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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Confucius Temple

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This tranquil temple to China's great sage has endured close to eight centuries of additions and restorations. The Hall of Great Accomplishment...

Ditan Park

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

In "Temple of Earth Park," 105 acres of 16th-century green space, are the square altar where emperors once made sacrifices to the earth...

Dongbianmen Watch Tower

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

This is Beijing's last remaining Ming watchtower. Be sure to check out the Red Gate Gallery inside, which shows works by well-known contemporary...


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This nearly mile-long stretch, also known as Ghost Street, is lined with more than 100 restaurants, many open 24 hours a day and attracting...

Jingshan Park

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This park, also known as Coal Hill Park, was built around a small peak formed from earth excavated for the Forbidden City's moats. Ming...

Lama Temple

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One of the most important functioning Buddhist temples in Beijing, this much-visited Tibetan Buddhist masterpiece has five main halls...

Mao Zedong Memorial Hall

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Sentries here will assure that your communion with the Great Helmsman is brief. First, check your bag and camera at the designated point...

Ming Dynasty City Wall Ruins Park

  • Park/Playground

This rebuilt section of Beijing's old inner-city wall is a nicely landscaped area with paths full of Chinese walking their dogs, flying...

Nan Luogu Xiang

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The narrow Nan Luogu Xiang, or South Gong and Bell Alley, which dates back some 700 years, got a new lease on life when it was discovered...


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China's oldest existing granary, dating back to the Yongle period (1403–24), is now an entertainment hub of sorts, with couple of art...