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The largest central city square in the world, which serves not only as Beijing's symbol but also for the whole of China. This immense courtyard is the site of various historical events. The square is surrounded by a variety of significant edifices namely, the Chinese Revolution History Museum, the Mao Mausoleum, the Great Hall of the People, the elegant and beautiful Tiananmen (Heavenly Peace Gate) Tower, and the Qianmen (Front Gate).

Tiananmen Square FREE

 

The largest and the best-preserved Imperial Palace complex in the world. It once had 9,999 rooms, just a single room short of the number that ancient Chinese belief represents 'Divine Perfection' (many were desolated and now there are around 8,000 rooms).  It's surrounded by a moat six meters deep and a ten-meter high wall.  For five centuries, this palace functioned as the administrative center of the country as well as being the residence of emperors and empresses of the Yuan (1271 - 1368), Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1644 - 1911) dynasties.

Forbidden City 60RMB/$8.6
The highest point in Beijing City, was built in 1179 during the Jin Dynasty and has a history of more than 800 years. Inside Jingshan Park, an area of approximately 57 acres, is Jingshan Hill which rises to a height of 48 meters, and from its top visitors can see the entire city of Beijing. Jingshan Hill was built in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty.  On the summit of Jingshan Hill five scenery viewing pavilions were built, and from these the visitor can clearly see the layout of the Forbidden City.  This is a very popular park for local Chinese to gather and sing traditional songs, dance and exercise.

Jingshan Park

5RMB/$0.7

Made of bricks and stone, is 48 meters high and also is two stories. On all four sides of the tower there is an arched door on the first floor. A stairway leads to the second floor. On the second floor there is also an arched door with a stone window framing each side. Right in the middle of the second floor is the big copper bell that tells the time. It is hung on a wooden framework. It is the heaviest bell in China. There is a round wooden peg that knocks the bell.
Bell Tower 12RMB/$1.7
The telling time center during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties (1271-1911), located at Dongcheng District of Beijing, is a unique tourist attraction.  Drum Tower was initially built in 1272 during the Yuan Dynasty, was rebuilt in 1297 during the Yuan Dynasty and in 1420 and 1539, during the Ming Dynasty. The two-story structure was made of wood with a height of 47 meters. On its second floor there originally were 25 drums. Among them, there was one big drum and 24 smaller drums. Now, only the big drum is left. The drum is beaten four times a day, for 15 minutes at a time.
Drum tower 12RMB/$1.7
Designed to introduce the long history of the city of Beijing, display the great achievements of the modern urban planning and development, and exhibit the future of Beijing's urban development. The 16,000 square-meter floor space is distributed on 4 floor levels in the Hall, with 8,000 square meters for exhibits

Beijing Planning Exhibition 30RMB/$4.3
The Summer Palace is the archetypal Chinese garden, and is ranked amongst the most noted and classical gardens of the world. In 1998, it was listed as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.  Composed mainly of Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake, The Summer Palace occupies an area of 294 hectares (726.5 acres), three quarters of which is water. Guided by nature, artists designed the gardens exquisitely so that visitors would see marvelous views and be amazed by perfect examples of refined craftwork using the finest materials.  Centered on the Tower of Buddhist Incense, the Summer Palace consists of over 3,000 structures including pavilions, towers, bridges, and corridors.
Summer Palace 40RMB/$7
Initially built in the 10th century, it has a history of over a thousand years, including five dynasties, Liao, Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasty (916--1911).  The Park has an area of more than 700,000 square meters, with a water area that covers more than half of the entire Park. At the center of this Park is an island called Qionghua Island (Qiong Island for short). The perimeter of the Island is 1,900 meters and its highest point is 32 meters. In the north area of the park is a big pool called Taiye Pool connecting the other two pools with each other.

Beihai Park

10RMB/$1.4

A beautiful lake surrounded by hutongs, hundreds of bars and restaurants.  Possible to hire bicycles, boats or even ride on a traditional rickshaw.  A very popular place for families to relax during the day and also a nightlife hotspot.
Houhai Lake Free
The place where people paid homage to Confucius during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Now the temple houses the Beijing Capital Museum.  The Temple of Confucius was initially built in 1302 and additions were made during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It has a total area of 22,000 square meters (5.4 acres). It is the second largest temple constructed for Confucius, the greatest thinker and educationalist in ancient China, ranking only behind the Temple of Confucius in Qufu, Shandong Province.
Confucian Temple 10RMB/$1.4
Wangfujing is now considered the central heart of the city.  A walk from end to end would take you about 30 minutes, and that's without looking at any shops.  The street has two major shopping malls and a number of large department and souvenir stores, and whole side streets full of food stalls, Chinese painting stores, the biggest bookstores in Beijing, and the largest outdoor TV screen in Beijing.  At night the neons can be compared to those of any major city in the world and are very popular with Chinese tourists, especially those coming from less developed parts of China.  Most shops stay open till around 9pm and sometimes an impromptu night market 
Wangfujing Free
This mall replaced the infamous outdoor market.  If you don't have much time for shopping in Beijing, this could be the only place you need to visit.  There are many fake goods here despite the government making efforts to stamp it out across the city.  Items which you can find include: Clothes, Shoes, Souvenirs, Chinese Rugs/Carpets, Golf Equipment, Pearls, Watches, Sunglasses, Silk by the roll, Chinese Paintings, Small Electronics and many other things.  Many goods can be very cheap but don't go here by yourself or you will pay far too much for anything you buy.  The first price you will be quoted may be 10 or 20 times the actual price.  Either go with your helper or bargain very hard.

 

Silk Market (Xiu Shui) Free

The Temple was built in 1420 A.D. during the Ming Dynasty to offer sacrifice to Heaven. As Chinese emperors called themselves 'The Son of Heaven', they dared not to build their own dwelling, 'Forbidden City' bigger than a dwelling for Heaven.  The Temple of Heaven is enclosed with a long wall. The northern part within the wall is semicircular symbolizing the heavens and the southern part is square symbolizing the earth. The northern part is higher than the southern part. This design shows that the heaven is high and the earth is low and the design reflected an ancient Chinese thought of 'The heaven is round and the earth is square'.
Temple of Heaven 15RMB/$3 
The Old Summer Palace which is also known as the Ruins of the Yuanmingyuan (the Garden of Perfection and Light). The Garden was first constructed in the year 1709 during the reign of the Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Hundreds of scenic spots in the Garden are made up of exquisitely constructed halls, pavilions, chambers, kiosks, earth and rock hills, rivers and ponds, and exotic flowers and grasses from different parts of the country. Indeed, it embodies the essence of Chinese ancient landscape gardening.

Ruins of the Yuanmingyuan

( Old Summer Palace)

10RMB/$1.5

 

The Beijing Botanical Garden is a 400 Hectare park close to XiangShan Park at the foot of the Western Fragrant Hills. The Botanical Garden contains the WoFoSi (Sleeping Buddha) temple and was established in 1955.

Beijing Botanical Garden

10RMB/$1.4

The hutongs came into existence in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) when Kublai Khan (first emperor of the Yuan Dynasty) founded Beijing as the capital. In the residential area, all closed courtyards were built in a neat layout, and hutongs served the purpose of going around. During that period, hutongs were all 9.3 meters (30.5 feet) in width, which let the sunshine in all the year round. In the later dynasties, small ones were formed within the existing hutongs, as a result, hutongs now vary in width and length and some even have many turnings.
Walking in Hutongs Free
The park was first built in 1186 in the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234) and later extended to a large scale in the Yuan and Ming dynasties. In 1745, Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799) ordered the addition of many new halls, pavilions and gardens and gave it a new name, Jingyi Garden (Garden of Tranquility and Pleasure). Unfortunately, in 1860 and 1900 after the Summer Palace and the Yuanming Yuan (the Old Summer Palace) were set on fire, lots of relics in the Fragrant Hills were damaged by foreign troops. Since 1949, with a half-century's restoration and development by Chinese government, Fragrant Hills Park has been recognized as one of the ten most famous parks in Beijing.

Fragrance Mountain

20RMB/$2.9

The 'Eight Great Sites' park, refers to the eight Buddhist temples and monasteries scattered across Cuiwei, Pingpo and Lushi hills at the foot of Beijing's Western Hills Scenic Area. Located along the outskirts of Beijing, it was restored during the 1980's and has since become a famous tourist destination. There are a total of eight former Buddhist temples and monasteries in Badachu Park. Including the Temple of Eternal Peace (Chang'ansi), the Temple of Divine Light (Lingguangsi), Three-hill Nunnery (Sanshan'an), the Temple of Great Mercy (Dabeisi), Dragon Spring Nunnery and the Temple of Fragrant World.

Badachu

10RMB/$1.4

Elegant and ancient temple known as the Yonghe Lamasery, which is the largest and most perfectly preserved lamasery in present day China.  Built initially in 1694 during the Qing Dynasty, this building was the residence of Emperor Yongzheng when he was just a prince. However, in 1744 the Qing Dynasty formally changed the status of the dwelling to that of a lamasery, and so Yonghe Lamasery became the national centre of Lama administration.

Lama Temple

25RMB/$3.6

Near the Badaling section of the Great wall, so certainly worth going if you go to Badaling  (see below).  The mausoleums of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). The mausoleums have been perfectly preserved, as has the necropolis of each of the many emperors. Because of its long history, palatial and integrated architecture, the site has a high cultural and historic value. The layout and arrangement of all thirteen mausoleums are very similar but vary in size as well as in the complexity of their structures.

Ming Tombs

60RMB/$7.60

Most tourists visit this section of the wall because it is the closest and best restored part of the great wall.  However it is also the most crowded.  There is also a cable car (50 RMB). 
For those who have limited time.
Or for those who want to see a few other places while there such as the Ming Tombs and Sacred way.
To rent a taxi for the day will cost around 900 RMB ($128)
Alternatively do a group tour with your hotel.This tour available daily costs 380RMB including admission, lunch & transportion with stop over for shopping
1 hour drive from central Beijing

1-2 hours on the wall

Badaling: The Great Wall 40RMB/$5.7
Steps are easier than Badaling, there is a cable car up (35 RMB) and a toboggan (55 RMB) or cable car down (50 RMB return trip).  Also good for those who want a challenge because you can walk all the way to the left, then all the way to the right.
2to4 hours on the wall
For those with children or those who do not want to commit to walking for a long distance.
To rent a taxi for the day will cost around 750 RMB ($108)

Alternatively do a group tour with our hostel.This tour available daily in our hostel costs 320RMB/ person inluding admission£¬breakfast, lunch and transportaion, no shopping.

If you don't wish to take the kunch, you could pay 30RMB less. As you know the food on the wall is generally extremely expensive we suggest youshould tale the whole package.

Mutianyu: The Great Wall 40RMB/$7

2 hour drive from central Beijing

Perhaps the best option if you have the time and energy (to walk one direction for 3-4 hours 10 km).  Absolutely beautiful, some areas are really badly damaged, there are bridges and rivers and usually not many people. But it is not recommend for senior citizens, children , the person with heart disorder or the disabled to climb this section .

 

3-4 hour walk (from one end to the other, 10 km)
If you have the time and energy.

Alternatively do a group tour with your hotel.

This tour available in our hostel costs 350RMB/person inluding breakfast, admission, lunch & transportation there and back .

Hiking on the wall from Jinshanling to Simatai: The Great Wall

which involves two sections of the wall and twice entrnce fee should be paid

entrace fee 45RMB times 2 /$13

4 hour drive from central Beijing

To rent a taxi for the day will cost around 700 RMB ($100)

for transportation only

 

Starts at 19:30, The Red Theatre, 44 Xingfu Daije, Chongwen District (6714 2473)

Originally known as Chongwen Worker's Cultural Palace Theater. After the renovation, the stage facilities has been dramatically improved and now the theater specializes in traditional Chinese performances, such as "The Legend of Kung Fu".

Kung Fu Show
180RMB - 680RMB/$26 - $97
It is available daily and you could book the cheapest ticket through our hostel at 190 RMB for both admission and one way transportation

show with acrobatics, traditional music, opera,

dance and traditional costume, includes dinner.
Dinner: 19:00.  The Performances: 20:00 - 21:30
1 Dayabao Hutong, Dongcheng District (6527 2814)

 

Beijing Night Show

280RMB - 680RMB/$40 - $97
It should be cheaper if you book through your hotel
It should be cheaper and available daily if you book through our hostel
Performances start at 17:15 and 19:15

Chaoyang Theatre, 36 East Ring Road, Chaoyang District (6507 2421) or at Workers' Club in Hufangqiao

Chinese Acrobatics Show
180RMB-360RMBincluding admission and one way transportation
It should be cheaper if you book throughour hostel which costs 160RMB/ person including admission & one way transportation

Performances run from 19:30 to 20:40

Li Yuan Theatre, inside the Qianmen Hotel

Beijing Opera

180RMB - 360RMB/PERSON

including one way transportation and admission

Start at Tian'anmen Square, enter the Forbidden City, have lunch then go to either Jingshan Park (aerial view  of forbidden city) or Beihai Park (large lake etc).  Alternatively look around the hutongs (walk, cycle or take a rickshaw).  There is so much to do in this area (and it's very central).  The Bell and drum towers are also in the area.  It's well worth spending a couple of days here if you have time.  Some people prefer to spend a whole day on just the Forbidden city.
Suggested Itinerary 1
Go to the Summer Palace, you can really spend all day here.  The old summer palace is very close so it's probably worth a look if you have the time.  There's a fun maze there and the whole park looks very out of place in Beijing.  Opposite is a nice restaurant with a tea shop where you can try a variety of traditional Chinese tea. 
Suggested Itinerary 2
Visit the Great wall.  Have a look at the three sections that we suggest above (Badaling, Mutianyu and Simatai).
Suggested Itinerary 3

If you want to see a few more different temples go to the Lama Temple, then the nearby Confucian temple have some lunch before finishing your day at the Temple of heaven.

Suggested Itinerary 4
Head back to Tiananmen Square, take a look at the Beijing Planning exhibition and possibly one of the Museums surrounding the square.
In the evening you could also go to Wangfujing Night Market for all Chinese food
Suggested Itinerary 5

Climb Fragrant Mountain (or take the cable car) then look around the botanical gardens before heading over to Badachu park if you still have time and energy.

You can then head to Wangfujing, Pearl Market or Silk Street for some shopping.

Suggested Itinerary 6
Taxis
Taxis are very cheap and convenient.  Most of the attractions are very central (around 10RMB/$1.29 to 25RMB/$3.23 ).  The longest rides will be to the Summer Palace and Fragrant Mountain or Badachu park (less than  60RMB/$7.60).  You can rent a taxi for the day for 8 hours (400RMB/$51.60).  However this is not recommended as there is no real benefit and parking can be problem.  The same goes for renting a car (also double or triple the cost of renting a taxi for the day).
Larger vehicles: If you require a larger rental vehicle, we can arrange this for you or you can book it through your hotel.  However we strongly suggest using taxis (use 2 taxis if you need to).
About Beijing taxis
A bus ride will usually cost 1RMB/$0.12

A subway ride will usually cost

3RMB/$0.36

     

Beijing City Tour

available daily inluding forbbiden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven with admission &lunch

Designed for short term stay in Beijing

Hutongs Tour on tricycle

2 and half hours

Available daily in our hostel which is located in the hutong area.

Other customed tours

also available in our hostel for further consultation

For more informatin and help

lindyguo@hotmail.com