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Beijing, the massive capital city of China for centuries, offers you much to discover and explore. You can visit the Forbidden City to witness the history of mighty imperial ancient China, hike the incredible Great Wall to get a lifetime memory, or wander along the traditional hutongs to experience the authentic local life...all of your dreams about the charming Beijing can be true in our Beijing tours.

As one of the world's great ancient capitals, and the capital of the world's upcoming superpower, Beijing is the most important and interesting city in China to travel, both for tourism and understanding China.

Why visit Beijing:

1. A sense of China's history — served as the capital of China in six ancient dynasties for 800 years.

2. A cultural hub — opera, architecture, dialect, food, etc.

3. Tourist friendliness — receiving about 3 million foreign visitors every year.

How To Plan A Trip To Beijing

It may be overwhelming for everyone, not only you, to plan a perfect trip to Beijing, such an amazing city which is full of history and culture as well as thousands of hotels, attractions, shops, and restaurants, that’s why we stand out to help.

Our Beijing Trip Planner is the best tool which aims to help to focus on where to go, where to stay, where to eat, when to go and more vital travel information you need to know before you go, such as Visa-free Policy, city transfer, etc.

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Great Wall of China: Though the Great Wall sketches though more than a half territory of northern China, the best pieces which are regarded as the masterpiece are located in Beijing, such as Badaling Great Wall, Mutianyu Great Wall, Jinshanling Great Wall, etc.

Forbidden City: Uncover Its History and Facts You Didn’t Know

Temple of Heaven: It is the most representative example of Chinese ritual architecture

Summer Palace: It's said to be the best-preserved imperial garden in the world, and the largest of its kind still in existence in China.

Weather & When to Go

Beijing is featured in the temperate and continental monsoon climate. Weather differs in different season. January is the coldest month with an average temperature of -4 °C. Hottest month is July with average temperature of 26 °C.

September and October are the best months to visit Beijing. In autumn days, Beijing greets tourist with pleasant cool weather, better air condition and golden autumn landscape. But actually Beijing is suitable for travel all year around. You can explore different landscape and culture in different season. If you come between December and February, you have chance to witness constant temple fair and the jubilant Spring Festival.

Top Attractions & Places to Visit

Beijing is one of the most popular travel destinations in China. The diverse experiences here attract millions of people to visit this ancient capital city each year. The imperial culture is the essence of Beijing. During its playing as the capital of more than 800 years, many brilliant imperial sites were created, and preserved well, such as Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, etc. There are many other places for you to explore, the most recommended is the Great Wall.

The Great Wall

The Great Wall

The Great Wall of China is one of the most notorious structures in the entire world.

The Great Wall of China is one of the greatest sights in the world — the longest wall in the world, an awe-inspiring feat of ancient defensive architecture. Its winding path over a rugged country and steep mountains take in some great scenery.

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City (Chinese name: 故宫 Gugong 'Former Palace') was the palatial heart of China. It is an imperial palace complex of the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368–1912) in Beijing, China.

As one of the five most important palaces in the world, the grand halls and walls proudly display the essence and culmination of traditional Chinese architecture, fitting for the capital city of the world's largest nation.

Beijing Summer Palace

Beijing Summer Palace

The Summer Palace: resort for the royal family, known as the "Museum of Royal Gardens"

The Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), in northwest Beijing, is said to be the best-preserved imperial garden in the world, and the largest of its kind still in existence in China. It is only a short drive of 15 km (10 miles) from central Beijing, but it seems like another world.

The Best Time to Visit Beijing

The best times to visit Beijing are from March to May and from September to October. These temperate seasons provide the best climate, not to mention colorful scenery. In contrast, summer brings sweltering heat, and winter ushers in cold temps and sometimes snow. While you should be mindful of the weather, you should also steer clear of national public holidays. Millions of domestic tourists flood Beijing's historic and sacred sites. The surge pushes room rates through the roof. (Note that Chinese workers will receive the two days following major holidays off work.)

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