Discover the Heart of China: A Guide to What to Do in Beijing

Did you know the modern city of Beijing houses an ancient city underground? The city erected during the rule of Ming and Qing dynasties lies beneath the modern city of Beijing. The host to the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Beijing is the most visited cities on the globe. This page will show you what to do in Beijing.

Tiananmen square and the forbidden city in front.

Welcome to Beijing, the illustrious home of the Ming and Qing Dynasties and a city where ancient history and modern development blend seamlessly. As the host of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Beijing stands as one of the most visited cities in the world, offering a unique underground ancient city beneath its bustling streets.

Historical Essence of Beijing

Beijing, the political, educational, and cultural hub of the People’s Republic of China, has played a pivotal role as the Northern Capital throughout its history. The city’s significance dates back 2,000 years to the powerful Yan empire, evolving through the Liao Dynasty, the Mongol rule under Kublai Khan, the golden Ming era, and the Qing dynasty, until becoming the capital of the Republic of China in 1949. Today, Beijing continues to thrive as a center for arts, culture, education, and politics.

Geographical Splendor: Surrounded by Hebei Province and Tianjin Municipality, Beijing is known for its flat terrain, punctuated only by three hills within the city’s boundaries, notably in Jingshan Park north of the Forbidden City.

The Famous temple of heaven

Climate Considerations: Beijing experiences a continental climate, with the best time to visit being the autumn months of September and October. Despite its cold, dry winters and hot, humid summers, the city’s seasonal changes add to its charm and appeal.

Arriving in Beijing: The Beijing Capital International Airport, located 26 km from the city center, serves as the main gateway. Various transportation options, including airport shuttles, public buses, and subways, provide access to and from the city, with trains connecting Beijing to its broader regions.

Exploring the City: While public buses offer an economical way to travel, taxis and rented vehicles provide more comfort and flexibility. For the environmentally conscious, cycling is a great way to explore the city’s nooks and crannies.

Top Tourist Attractions

Beijing is a treasure trove of historical and cultural sites, including:

  • Forbidden City
  • Temple of Heaven
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Summer Palace
  • Great Wall
  • Ming Tombs
  • Hutongs
  • Beijing Roast Duck
  • Olympic Sites
  • Beijing Opera

Badaling is the closest place to see the Great Wall from Beijing. It is about 70 km. But it is VERY crowded.

From the ancient alleyways of Hutongs to the architectural marvels of the Great Wall and the sprawling expanse of the Forbidden City, Beijing offers a journey through time. The city’s rich history, combined with its vibrant present, makes it a must-visit destination for travelers seeking to experience the essence of China.

For a visual journey through Beijing, explore my extensive collection of photographs here: Flickr Photo Gallery.

Embark on an unforgettable adventure in Beijing, where history, culture, and modernity converge to offer a truly unique experience. Whether you’re marveling at ancient dynasties’ legacies or enjoying the city’s contemporary offerings, Beijing promises an array of activities and sights that cater to every traveler’s interests.

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