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Forbidden City

Forbidden City

4.8/5103,462 Reviews
UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site
Palace
Museum
Historical Site
High season (April 1 - October 31) 8:30-17:00 (ticket sales ended at 16:00, admission stopped at 16:10); off season (November 1 - March 31 of the following year) 8:30 -16:30, (ticket sales ended at 15:30, admission stopped at 15:40). Except for public holidays, the Palace Museum will be closed on Monday for the whole year. The specific time is subject to the official website announcement. (Local time)
A vast majority of tourists who visit Beijing for the first time consider the Forbidden City as a place they must see. The Forbidden City, known as Gugong in Mandarin, once served as the imperial palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is a symbol of ancient China. Although it is no longer China's political centre, you can still feel its former glory once you are within the courtyard and surrounded by the high walls. Its long history has left behind a large amount of precious architecture and cultural relics, making it one of the most important cultural heritage in modern China.
Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square

4.7/512,586 Reviews
Square
Before the flag is raised (one hour in summer and half an hour in winter) - after the flag is lowered (one hour in summer and half an hour in winter), the rest of the time is cleared. (Local time)
Tiananmen Square is located on the central axis of Beijing. It is the central square of the People's Warlord Era. Many national symbols such as the Tiananmen Tower, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the People’s Heroes Monument are located here. Tiananmen Square is a symbolic location used by the country for important ceremonies, grand gatherings and welcoming foreign dignitaries. Since the founding of the People's Warlord Era, Tiananmen Square has held many military parades and served as a witness to the rise and prosperity of the Chinese nation. Every morning, the flag-raising ceremony at Tiananmen Square attracts many tourists.
Prince Gong's Mansion

Prince Gong's Mansion

4.5/57,870 Reviews
Famous Residences
On-season (April 1 - October 31) 8:00-17:00; off-season (November 1 - March 31) 9:00-16:00; Prince Kung's Mansion closed from March 20 to May 10 for power supply and distribution system renovation (Local time)
Prince Gong's Mansion near Houhai, is the largest palace from the Qing Dynasty. It was once the residence of Minister Heshen during the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty. Heshen is a famous corrupt official in Chinese history. After Prince Gong moved in, it was renamed Prince Gong's Mansion. Prince Gong's Mansion is a relatively well-preserved palace from the Qing Dynasty. There are more than 30 different types of buildings here. At one point, the garden in the mansion was one the most exquisite mansion gardens in Beijing.
Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven

4.5/57,462 Reviews
Historical Site
Historical Architecture
Four doors open: high season (April 1st - October 31st) 6:00-22:00, low season (November 1st - March 31st of the following year) 6:30-22:00. Attractions in the park: 8:00-17:30 in the high season and 8:00-17:00 in the low season. (Local time)
The Temple of Heaven is a special altar for emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Here, they worship the heavens, ask for rain and pray for a good harvest. It is a famous ancient building in China. The Temple of Heaven is divided into two parts, the Inner Altar and the Outer Altar. Well-known structures such as the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest and the Echo Wall are located in the Inner Altar. While visiting the Temple of Heaven, tourists get to experience the grand praying ceremony of ancient emperors, as well as observe the ingenious designs such as the Echo Wall and the Triple Sound Stones. The wisdom of the ancient craftsmen will not fail to impress you.
National Center for the Performing Arts

National Center for the Performing Arts

4.6/51,493 Reviews
Theater
9:00-17:00 (closed on Monday), stop taking tickets half an hour before closing. Ticket collection time: 9:00-16:30 (Local time)
The National Grand Theater of China is located on the west side of Tiananmen Square. It consists of the main building of the National Grand Theater and the underwater promenades, artificial lakes and green spaces on both North and South sides. The National Theater has a total of five floors, with an opera house, a concert hall, a opera theater and a mini theater. Among them, the opera theater is a theater with ethnic features. The Chinese red color is the main color tone, and the silk walls express the traditional warm atmosphere. The main performances are dramas, operas, local operas and other performances.
Happy Valley Beijing

Happy Valley Beijing

4.6/511,416 Reviews
Theme Park
8:30-22:00, night opening time: 17:00-22:00. (Local time)
Beijing Happy Valley is located in Beijing's East Fourth Ring. It is one of the famous theme parks in Beijing. There are seven theme areas: the Firth Forest, Atlantis, Lost Maya, Aegean Harbor, Shangri-La, Ant Kingdom, and Happy Hour. Beijing Happy Valley has more than 40 entertainment facilities, nearly 100 landscapes, performances, and theme games for visitors to thoroughly enjoy themselves. A visit to Beijing Happy Valley often lasts for more than half a day. There are restaurants in each of the theme areas in the area, and there are also shops selling drinks.
Summer Palace

Summer Palace

4.7/527,883 Reviews
Garden
April 1st to October 31st, 6:30--17:00, the latest departure time is 20:00; November 1st to March 31st, 7:00-17:00, the latest departure is 19:00, the latest admission time is 18:00 (Local time)
Situated in the Haidian District northwest of Beijing, the Summer Palace is a Unesco World Heritage site that used to be the palace and garden of the emperors of the Qing Dynasty. It is the largest and most well preserved royal park in China. Construction of the palace began in 1750 and it served as a residential and entertainment area for the royal members. The palace underwent two major reconstructions after suffering damages during invasions by the Anglo-French Allied Forces and the Eight-Power Allied Forces during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Summer Palace can be divided into three sectors: a political activity area centered at the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity; an empress living area concentrated around the Hall of Jade Billows and Hall of Joy and Longevity; and a tour route concentrated along the long corridor, rear hill, and the west sector.
Nanluoguxiang

Nanluoguxiang

4.4/52,776 Reviews
Featured Neighborhood
Historical Architecture
Open all day (Local time)
Located in the center of Beijing, Nanluoguxiang is a hutong filled with bourgeois sentimentality and old Beijing charm. It is also one of Beijing's fashionable destinations. Here, numerous art and literary specialty shops congregate, as well as a large variety of snack kiosks. Young people, especially the artistic ones, regard it as a must-see destination in Beijing. In the small alleys along the main street of Nanluoguxiang are the former residences of many famous Chinese people. Among them are the mansion of nobleman Sengge Rinchen of the Qing Dynasty and the former residence of the last Empress Wanrong.
Beihai Park

Beihai Park

4.6/53,342 Reviews
City Park
Off-season (November 1 - March 31) 06:30-20:00; on-season (April 1 - October 31) 06:30-21:00. Ship time: morning: 10:00, 11:00; afternoon: 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 (for a pleasant tour, please be sure to arrive at the pier 15 minutes in advance) (Local time)
Beihai Park lies to the northwest of the Forbidden City. Beihai, Zhonghai, and Nanhai are collectively know as the Sanhai. Beihai Park was once an imperial garden. It is also the park with strongest flavor of old Beijing within the Imperial City walls. In the mornings, elderly locals exercise and take a walk with their caged birds; the afternoons and evenings are the best time to taking a rowing trip around the park. When visiting Beihai Park, you can admire the exquisite buildings left behind by the dynasty. You can also sit beside the lake chatting with with the seniors, listening to their stories about Beijing.
Old Summer Palace

Old Summer Palace

4.7/513,090 Reviews
Garden
January-March, November-December, 7:00-17:30(ticket sales end at 15:30); April, September-October, 7:00 -18:00(ticket sales end at 16:30); May- August 7:00-19:00(ticket sales end at 16:30) (Local time)
The Old Summer Palace is a famous imperial garden constructed throughout the 18th and 19th centuries during the Qing Dynasty. It consists of three sections: Yuanming Garden, Changchun Garden, and Yichun Garden. Its excellent view earned it the reputation of "the garden of gardens." However in 1860, British and French troops burned the main buildings into ashes. These days, tourists can only look at the wreckage and imagine its glory during the time of the Qing Dynasty. If your imagination is not good enough, you can learn more about what the garden looked like through the miniature model in Changchun Garden.