Beijing
Beijing

Beijing

The Chinese capital continues to fascinate visitors from all over the world.

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5 good reasons to go to Beijing

The mysterious Forbidden City
The mysterious Forbidden City
This imperial complex built on an extraordinary scale has lost none of its original splendour. After being a source of intrigue to Westerners for centuries, it can now be visited easily with all the respect that this historic site deserves.
Climb up onto the Great Wall of China
Climb up onto the Great Wall of China
Built over several centuries as a method of defence against barbarian invasions, this rampart winds through 17 provinces. It is the largest structure ever built by man. The best restored sections are in the mountains north of Beijing, but there are also hikes leading to other portions in ruins.
Venture into the Hutong
Venture into the Hutong
These ancient streets will plunge you into the heart of the Beijing of the past, revealing authentic scenes of life with street vendors, children playing in the alleys, rickshaws wending through it all and trees fighting to grow amidst the chaotic network of electricity cables. This is where the real charm of Beijing lies.
Walk on Tian'anmen Square
Walk on Tian'anmen Square
On one side, this vast square opens onto Soviet-style buildings built to the glory of the communist regime, and on the other side to the Gate of Heavenly Peace, which is the main entrance to the Forbidden City. It effectively summarizes the incredible history of this vast country that succeeded in achieving unity.
The panoramic view from Coal Hill
The panoramic view from Coal Hill
Before offering the most stunning view over the golden roofs of the Forbidden City, this 108m man-made hill was originally created after the digging of the moat. It protected the city from evil spirits carried by the north winds.

To see / do

Culture and History

The Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven

Built by the Ming dynasty at the same time as the Forbidden City, from 1406 to 1420, this sanctuary is considered the culminating achievement of traditional Chinese architecture and symbolism. Both inside and out, its luxurious decor is a must-see that is worth having explained in order to understand it better.

Summer Palace

To escape the stifling heat of the capital, the emperors built a leisure palace surrounded by vast lakes and gardens. The site covers 290 hectares and contains multiple pavilions, temples and sanctuaries dotted throughout this peaceful and harmonious setting.

Ming Tombs

Ming Tombs

Nestled in a valley to the north west of Beijing, this burial site contains the tombs of 13 of the 16 emperors of the Ming dynasty. It is quite simply one of the most beautiful burial grounds in China. You can visit it during a day trip. The must-sees include the “Spirit Way” and the Dingling Tomb.

Lama Temple

This is one of the biggest temples in Beijing, and perhaps the most impressive. It was originally Emperor Yongzheng’s palace before it was given to Tibetan monks. It miraculously survived the cultural revolution and has been used by the regime to legitimize its link with Tibet. It remains a magnificent piece of architecture that is definitely worth visiting.

National Museum of China

National Museum of China

They needed a museum on the same scale as the country itself... And that’s just what has been achieved! This vast museum covers every period from prehistory through to the cultural revolution. The section on Ancient China, containing some exceptional collections, is the most fascinating.

Excursions

Zhongnanhai and Beihai Park

To the west of the Forbidden City there are several large lakes whose banks have become popular parks with magnificent pavilions and imperial buildings. They are pleasant spots for relaxing on the water’s edge or hiring a pedal boat on the calm surface of the lake dotted with lotus flowers. Hortensia Island is crowned by the White Dagoba Temple, a 36m high Tibetan stupa built during the Dalai Lama's visit in 1651.

Attend an opera

Attend an opera

The Beijing Opera performs almost every evening in the magnificent Zhengyici Theatre, the last wooden theatre in the country. You can also watch this ancestral art at the Palace of Corporations or Prince Gong’s Mansion in summer. The performances are inspired by Chinese history and literature and combine singing, dancing, mime and acrobatics in a grand display of colourful costumes and extravagant make-up.

Time for tea

Tea culture is hugely important in China. Tea is drunk all the time, whether in a very succinct manner or, conversely, in a much more sophisticated fashion as part of traditional ceremonies in which the very finest teas are served. Tea Houses and Pavilions also regularly organise traditional music, acrobatics, martial arts and theatre performances, making them excellent places for discovering Chinese culture.

The legacy of the 2008 Olympic Games

The legacy of the 2008 Olympic Games

The Olympic Games had a profound impact on Beijing, which had carried out major building work to clean up, modernise and equip the city for the occasion. With the construction of a new airport, doubling of the metro network and the creation of a high-speed train line, it was  public transport that really benefited from the games. The Olympic Park is located 8 km south of the city centre. In particular, you can admire the famous National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, and the Olympic swimming pool Water Cube.

Gastronomy

Lacquered duck

This imperial dish is the most famous in northern China. After being carefully dried and brushed with a sweet marinade, the duck is roasted over scented wood chips. It is then finely sliced and wrapped in a pancake with sauce, chives and cucumber, a real delight.

Shandong Flavours

Shandong Flavours

The home of Confucius, this region located further south is more agricultural than the area around Beijing. It is the capital’s major supplier of cereals, vegetables, fish and seafood, so it is not surprising that many specialities from this region are found in the city, such as sweet and sour carp or Moo Shu pork, served minced in pancakes with scrambled eggs and black wood ear mushrooms.

The capital of an empire

From Sichuan spices to delicious Cantonese dim sum, you will find specialities from all over the country in Beijing. Some dishes even originate from the steppes or distant Arab countries, especially those made with lamb such as Mongolian stew, a dish particularly well suited to the nomadic life of those living in caravans.

Practical information

Currency

Yuan

Spoken languages

Mandarin Chinese

Time difference

+6h GMT

Distance

8684 km

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