When it comes to China, you should definitely visit the Golden Triangle. Everyone knows the triangle of India, but the one of China? Let me clarify you: Beijing – Xi’An – Shanghai. Yes, that’s the triangle that everyone is talking about in the country where red doesn’t mean hate, but where it means luck and where busy is just an understatement. Today I’m going to talk about one of my favorite cities: Beijing. The capital of China and number eight of the world with people living there. That guarantees something. I flew a total of 10 hours to this amazing city, and after a day of recovering from my jet lag, I went along with a guide from The China Guide into Beijing’s history. Curious about what you definitely should do here? I’ll be happy to introduce you!
1. The Great Wall
No trip in China is complete without the Chinese Wall, also known as the Great Wall. While many choose Badaling, which undoubtedly offers a good entrance, we chose the less hectic and busy entrance of Mutianyu. Theoretically, The China Guide chose this for us, but if I had to choose it myself, I would choose this port as well. There are very few tourists, you don’t have to climb hundreds of stairs immediately if you do not want it, and it offers one of the most beautiful views of this wall.
2. Tiananmen Square
If you are standing on the Tiananmen Square, you just know: this is a huge square. Perhaps one of the largest squares in the world, because there can be up to a million people standing in it. Everywhere you see are security, tourists who are taking pictures and a giant flowerpot that has come because of China’s 67th National Holiday Day. The square is so immense that you feel yourself like a small ant. In addition, the square offers a view of the Forbidden City gate.
3. Forbidden City
You can not skip the Forbidden City just like the Chinese Wall. It is one of the most important places in the city of Beijing and has an overwhelming history of over 600 years. The city has numerous temples and various parts that make the Forbidden City a whole place.
4. Lama Temple
Lama Temple, or Yonghet Temple, is the largest temple for the Buddhists in Beijing. In addition, it is also one of the largest temples, as well as one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. A lot of information if you should ask me. In one of the temples is an 18-meter-tall Buddha, which later became inaugurated in the Guinness Book of Records in 1990 because it was cut from one single tree.
5. Tempel of Heaven
I could not believe my ears, but the Temple of Heaven has an area that is still larger than the entire Forbidden City on its own. The Temple of Heaven is full of different gardens, seniors who play a game of poker or chess daily and the temple itself where you really look up your head. As the weather was fantastic we could make many beautiful pictures. Mostly around the Temple of Heaven, but I would lie to tell that I had not taken photos of the gardens and locals.
6. Jingshan Park
Jingshan Park is one of the places where you get an amazing view of the Forbidden City. You still have to do 300 steps to get to this place. Even though there was a lot of fog and we couldn’t really take nice pictures, we saw the huge city ahead of us. Even though Jingshan Park is at an altitude, it does not make the Forbidden City seem smaller.
One of the most expensive neighborhoods in Beijing, and one of the most loved ones: the Hutong neighborhood. As an introduction to this place, we decided that a Rickshaw Tour was undoubtedly a good decision to make. With such a special bike we drove through the little streets, where the locals live and where street food takes his name honor. It was full of food stalls and apparently it was good food, because sometimes people had to push rows for a long time.
8. Summer Palace
Just when I realized that big in my eyes is actually huge, I visited the Summer Palace. What made me believe that my vocabulary of the word might be even bigger than huge. The Summer Palace is a palace that covers an area of no less than 70,000 square meters, and if you don’t yet find this extraordinary: there is an enormous lake that has been created by human. If you want to walk the entire summer palace on foot and walk under the pavilions, you will take more than 4 hours to do it at once without stopping.
9. Olympic Venue
Our guide Jackie made us very well clear what the bird’s nest is. Indeed, it is and remains China’s famous bird nest. But it’s the nest of a Phoenician, what the female reflects. The buildings next to the Olympic Stadium are in the form of one big dragon. This dragon reflects the male. The surface is again very big, and some of it is open to the public to swim for example. China is by far the first country to host summer and winter games. Thank you for the information Jackie!
10. 798 Art District
If you want to go to a trendy area, I recommend the 798 Art District. It is without exaggeration one of the hottest neighborhoods with drawings on the walls, designer shops and paintings or pictures. I enjoyed strolling around in these streets as if there was no end to it.
Whatever you choose to do and see in Beijing, the capital of China’s People’s Republic, you will definitely experience the time of your life. You may prefer to visit this city in a less busy period, such as spring and fall. These are also the most beautiful times to visit Beijing.
Did you already visit Beijing? If yes, what did you think about it?
*Disclaimer: I was invited by The China Guide to review the tour. Still, all opinions are always honest and mine.
Sanne Grieten is the travel blogger of Mostly Abroad. Just like any travel blogger, she loves to travel and discover new places. In addition, she also fights every day with her mental health. To end the stigma, she also writes about this regularly.