Destination Guide: Beijing
Imperial palaces and the Great Wall
Wander the sprawling grounds of the Forbidden City or the Summer Palace, peering into imperial buildings once hidden from view. Follow up with one of the world's most awe-inspiring sights: the Great Wall.
Dine in glamorous restaurants or humble establishments. Feast on Peking Duck, spicy Sichuan dishes or international cuisine in upscale Chaoyang. Select Chinese snacks from corner groceries for picnics at Ri Tan Park. For late-night noodles and steamed buns, visit the night markets on Longfu Si Jie.
Grand palaces, squares and picturesque lakes. View Chairman Mao's portrait in Tiananmen Square and wander the extensive complex of the Forbidden City, its palace buildings glowing with colour. Row a boat across Kunming Lake at the Summer Palace, inhaling cool breezes in summer. Save an afternoon for a walk atop China's Great Wall.
Indulge in stylish designer goods or inexpensive jewellery. Bargain over clothing and tea sets in the crowded maze of Silk Alley, or explore Panjiayuan Jiuhuo Shichang, an authentic market selling calligraphy, jewellery and Cultural Revolution memorabilia. Head toward Wangfujing Dajie for exquisite Chinese silk shops.
Enjoy an evening of Chinese culture, or simply enjoy a cocktail. View remarkable performances of Chinese acrobatics at Chaoyang Juchang or puppets at the China Puppet Art Theatre. For casual after-hours drinks, head to the Back Lakes for Western-style beer and cocktails.