Beijing | 北京.

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Beijing (北京市) alternatively romanized as Peking, is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. It is the world’s most populous capital city. Beijing is the second-largest Chinese city by urban population after Shanghai.

Combining both modern and traditional architecture, Beijing is one of the oldest cities in the world, with a rich history dating back three millennia.

As the last of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, Beijing has been the political center of the country for most of the past eight centuries, and was the largest city in the world by population for much of the second millennium AD.

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It has seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites—the Forbidden City (故宫 博物院, map), *Temple of Heaven (天坛, map), *Summer Palace (map), *Ming Tombs (map), *Zhoukoudian (map), and parts of the *Great Wall (*Badaling, *Jinshanling, *Simatai, *Mutianyu) and the *Grand Canal — all of which are tourist locations.

The centre of the city and most important landmark is *Tiananmen Square (map) near the centre of the city. This is the world’s largest public square and a must see for all visitors from abroad and from elsewhere in China.

Siheyuans, the city’s traditional housing style, the more grand examples are the *Prince Gong Mansion (map) and *Residence of Soong Ching-ling (map). *Hutongs, the narrow alleys between siheyuans, are major tourist attractions and are common in urban Beijing. (*List of hutongs in Beijing)

In addition to the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City and the National Museum of China (map), other major museums include the National Art Museum of China, the Capital Museum (首都博物馆), the Beijing Art Museum (Wanshou Temple, map), the Geological Museum of China, the Beijing Museum of Natural History and the *Paleozoological Museum of China.

For a tourist street food experience, start at Wangfujing (map) has a “snack street” selling such mundane fare like lamb, chicken, and beef as well as multiple styles of noodle dishes, such as Sichuan style rice noodles. + Street Guijie (簋街/鬼街 Guǐjiē, map) it is 1 km of food.

*Peking duck (北京烤鸭 Bĕijīng kăoyā) is a famous Beijing speciality served at many restaurants.

English is spoken by staff at the main tourist attractions, as well as at major hotels. Otherwise, English speakers are not common, so always get your hotel’s business card to show the taxi driver in case you get lost.

The Great Firewall of China blocks popular web services including Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google, and Yahoo (partially blocked include Wikipedia, BlogSpot, WordPress, and Tumblr). To overcome these restriction travelers use VPN services that unblock these favorite websites.


Public transport.

Information about all types of public transport.

The *Beijing Subway, which began operating in 1969. It is the longest subway system in the world. The subway system shuts down around 22:30, and opens again around 05:00, with signage at the entrance to each station. ⇒ *List of Beijing Subway stations (wiki)

BUS: / + – bus route and schedule guide. Beijing’s bus system is cheap, convenient, and covers the entire city. But it is slow compared to the subway (often caught in heavy traffic), and difficult to use if you do not understand Chinese. There are nearly 1,000 public bus and trolleybus lines in the city, including four bus rapid transit lines. Standard bus fares are as low as ¥1.00 when purchased with the *Yikatong metrocard.

TRAIN: The city’s main railway stations are the *Beijing railway station (map).  BEIJING TRAIN GUIDE ( ⇒ *Rail travel in China.

AIRPORT: The *Beijing Capital International Airport located 32 kilometres (20 mi) northeast of the city center. The Beijing Daxing International Airport located 46 kilometres (29 mi) south of the city. (*Beijing Airport Bus)


Today we share the 9 best things to do in Beijing, perfect for those planning a trip to Beijing. We include things to know before you go to Beijing, the best places to visit in Beijing and tips for visiting Beijing, all in this Beijing vacation guide.

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Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.


The documents you are to prepare before submission of visa application. Guidelines for Visa Applications. Visa Service Center.

China Highlights is one of the best China tour companies. The website has a lot of useful information about China.

Baidu Maps.

It is one of the most popular digital mapping services in China. Public transportation directions for major cities in China.

China Culture is an official website of the Chinese government that provides information on Chinese culture and arts. It offers articles, videos, and images on topics such as history, literature, calligraphy, painting, and folk customs. – is one of the best China tour companies that specializes in customized and creative China tours.

China Daily is an English-language newspaper that provides news and information about China, including cultural events, tourism, and travel advice.


China Sichuan Food: This website is dedicated to Sichuan cuisine.

The Woks of Life is a food blog run by a family of Chinese-American foodies. They share recipes and stories about Chinese cuisine, as well as tips on cooking and entertaining.

Omnivore’s Cookbook is a food blog that offers a mix of Chinese and other Asian recipes.

China Daily is an English-language newspaper that offers coverage of Chinese food culture. Its food section features articles on regional cuisine, restaurant reviews, and culinary events.

Migrationology is a travel and food blog run by food blogger and YouTuber, Mark Wiens. He has a section on his website dedicated to Chinese food and street food, where he shares his experiences and recommendations.

Eating Asia is a blog run by food and travel writers, Robyn Eckhardt and David Hagerman. They specialize in documenting food and culture throughout Asia, including China.