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Beijing attractions and things to do

Mutianyu view

Mutianyu Great Wall

This accessible stretch of Great Wall caters for all energy levels.

Stone Boat

Summer Palace

Escape to this Imperial pleasure park of lakes, temples, pagodas and classical gardens.

Jinshanling

Jinshanling to Simatai Great Wall Hike

An exhilarating 10km ramble across a remote, unrestored stretch of Great Wall.

North entrance

Nanluogu Xiang

Shop, drink, eat and play along this trendy, bohemian avenue in Beijing’s old quarter.

Singing lessons in the park

Jingshan Park

Climb to the top of this pristine park for jaw-dropping views of the Forbidden City rooftops.

Interior view

The Forbidden City

Discover the epic scale of a palace off-limits to ordinary folk for 500 years.

Tired tourists

Tiananmen Square

Not the most welcoming of public squares, but this iconic expanse of concrete is a must-visit.

Jiankou sunset 2

Jiankou Great Wall

Conquer the wild watchtowers on this beautiful stretch of Wall in remote countryside.

Tourists at the tower

Temple of Heaven

Drop a line to the man upstairs at this celestial altar complex in south Beijing.

Lama Temple

Lama Temple

Light a few sticks of incense at Beijing’s most important Tibetan Buddhist temple.