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Beijing attractions and things to do

Open air art

798 Art District

Discover the best of Chinese and international contemporary art at this former factory complex.

Yinding Bridge


Ride a pedal boat, nose around ancient mansions or sink a few beers at this trio of lakes.


Chaoyang Theatre Acrobatics Show

No one can leap and tumble quite like a Chinese acrobat, as this entertaining show proves.

View across the hutongs

Drum and Bell Towers

These ancient bastions of time-keeping stand tall in Beijing’s most appealing neighbourhood.

Beihai view

Beihai Park

Unwind in this diverting lake and pleasure park dating back to the rule of Kublai Khan.

NCPA side view

National Centre for the Performing Arts

Space-age architecture meets opera, ballet and Chinese performing arts at this theatre complex.

The Bird's Nest

Olympic Park

The Olympic circus is London-bound, but you can still see where it all happened back in 2008.


Chairman Mao Memorial Hall

Witness the cult of Mao forever preserved in his mausoleum in Tiananmen Square.

The Great Sage

Confucius Temple

Escape the crowds at this serene temple celebrating the legacy of the Great Sage.


Beijing Zoo

The pandas here get the VIP treatment, but other animals – like tigers – don’t fare so well.