Top things to do in Beijing
- Don’t miss the Forbidden City, built in the 15th century during the Ming dynasty. It’s one of the largest palace complexes in the world and one of astonishing beauty and historical significance.
- Take a photo of yourself on the Great Wall of China. The Great Wall was built over many centuries by various emperors and leaders to protect China from invasions from the north. The best-preserved sections that you’ll see in Beijing today were built during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).
- Indulge yourself with a Chinese banquet and discover why Chinese is considered one of the world’s greatest cuisines. Beijing is home to perhaps the most famous Chinese dish of all, Peking Duck. Don’t leave without tasting it in its hometown!
- See some Peking Opera, the traditional form of theatre and one of the greatest accomplishments of Chinese culture. It combines song, dance, mime and acrobatics.
- Walk around the massive Temple of Heaven, built in 1420 by a Ming emperor to symbolise the relationship between heaven and earth. It is a World Heritage listed site set in lovely gardens.
- Linger in the spectacular gardens of the Summer Palace, first constructed in 1750 under the Qing dynasty as a luxurious royal garden.
- Discover how Beijing’s residents used to live with a tour of the hutongs (narrow alleys) and siheyuan (courtyard houses).
- Shop in one of Beijing’s fabulous markets – get designer knock offs on Silk Road or a pearl in Hongqiao Market.
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Beijing is the capital of China, the world’s most populous nation. It is a city where ancient meets modern in the most spectacular fashion.
Beijing first came to importance as a city as the capital of the State of Yan, some 2,000 years ago. During the Mongol Yuan dynasty it was made the capital of China, but it was during the Ming dynasty that many of its most splendid buildings were constructed.
The Forbidden City, finished in 1423, was the residence of the Ming and Qing imperial families up until China declared itself a republic in 1911. The Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen were also built under the Ming dynasty. From the 15th to the 18th century, Beijing was one of the world’s biggest cities, and today, it is once again.
With about 20 million residents, Beijing has grown at an astonishing rate since the 1980s. It is the political, cultural and educational centre of China. by a single party as a communist state, China has shown how a planned economy and capitalism can work together to create a truly astounding success story.
It is known for its grand palaces, temples, the Great Wall of China and hutongs as well as its modern shopping complexes and electronics industries. Beijing shot to international stardom as host to the 2008 Olympic Games, where the world got a glimpse inside the city like never before. Since then, tourism has boomed.
Beijing is an important commercial city in China and among the most important in the world. It is home to 41 Fortune Global 500 companies, second only in number to Tokyo.
When to go:
Beijing has hot humid summers and dry cold winters. September and October are the best months to visit and from March to mid-May.
FEEL THE PULSE OF BEIJING
A visit to the ancient capital of China is an experience you’ll never forget. Explore the marvels of the Forbidden City and the wonders of the Temple of Heaven, and soak up the atmosphere at the Silk Market. With a central location, the stylish Radisson Blu Hotel Beijing is only a short drive from the international airport and a perfect base for exploring the countless attractions of this vibrant metropolis.