10 Awesome Landmark Sites in Beijing to Take Photos

Beijing, the capital of China, is one of the greatest cities in the world with a history over 3000 years. It is also the home to many of world’s famous landmarks which are MUST to see to take some photos as a good memory of trip. Some of them are centuries old, and some are new and modern. Here, we have picked some of the most famous and worth-visiting Beijing landmark sites and have included some travel info about them that you might find helpful.

5 Historical Beijing Landmark Sites to Take Photos

As the capital city of the two last imperial dynasties of China - Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), Beijing boasts many magnificent historical sites which are now the landmarks of Beijing as well as the MUST sites to visit during your Beijing tour. Below are the 5 most outstanding historical landmark sites of Beijing. Most of them were built during Ming and Qing Dynasties.

the Badalin Great Wall

Badaling Great Wall - Masterpiece among All Great Walls

Badaling Great Wall is very popular among both domestic and foreign travelers because it is not only can be reached from Beijing easily, but also the best representative section of all Great Wall of China. It used to play a significant role in ancient Chinese history.

Type: World Heritage Site, Ancient Ruins, Hiking Trails, Outdoor Activities
Opening Hours: Apr to Oct: 06:30 ~ 19:00 / Nov to Mar: 07:00 ~ 18:00
Tickets: Apr to Oct: ¥40 / Nov to Mar: ¥35
Address: Badaling Timberland, Fangshan District, Beijing 102112, China

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Fobidden City in Beijing

Forbidden City - Most Magnificent Imperial Palace in the World

Once forbidden and now permitted. It was an amazing experience visiting a huge palace once built by the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The cultural richness of china is truly reflected at this historical palace.

Type: Historical Sites, Architectural Buildings, Museum, World Heritage Site
Opening Hours: Apr – Oct: 8:30 to 17:00 / Nov – Mar: 8:30 to 16:30 /Closed Monday (except for national holidays and July – August)
Tickets: Apr to Oct: ¥60 / Nov to Mar: ¥40
Address: No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China

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Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square - Largest Public Square in the World

Tiananmen Square is the heart of Beijing City and the largest center plaza in the world. As a site of many important events, Tiananmen Square enjoys a great political, historical and cultural significance.

Type: Historical Sites, Architectural Buildings, Museum, Interest & Landmarks
Opening Hours: 5:00 ~ 22:00
Tickets: Free for Square
Address: Chang’an Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, 100009, China

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Enjoy the Splendor in Summer Palace

Summer Palace - Best Royal Garden in China

Summer Palace is now a public park, but used to be the private garden for Royal families of Qing Dynasty to decamp during the hot summer days. It has assembled almost the best design, skill and classic features of traditional gardening architecture of ancient China.

Type: World Heritage Site, Royal Garden, Architectural Buildings, Parks
Opening Hours: Apr to Oct: 06:30 ~ 18:00 / Nov to Mar: 07:00 ~ 17:00
Tickets: Apr to Oct: ¥30 / Nov to Mar: 20¥
Address: 19 Xin Jian Gong Men Rd, Haidian District, Beijing 100084, China

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Temple of Heaven Tour

Temple of Heaven - Brilliant World Heritage Site

The Temple of Heaven is the best place in Beijing to explore the traditional royal sacrificial culture of ancient China. At the same time, it is a pleasant place for leisure stay of walking or sightseeing, also for exploration of local culture.

Type: World Heritage Site, Historic Sites, Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Opening Hours: Apr to Oct: 06:00 ~ 20:00 / Nov to Mar: 06:30 ~ 21:00
Tickets: ¥15 / Nov to Mar: ¥10
Address: Tiantan Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100050, China

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5 Modern Beijing Landmark Sites to Take Photos

The ancient is only one side of Beijing's face. The capital city is also one of the most modern and fashionable cities in China with dominating skylines, stylish shopping malls. Below are 5 most incredible modern landmarks of Beijing. Most of them are located conveniently in the downtown area.

5 Modern Beijing Landmark Sites to Take Photos

Beijing Olympic Park (北京奥林匹克公园)

Beijing Olympic Park, also known as Beijing Olympic Green, was the venue for 2008 Summer Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. It will also be one of the venues for 2022 Winter Olympic Games. It is free and open for public, with massive space for stroll, running, sightseeing and photography. Bird's Nest and Water Cube are two most famous sites in the park.

Type: Sights & Landmarks, Water & Amusement Parks
Opening Hours: May to Oct: 06:30 ~ 22:00 / Nov to Apr: 07:30 ~ 21:30
Tickets: Free for the Park (extra fees to enter inside Bird's Nest, Water Cube...)
Address: North of Beisihuanzhong road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China (北京市朝阳区北辰东路15号)

5 Modern Beijing Landmark Sites to Take Photos

The National Grand Theater - the Giant Egg (国家大剧院)

Actually, the official name of the National Grand Theater is National Centre for the Performing Arts. Local people call it the Giant Egg due to its eye-catching egg-shaped architecture. It was designed by French architect Paul Andreu. There usually are many shows and performance held in the theater. If you are opera lover, you should take a visit. It is only about 500 meters from Tian An Men Square and the Forbidden City.

Type: Sights & Landmarks, Water & Amusement Parks
Opening Hours: 09:00 ~ 16:30 (closed on Monday)
Tickets: ¥40
Address: 2 W Chang'an Ave, Xicheng Qu, Beijing 100031, China (北京市西城区西长安街2号)

5 Modern Beijing Landmark Sites to Take Photos

CCTV Tower (中央电视台总部大楼)

CCTV Tower is the headquarter of China Central Television. It is about 234 meters high, built in three buildings that join to become one tower. Local people refer to it as "Big Pants". The CCTV Tower won the 2013 Best Tall Building Worldwide from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The Time Magazine also nominated it as one of the world's top 10 architectural wonders. It can be viewed from neighboring China World Mall perfectly.

Type: Sights & Landmarks, Observation Decks & Towers, Architectural Buildings
Opening Hours: 09:00 ~ 18:00
Tickets: Free
Address: Beijing CBD, Dongsanhuan Middle Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China(北京市朝阳区东三环中路32号)

5 Modern Beijing Landmark Sites to Take Photos

China Zun (CITIC Tower)

The China Zun, with a height of 528 meters, is the tallest building in Beijing, world's 8th tallest building. Its design draws inspiration from "Zun" which is the form of an ancient Chinese bronze ritualistic object. There is an observation deck between 105th and 107th floors which offers panoramic views of Beijing's cityscape.

Type: World Heritage Site, Royal Garden, Architectural Buildings, Parks
Opening Hours: Apr to Oct: 06:30 ~ 18:00 / Nov to Mar: 07:00 ~ 17:00
Tickets: Apr to Oct: ¥30 / Nov to Mar: 20¥
Address: 19 Xin Jian Gong Men Rd, Haidian District, Beijing, China

5 Modern Beijing Landmark Sites to Take Photos

Galaxy SOHO (银河SOHO)

The Galaxy SOHO is the biggest shopping mall in Beijing as well as one of the most stylish architectures in Beijing. Its design was inspired by traditional Chinese courtyards. As you entering deeper into the building, you discover a deep sense of immersion and envelopment. The lower floors are used for retail and entertainment, the middle floors are for work spaces, and the top floors provide bars, restaurants, cafés that offer wide and open views upon the city.

Type: Shopping Mall, Architectural Buildings
Opening Hours: 09:00 ~ 22:00
Tickets: Free
Address: 7A Xiao Pai Fang, Hutong, Dongcheng, Beijing, China (银河 北京市东城区 小牌坊胡同甲7号)

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