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19/08/08AP blogs

12 things you have to do in Beijing !

Beijing, the capital of China for more than 3000 years, is steeped in history and ancient landmarks, while at the same time being the increasingly modernizing political and administrative hub of China. In short Beijing has everything a new au pair could want in a host city. Here you can see the two sides of China co-existing side by side as the ancient buildings and hutongs are situated a stone’s throw away from grand industrial skyscrapers. 

1. The Great Wall 长城[cháng chéng]

Ticket price: It varies depending on which part, roughly RMB 40-50

How long to spend: Whole day 

No trip to Beijing is complete without a trip to China’s most famous landmark. You’ll be swept away by the immensity of the seemingly endless infrastructure that zigzags through China’s northeastern mountain range. Nestled high in the mountains, you get spectacular views of China’s beautiful natural landscape, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.


2. The Forbidden City故宫[gù gōng]

Ticket price: RMB 60 (April- October) and RMB 40 (November- March) + additional costs of some buildings

Opening hours: 8.30am- 4pm

How long to spend there: 4 hours/ half a day  

How to get there:

1. Tiananmen East Station: Bus nos. 1, 2, 52, 59, 82, 99, 120, Tourist Line 1, or Tourist Line 2

2. Tiananmen West Station: Bus nos. 1, 5, 52, 99, Tourist Line 1, or Tourist Line 2

3. Subway Line 1: get off at Tiananmen East Station (Exit A) or Tiananmen West Station (Exit B)

As the ancient imperial palace for over half a millennium, the Forbidden City is bursting with ancient artefacts and artworks. Originally created as a lavish building to symbolize imperial power, its immensity has not diminished throughout the years. Due to the divine status of the building, it was forbidden to enter the palace without the permission from the emperor, hence its name. 

3. Summer Palace颐和园[yí hé yuán]

Ticket price: RMB 30 + additional costs of some buildings

How long to spend there: 4 hours/ half a day 

How to get there: Metro line 4 to Xiyuan exit C2 or bus no. 330,331, 332, 346, 375, 563, 594, 508, 579, 303, 584 to East Gate of Summer Palace 

Opening hours: 6.30am-6pm 

The Summer Palace is a beautiful ensemble of gardens and palaces centered around Kunming Lake. With beautiful lake-side walks and ancient buildings for you to see, this place necessitates at least half a day as there is so much for you to explore. 

4. Hutongs 胡同[hú tòng]

Price: free

How to get there: subway stop nanluoguxiang 

Opening hours: all day 

These small, winding alleyways offer an authentic glimpse into Beijing’s traditional past, as well as contemporary life in Beijing and an insight into a tight-knit community from the close parameters in which people live to each other. Perhaps the most famous hutong is nanluoguxiang. 

5. Tiananmen Square天安门广场[tiān ān mén guǎng chǎng]

Time to spend: 1 hour 

Price: free 

How to get there: Subway line 1 and get off at Tian An Men Xi or Tian An Men Dong 

Opening hours: 8.30am to 5pm 

This infamous city square is also worth a visit as it contains the national museum of China and the mausoleum of Mao Zedong and is a central point of Beijing. 

6. Temple of Heaven天坛[tiān tán]

Ticket price: RMB 15 + additional costs of some buildings 

How to get there: Subway line 5 :get off at Tian tan dong men( 天坛东门)station. Walk to the South Gate which is the entrance.

Another beautiful building steeped in history for you to explore. It was originally constructed in a way to symbolize the connection of Heaven and Earth. 

7. 798 Art District 798艺术区[yìshūqū]

Time to spend: 4 hours

Ticket price: the park is free though some exhibitions you need to pay for

How to get there: Subway line 14 : get off at wangjing South (望京南)station exit A. And transfer to bus No. 593, get off at Dashanzi lu kou dong( 大山子路口东)

Situated in a complex of warehouses, if you’re searching for a young urban vibe, this is where it’s at! This is the trendy side of Beijing, with a range of bars, restaurants and shops, as well as contemporary art galleries to satisfy your need for artistic creativity. 

8. Beihai Park 北海公园[běi hǎi gōng yuán]

Ticket Price: RMB 10 + additional costs of some buildings 

Opening hours: 6am to 10pm

How to get there: Bus No. 101, 103, 10, 812, 814 and 846 pass the south gate of the park, Bus No. 107, 111, 118, 701 and 823 go to the north gate of the park and No. 5 to the east gate of the park. Subway line 6: Beihai north 

Time to spend: 2-3 hours 

Beihai Park, a former imperial garden with over 1000 years’ history, is China’s largest garden. Here you can find beautiful gardens, imperial palaces and religious buildings all surrounded by an expansive lake. 

9. Sanlitun三里屯[sān lǐ tún]

To experience the modern, capitalist side of Beijing head here! This is Beijing’s hub of restaurants, shopping and nightlife, where more than 60% of Beijing’s bars are located so no wonder it is often packed with energetic young people. 

10. Jingshan Park 景山公园[jǐng shān gōng yuán]

Ticket price: RMB 2 + additional costs of some buildings

Opening hours: 6.30am- 9pm 

How to get there: Take No.5 bus and get off at Jingshan West Street. Or take no.58, 60, 111 buses and get off at Jingshan East Street. Or take no. 819 and get off at Jingshan.

Time to spend: 2 hours 

At the top of its hill, this park provides spectacular panoramic views of the Forbidden City, as well as beautiful gardens if you want a pleasant day-time or evening stroll. 

11. Drum and Bell Towers 钟鼓楼[zhōng gǔ lóu]

Ticket price: Bell Tower: 15 and Drum Tower: 30

Time to spend: 2 hours 

Having originally been built in 1272, these buildings also contain lots of history. There are also regular music and dance performances. 

12. Lama Temple喇嘛庙[lǎ ma miào]

Ticket price: RMB 25

Time to spend: 2 hours 

Opening hours: 9am-4pm 

How to get there: 

Metro: line 2 or line 5 to Yonghegong Lama Temple 

Bus: no.13,116, 117, 684 to Yonghegong Lama Temple 

This beautiful temple contains many traditional and colourful Buddhist buildings and statues to give you an insight into China’s spiritual side. You will see many Chinese people come here to burn incense and pray.