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Things to do in Beijing

With its exciting offering of enticing sightseeing attractions, spectacular architecture and constantly evolving culture, you won’t be disappointed with the fascinating variety of things to do in Beijing.

A city of contrasts that effortlessly combines ancient treasures with cutting-edge architecture, where the powerful and futuristic exist alongside fascinating timeless treasures and hundred year old traditions. Awaken your senses in the Chinese capital, as the Great Wall snakes across the rolling hills and hutong alleyways burst into life as night falls. Sample delicious cuisine in the abundance of restaurants or embrace the flourishing performing arts scene – the opera, acrobatics and expressive dance will take your breath away.

Shopping.

Shopping

Head to the Sanlitun Village, a flourishing and chic shopping and entertainment area with big name shops and a great variety of restaurants. Adjacent to Tianmen Street you’ll find Qianmen Main Street Mall with its older buildings and modern shops. Or haggle for a bargain at Panjiayuan Antique Market in the Chaoyang district.

Sightseeing.

Sightseeing

No trip to Beijing would be complete without seeing the remarkable Great Wall of China – it’s a fascinating example of China’s history and architecture. The ancient palaces are also a ‘must see’, from the Summer Palace to the Forbidden City. Just a short walk from Tiananmen Square you’ll find the National Centre for the Performing Arts. This architectural masterpiece is worth a visit, even if you’re not seeing a show.

Food.

Food

You won’t be disappointed by the exciting dining scene in Beijing. Reserve a kitchen-front table at Black Sesame Kitchen and watch the talented chef prepare eight fantastic courses. Enjoy Dim Sum at Jin ding Xuan Jilou after a visit to Lama Temple or tantalise your taste buds with 5 star dining at The Cut Steakhouse.

Nightlife.

Nightlife

Check out the live music at MAO Livehouse, an affordable and friendly Dong cheng district hangout. Or sample the huge selection of international beers at the Chill Bar. Get your bearings of Beijing’s nightlife on a pub crawl of the Chaoyang district – home to some of the city’s best bars and clubs.

Unforgettable Beijing experiences

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Great Wall of China small group day trip from Beijing
Great Wall of China small group day trip from Beijing.

Discover the Great Wall of China on this small group tour from Beijing. Travel to the restored Mutianyu section and climb the Ming Dynasty watchtowers for incredible views of the Great Wall and the surrounding countryside. You can descend the wall by toboggan or take in the aerial view by cable car (at an additional cost). You'll then enjoy a traditional Chinese lunch and finish your day with a reflexology foot massage.

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