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Things to Do in Beijing

Want to know some of the standout things to do in Beijing? Then have a look through our handpicked suggestions below...

1. Get Lost in the Hutongs

The ancient network of lanes and alleyways that make up the Hutongs of Beijing are absolutely fascinating. By turns rundown and gloriously grand (particularly in the case of the impressive courtyard houses, known as ‘siheyuan’), this is perhaps the city’s most intriguing quarter.

2. Allow Yourself a Trip to the Forbidden City

Although Beijing has a number of impressive sights (the Summer Palace and the Great Wall amongst them), the Forbidden City is probably the most awe-inspiring. It was home to the country’s Emperors for five centuries and the sense of antiquity as well as the sheer might of Imperial China that hangs around the place is tangible.

3. Have a Stroll around the Houhai

Surrounded by the Hutongs of the Old Town, the Houhai Lake is calmness and serenity personified. Join the city’s young inhabitants in hiring a boat, striking out to the middle of the lake and drifting lazily on a warm summer’s evening.

4. Tiananmen Square and (the Mawkish) Mao’s Mausoleum

An impressively vast open space in the city, Tiananmen Square contains the mausoleum of former head of state Chairmen Mao. It also has a central place in modern history for the infamous events of 1989, when the Chinese government reacted to a series of popular demonstrations by violently suppressing the participants. These days, all is peaceful, with only visitors and kite flyers populating the square.

5. The Night Markets

For cheap, delicious food, and one of the most important cultural experiences in China, make for the night markets. In addition to the Dong’anmen, you can also go to Longfu Si Jie and the Dongwuyuan Yeshi. All serve food at a price that the city’s restaurants can’t match – and with more interesting views, too!

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