Why You Should Put Beijing On Your Travel Must-See List
Have you been considering a trip to China? Beijing has so much to offer visitors, whether they’re students, families, or retirees looking for an adventure. Read on to see the top seven things to do while you’re in Beijing, or to convince you why you should be going!
Reason #7: The Great Wall
The Great Wall of China is arguably the country’s top attraction. Visitors from around the globe come to take in the majesty of this Wonder of the World. Because of that, you can expect big crowds. To get the most out of your trip to this stunning piece of history, plan ahead. Try to visit early in the day, pack water, sun protection, and a good camera, and wear comfortable shoes.
Reason #6: Step Into History
As home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, China has a rich history dating back thousands of years. Beijing is a wonderful place to experience this heritage, with numerous well-preserved temples, palaces, and other historical complexes. Some of the highlights include the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven.
Reason #5: Shop Till You Drop
Beijing is a true shopper’s paradise, so you’ll be able to put your money to good use here. Whether you like high-end modern fashion, colorful handicrafts, or stunning artwork and rugs that you can display around the home, you can find a marketplace for this. Try to hit the Silk Market, Pearl Market, and Panjiayuan Flea Market or track down a small shop along a nearby Hutong.
Reason #4: Stroll Down Hutongs
Venture on foot off the beaten path and you’ll uncover Beijing’s famous narrow and twisting alleys known as Hutongs. You’ll rub elbows with the locals, take in traditional and modern architecture, stumble across small niche stores and flea markets, and taste some amazing street food. Two popular areas include: Nanluoguxiang and Wudaoying Hutongs.
Reason #3: Taste Authentic Chinese Food
Traditional Chinese food may be quite different from what you’ve tried in the West, overflowing with exotic ingredients and bright, rich flavors. A culinary trip of Beijing allows you to experience the authentic local cuisine and try world famous dishes like Peking Duck. This is an exceptionally moist, crispy duck which takes a full day to prepare, so make sure you book it in advance.
Reason #2: Celebrate Nature
Did you know that Beijing is overflowing with green spaces? If you need a break from the crowds, try visiting Shishahai Lake. This park covers 150 hectares, has ten temples, and of course lakes that you can take a boat out on. Meanwhile, if the crowds at the Forbidden City look daunting, go to nearby Jingshan Park. Climb to the top of Prospect Hill and enjoy views inside the complex.
Reason #1: The Festivals
Finally, to get a look at the most passionate and vibrant part of Beijing’s culture, visit during one of their festivals. Some of the most popular include the Chinese New Year’s (1st to 15th of the first lunar month), the Dragon Boat Festival (5th day of the 5th lunar month), and The Mid Autumn ‘moon cake’ Festival (15th day of the 8th lunar month).