Read important information about COVID-19 and travel to China. Take a tour of Beijing, China's bustling capital city home to close to 22 million people. While staying in the city, you will have opportunities to see Tian'anmen Tower, National Museum of China, Great Hall of the People, Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, and the Monument to the People's Hero. You will also explore the legendary Forbidden City - home of the imperial palace for close to 500 years, until 1912. Or you can spend some time exploring the old neighborhoods, known locally as hutongs. Here you can visit Drum Tower, Lama Temple and a Tibetan Monastery, before spending some time in the traditional Wangfujing marketplace. After exploring Beijing, your expedition may take you to the Great Wall or perhaps to a more isolated village, where the contrast with the buzz of urban China will surprise you.
Highlights of Beijing The capital city, Beijing is the quintessential destination for explorations of China. From historical sites that reflect on the country's ancient history to impressive architecture and monuments like the Great Wall, Beijing is a perfect place to start your tour of China! From Beijing, you might have the chance to:
Tour the Forbidden City, a World Heritage Site dating back more than 600 years.
Explore Tiananmen Square, the National Museum, the Great Hall of the People, and Chairman Mao Memorial Hall.
Visit a Tibetan monastery.
Bike through the suburban "hutongs" (old neighborhoods).
Browse local markets.
Hike one of the less heavily toured sections of the Great Wall of China.
Explore Olympic Park.
Tour the 15th century Temple of Heaven.
Try your hand at cooking local dishes with culinary classes.
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