Best Free Things to Do in Beijing

THE 10 BEST Free Things to Do in Beijing

Best Free Things to Do in Beijing

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  • Leong Chee Sheng
    Singapore, Singapore135 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I've read up on the incident before visiting and the feeling was surreal. It's a beautiful space with rich history, so massive in size. The security is also really tight – we had 3 passport checks and an airport style bag check before we were allowed to enter. The square has lots of barricades set up and it's under heavy surveillance. This all adds to a somewhat interesting and sinister atmosphere to the visit.

    You have to make a booking one day in advance on WeChat mini program. The reservation is free and they are date and time specific so plan your visit.
    Written April 5, 2024
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  • Leong Chee Sheng
    Singapore, Singapore135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a huge space dedicated to art scene in Beijing. It's very nice to explore and soak in the vibes.

    Some down points for us (nothing too serious):
    - shops there have different opening hours, some open after 2pm, some closed at 4pm etc so our visit at 12pm was awfully awkward as some places are not open
    - there's not a lot of food options inside so make sure you have some food before coming over
    - the area is quite far off the metro; I believe the nearest one is under construction, so it was quite a walk into the premise for us, and the cab out was stuck in heavy traffic for a while
    Written April 5, 2024
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  • Ram
    London, UK110 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a very popular and important tourist place for local and overseas tourists. Huge place, only walking is allowed. Getting into is a security check process, lengthy que but efficient. Carry passport if from overseas.
    Written April 11, 2024
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  • KodoDrummer
    Buenos Aires, Argentina65,232 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The bustling Wangfujing pedestrian street and its side streets are home to numerous local and international shops, restaurants, cafes, and more. Many come here to chill out, people-watch, and relax.
    Written March 5, 2024
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  • Kyle Ciulla
    Beijing, China295 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The bar street of Beijing! Super gorgeous photo place, where the locals are. Rich cultural location where I love going!
    Written February 4, 2020
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  • Amila Perera
    Gampaha, Sri Lanka471 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The place is awesome and historic .try to visit the museum and the surrounding area for pictures and to feel awesomeness of the Olympic village.
    Written April 15, 2024
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  • allen290
    15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It looks like foreigners are allowed in again as I just needed to flash my.passport and show them my health code and reservation, which anyone can book online for free. It's a nice, big orderly museum but without English explanations
    Written March 13, 2021
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  • Amila Perera
    Gampaha, Sri Lanka471 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The place got good street food options in the basement. Bargaining is the key to success here. The shopkeepers are good in English but offer lower prices for locals.
    The products are all fake and the prices tend to vary from shop to shop.
    Written April 15, 2024
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  • clairewrobel
    Beijing, China8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rows upon rows upon rows of shopping! I would say over half of it is selling beads and jewelry and the other half is home goods. There were some cool sellers that would carve a name stamp for you right there. There’s also an indoor part that has more expensive shops, such as for furniture, tea, or high end jewelry.

    My family didn’t buy much but got a few trinkets. Remember to haggle! Overall a good experience but I don’t plan to go back soon.
    Written February 12, 2024
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  • Sunshine41897
    Tampere, Finland7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As we read the reviews before our trip, it said that no cards accepted, BUT now the cards were accepted. This was a good thing because our trip was coming to an end.
    The atmosphere is cool, liked the paintings and all. Service was good and the most important thing of all was that the lamb chops we ate were the best ever!
    Written February 14, 2020
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  • 134kurtm
    Beijing, China32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Truly like the International componet of this famous University.
    Prof's & students are always friendly
    Written January 21, 2020
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  • Lance G
    Metro Manila, Philippines15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The mall is stunning in the evening because of the LED ceiling outside. It's great for taking pictures or even for just going for a stroll.

    The mall itself has the usual shops and food options, as with many other malls in Beijing. It is on the bigger end of the spectrum of malls in the city, though, so you won't find yourself bored in this place. Most brands here are foreign/international (e.g. Muji, Zara, H&M, Victoria's Secret, Starbucks, etc. There are many local options for food together with a few international chains.
    Written April 25, 2020
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  • chewie999
    South Australia, Australia276 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I wouldn't go out my way to visit this park. But if you are staying in the area, it is well worth a visit to see Beijinger's go about their lives.

    The lake in the South Western corner of the park was spectacular with flowering water Lillie's and rock formations behind it making it perfect for stunning photos.

    The Temple of the Sun was just a platform and there are restoration works on the buildings in the North of the park at the time of my visit.

    There is a kids amusement area with rides costing 20 yuan. The rides are for smaller children up to the age of 10. Around 15 to choose from.
    Written July 4, 2023
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  • Leong Chee Sheng
    Singapore, Singapore135 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a beautiful street with Zhengyangmen in the backdrop. The street is bustling with street food kiosks and restaurants, with different alleys along the main street with more food options. We enjoyed our visit here though it feels solely catered for tourists as shops are mostly the big local brands. It was a little crowded on Friday night here. For food, we recommend the matcha/tea soft serve, lamb skewers and soup dumplings.
    Written April 3, 2024
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  • trust me bro
    Antarctica1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An incredible shopping center in Beijing! So many stores, restaurants, levels and activities! You could definitely spend a whole day day here with no regrets!

    For the winter season though, the ice skating ring isn’t as good as rated. The price you pay to enter, is the price with your ice-skates included. This might be a pretty good deal for people who borrow ice-skates to skate, but as a person who has my own ice-skates I think the price should be much lower than 200RMB, especially for the tiny ice-skating ring that they are providing to you. Plus you have to pay extra for the ice-strollers for kids.
    Written February 6, 2024
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