What to Do in Beijing

What to see, to buy, to experience in Beijing? What are the best you should never miss, and what are the feature activities only the locals know?

To help you plan your Beijing vacation and explore the real life of this city, here we have collected the TOP 14 Beijing Attractions where you can get a better understanding about the past and present of Beijing and learn more about Chinese culture and history. We have also selected 6 recommended featured activities you can choose to add more fun to your Beijing trip.

Beijing Attraction Map

the Bund in Shanghai

No. 1: Tasting Beijing Roast Duck

You may never miss a dinner of Beijing Roast Duck while visiting Beijing. There are many traditional restaurants, such as Pianyi Fang Roast Duck Restaurant, or Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant, offering you the authentic Roast Duck that cooked in the traditional way. The Roast Duck has a crisp skin and the meat has some fat but not oily. A chef will slice the duck meat beside your table. You will be given freshly made pancakes to wrap the thin slices of duck. Just have a try!

Beijing Opera

No. 2: Watching Beijing Opera

Location: Liyuan Theater in Qianmen Jianguo Hotel

Recommended Length: Over 1 hour

Beijing Opera, or Peking Opera, is visually dramatic with the gorgeous costumes and make-up. The graceful type movements, as well as the sampling of singing, recitation, mime and acrobatics make it a pleasure to watch. The performance shown in Liyuan Theater (consists of separate little pieces) is a good sample of Beijing Opera for first-time visitors to get a taste of what Beijing opera is really like without paying a huge price and sitting through a quite long show.>>Learn More about Beijing Nightlife

Beijing Kungfu Show

No. 3: Watching Legend Kungfu Show

Location: Red Theater

Length of Performance: over 1 hour

Performed by best of China’s Kung Fu practitioners, the Legend of Kung Fu Show is recommended as a wonderful evening entertainment for all ages. Following the great story line - how a boy entering the monastery and making his way through life to finally become the Abbott. It is not just kung fu but dance and the music is all great. All the narrative is shown in both Chinese and English so you can easily understand the story.>>Learn More about Beijing Nightlife

Note: All audiences are not allowed to take photos or video the show.

Shopping in Beijing

No. 4: Shopping

No matter you want to shop in the fashion mall or go to the local market, you can always find somewhere interesting for shopping in Beijing. Wangfujing Business Center and Sanlitun Village are famous for the flagship stores for many world-famous brands. But to buy the souvenirs or some featured gifts, you can go to Panjiayuan Flee Market or Liulichang Ancient Cultural Street, where you can see many unique, ancient and traditional Chinese paintings, books, furniture and some other cultural products. >>Learn More about What and Where to Shop in Beijing

Beijing Local Food and Snacks HuntingBeijing Local Food and Snacks Hunting

No. 5: Beijing Local Food and Snacks Hunting

There are many delicious Beijing cuisines to explore, ranging from the street food to the fine dinings, to explore the fancy Michelin-starred restaurants and local cuisines, such as the Peking duck, mutton hot pot, Lamb Spine Hot Pot, Peking noodles, and various Beijing snacks, like Fried Dough Ring, Fried Triangular Dumpling, Buckwheat Cake, Fresh Ground Mung Bean Juice, Doornail Pasty, Sugarcoated Haws, Glutinous Rice Rolls, Yellow Pea Cake, etc. Especially when the night comes, different night markets start to open and there are even more dishes and snacks for your to try, including not only Beijing food but also Sichuan food, as well as some Muslim food, and more! >>Learn More about Beijing cuisines

Beijing WalkingBeijing Walking

No. 6: Take a Walking Trip in Beijing

For walking enthusiasts, it makes a travel more memorable to explore the charm of Beijing on foot. Beijing absolutely offers a great opportunity to walk or hike. You can either pass through Beijing's busy avenues or narrow hutongs to seek for the different life styles in Beijing. You can also extend your trip to the outskirts to find something adventurous, like trekking on/between the wild sections of Great Wall or in the tranquil forests. There are many walking routes with different degrees of difficulty to allow you to stretch your legs while traveling in Beijing. >>Learn More about Beijing Walking

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