Things To Do
Grand View Garden 5/5
Type: Chinese Gardens, Historical Relics, Chinese Gardens,
The Grand View Garden at Xuanwu District southwest of Beijing is reminiscent of a luxurious garden of Ming and Qing style. In a Chinese classic "Dream of Re Mansions", the garden is recount as the mansion of Jia Family - an official nobility of the Ming period. It is a large greenery garden dotted ... more about Grand View Garden
Song Zhuang Artist Village 5/5
Location: Tongzhou District (about 30 km / 19 miles east of downtown) The Songzhuang Artist Village is located in Tongzhou District, eastern suburbs of Beijing. It is the biggest and most famous artist community in Beijing, with over 2,000 artist residents. It has built international fame for Chinese contemp... more about Songzhuang Artist Village
Drum Tower 4.80/5
Type: Historical Relics,
The Drum Tower was built in1272 during the reign of Kublai Khan, at which time it stood at eh very heart of the Yuan capital Dadu. At that time it was known as the Tower of Orderly Administration (Qizhenglou). In 1420, under the Ming Emperor Yongle, the building was reconstructed to the east of the original s... more about Drum Tower
The Badaling Great Wall 4.80/5
Badaling Great Wall, is located more than 70 kilometers northwest from the center of Beijing City, with more than 1000 meters above sea level, occupies a commanding and strategic position. Badaling is the best-preserved section of the Beijing Great Wall. 370 foreign leaders and very important persons have com... more about Badaling Great Wall
Zhoukoudian Peking Man Museum 4.8/5
Type: Historical Relics,
Peking Man Museum, or Zhoukoudian Anthropological Museum, is situated in the village of Zhoukoudian (Choukoutien in Pinyin Chinese, "Zhoukoudian" being to "Choukoutien" as "Peking" is to "Beijing") near Beijing, where the 1921 discovery of Peking Man (Sinanthropus pekin... more about Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian
Beijing Imperial Academy (also named Beijing Guozijian, Beijing Imperial Collage) was first built in 1306, and it was the highest administrative organ to the educational management as well as the top one seat of learning during the Yuan (1271–1368), the Ming (1368–1644) and the Qing (1644–19... more about Beijing Imperial Academy
The Forbidden City is the best preserved imperial palace in China and the largest ancient palatial structure in the world. The splendid architecture of the Forbidden City represents the essence and culmination of traditional Chinese architectural accomplishment. Accolades In 1961 the Forbidden City was listed... more about Forbidden City
Temple of Heaven 4.74/5
Type: Landmarks, Historical Relics,
The Temple of Heaven is seen as the most holy of Beijing's imperial temples. It has been described as "a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design". The Temple of Heaven was where the emperor came every winter solstice to worship Heaven and to solemnly pray for a good harvest. Since his rule... more ??about Temple of Heaven
Lama Temple 4.70/5
Type: Temples and Monasteries, Historical Relics, Temples and Monasteries, Religious sites,
Yonghe Lama Temple, in the northeast corner of downtown Beijing, has over 300 years of rich imperial and Buddhist history. It contains the largest wooden Buddha in the world. Yonghe Lama Temple was originally used as the official residence for court eunuchs of the Ming dynasty. It was converted to the royal ... more about Yonghe Lama Temple
Summer Palace 4.68/5
Type: Historical Relics,
The Summer Palace, in the Haidian District, northwest of central Beijing, is said to be the best preserved imperial garden in the world, and the largest of its kind still in existence in modern China. It’s hardly surprising that, during the hot Beijing summers, the Imperial Family preferred the be... more about Summer Palace
The metropolis of Beijing has several shopping districts offering a mind-boggling variety of goods. The traditional shopping districts have been always Wangfujing Street, Qianmen Street, Dongdan and Xidan Commercial Street, but now it seems that Jianguomen Outer Street and Chaowai Street have risen to the top for the latest and most luxurious items. Shopping at outdoor markets remains a not-to-be-missed experience for foreign travelers. Check out the Panjiayuan Collection Street, Xiushui Street and Liulichang Street for local specialties such as cloisonné, ivory carvings, jade pieces, lacquer carvings, antiques and fresh water pearls.
Liulichang Culture Street
Liulichang Culture Street, a few minutes' walk from the south of Hepingmen Subway Station, is a great place for shopping in terms of both variety and atmosphere. Shops are open from 9am to 6pm. The street is thought to have originated in the Qing Dynasty, which is evidenced by the ancient wooden architecture lining both sides of the street. Products sold here include jewelry, antiques, ancient calligraphy and paintings. Enjoy the pleasure of bargaining when you decide to buy something.
Xidan Shopping Area
Beijing Xidan Shopping Centre is located in the bustling Xidan commercial street, a famous centre with 70 years of history. This market covers a range of price levels by providing middle and high quality commodities. Many new shops like Xidan Shopping Center, Xidan Bazaar, Chung-Yo Department Store, Huanan Mansion have recently been established. Many world famous name-brand products are available which reflects Beijing's growing cosmopolitan presence. They make Xidan a paradise for shoppers.
Panjiayuan Collectors Market
(18, Huawei Li, Panjiayuan Road, Chaoyang District)
Panjiayuan Market is an open-air market selling old arts and crafts. It is reputed that marketers from twenty-four provinces come here to sell their wares. Over four thousand stalls offer abundant old merchandise, including old books published during the Culture Revolution, jade bracelets, ancient furniture, hand-made porcelain, calligraphy, paintings and Cultural Revolution propaganda posters. All the things you can imagine and many things you can't imagine are available. However, most of the things on offer are fakes.
Every weekend, millions of visitors come here looking for treasure. Serious collectors are the early birds. Although it is very rare, people have been reported to find priceless ancient treasure. Perhaps that's the real reason why so many people gather here to try their luck each weekend. You may not be lucky enough to find a Ming Dynasty vase or valuable jade pieces from the Qing Dynasty, but wandering around watching the locals doing their business is a fascinating experience.
The market can be chaotic and is usually very crowded. Please keep an eye on your property in the milling crowd. Make a few rounds and compare prices before buying anything. Bargaining is expected.
Beijing Curio City
Beijing Curio City – a representation of Beijing culture. Opening 1995 and covering 26,200 square meters with 600 stores, they sell mainly old and antique furniture, clocks, carpets, ceramics, calligraphy, paintings, white ivory, white jade, crystal jewelry, Shoushan stone carving, snuff bottles, old carpet, bronze statues, old clocks, ancient ceramic porcelain, Tibetan artifacts and most anything you can imagine. Even just walking will give a further understanding and knowledge of Chinese history and culture.
The 2.7 Klm long Silver Street is located in Dongdan Beidajie. The number of shops in Silver Street seems countless. The range includes clothing stores, jewelry stores, household goods stores, beverage stores, bakeries, restaurants of different kids, cinemas, hair salons and wedding photo studio and many more. Each is different in some respect. It is a pleasure just walk down the street to window shop. The area also features specialist traditional handicrafts such as Cloisonné, bronzes, paintings and carvings. Another famous handicraft, Snuff bottles are also found on Silver Street. Genuine snuff bottles from the Qing period are a desirable target for serious collectors and museums.
(Xiushui Dongjie (Xiushui East Street), off Jianguomen Outer Street, near the US Embassy)
Xiushui Street has a silk market (open 9am to 9pm), replete with some of the finest silk products, as well as an amazing array of name-brand clothes, bags such as Reebok, Adidas and Gucci. However, very few of these top labels are the real thing despite their uncanny resemblance. This is probably the reason that serious shoppers usually avoid this market, but there are still a lot of interesting things to see and to do. The fun of the place may not come in searching for the perfect bag or best shirt, it comes in the haggling. It may yield a feeling of accomplishment when you purchase an item at maybe 30 percent of the original price. “No price is fixed” is the golden rule there. The more you haggle, the better price you may get. Xiushui Street is the one of the few places in Beijing where foreigners can purchase clothes and shoes in large sizes.
Qianmen Street is located to the south of Tiananmen Square. Beijing’s original commercial center for 600 years ago; today, it largely deals in Chinese traditional products. With urban development under the Ming and Qing dynasties, Qianmen Street was enlarged by a number of markets, halls and evolved into a major shopping and entertainment-based commercial district. Quanjude, Pianyifang, Ruifuxiang, Tong Ren Tang, Dongyichu established shops which became what is now a century-old cultural circle.
After its renovation in 2008, the stores are lined up side by side in the style of the Hutong. This is good place for good souvenirs as stone or jade stamps carved your name. The Lao She Teahouse is located on west of Qianmen Street, and is a good place to sample chinese teas, read or watch a traditional show.
Tongrengtang was founded in 1669 and served as royal pharmacy patronage in 1861. After 300 years of development, Tongrengtang has expanded and now has a large show-room outside of Beijing. The store has an Chinese traditional style and displays many pictures of the famous ancient Chinese physicians and pharmacists. A visit will enlarge your knowledge of Chinese apothecary as well as provide the opportunity to buy traditional Chinese medicine.
Huairou Cloisonné Factory
The Huairou cloisonné factory, close to the Great Wall at Mutianyu, is the best place to purchase cloisonné. You will find other places that sell similar looking products, even at much cheaper prices, but please keep in mind that there is a huge industry in China in the sale of fake products. This is illegal, but it does not alter the fact that this is a common practice. A little more outlay often avoids the disappointment of being fooled by fake products.
You can also watch the workers at all stages of the manufacturing process to see how these beautiful objects are produced.
Beijing Tea Street
The Tea Street’s real name is Maliandao and is found in the southwestern part of Beijing. The street specialized in anything associated with tea including tea cups, teapots, tables and of course many different types of tea. The two most popular indoor markets are a newly built market in the southern part of the street and other market is called Maliandao Tea City - or Tea Joy Market. Tea city is a four-storey building with three floors reserved for tea. You will find DV cameras, SLR cameras and other photo-related goods on the fourth.
Zhongguancun High-Tech Center
Known as "China's Silicon Valley", Zhuanguancun is Beijing's High-tech center because of its many universities and IT-based companies. There are lots of markets selling every kind of computer part that you can imagine. The Zhonghai electorinic market sells used computers, parts and notebooks. As second-hand parts they sell at low prices if you do not require the latest model. In addition, many of the markets offer reasonably priced of computer repair services.
Yaxiu Clothes Market (Sanlitun Road)
This four-floor store offers all the Chinese clothing your could need in various styles and colors. Ruifuxiang, a famous shop selling qipaos (tradidional Chinese dresses) is located on the third floor. They have lots of traditional silk products on sale, and you can have your qipao tailor-made to your special requirements.
Beijing Xinhua Book Store, Wangfujing Branch: 218, Wangfujing Street (south end), Dongcheng District.
Beijing Book Building: 17 Chang'an Street, Xicheng District.
Beijing Wangfujing Foreign Language Book Store: 235 Wangfujing Street, Dongcheng District.
Beijing Hongqiao Market
Beijing Hongqiao market is located in the south central area of Beijing, just to the east of the Temple of Heaven. It is an indoor mall with a seafood market in the basement and about 3 floors up. It is filled mainly with cheap electronic goods like portable CD players, vcd players, camcorders, batteries, sunglasses, electronics, household phones.The items for sale are less brand conscious and tend to be from real "no-name" Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai companies.
Beijing Hongqiao market features locally manufactured products. The vendors here are really doing wholesale deals but will gladly entertain retail customers. Pearls are of great value here.
Beijing LaiTai Flower Trade Center
Founded on April 18th, 1998,Beijing LaiTai Flower & Plant Co., LTD covers 55000 square meters; it composes Beijing LaiTai flower shopping mall, Laitai flower auction center and Laitai Flower Street. It is the Northern biggest flower gathering and spreading center which has multiple services, including flower wholesale, flower retail, Export-Import business, domestic staple trade, flower auction, information network.,etc.
Jiayixiong Jewelry Co. Ltd
China's freshwater pearls are celebrated throughout the world. See how they are produced including some of the latest technology, and learn how to spot a fake. The outlet also offers a range of items produced from pearls and pearl oysters which goes far wider than jewellery.
As the capital of China, Beijing gathers people from all over the world. The prosperity of the city has endowed Beijing with varied and colorful nightlife. The diversify nightlife in Beijing are suitable for different groups of people, especially for young people, they can go out to spend their night time at cinemas, theatres, nightclubs, song and dance halls, Karaoke clubs, restaurants or bars. Some aged people may like to watch Beijing opera at cinemas or drink in the teahouses. Besides, foreigners may like to watch Kungfu shows and acrobatics shows. Anyway, Beijing provides places for different groups of people to enjoy themselves.
Beijing Clubs and Bars
In Beijing, lots of people choose to indulge themselves in the bars to relax themselves at night. There are hundreds of bars in Beijing, and the famous bar streets like Sanlitun or Houhai are catering to the youth，as well as many foreigners. The music, decorations and various kinds of activities are all great. These bars are also good places to relieve pressure and make friends.
Various performances will be provided from 19:40 to 21:20 (Beijing time).
Address: Building NO.3, Qianmen Street (West), Xuanwu District.
Red Moon Bar
It’s an elegant bar restaurant, with a contemporary decor offering an impressive selection of lunch, cocktails, wines and premium whiskies, featuring a live band performing modern music on traditional Chinese instruments.
Address: No 1, Chang’an Road (east), Grand Hyatt Beijing, Chaoyang District
It provides pure Belgian Beer, and tasty pasta. The owner is a Belgian. Hidden tree is an excellent place for relaxation. This is a favorable bar among foreigners.
Address: No. 12, Sanlitun Street (south)
Peking Opera, Acrobatics Show, Kungfu Show
As the quintessence of China, Peking Opera displays the unique Chinese culture to the whole world. Beijing opera is a combination of acrobatics, singing and dancing. The distinguishing aria of Beijing opera is impressive, and the costumes and masks are quite charming.
With a long history, Chinese Acrobatics has been praised as "A pearl of the Oriental art". The artists' amazing performances will absolutely impress you deeply. A successful acrobatics show really demands superb skills and hard training of the artists. It will give you both mental and physical impression.
Kungfu is the unique Chinese style of martial arts, which is probably one of the earliest and longest lasting sports which utilizes both brawn and brain. The theory of Kung Fu is based upon classical Chinese philosophy.
The following are some popular places for people to enjoy these shows.
Address: No.36, Dong Sanhuan Road (North), Chaoyang District
Address: No.10, 3rd District of Anhuili, Chaoyang District
Address: No.175, Yong’an Road, Xuanwu District