Top 50 Things to Do and to See in Beijing, China

Beijing is the capital city of China. Its is among the most visited cities in the world. Beijing is considered as a city for all seasons. In this great city of china, whatever your interest are, you will have something for you. There are plenty of attractive, scenic and historical places in Beijing. It is a fast and constantly changing metropolitan city that has mixture of old and new. Beijing is also famous as sleepless city. Fifty things that you can enjoy in Beijing along with your family are as follows.

1. Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square is definitely one of the top most tourist destinations located in the heart of Beijing City. This site is considered as the site for massive parades and rallies, which is the largest square of this kind in the world. It is indeed the largest typical red tourism spot of worldwide, and a proud symbol of China. It can and can hold one million people for public celebration or gatherings. Tiananmen Square is place where numerous parades and other celebrations, which great cultural significance take place as it was on the rostrum of Tiananmen Gate that Mao ZeDong declared the People’s Republic of China on October 1st 1949.

2. Forbidden city

It is located in the very heart of Beijing, China, it is now well known in Chinese as Gugongng which means Palace Museum. It was the Chinese imperial palace of Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty for at least five centuries. The wonderful traditional palace architecture is definitely worth a visit so, come here and enjoy the treasures kept in the palace; learn of the legends and anecdotes about the imperial family and the court; and enjoy a visual feast of 5,000 years of traditional Chinese art. It is the most visited and popular sight for any Beijing tour. In the year 1987, the Forbidden City was nominated as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

3. Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven is well known and prominent for its defined outlay, unique architectural structures and decorations, it was declared as one World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1998.It is a famous distinguished complex of fine cult buildings position in gardens and surrounded by historic pine woods, situated in southeastern urban Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest.

4. Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is one of the most popular site in throughout China and is considered a must visit place of Chine. It is a sequence of stone and mud walls located in northern China, constructed, reconstructed, extended and maintained between the 5th century BC and the 16th century to protect the empire against northern attacker during a range of successive dynasties. As the world’s largest military structure, the Great Wall winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, just like a gigantic dragon, stretching about 8,851 kilometers from east to west of China. Presently the Great Wall we see was mostly developed in the Ming Dynasty. Beijing is certainly the best place to see the Great Wall of China. Famous sections of the Great Wall in Beijing comprises of Badaling, Juyongguan, Mutianyu, Simatai, Jinshanling and Jiankou.

5. Ming thombs

The Ming Tombs is the biggest tomb in the world situated up to some 50 kilometers north of urban Beijing at a personally chosen site. 13 of the 16 Ming Dynasty Emperors along with their empresses and concubines are obscured in this area. Built from 1409 to 1644 AD, the Ming Tombs is the place to explore China’s dynastic history and imperial culture. The most famous sites at the Ming Tombs are the Sacred Road, the main road leading into the tomb complexes – and the Dingling Tomb, the only tomb whose underground palace has ever been excavated.

6. Summer place

Beijing’s Summer Palace which is well known as Yiheyuan was actually the summer leave of the emperors of China from the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is 290-hectare structure out of which 3 quarters is water. It is to be found in northwest of Beijing’s center with three thousand structures. Formerly constructed in the year 1750, the Summer Palace once served as a summer resort for Empress Dowager Cixi, who misappropriated Navy funds to reconstruct the Summer Palace for her own benefit.

7. Olympic sites

Beijing National Stadium which is also known as “Bird’s Nest “because of its unique design. It is this place only where the 2008 Summer Olympics were held with its opening and closing ceremonies. The amazing scene of the impressive opening ceremony will come up to mind. It is a grand and extraordinary success. It well known as the worlds largest steel construction and the most complex stadium ever constructed. Its design had to be inspiring and be able to withstand an earthquake. So ‘light weight’ was combined with power in 110 000 tons of a new grade of steel, the purest ever developed in China, as well as 36km of steel struts. It is “one of the key engineering marvels in the world presently”.

8. Hutong

It is said about Hutong that if you want to experience real Beijing than plan a tour Beijing Hutongs. It is proudly known as the symbol of Beijing City and has its own layout and structure, which makes it a wonder in the world. A tour to Beijing Hutongs is worth a visit. When taking a bird’s eye view of Beijing, you will find the combination of hutongs and courtyards just like an orderly chessboard with delicate gardens, fine rockeries, and ancient ruins. Hutongs have witnessed the development of Beijing. A visit to the Hutongs and Siheyuan is a must for the the tourist who want to explore Beijing local customs, as well as the history and culture, because the real culture of Beijing is ‘the culture of hutong’.

9. Lama temple

Lama Temple also known as Yonghe Lamasery is one of the famous tourist destinations of Beijing and as well as it is the major and most perfectly conserved lamasery presently. It is situated in the north corner of city of Beijing. Originally constructed in the year 1694 as the residence of Yongzheng Emperor when he was a prince, the lamasery is gifted with the style of an imperial palace, making it distinctive from others. It covers an area of 66,400 square meters and is the national centre of Lama Administration.

10. Roast duck

Roast Duck is the very well-known Beijing favorite food, and it is said that your visit to Beijing is incomplete if you do not eat on Roast Duck. As a famous and delicious food with very long history, Beijing Roast Duck is an exceptional choice if you want to understand more about Chinese cuisine, culture and customs.

11. Drum tower

Drum tower is one of the most popular tourist places in Beijing and represent the symbol of this cultural and historic city. It is located in the centre of old city, Drum Tower initially used as musical instruments in ancient China and afterward as a bell to regularly pronounce the time during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties it was equipped with bronze or copper, and drums that were beaten to track the time and record the hours in history. It was constructed during 1272 of the Yuan Dynasty in the beginning, the Drum Tower has undergone repair on several occasions during the Yuan and Ming Dynasties, remaining largely unchanged through its current state. The drum tower was used to mark the time, with a total of 24 drums whereas only one remains.

12. Bell tower

The Bell Tower is double built with black glazed tiles and dark-red materials, with a black glazed roof and gray stone walls. Moreover, there is a stone window on each side of the four doors. Hanging on an eight-square wooden frame of the second floor, the bell in this tower is the major and heaviest in China. It was made of copper which is considered best to broadcast the sound, and you can hear its round and clear sound from far away. Hence, it could be used to tell the time to public in ancient times. Some visitors beat the bell and with to get good luck and health.

13. Shichachai

Shichachai is considered as one of the ideal tourist destinations in Beijing. It is a well known historic region which is consists of 3 lakes in the north of central Beijing. They are situated onto the north-west of the Forbidden City and north-west of the Beihai Lake. It consists of the following three lakes: Qianhai (Front Sea), Xihai(Western Sea),and Houhai(Back Sea), Presently the area of Shichahai still has the ambience style of an ancient city. Its water ripples and glitters around many lotuses floating on its surface. Willows line the bank like a misty green curtain, as a trickle of people cross the 1,000-year-old bridge. It is said about Shichahai that its attraction lies not only in its natural beauty, but also in the historical value of its architecture. It is definitely an attractive sight for visitors.

14. Beijing Zoo

The Beijing Zoo is the largest zoo in the entire China with the leading number of animal species. It has over seven thousand creatures of 600 different species, including the giant panda, golden monkeys, milu deer, northeast tigers, elephants, gorillas, and dolphins and sharks in a big sea life center. Beijing Zoo has become very famous among tourist as well as the locals and considered as an ideal spot of picnicking with the entire family. Its creations represents a scenic Chinese garden setting, a natural garden with dense groves of trees, stretches of grassland, a small stream, lotus pools and small hills dotted with pavilions and halls.

Tourist attractions of the Beijing Zoo are:

  • Beijing Aquarium
  • Giant Panda

15. Beijing Yonghe Lamasery

Yonghe Lamasery is the largest temple of Chine and also one of the sought after tourist destinations. It is located at the northeast corner of Beijing City. It is best known as one of the perfectly preserved elegant temples in China. The temple was the residence of Emperor Yongzheng. After ascending the throne, Emperor Yongzheng moved into the Forbidden City, and renamed the palace Yonghe. After Emperor Yongzheng’s death in 1735, his coffin was placed in the temple. As a consequence of the ancient architecture, every element of the temple is entirely symmetrical, with main halls on a north-south axis and wing halls on both sides.

16. Beijing shopping

It is well said about Beijing that it is a true shopper’s paradise. The shopping experience in Beijing is simply amazing because it is not only famous brand name fashions are available, but also many local products from around China that can’t be found anywhere else. The following are the famous merchandise that Beijing is famous for.

  • Art & Antiques
  • Chinese Silk
  • Pearls & Jewelry
  • Chinese Tea
  • Red Lanterns
  • Eyeglasses
  • Clothes
  • Electronics

17. Beihai Park Beijing

Beihai Park is one of the oldest and most authentically conserved imperial gardens of entire China which is to be found in central Beijing. It has a history of thousand years. It is not only the only standard combination of the grandiosity of the northern gardens and the refinement of the southern gardens in China, but also a perfect integration of magnificent imperial palaces and solemn religious constructions. It occupies an area of about 0.71 square meters; more than half of the park is taken up by the lake. Presently Beihai Park is a popular spot for many local citizens, a place to cool down and relax in summer, and one of the biggest skating rinks of

18. Peking opera

Peking Opera is considered as the perfect example of China which displays the unique Chinese culture to the whole world. Peking opera show has become a brand performance at the teahouses, and hanging out at teahouses is becoming popular with the city’s white-collar workers and even among trendy youngsters. Don’t miss never miss it when have a tour in Beijing. Beijing opera is a combination of acrobatics, singing and dancing. The unique aria of Beijing opera is impressive, and the costumes and masks are quite charming. Read more details about Peking Opera.

19. National Grand Theatre

National Grand Theatre is a famous opera house in Beijing. It is surrounded by glass with an artificial lake, seats 5,452 people in three halls and is almost 12,000 m2 in size in floor space and aims to provide an iconic building for China’s capital on a par with the iconic Sydney Opera House. It was designed by French architect Paul Andreu. Construction started in December 2001 and the inaugural concert was held in December 2007. This building includes a 2,017-seat concert hall and a smaller 1,040 capacity theater. The exterior of the theater is amazing titanium accented glass dome that is completely surrounded by a man-made lake. It is said to look like an egg floating on water, or a water drop. It was designed as an iconic feature, something that would be immediately recognizable.

20. Beijing Jingshan Park

Jingshan Park is located in the center of Beijing. It is a beautiful royal landscape garden. Covering an area of 230,000 square meters, the park is found on Jingshan Hill, and the mid summit of Jingshan is the highest point in Beijing. Looking from the park, you are able to get a full and clear view of the Forbidden City. Currently this park is one of the ‘AAAA’ Scenery Spots in China and a must-to-see place for any Beijing visitor. Jingshan Hill consists of five individual peaks, and on the top of each peak there lies an elaborate pavilion. These pavilions were used by officials for gathering and leisure purposes. These five peaks also draw the approximate historical axis of central Beijing. From the middle of the five pavilions, you are able to see the resplendent and magnificent Forbidden City in the south, the dignified Bell and Drum Towers in the north, as well as Beihai Park and White Dagoba Temple in the west.

21. Xiangshan Park (Fragrant Hills park)

Xiangshan Park is one of the most amazing parks in Beijing; the main reason of its popularity is the red smoke tree leaves over the mountains. It is place which is naturally blessed. Annually, thousands of visitors come to the park to view the beauty. Moreover, the cable cars are a great way to take in the beautiful scenes. It is a large royal garden park of hills and forest and occupies 395 acres and consists of a natural pine-cypress forest, hills with maple trees, smoke trees and persimmon trees, as well as landscaped areas with abundant traditional architecture and cultural relics. Presently it is a famous tourist attraction which is most famous for the red colored leaves that cover the mountains in autumn, an event now seemingly fixed in the Beijing calendar. XiangShan Park has so much to offer to its visitors.

22. Beijing Happy Valley

Beijing Happy Valley is located in the southeast corner of Sifang Bridge, on the fourth ring road, in Chaoyang District in Beijing. It is a famous amusement park composed of 6 theme parks, including Firth Forest, Atlantis, Aegean Sea, Lost Maya, Shangri-la and Ant Kingdom. Here you will find over fifty picturesque sights of culture and ecology. Come to explore this beautiful Valley which offers you with a rare opportunity to experience the charm of various civilizations regardless of the distance of space and time. Moreover this stunning valley is compared to a beautiful artistic picture where you can see tree houses, docks, bridges, towns, ancient towers, lakes, forests and other amazing scenic spots beyond your imagination.

23. The Beijing Capital Museum

The Beijing Capital Museum is one of the most popular museums of Beijing which contains over 200,000 cultural remnants in its collection only a little of its collection are exhibited, and a major percentage of the museum’s art collection came from objects unearthed in Beijing. It was recognized in the year 1981 with a collection of some 83,000 objects. The stone-made exterior wall of the museum was meant to symbolize imagery of the city walls and towers in ancient China. Its Bronze Exhibition Hall, which has an oval-shape, was also meant to symbolize the unearthing of ancient relics by its slanting design in which extends from the ground to the exterior of the museum.

24. 798 Space

798 Space is the biggest part of 798 Art Zone which is situated in the Dashanzi region, to the northeast of central Beijing. It is the site of state-owned factories including Factory 798, which originally produced electronics. During the year 2002, artists and cultural organizations began to divide, rent out, and re-make the factory spaces, gradually developing them into art centers, artists’ studios, design companies, restaurants, galleries and bars. It is a new rising, avant-garde and trendy space that hosts high-level cultural, artistic and commercial activities. It can hold more than 1000 guests with ease.

25. Beijing Azure Clouds temple

The Temple of Azure Clouds is a famous Buddhist temple which is situated in the eastern part of the Western Hills. The temple was constructed on 6 different levels over an altitude of nearly 100 meters is popular because of its superb scenery. It also includes the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, which is located at the center of the temple complex. Other important features include the Arhats Hall and the Vajrasana Pagoda. Here you will find 512 statues, of which include 500 wooden Arhats, 11 Bodhisattvas and one statue of Ji Gong (a famous Buddhist monk) inside the Hall of Arhats. All the Arhats are vivid, life-size statues with different poses and expressions. It has been said that two of these Arhats were the statues of Emperor Kangxi and Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911).

26. Beijing acrobatics shows

One of the best places for entertainment and enjoyment is watching the acrobatic shows of Beijing. It is surely worth a visit and entertains both the young and elder. Here you will find see breath-holding acrobatics, some of which can be so demanding in the timing and balancing skill as to verge on the impossible. Chinese acrobatics is one of the oldest performing arts, called a national art. China has many world-class acrobatic troupes and almost every province and major city have its own acrobatic troupe. Here children are elected to be trained as performers from a young age.

27. Prince Gong’s Mansion

Prince Gong’s Mansion is known as the best-preserved square houses of Beijing. It is Beijing’s largest and the best preserved Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) princely mansion and is situated at Qianhai Xijie to the north of Shichahai. It is considered as the best example of ancient Chinese architecture with its cultural connotations is important not only for its aesthetic value but as an asset to those who wish to study the lifestyle of the privileged classes in the feudal society of a bygone era. This mansion also has one of the city’s most spectacular gardens, a mixture of pavilions, pools of water, corridors and rockeries entirely arranged to make it all seem larger than it really is.

28. Chinese Ethnic Culture Park

Chinese Ethnic Culture Park is also well known as the Nationalities Park which contributes to a large ethnic base of China’s vibrant culture, combing an introduction to culture, singing and dancing performances, and traditional architecture. It is a very famous park for picnicking with families and friends. It displays over 40 ethnic groups, and a large number of ethnic culture relics and articles from daily use are exhibited in order to reflect authentic living conditions of each ethnic group.

29. The Munao Singing Festival  of the Jingpo

The Munao Song and Dance Festival is one of the famous festivals of Beijing. It has become a tradtional Jingpo festival featuring singing and dancing as a way of celebrating a bumper harvest. All people dance to together in a lively atmosphere. The local people of Beijing as well as the tourist celebrate this festival with great enthusiasm.

30. Wofo temple

One of the famous temples of Beijing is the Wofo Temple also known as the Temple of Recumbent Buddha is located at about 20 kilometers from Beijing. It is a well known ancient temple in Beijing and also a popular tourist destination. It was constructed during the reign of the Tang Dynasty (618 A.D. – 907 A.D.), with a history of more than 1300 years. One of the reasons for its popularity is the bronze reclining Buddha inside the Temple, so named the Temple of Recumbent Buddha. The Recumbent Buddha’s Hall is evidently the most important hall in the Temple of Recumbent Buddha (Wofo Si). The reclining Buddha lies inside the Hall and it is known as the statue of Sakyamuni. It is five meters long and weighs about 54 tons. This bronze statue of the Buddha is the largest bronze recumbent Buddha to be found in China.

31. Beijing Temple of Confucius

Beijing Temple of Confucius is the 2nd largest Confucius Temple in China and is situated on Guozijian Street inside Anding Gate; this famous temple was constructed during the year 1302, and was used to pay the respects to Confucius. It occupies around 20,000 square meters, and contains the famous art collection of the Capital Museum. This temple is composed of 4 courtyards aligned along a central axis. Other attractive structures include the Xianshi Gate, Dacheng Gate, Dacheng Hall and Chongshengci. Inside this beautiful temple you will find 198 stone tablets positioned on either side of the front courtyard, and they contain more than 51,624 names of Jinshi, the advanced scholars of the Yuan.

32. Ming Dynasty City Wall

Ming Dynasty City Wall remnants Park is one of the well known parks in Beijing to be found three kilometers from Beijing center, between the southeast turret and Chongwen Gate in the west. It is a famous picturesque spot of ancient architectural relics, opened to the public in 2002. It is considered as the longest section of the city wall remains in the city, and an important symbol of Beijing. The design of the park aims at classical simplicity, with over 70,000 square meters of lawns, 110,000 flowers, over 400 large arbors such as Chinese pines and Chinese scholar trees, and over 6,000 shrubs. Pipelines of 28,000 meters have been installed; lighting devices have been installed for the wall. It has been elected to fully display the cultural and historical elements of the Ming city wall.

33. Nanhaizi Wetland Park

Nanhaizi Wetland Park is situated in the south of Beijing which occupies around 11.65 square kilometers of area. It is considered as the largest wetland park in Beijing. It includes a glade landscape zone, an imperial culture zone, an ecological zone for leisure and a conserve for milu, a species of deer unique to China. During the Ming and Qing Dynasty, Nanhaizi was a royal garden for hunting, where a wide range of wild animals lived. The main aim developing this wetland park is to improve the ecological environment.

34. Mid Autumn Festival

The Mid Autumn Festival is celebrated with lot of enthusiasm in Beijing, the main aim of this festival is nothing but appreciating the moon and it has been a custom since the Tang Dynasty (618–907). Every one in this city celebrates this festival, not only the rich merchants and officials, but also the common citizens, liked appreciating the moon together at that time. The rich merchants and officials held big parties in their big courts. The locals just prayed to the moon for a good harvest.

35. YuYuanTan Park

YuYuanTan Park is a very famous park of Beijing. Its cherry blossoms in mid to late April through early May every year is worth seeing. You will find here about 2000 cherry trees of over 20 different species. Other blossoming trees such as peach are also to be found, as well as tulip flowers. YuYuanTan Park is also a well known spot for boating and there is a large fun swimming area open in midsummer. There are also cafes, pavilions, play and exercise areas and the park is a great place to take a relaxing stroll. YuYuanTan Park is also host to a seasonal temple fair and exhibitions.

36. Nanshan Ski Resort

Nanshan Ski Resort is one of the great skiing and snowboarding resorts in Beijing is which it is generally open in late November or early December as this time around the outdoor temperatures come down below 5°C. The resort has an area of over 4,000 mu and here you can enjoy a great skiing winter. Also available in the resort are hi-tech snowmaking systems.

37. Shijinglong Ski Resort

Shijinglong Ski Resort offers you a unique skiing experience if you are on a trip to Beijing. It is also the first and largest ski resort in Beijing that is built in 1999. The sky resort has fourteen imported snowmaking machines for snow making. There also a vast variety of equipment for sales and rentals. Cable cars are also available for rides. It has got great slopes for all level of adventures.

38. Dagaba temple

Dagaba Temple is one of the most desirable locations in Beijing. It is considered as the right place to experience authentic, historic and cultural resources. It was first constructed in the year 1096 and then restores by a Nepalese architect in 1271 and again during the Ming Dynasty houses the largest Tibetan-style Buddhist Dagoba of the Yuan Dynasty in Beijing. This temple has undergone destructions by fire and subsequent reconstruction several times; but it’s now noticeably present collection of Tibetan Buddhist artefacts and art and it is under the protection of the Chinese State Department.

39. Chinese new national museum

China’s National Museum is located on the east of Tiananmen Square in central Beijing. This museum was renovated and has been expanded to 191,900 square meters with 49 exhibition rooms, supposedly making it the largest museum in the world. Presently the museum exhibits a collection of more than 1 million pieces of cultural relics, according to the museum’s official website. It also has a theater with 800 seats, a conference hall with 300 seats and a studio with an area of 600 square meters. It also has a large space for visitors to experience history and traditional arts through interactive programs.

40. Niujie mosque

The Niujie mosque is one of the best places to visit in Beijing. The mosque is also well known as Cow Street Mosque and it is considered as the oldest and largest in Beijing which can be traced back to the Liao Dynasty. It is beautiful structure and an important tourist spot which aims at promoting Islamic and Chinese Cultures and also a major meeting place for Beijing Muslims. It is made up of 42 rooms in total, the most important been the Prayer Hall which can accommodate 1,000 worshipers is paved with mats and has remarkable gold-inscribed Arabic-Style arches and pillars. Close to the mosque you can find the Minaret and also Wangyuelou the Tower for Observing the Moon and also determine the time for Ramadan.

41. Yuanmingyuan

Yuanmingyuan is one of the choicest tourist spots in Beijing; it was once the most amazing royal garden in China for the five Qing emperors in the 18th Century. However today, you can only some broken pillar and collapsed buildings that were burnt during the 1860 second Opium war and in 1900 by the Eight-Power Allied Forces. This beautiufll garden is separated into three, the earliest Garden of Perfection and Brightness (Yuanmingyuan), Garden of Eternal Spring (ChuangChunyuan) and the third one Garden of Superb Spring ( Qichunyuan) which was later renamed Garden of 10,000 Springs (WanChun yuan). You will also find right in the centre of the Garden there is a huge manmade lake, known as Lake of Happiness.

42. Museum of natural history

If you are interested in knowing the history and culture of china then visiting this museum is must for you. This massive museum of natural science is the biggest museum in entire China which was initially founded in the year 1952 as the National Central Museum of Natural History. And in 1962 the name was changed to the Beijing Museum of Natural History. This famous museum contains 4 chief exhibits-Animal, the Friends of Human Beings, the Green Homeland, Pale ontology and the Mystery of Human which provide visuals illustrating China’s natural wonders through the ages with collections of 200,000 items of pale ontology, Ornithology, mammals and invertebrates.

43.The China Millennium Monument

The China Millennium Monument is a famous monument of Beijing and an interesting tourist spot. It is also locally known as Zhonghua Shijitan and was built to celebrate the arrival of the 21st Century. It occupies a total area of 4.5 hectare and building area of 44,000 square meters gives visitors an opportunity to explore the sundial-shaped Main Altar, the Sacred Fire Square, and Bronze Path or appreciate the superb relief sculpture symbolizing the China’s 56 ethnic groups. Inside the building you will find the Beijing World Art Museum which specializes in collecting, exhibiting and researching in both ancient and modern arts of Chinese and the world.

44. Peking Man Site

Peking Man Site is considered as a best example of understanding how human ancestors lived and survived in time before the emergence of modern civilization. It is a wonderful place that depicts Zhoukoudian it is a site which attracts millions of visitors each and every year is a super- abundance of archaeological remains dating back 200,000 to 500,000 years. In 1987 it was listed in UNESCO World Heritage List.

45. Snow world

Snow world is one of the favorite places among the tourist as well as the locals of Beijing. Here you can also find plenty of ski resorts to connect to, for your family vacations, but the leading and best-equipped alpine ski resort in China is the Xueshijie Ski Resort or Snow World Resort in Beijing. The resort is the year-round place for family fun. They offer skiing, snowboarding, grass ski and other entertainment for beginner, intermediate and expert. They also have a large snow-playing ground for children, Equipment rentals for all and a night skiing programs.

46. Beijing climate

Beijing is blessed with 4 distinctive seasons owning to its humid continental climate, ranging from very warm during the summer: 28ºC to 38ºC, to chilly and dry during the winter: -10ºC to 10ºC. The summers here quite hot due to warm and humid monsoon winds from the southeast, bringing Beijing most of its annual precipitation, while the winter is cold due to Siberian air masses that move southward across the Mongolian Plateau. January is the coldest month in Beijing and July is the warmest. It is said that autumn is the Best Time to Visit Beijing.

47. New CCTV tower

It is situated in the eastern urban area between the 3rd Ring Road and the 4th Ring Road with a total area of 4 square kilometers. The CCTV Headquarters Building is a high-rise in the Central Business District (CBD). The Beijing CBD or Beijing Central Business District is a projected part of Beijing city. This structure can accommodate the headquarters of China Central Television. The construction of this tower started on September 22, 2004 and the building’s facade was finished in Jun 2008. It was designed by Rem Koolhaas and Ole Scheeren of OMA, and Arup offered the complex engineering design. It is 234 metres high with 54 floors. Because of its irregular shape, the local people give it a nickname of Dacucha which means “Big Boxers”.

48. Silk market

Silk market is a very famous market of Beijing and tourist make it a point to visit this market on their tour to Beijing. The old market is no more now and the new market is open to the public. The new building with an area of 30,000 square meters, known as the New Silk Alley Market, has been completed. There are 1,600 booths in the new building. According to the developer of the building, the advantages of the old market will be available in the new one, targeting the shopping groups including foreign tourists and local white-collar workers.

49. Panjiayuan Flea Market

Panjiayuan Flea Market is also known as Panjiayuan Market it is located on No.18, Huaweili Road that is just 100 meters east of Panjiayuan Bridge on the east third ring road. Here you can get something really Chinese. Panjiayuan is also one of the favorite places to look into the past. In the Panjiayuan you can find everything that you can have as souvenirs of China.

50. Chinese shadow puppetry

Shadow Puppetry is a very famous art of China and is very popular among tourists also. It is said to a miraculous art form of moving images dated long before the invention of firm. It represents an antique and traditional art in China. Shadow Puppet in China came to existence when the wife of Wu Emperor of the Han Dynasty died of illness, the empeor was sad so much that his desire to reign.

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