As the capital of China, Beijing is not only China’s second largest populous city, but it also has a history dating back nearly 5,000 years. All of this historical significance also makes this city the political, cultural, and educational center of China. From the Temple of Heaven to Tiananmen Square, the city is chock full of iconic must-see sites. For the avid traveler wishing to explore beyond their borders, Beijing offers a getaway experience that can’t be matched anywhere else in the world. A completely new culture in a massive city full of entertaining attractions and rich history awaits, so start practicing your Mandarin!

Beijing’s nighttime skyline


Travel to the Great Wall from Beijing by public transport, private cars, or private tours.

The Great Wall


Beijing’s Forbidden City  is one of the largest and best-preserved ancient architectural complexes in the world.  

Forbidden City


The Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City are just two of Beijing’s nearby famous attractions. For a city with such a long and substantial history, it’s no surprise how many landmarks and attractions there are that allow visitors to take a peek at what life may have been like in ancient China, or even what the political climate was like. Fans of history will appreciate the origins of these historical sites, but even the average traveler can appreciate the awe-inspiring architecture and life-size statues.

Of course, an international trip isn’t complete without a food tour. Grab a quick meal from one of the food vendors lining Beijing’s streets—from steamed buns to hotpot, you can find almost anything being served in a street food market if you search hard enough. If you’re feeling brave, you could even try your hand at eating a scorpion. As interesting as Beijing’s food scene can get, noodles may be a safer bet.

Street Food

Those looking to experience the hustle and bustle of the city have endless opportunities to shop, eat, and sightsee in Beijing’s more metropolitan districts, while the more calm and serene atmosphere of its historical sites may serve as a reprieve from the noise and crowds. Either way, Beijing offers a getaway that is historical, educational, and, most importantly, memorable.  

The Guomao Bridge is the gateway to the World Trade Center in Beijing


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