The imposing city of Beijing is home to some of the most recognisable sights in Asia and offers the gateway to a country that was closed off to the outside world for many years. The behemothic Tiananaman Square is the spiritual centre of the city and is surrounded by some of China’s most iconic sights. The nearby Forbidden City dazzles visitors with its sheer size and the breathtakingly beautiful buildings, whilst narrow backstreets known as hutongs house intriguing insights into everyday life in one of the world’s largest cities.

In addition to the historic centre, Beijing’s verdant Olympic Park is a testament to the country’s modern vision, with the Bird’s Nest Stadium and vast landscaped gardens providing an oasis of calm away from the bustle of the city. Further afield, the Great Wall of China is less than two hours away from downtown Beijing and offers visitors the chance to marvel at one of the world’s most staggering architectural feats.


What you’ll love most about Beijing

  • Embark on a journey to the iconic Great Wall of China, marvelling at its ancient fortifications and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside
  • Explore the historic Forbidden City, home to the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties, and immerse yourself in China’s imperial past amidst its grand halls and pavilions
  • Visit the Temple of Heaven, an architectural masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage Site, where emperors once prayed for good harvests and divine favour
  • Wander through the beautiful gardens and pavilions of the Summer Palace, a tranquil retreat that served as a summer residence for the Qing emperors
  • Experience the grandeur of Tiananmen Square, one of the largest public squares in the world, surrounded by important landmarks like the Monument to the People’s Heroes and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong
  • Take a rickshaw ride through Beijing’s traditional hutongs, narrow alleyways lined with courtyard homes, and discover the city’s ancient districts and local way of life

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Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

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Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.


When to Visit

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