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Beijing Travel Guide

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Best of Beijing

3 days in Beijing
3 days in Beijing

This is a selection of Beijing's main highlights that one can see in three full days. The ancient and the modern combine perfectly and there is sure to be a surprise around every corner. From contemporary architecture, old hutong areas, green parks, a wide selection of museums and sights, this amazing city has it all.

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Family-friendly Beijing

Beijing for young kids
Beijing for young kids

Exploring Beijing means lots of walking, which can be tiring on "kiddie" legs, so make it fun and include some children activities. Lots of entrance fees at museums and other venues are waived or are cheaper for kids shorter than 1.3 meters, so make sure you ask. Run around some outdoor parks, hire bikes or if the weather is bad visit an indoor playground like Fundazzle.

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Beijing on a budget

Beijing for free
Beijing for free

Traveling on a budget is ideal in Beijing -- the majority of sights have low entrance fees. Getting around using the subway or taxis is cheap, and you can pick up low-cost meals and stay in inexpensive accommodations. You also can blow the budget in regard to places to stay and dine so look before you leap.

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Insiders' Beijing

Beijing off the beaten path
Beijing off the beaten path

If you are lucky enough to see Beijing on a repeat visit or have extra days in your itinerary to fill, there is a lot more to see. As well as day trips there are numerous places within Beijing worth visiting.

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Nightlife in the 798 Arts District
Nightlife in the 798 Arts District

Beijing is a great place to do business, which is why some are surprised to find such vibrant nightlife here. Immerse yourself in the best of Beijing's nocturnal festivities, from a world-class craft cocktail bar to a jazz club to the best places to take in the city thriving art scene.

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Getaways from Beijing

Daytrips from Beijing
Daytrips from Beijing

You are in for a treat. From the flatness of Beijing City the scenery changes -- explore sections of the Wild Great Wall, hillside villages, ancient temples or hike the hilly countryside areas.

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EveryTrail
798 Art Zone for Families and Photographers
798 Art Zone for Families and Photographers

Located in Dashanzi, at the northeast part of Beijing next to the Airport Expressway, the Beijing 798 Art Zone has become a must visit for anyone who is interested in more than the usually visited...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
The Summer Palace and Kunming Lake
The Summer Palace and Kunming Lake

The Summer Palace was the retreat of emperors for centuries, gradually enlarged and repaired after taking beatings in the Second Opium War (1856-60) and the Boxer Rebellion (1900). It's now one of...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Beijing's New Nightlife Scene
Beijing's New Nightlife Scene

Even a few years after the Olympics, Beijing continues to evolve at full tilt, with exciting new lounges, restaurants and hotels popping up across the sprawling metropolis. This tour includes an...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
The Bird's Nest and Water Cube
The Bird's Nest and Water Cube

The 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing saw 11,028 athletes from 204 countries competing in 28 sports and 302 events. There were 43 new world records and 132 new Olympic records set during these...

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The Great Wall at Badaling
The Great Wall at Badaling

The Great Wall at Badaling is the most popular tourist section of this landmark since it has been recently restored and is reasonably close to Beijing (around 60 kilometers/85 miles to the northwest)....

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Lama Temple and Nanluoguxiang Hutong
Lama Temple and Nanluoguxiang Hutong

Get a taste of Tibetan Buddhism, without the possibility of altitude sickness! The Beijing Yonghegong Lama Temple and the nearby hutongs of the Guluo (Drum Tower) district are easily reached by subway...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Lama and Confucian Temples Walking Tour
Lama and Confucian Temples Walking Tour

This half-day walk takes you to two important temples in the heart of Beijing. During the Cultural Revolution, religious buildings and artifacts were systematically sought out and destroyed and the...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Best of Beijing
Best of Beijing

We’ve got the lowdown on the city’s can’t-miss sites, shops, restaurants, and tour guides. It’s everything you need for visiting China’s booming city right now.

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Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square Tour
Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square Tour

If walls could talk, visitors to the Forbidden City would hear tales of opulence beyond their wildest dream, from daily 100-course meals to harems of 9,000 concubines. Alas, we can only wander through...

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Beijing Temple of Heaven
Beijing Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven, literally the Altar of Heaven (simplified Chinese: 天坛) is a complex of Taoist buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the...

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Perfect Day

Beijing - One day (Dagindi, Apr 16, 2007)
4.0 of 5 stars 3 Votes
Funky Beijing (hoolio26, Nov 11, 2006)
3.5 of 5 stars 2 Votes

Perfect Weekend

Can't live without (puds38, Jul 28, 2008)
4.5 of 5 stars 1 Vote
After Day 3 in Beijing (JellyTwo, Feb 22, 2007)
3.5 of 5 stars 8 Votes

Best Of

An Unofficial Travel Guide to Beijing (kaisatsu, Jun 26, 2008)
5.0 of 5 stars 40 Votes
Busy in Beijing (WhatRocks, Jun 12, 2006)
4.0 of 5 stars 11 Votes
The China "Must See" List (C0NFUCIUS, May 6, 2007)
4.0 of 5 stars 9 Votes

Recent Trip

Exploring East Asia with friends (Arvind M, Aug 23, 2012)
4.5 of 5 stars 2 Votes
A Splendid Tour of China (serenaprincess, Aug 12, 2009)
4.5 of 5 stars 8 Votes
Traveler List 2000-2009 (PeterCoox, Jun 16, 2010)
4.5 of 5 stars 4 Votes