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TO TRAVEL IN BEIJING
BEIJING TRAVEL TIPS:
1000 THINGS TO DO
Beijing is the first tourist area of China, both for internal attractions and for sites of high interest near the city. The things to see are so many and so interesting as to warrant a trip to China to visit only Beijing and surrounding. From the Great Wall to the Ming Tombs, from the Forbidden City to the Temple of Heaven, from the Summer Palace to the typical Hutong in the center of Beijing. They are all tourist stars of first magnitude testifying the glorious past of this city. Beijing was the capital of China for over 1000 years, for all duration of the Ming and Qing dynasty emperors until the formation of the Republic in 1911. After an interlude (with Nanjing as the capital of China), Beijing once again became the capital of China in 1949 when the Communist Party of China founded the People's Republic of China. Nowadays Beijing (thanks to a clever organization of the tourism industry and thanks to the Olympics hosted in 2008) has become one of the most visited cities in the world, rising over the last 10 years from 100 million to 200 million visitors a year.
Must See Attractions
With the large number of traditional and heritage sites clustered in Beijing, it would be appropriate to call Beijing an open museum. The highlight of this city is the Forbidden City, which is the vast complex of palaces of former emperors of China. It is also counted among the greatest museums in the world. Except Great Wall, another major heritage attraction, all other sites are located just within a radius of 2 miles. Along with the Forbidden City complex, another interesting attraction is Tiananmen Square, the widest square in the world, which faces also the National Museum of China and the Great Hall of the People. Moving south to Chongwen district, you will see the amazing beauty of the Temple of Heaven. Do not miss taking Olympic Bike Tours of the 'Bird's Nest' Stadium in the Chaoyang district. If you are a cultural freak, take a tour of hundreds of galleries in Dashanzi art district. Other attractions: Prince Gong’s Mansion, Summer Palace, and Chinese Ethnic Cultural Park.
In China, Nightlife in Beijing is among the most exciting ones as compared to that in other cities. Beijingers are fond of playing and enjoying and you can find many discos, bars, acrobatics, singing, dancing, martial arts and cinema in Beijing. Enjoy the thriving rock scene at places like D-22, MAO Livehouse, White Rabbit, The Star Live, and Poly Theatre among many others.
If shopping is something that attracts you in your travels, Beijing is the right place to be at. It is the shopper’s paradise, especially for the bargain hunters. Head to east of the city to Chaoyang district where you will find huge markets such as Ya Show Market for cheap clothes, Panjiayuan Market for real antiques and Knick Knacks. For those who want the modern shopping ambience, Financial Street and Seasons Place Mall in the West are perfect. If you like boutique style shops, go to Nanluoguxiang near Houhai Lake. Make it a point to visit Beijing’s Silk market to purchase beautiful carved jade necklaces and strings of Pearls for someone you love. Before you start your shopping trip, get some useful bargaining tips from a native; it always helps.
Beijing is heaven for foodies with all kinds of food available at every step; from simple street food to small family run restaurants to huge international food chains. Chaoyang district in the east of the city is home to biggest number of fine quality restaurants. Here, places like Green T. House and Xinjiang Red Rose are highly popular. Romantic favorite in Beijing is The Courtyard, near the Forbidden City. Made In China, Dadong Kaoya, Yunnanese Dali, Vineyard Café are other popular destinations.
When in Beijing, it is confusing situation for a tourist about what to include in their tourist trail and what to leave, since there is so much to do that it becomes difficult to take everything in a short tour.