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What to see in Beijing

Beijing Attractions


Beijing's most interesting attractions previously only related to the spectacular history of China's capital city. These wonderful examples of ancient innovations and well-preserved glimpses into millennia of Chinese history are still there, but the city is no longer only viewed as a large-scale museum. Currently, eye-catching structures and modern architectural wonders are among the city's most visited attractions. These include the National Stadium, better known as the Bird's Nest, and the National Grand Theatre, known as the Eggshell. It is no surprise that many believe the modern attractions detract from the city's ancient treasures, but many more enjoy the stark contrast.

Yet, of course, the iconic historic Beijing sites remain the most popular. The Great Wall of China is the city's most famous attraction, rivaled only by the well-preserved Forbidden City at the heart of Beijing. Beihai Park and the Summer Palace are also popular places to explore. For truly ancient history, visit the Zhoukoudian Cave, which boasts the largest collection of Homo erectus fossils in the world. More recent history can be seen at the infamous Tiananmen Square or the Chairman Mao Mausoleum. Being able to walk through some of the world's most ancient and modern attractions in a single day makes Beijing eternally captivating.


798 Space

Beijing's prominent art district is home to 798 Space, an art gallery housed in a former electronics factory that built…

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Beihai Park

A place of tranquility and grand imperial beauty, the Beihai Park is one of the great attractions of Beijing. The park…

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Beijing Aquarium

Located within the Beijing Zoo, the Beijing Aquarium is the world's largest inland aquarium. It's an absolute must see…

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Chairman Mao Mausoleum

Although Chairman Mao Zedong requested to be cremated, it was decided hours after his death, in 1976, that he would be…

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Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is possibly the foremost attraction of Beijing. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been declared…

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Great Bell Temple

The Qing Temple is home to the Ancient Bell Museum (Gu Zhong Bowuguan) and is a must see for travellers en route to the…

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Summer Palace

The magnificent Summer Palace at Kunming Lake, in northwest Beijing, was built in 1750 by the Emperor Qianlong, and continued…

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The Beijing National Stadium

The Beijing National Stadium, also known as The Bird's Nest due to its appearance, was the hub of the 2008 Summer Olympic…

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The Underground City

For more than 20 years, Beijing's Underground City, a bomb shelter just beneath the ancient capital's downtown area,…

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Tiananmen Square

The famous square at the heart of Beijing attracts tourists not only for its breathtaking design and views of numerous…

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