Beijing, China

Beijing is the capital of the most populous country in the world, the People's Republic of China, and also its second largest city after Shanghai. It was also the seat of the Mi... more

Beijing, China

Beijing is the capital of the most populous country in the world, the People's Republic of China, and also its second largest city after Shanghai. It was also the seat of the Ming and Qing dynasty emperors until the formation of a republic in 1911. Beijing is the political, educational and cultural centre of the country and as such it is rich in historical sites and important government and cultural institutions.

Beijing has a monsoon-influenced continental climate with hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters. The best time to visit is in September and October, during the "Golden Autumn". Spring is the season for dust storms and is otherwise warm and dry. Summer can be oppressively hot and the tourist crowds tend to be the largest as well; prevailing winds from the south trap pollutants (mountains lie to the north and west), making summer the worst season for air quality. Winter is cold and dry with infrequent, but beautiful, snow. Temperatures can easily fall below −10 °C in winter and or just as readily rise above 35 °C in summer as well.

The centre of the city and most important landmark is Tiananmen Square in Dongcheng District. This is the world's largest public square and a must see for all visitors from abroad and from elsewhere in China. The square is surrounded by grand buildings including the Great Hall of the People, the Museum of Chinese History, the Museum of the Chinese Revolution, the Qianmen Gate and the Forbidden City. It is also home to the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall and the Monument to the People's Martyrs and was also the site of the infamous massacre of student activists by the Peoples Liberation Army in 1989.

The most important palace, bar none, is the Forbidden city in Dongcheng District. The Forbidden City was home to the Imperial Court during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Unlike many other historical sights, the Forbidden City was relatively untouched during the cultural revolution due to the timely intervention of premier Zhou Enlai, who sent a battalion of his troops to guard the palace from the over-zealous Red Guards. The Temple of Heaven in Chongwen District is the symbol of Beijing and is surrounded by a lively park typically packed with hordes of local people drinking tea, practicing calligraphy or tai-chi or just watching the world go by. The Yonghegong (Lama Temple) in Dongcheng District is one of the most important and beautiful temples in the country.

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Nuage is a contemporary dining and entertainment venue in Beijing's historic houhai area featuring a Vietnamese restaurant and contemporary asian night club, all under one roof.

  The name Mughal refers to the sophisticated flavors developed during the Mughal rulers from Persian Empire, whose influence was quite important in making the food culture of Pakistan & Indian as what is today.   Our Menu incorporates b...

  Checked table clothes, baskets hung up on the ceiling, menu written on black board,storeroom... Everything is done to recreate the French restaurants atmosphere, embedded between Alsace and Perigord, Auvergne an Brittany. On the shady terr...

Grandma's Kitchen will give you a taste of good old American comfort food with favorites such as strawberry milkshakes, chicken noodle soup, BLT sandwiches, and apple pies.

As the capital’s first use of combined Chinese and Western classic Art Deco style, Suzie Wong’s original concept was created by Chinese owners with international standards. The Suzie Wong spirit and philosphy “understanding and friendly; internation...

The award-winning Centro is an icon in the city's bar and nightlife scene. It is driven by its service concept of "Beautiful People Serving Beautiful People", and features world-class jazz acts, an extensive selection of fine wines and champagne, an...

Sichuan Hot Pot is best described as a Chinese fondue, but with meats and vegetables cooked in a large wok of boiling chilis and oil. It's a shared culinary experience, but it can be unpredictable. Huangcheng Lao Ma is a more upmarket option for hot...

Justine’s, serves French cuisines of the highest quality and refinement.? It has fine tableware and exquisite crystal. Based on 25 years experiences of French cuisine, we provide you the best experience of delicacy in Beijing.

Red Capital is Beijing first courtyard home restaurant and private boutique hotel located in a hutong. These unique heritage properties emphasize historical traditions and bring guest back to the nostalgia of old Beijing.

  Located in a historic building that belonged to the imperial court of the Qing Dynasty, the CourtYard has been renovated to fuse the past with the present and Asian architecture with Western design. After dinner, visit the CourtYard Gallery Lo...

  Brasserie FLO, Beijing’s only authentic French brasserie and winner of eight consecutive years for “Best French Restaurant in Beijing” from 2004-2011 by “the beijinger Magazine” opened its doors in Beijing 12 years ago.   Superbly loca...

  Slowly cooking meats over oak, pecan or mesquite woods is an age-old Texas tradition. This classic American cuisine has now arrived in Beijing with its first Texas-style Bar-B-Q house. At Tim’s, we hand-rub our beef briskets with a secret ...

Paddy O'Sheas is Beijings Only Irish Owned, Irish Managed - Irish Bar and we pride ourselves in doing our utmost to maintain the quality that we have built up since opening in 2007. We are very conveniently located in downtown Beijing.

This venue plays host to a range of live bands — from jazz to blues to reggae to hip-hop. It can have a highly-charged atmosphere and attracts an eclectic crowd. 

Things do to in Beijing

Bei Hai Gongyuan

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Beihai Park is an imperial garden to the northwest of the Forbidden City in Beijing. First built in the 10th century, it is amongst the largest of Chinese gardens, and contains numerous historically important structures, palaces and temples. Since 1...

Tiananmen Square is a large city square in the center of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its North, separating it from the Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square is the third largest city square in the wo...

The Temple of Heaven is located in southern Beijing.It was first constructed in 1420, the 18th year of the reign of Ming emperor Yongle,and was extended and renovated during the reigns of Ming emperor Jiajing and Qing emperor Qianlong.It was the pla...

Summer Palace landscape, dominated mainly by Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake, covers an area of 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is under water. Its70,000 square meters of building space features a variety of palaces, gardens and other...

The Ming Dynasty Tombs are located some 42 kilometers north-northwest of central Beijing, within the suburban Changping District of Beijing municipality. The site, located on the southern slope of Tianshou Mountain (originally Mount Huangtu), was ch...

The Underground City is a bomb shelter comprising a network of tunnels located beneath Beijing, China, which has since been transformed into a tourist attraction. It has been called the Underground Great Wall because it was built for the purpose of ...

Besides culture, policies and economy, another essential part that can't be divided from the Great Wall, which is the history of China. The Great Wall, whose building started more than 2,000 years ago, represents a main part of Chinese history, whic...

Beijing Zoo

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Beijing Zoo was founded in 1906, in Xizhimenwai nurturance Park, following on the former site of the Garden and Guang Shan Temple, Hoi An Temple "Park, Temple" clear "the agricultural experiment station, build by the commercial department have taken...

The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and the...

Beijing Nightlife

As the capital’s first use of combined Chinese and Western classic Art Deco style, Suzie Wong’s original concept was created by Chinese owners with international standards. The Suzie Wong spirit and philosphy “understanding and friendly; internation...

The award-winning Centro is an icon in the city's bar and nightlife scene. It is driven by its service concept of "Beautiful People Serving Beautiful People", and features world-class jazz acts, an extensive selection of fine wines and champagne, an...

Paddy O'Sheas is Beijings Only Irish Owned, Irish Managed - Irish Bar and we pride ourselves in doing our utmost to maintain the quality that we have built up since opening in 2007. We are very conveniently located in downtown Beijing.

This venue plays host to a range of live bands — from jazz to blues to reggae to hip-hop. It can have a highly-charged atmosphere and attracts an eclectic crowd. 

Beijing Dining

Many travelers who want to visit China at some point in their life list Shanghai as their Chinese destination of choice. And while Shanghai is indeed an exciting place to visit, many people mistakenly think that eating there has to be expensive. The tr...

Nuage is a contemporary dining and entertainment venue in Beijing's historic houhai area featuring a Vietnamese restaurant and contemporary asian night club, all under one roof.

  The name Mughal refers to the sophisticated flavors developed during the Mughal rulers from Persian Empire, whose influence was quite important in making the food culture of Pakistan & Indian as what is today.   Our Menu incorporates b...

  Checked table clothes, baskets hung up on the ceiling, menu written on black board,storeroom... Everything is done to recreate the French restaurants atmosphere, embedded between Alsace and Perigord, Auvergne an Brittany. On the shady terr...

Grandma's Kitchen will give you a taste of good old American comfort food with favorites such as strawberry milkshakes, chicken noodle soup, BLT sandwiches, and apple pies.

Sichuan Hot Pot is best described as a Chinese fondue, but with meats and vegetables cooked in a large wok of boiling chilis and oil. It's a shared culinary experience, but it can be unpredictable. Huangcheng Lao Ma is a more upmarket option for hot...

Justine’s, serves French cuisines of the highest quality and refinement.? It has fine tableware and exquisite crystal. Based on 25 years experiences of French cuisine, we provide you the best experience of delicacy in Beijing.

Red Capital is Beijing first courtyard home restaurant and private boutique hotel located in a hutong. These unique heritage properties emphasize historical traditions and bring guest back to the nostalgia of old Beijing.

  Located in a historic building that belonged to the imperial court of the Qing Dynasty, the CourtYard has been renovated to fuse the past with the present and Asian architecture with Western design. After dinner, visit the CourtYard Gallery Lo...

  Brasserie FLO, Beijing’s only authentic French brasserie and winner of eight consecutive years for “Best French Restaurant in Beijing” from 2004-2011 by “the beijinger Magazine” opened its doors in Beijing 12 years ago.   Superbly loca...

  Slowly cooking meats over oak, pecan or mesquite woods is an age-old Texas tradition. This classic American cuisine has now arrived in Beijing with its first Texas-style Bar-B-Q house. At Tim’s, we hand-rub our beef briskets with a secret ...