Beijing attractions and things to do
798 Art District
Discover the best of Chinese and international contemporary art at this former factory complex.
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.
Drum and Bell Towers
These ancient bastions of time-keeping stand tall in Beijing’s most appealing neighbourhood.
Unwind in this diverting lake and pleasure park dating back to the rule of Kublai Khan.
National Centre for the Performing Arts
Space-age architecture meets opera, ballet and Chinese performing arts at this theatre complex.
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.
Escape the crowds at this serene temple celebrating the legacy of the Great Sage.
The pandas here get the VIP treatment, but other animals – like tigers – don’t fare so well.