Beijing Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Beijing - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Dongcheng District 15

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Haidian District 10

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798 Art District

  • Arts/Performance Venue

Chinese contemporary art has exploded in the past decade, and to see some of the finest examples of the scene look no further than 798...

Ancient Observatory

  • Observatory/Planetarium

This squat tower of primitive stargazing equipment peeks out next to the elevated highways of the Second Ring Road. It dates to the time...

Beihai Park

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

A white stupa is perched on a small island just north of the south gate of this park. Also at the south entrance is Round City, which...

Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

This little-known museum, located inside a Ming Dynasty temple, exhibits photos, objects, and elaborate models of ancient Chinese architecture...

Beijing Botanical Garden

  • Garden/Arboretum

Sitting at the feet of the Western Hills in Beijing's northwestern suburbs, the Beijing Botanical Garden, opened in 1955, hosts China's...

Beijing Zoo

  • Zoo/Aquarium

Though visitors usually go straight to see the giant pandas, don't miss the other interesting animals, like tigers from the northeast,...

Big Bell Temple

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This 18th-century temple shields China's biggest bell and more than 400 smaller bells and gongs from the Ming, Song, and Yuan dynasties.

Capital Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Moved to an architecturally striking new home west of Tiananmen Square in 2005, this is one of China's finest cultural museums. Artifacts...

Central Business District (CBD)

  • Neighborhood/Street

The fast-rising CBD encompasses the China World Trade Center (the third tower, completed in 2010, is the tallest building in Beijing)...

Chaoyang Park

  • Park/Playground

The sprawling, modern Chaoyang Park lacks the imperial aura that marks other Beijing parks, but it has quite a bit to offer in terms...