily it is on the south side of the Forbidden City so you don't have to!
7. Ritan Park
This is one of the oldest parks in Beijing and initially was the home of the Temple of Sun.
10. Olympic Park
Speaking of things I saw as I drove around this was another. It was alright, may have been cooler if I spent more time there but I felt I got the gist as at this point it is just buildings.
11. 798 Arts District
It is also called the Dashanzi District. It is a group of old military buildings that has turn into a more Chinese contemporary art section with sculptures, studios, coffee and brunches.
12. Temple of Heaven Park
Again be careful of the ticket you are getting. I got one but apparently it was the cheap option which limited the places I was able to get into. I wasn't able to get into the actual stairs but just up to the gate. Looked cool though..
13. Central Perk
If you've seen the TV show friends this place was supposed to be a replica. I was in the area and tried to stop by but my maps got out of sync and wasn't able to find it. I looked it up later and apparently its in one of the buildings and not on a street front.
It is an older part of the city centre that has narrow alleys that has traditional architecture.
15. Wudaoying Hutong
This is an area of town but is near to Nanluoguxing. It also has older architecture, narrow alleys and shops. It is right by Confucius Temple and Lama Temple. I accidentally walked through this area as I tried to see the temple.
16. Lama Temple
It is just a pretty sweet looking temple. It is right by the Confucius Temple and nearish to the two areas above. I tried to check it out but by the time I got there it was closed.
17. Confucius Temple
Just like the Lama Temple I tried to go but it was already closed and was never in that area again.
18. Dashilar Area
If you are in between the Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square you can check this old neighborhood for old architecture, shops and more.
19. Old Summer Palace (Yuanming Yuan Park)
It was originally the imperial gardens and now has ruins and bodies of water. It looks like it is huge and is right by the Summer Palace. I'm sure you could spend a full day checking out these two if not more.
20. Dragon Escalator
It's exactly what it sounds like, a really long escalator that looks like a dragon. It is about 85 kilometers north of Beijing so it may not be worth it but if you are in the area, like dragons, or escalators, then you may want to check it out
21. Dongyue Temple
Located on the Eastern most hill in Beijing it can provide a non crowded tourist look into Chinese culture.
22. Top of Jingshan Hill
When you exit the Forbidden City you'll instantly notice the temple on top of a hill. This provides a great overlook in the heart of Beijing. It has more than that though and is covers like 53 acres. I didn't go in because I didn't have the time.
23. Obligatory Cooking Class at The Hutong
If you wanted to take a. cooking class this is the place to do it apparently.
24. CCTV Building
If you are into cool and funky architecture this is building is cool.
If you want to what I did in Beijing you can here, where to eat, my complete guide which includes where to stay, if you want to see what I bring on my backpacking trips you can see that here or to see a minute video of my trip to Beijing click here!
Hopefully this can keep you busy on your trip to Beijing and if you feel I left anything off let me know!
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