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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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 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,...

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...

Cultural Palace of Nationalities

  • Museum/Gallery

Dedicated to the 56 official ethnic groups that make up China's modern population, this museum houses traditional clothing and artifacts...

Drum Tower

  • Building/Architectural Site

Until the late 1920s, the 24 drums once housed in this tower were Beijing's timepiece. Sadly, all but one of these huge drums have been...

Great Hall of the People

  • Government Building

This solid edifice owes its Stalinist weight to the last years of the Sino-Soviet pact. Its gargantuan dimensions (205,712 square yards...


  • Neighborhood/Street

This quaint old street is best known for its antiques, books, and paintings. The street has been completely restored and a multitude...

Museum of Antique Currency

  • Museum/Gallery

This museum in a tiny courtyard house (within the Deshengmen tower complex) showcases a small but impressive selection of rare Chinese...

Niujie (Ox Street) Mosque

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Originally built during the Liao Dynasty in 996, Niujie is Beijing's oldest and largest mosque. It sits at the center of the Muslim quarter...