Best Beijing Hidden Gem Attractions

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Best Beijing Hidden Gem Attractions

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  • C0ppola
    Oulu, Finland286 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great to see a small piece of significant history.
    Disabled access may not be the easiest attraction.
    Stunning scenery.
    Written March 18, 2022
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  • KodoDrummer
    Buenos Aires, Argentina65,232 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We enjoyed viewing the flowers as they are blooming and the calm clear waters of the lake. Not crowded during our weekend visit. Over 8,000 different tropical and subtropical plants and flowers. Lots of trails for walking and hiking.
    Written May 1, 2021
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  • CTMerebear
    Beijing, China104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hike that was not too challenging. Most of the path was pretty safe. (Not too much climbing.) Walking poles are helpful.
    Written February 17, 2021
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  • KW M
    Belfast, UK556 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very cool place. It is about 50 metres from the Jianguomen station, Exit C.
    There is an outside garden with a few observatory pieces. Also, a courtyard with some other pieces and some museum displays.
    In the tower, which is actually part of the old City Wall, are many other old observatory pieces. There is also a very good view of this part of city.
    20RMB admission.
    Depending on your interests, it’s a smaller place, so you’ll need 45-60 minutes.
    Written May 30, 2021
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  • _emifoo
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia25 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy subway access- Line 8 Muxi Yuan stop Exit A2 comes out directly into Block B of Bairong. It is a huge interconnecting mall with well organised floor selling different items. Each floor stretch from Block A-C hence will need to walk a lot. There is another Block D behind too. Need to bargain though starting price here are lower compared to tourist areas. I see more local shoppers than tourist here. Mostly local brands. The shops are much less aggressive and selection here is different compared to Silk Market.
    There is a food court upstairs on 6th floor. Most of the menu is in Chinese and they do not speak much English. The food stall I bought lunch from do not accept cash over the counter but I am not sure if it applies to other stalls.
    Spent 5 hours here and covered only half the area. If you are looking for value souvenirs/ gifts, this is the place.
    Written October 2, 2019
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  • JoDi
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I work in Beijing, and when my family came to visit, I arranged a 3-hour painting class with Richard. Both my sixteen year-old cousin and 60 year-old mother greatly enjoyed the workshop. They found Richard's class informative and inspiring. My family felt the experience of discovering what it means to paint with the entire body and mind was inspiring. After class, he had lunch with my family and helped them get a taxi back to their hotel. This was incredibly helpful to me, because I was at work. All in all, my cousin and mother found Richard kind and passionate, and we all recommend Richard's classes.
    Written November 1, 2019
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  • H888
    Hong Kong, China597 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Still the most charming local brewery I’ve found in Beijing. Planted discreetly in the middle of the hutong lanes, about 200m west of Nanluguoxiang walking street. Yes it’s a trick to find, but if you stumble on it, wow. So worth it. Quiet and dusty charm with all their great local beers. Sit and recharge yourself watching alley cats sunning themselves on the old hutong house tiles. Definitely worth finding if you can.
    Written April 13, 2024
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  • the fauxadult
    Canberra, Australia23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We attended the Hunan cuisine cooking class and had a great time. The class is held in Chef Chao's home in the Hutong and it is a great atmosphere. It was great to learn about the ingredients and just how easy cooking some great dishes can be. The class is fun and educational in a nice relaxed atmosphere. I would definitely recommend this cooking class if you are in Beijing.
    Written December 22, 2023
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  • DreamTerry
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place is simply amazing! Disco Retro Style, the DJ playing music there is unbelievable, she plays classic disco dance songs, and drinking the best handmade cocktails in Beijing. The bar is really beautiful and the people are really friendly. Don’t miss this INCREDIBLE place !
    Written November 8, 2018
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  • Qrys D
    San Jose, CA1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stumbled (quite literally) across this bar during a night of revelry, wandering the hutongs. The drinks were delicious, and the bartender was super friendly. We closed it down that night! And returned (pre covid) to Beijing a year later and this was our only must-repeat establishment. I can't recall the name of my favorite beverage, but it's the one with a passion fruit filled with rosemary that they light on fire. Also somewhere within a few blocks was a super cool speak easy in a coffee shop.
    Written November 28, 2022
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  • Sam Y
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tour was super fun and our guide Bonnie was amazing. We tried 4 different kind of local delicacies, while drank beer when riding on Tuktuk. Really one of the best tour I've ever had.
    Written October 30, 2023
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  • Eric
    Leipzig, Germany9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Leo is definitely one of Beijings Top Tour-Guides. We did a three day tour with him and it was a phenomenal experience. He guided us to empty spots at the Great Wall - He was so friendly and funny. We did a lot of tours in many countries but Leos tour was one of the all-time best. Can only recommend.
    Written March 29, 2024
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  • Savannah L
    Urayasu, Japan3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was genuinely my favorite part of my trip to Beijing. I’m a major foodie and plan my trips around food, so it was wonderful to be able to try so many different traditional dishes while also hearing about their history. These locations are incredibly unique—some that I never would have found on my own. It was the perfect balance of different flavors, different beverages, and socializing.

    Garth was our tour guide and I could not stress enough how incredible he was. I left feeling entertained, informed, and wanting more! We did the old Beijing dinner tour, but if I ever find myself back in the city, I will definitely be booking the breakfast tour.

    I 100% recommend this experience for anyone visiting Beijing!
    Written December 7, 2023
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  • Camper423481
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went on the Mutianyu Great Wall & Summer Palace tour with Miko and had a great experience. Miko did a great job explaining the history of the great wall and the summer palace, selecting delicious food for lunch, taking photos for us and generally making us comfortable.

    The company was also very flexible and allowed us to change the section of the Great Wall we wanted to go to the night before, as we discovered it was going to be difficult to hike 2-3 hours at Huanghuacheng in 90 degree weather. Our tour was on a Friday and it wasn't at all crowded at Mutianyu so we were able to walk some sections with little to no tourists.

    Thanks Miko for a great tour!
    Written June 9, 2023
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  • Ben O
    Sydney, Australia1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I travelled from Australia to do a two-night / three-day hiking & camping trip on the Great Wall with Joe's company "Untouched Great Wall Hike" in July 2023.

    It was the experience of a lifetime.

    There were just the two of us, me and my guide Tim. Tim was bloody fantastic. Erudite about the Wall and Chinese history, extremely well-travelled himself, knowledgable about the world, funny, friendly, and with impeccable English (though of course he protested otherwise).

    I did a three day hike in three different sections of the wall. We didn't go to the overdeveloped daytripper sections at all. The first night camping completely alone in a deserted watchtower, with Tim sleeping in a farmhouse back down in the nearby village. The second night in an absolutely delightful guesthouse in another village. While hiking on the first day we saw nine people, the second day all of three (a Mexican couple and their guide coming the other way), and the third day not a single soul.

    There are a number of companies who say they offer Great Wall hiking and camping. But - some turn out to no longer offer camping, some you're not actually camping on the wall merely nearby, some you'll be in what's basically a campground with other campers, some clearly aren't interested in solo travellers.

    I contacted many companies before making my choice. I made the right one.

    I can't recommend Untouched Great Wall Hike, Joe and Tim highly enough.

    Thank you for everything.

    PS. FWIW I didn't book through TA, Joe put the trip together for me after I contacted him through his website. If you want any more info on what we did and where we went, please feel free to message me directly.
    Written July 30, 2023
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