Beijing is one of the coolest places I’ve been to, it has so much to offer and this fast moving city was on the top of my to-visit list when I lived in Hong Kong. Beijing has a population of 22 million and counting, offers delicious food and a fascination history. There’s really nothing like Beijing and even though it’s terribly polluted it’s definitely worth a visit!
Things to do
The Great Wall of China
Of course. No trip to Beijing is complete without visiting the Great Wall, not should it be. There are plenty of tours taking you to different parts of the wall, but if you want to go by yourself you can always take the bus! It’s the cheapest option, and even though it might be a bit tricky to find I didn’t have any problems! Do some research and chose according to your budget and which part you want to see. Some tours even offer multi-day packages that visit the whole wall.
Literally a square, but a huge one. And there’s plenty of things to see, including the Tiananmen Tower, the People’s Heroes Monument and the Great Hall of the People.
The Forbidden City
Located in the center of Beijing, it’s a very popular attraction. It was the imperial palace from the time of the Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty and the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 180 acres.
The Summer Palace
The Summer Palace is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces, it’s a beautiful place to walk around and should definitely be on your list of places to visit.
Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998, it’s a complex of religious buildings and the architecture is absolutely beautiful! It’s a must-visit on a trip to Beijing and
I accidentally stumbled into this beautiful area when out walking, it’s the cutest little area filled with shops, restaurants, cafés, bars and a good nightlife.
The Lama Temple
The Lama Temple was my last stop on my Beijing travel, this beautiful temple is filled with color, riveting roofs, tapestries and eye-popping carpentry. If you only have time for one temple in Beijing, this is a good option!
Just north of the Forbidden City you’ll find Jingshan Park. Get to the top and you’ll get an unbeatable view over the imperial palace, no other place will show you just how huge the Forbidden City really is, it’s definitely worth the walk up!