Being indisputably one of the world’s most diverse cultural and historical epicenters, Beijing has so much to offer!!
From the Great Wall to the Hutongs, from the Beijing Opera to the world’s 3rd largest city zoo - Beijing seemingly endless pond of “Must See” places and attractions is waiting to spike your days with flair, knowledge and beauty!（And it can sure fill quite a couple of days）
Find here a colorfully assembled Top 5 list of the “A little bit of all of it” kind:
Must-sees and dos that Beijing visitors from all over the world simply..................shouldn’t miss!!!
1. Great Wall
There are 7 major sections of the Great Wall around Beijing open to tourists.
From Juyongguan Great Wall for a quick glimps, over Badaling Great Wall
-the most popular and most frequented of the sections- and Gubeikou as the mostly untouched, original part, Huanghuacheng and Shixiguan with their beautiful hiking routes, and the jiankou section, to Mutianyu Great Wall. The latter being the probably most attractive section for families, with the possibility to reach the wall via 2-seated lifts and a long slide downwards.
2. The National Grand Theatre Beijing
The National Centre for the Performing Arts aka “The Giant Egg “, is an arts centre containing an impressive opera house. The Centre is entirely made of titanium, shaped like the name suggests, surrounded by an artificial lake, and seats over 5000 people in three halls with an overall size of nearly 12,000 m? in size.
And if that’s still not convinced you, then maybe you’ll indeed have to visit one of the amazing plays shown there, for example the city named typical “Beijing opera”, a style of opera that combines vocal performance, mime, dance, and acrobatics. Below some impressions and the link to the opera’s page and program.
3. Beijing Zoo
The Beijing Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in China.
The zoo occupies an area of 89 hectares, including 5.6 hectares of lakes and ponds. It has one of the largest animal collections in the country. The zoo and its aquarium have over 450 species of land animals and over 500 species of marine animals; in all, it is home to 14,500 animals. It is a perfect place for long walk with the family.
4. Beihai Park
Beihai Park is situated in the Xicheng District and has a history of more than 1,000 years, having been built and extended through five dynasties between ~900 and ~1900.
The whole park can be divided into four scenic areas: Qionghua Islet (Jade Flower Islet), Circular City, the eastern bank area and the northern bank area.
The Qionghua Islet which is densely distributed with halls, rockeries and pavilions stands at the centre of the park.
In the southeast of the park, the Circular City is surrounded by a wall and is in fact an exquisite garden.
What is most conspicuous on the eastern bank is a lovely courtyard hidden in the trees, built as the former residence of emperors in the Qing Dynasty.
On the northern bank area, the Five-Dragon Pavilions and the Nine-Dragon Wall are must-sees for visitors.
The hutong, first built in the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368), has a history of more than 700 years. It extends over 1000 meters and boasts different kinds of courtyard houses (Si he yuan) and shops, selling unique and elaborate knickknacks. There are also many restaurants, cafes and bars around the hutong, attracting thousands of visitors and locals everyday.