Hello, everyone! I am finally back to Beijing. For those who are new to my blog, I am currently learning Chinese in Beijing, and is on my second semester.
I was so busy in settling down these few days. The nostalgia struck me, and it reminds me the very first time I came to Beijing. Things have been so different because most of my friends are already graduated and moved back to their country. I miss them so much, the memories, the good old days!
But still, everything seems to be settling down, so far so good. The school hasn’t decided which our class is, but I already managed to meet a lot of new Indonesian students.
My friends and I have been bringing the new students around, to explore things like what is nice to eat, and where they can shop for the best value. So I was thinking, I should write about an article to list down a few places that are worth a visit in Beijing.
China has become the second-largest tourism economy within the recent decade, due to its remarkable culture and food at an affordable price. If you had never visited China before, you should consider putting it on your bucket list.
Here is a list of Top 10 Must Visit Place in Beijing!
1. Great Wall of China
One could not claim that he had visited Beijing if he had not set foot on the Great Wall of China. The Great Wall is one of the seven wonders of the world, and I think you should visit it at least once in your lifetime.
The Great Wall of China is the world’s longest wall and biggest ancient architecture. The official length declared, is over 20,000 km, generally built from east to west of China across the northern borders of China over 2500 years ago. The most interesting part is the fact that several walls were built independently long time ago, and was later joined and collectively formed what is called the Great Wall today.
So you can choose the nearest Great Wall to visit, depending on your location. If you are currently in Beijing, I suggest Badaling because it is most famous for its longest cultures and magnificent sights. But if you are planning to go on a public holiday, Mutianyu might be a better option for you.
2. TianAnMen Square – Forbidden City
The Tiananmen Square (or in simplified Chinese: 天安门), which literally translated to Gate of Heavenly Peace, has always been one of the must visits for tourists. Tiananmen Square is within the top ten largest city squares in the world. Inside the plaza, there are the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.
Tiananmen is commonly said to be the entrance gate of the Forbidden City. The entrance fee of Tiananmen Square is free and RMB 15 if you wish to enter the Tiananmen (Gate of Heavenly Peace).
There are a lot of history happened before in this place, which is not very publicly talked about. You can check it here.
How to get there:
Bus: 1, 2, 4, 5, 10, 20, 52, 57, 22, 54, 120, 802, special No.1 bus and get off at Zhongshan Park stop or Tian An Men stop.
Subway: Subway line 1 and get off at East Tiananmen Square
3. Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven is a complex is an imperial complex of religious buildings located in the central Beijing. The temple contains 3 main building; The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, The Imperial Vault of Heaven, The Circular Mound Altar.
How to get there:
Address: on the east of Tianqiao, Chongwen District 67018866
Bus: Take 6, 20, 39
Opening hour: 6:00-21:00
Ticket Fee: RMB 35
4. Summer Palace
Summer Palace has been regarded as the best royal park in China. It is located in the Haidian District northwest of Beijing, around 9 miles from the Central Beijing. Being the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China, It serves as a popular tourist destination and recreational park in Beijing. The Summer Palace is mainly dominated by the Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill.
It is recommended to spend at least half a day here because the area is quite large and there is a lot to explore. I suggest visiting in the summer because in the winter it will be too cold, and the lake area will also be frozen.
Me just casually hanging out in my palace
How to go there:
Take buses No.726, 826, 718, 332, 331 or 737 and get off at Yiheyuan Dongmen
Check for more details: www.summerpalace-china.com
Address: Yiheyuan (Summer Palace) Road, Haidian District 62881144-209
Open Time: 6:30-20:30
Ticket Fee: RMB 40 (low season) / RMB 50 (peak season)
5. Wang Fu Jing
Wangfujing is always full of tourists even on weekdays. Wangfujing is famous for its shopping malls and snack street. The shopping malls are the usual malls with International brands such like Zara, H&M, Forever21 etc. You can also find Apple store, cinema and all kind of restaurant with different kind of cuisines.
Wangfujing snack street is a unique place to visit. You can find Beijing authentic street snack here; all kind fried food from fried scorpion to fried starfish. They also sell local delicacies such as live octopus, stinky tofu, and sugarcoated haws.
There are also a lot of souvenir shops here, selling all sort of items. Tea, herbs, ginseng are among the most popular item to give as a token. If you are like me, who always collecting souvenirs wherever I go, this will be a heaven for you.
There are also other great options for you to buy, ranging from chopsticks, mask acrylic, Chinese bracelets or necklace, Chinese dolls, and authentic Chinese cheongsam and shoes.
You can get there by taking subway Line 1 Wang Fu Jing, just beside Tian An Men subway station.
6. Olympic’s Bird Nest and Water Cube
Beijing Olympic Park is where the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and Paralympics took place. It includes Beijing National Stadium, which is also known as the Bird Nest and Beijing National Aquatic Center or can be called Water Cube.
There is a vast ground area in front of the both building, so it does not feel too stuffy even with all the tourists. If you go there during the day, remember to bring sunglasses and umbrella, because there will be no shelter to stop the blazing sunlight or the cruel rain pour. There is a shopping mall nearby with a lot of restaurants inside, perfect for hungry tourists after a long walk. There are also Miniso and Uniqlo, just in case you need something.
I went there in the evening around 5 o’clock and wait until late night when the buildings will all be covered with colorful light. Exterior view of the stadium at night, overlooking the Dragon Shaped Water System is something you should not miss.
7. 798 Art District
Art is a place to let you escape from the logical reality. An abstract serenity, where you can find joy and peace of mind. I always love to scout and explore art museum or gallery, to find my little peace of mind, especially in a busy city like Beijing.
This place, for instance, is kind of the artistic place where hipsters go. There are a lot of graffiti on the wall and photogenic spots for your Instagram feeds. Not to mention it has lots of food to choose, if you are sick of eating Chinese food every single day.
Unfortunately, I was only able to be here for a while because I was rushing in time. I do not have a lot of pictures to show you, and I am definitely going back to experience this place once more.
Blending in with the wall
8. China National Library
I have a fetish with libraries. I love being in a big hall full of books, tinkering with the possibilities, the possibilities of which book to read. Or just simply watching all the quiet people doing their work, quietly.
If you are someone like me, you have to pay this library a visit. The view and atmosphere are simply outstanding. For your information, we need a library card to enter the library. You can not use your student card or student book even if you are an International student. Just bring your passport to the counter help desk and they will help you out.
9. Peking University
Wherever I travel to, I always love visiting university. Like, London School of Economics in London, or EHWA in South Korea, or National University of Singapore in Singapore.
The west entrance of PKU
Determined to be future PKU undergraduates at such young age
10. Da Tong
Beijing is most famous for its Roasted Pecking Duck and I guarantee you that you will not regret your visit. I fell in love with this restaurant since my first visit, and I totally must recommend it. They have several branches around the city. For convenience, you can go at WangFuJing street. But if you have the luxury of time, you can try the one near Sanlitunits. The restaurant architecture design is truly amazing and beautiful, feeding your stomach and eyes in one go.
The chef showing off his duck slicing skill
So this is the list of Top 10 must visit place in Beijing ! If you have any nice recommendation, please let me know. Stay hydrated and have fun! <3