Gateway to the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, Beijing bursts at the seams with cultural and historical treasures. You can watch a traditional Peking Opera, explore the old hutongs by rickshaw or rise early to see the locals practising tai chi outside the Temple of Heaven.
China’s capital instantly captures the imagination. This is a city where the contemporary and the traditional coexist in harmony, and where historic splendours leave a lasting impression.
Even those who have never visited will be familiar with the iconic images of the Great Wall. Over 2,000 years old this mighty monument hugs the rolling hills to the north of Beijing and is recognized as one of the greatest wonders of the world. We recommend driving out to Mutianyu, a quieter section of the wall where you can enjoy unforgettable views from the ramparts.
A must for all visitors is the vast Tiananmen Square. Located at the heart of the city, this is the world’s largest square and is enclosed by many impressive buildings including the Museum of Chinese History and The Great Hall of the People (China’s Parliament). Continue on to the 15th century Forbidden City, home to China’s Imperial dynasties, where you can marvel at the sheer scale of this palace complex.
Make time, too, for the historically protected hutongs of old Beijing, a characterful labyrinth of lanes and courtyards that are easily explored on foot or by rickshaw. If you need a break from exploring the Temple of Heaven has a pleasant park filled with locals drinking tea and perfecting the art of tai chi.
Beijing has so many highlights that it can be hard to know where to begin. Let our specialists design a tailor-made itinerary that suits you perfectly.