The Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City are already popular tourist attractions in Beijing, but did you know that the Capital of China, Beijing has many other famous sights that you should not miss on your visit to this most populous city in the world. Here are 15 tourist attractions in Beijing that must be visited,
- Madame Tussauds Beijing
You may have heard a lot about the world’s most famous wax museum and in 2014 Madame Tussauds Beijing finally opened which is the third museum to open in this bamboo curtain country. There are more than 40 wax figures of famous Chinese and international figures such as Queen Elizabeth, Prince William, Barack Obama, Jackie Chan, and many more. The wax statue in this museum looks very real where you will feel like you are meeting the real character.
- Houhai Lake
Houhai Lake is an artificial lake located in Xicheng District, central Beijing. Houhaiyang which means “Back Lake” is the largest of the three lakes in the tourist center of Shichahai. The other two lakes are Qianhai “Front Lake” and Xihai “West Lake”. This area is also often referred to as “Little Beijing” because in this place you can do various activities ranging from historical tours, trying local Beijing cuisine, seeing Beijing nightlife to shopping. It’s as if you’ve been around Beijing in this one area of Houhai. Therefore this place is visited by both local and international tourists. The best time to visit this place is at night when the many lights that decorate the place are lit and add to the hustle and bustle of the nightlife around this lake. You can sit and relax while eating and drinking from local bars, restaurants, or shops that fill the vicinity of this Houhai lake.
- Happy Valley Beijing
The playground, which was opened in 2006, is spread across several places in China and one of them is located in the Chaoyang area south of Beijing. There are more than 40 rides at this playground, 10 of which are classified as extreme rides that will stimulate your adrenaline. In addition, there is also an iMAX theater, restaurants, and shopping stores in this playground. Around this playground, there are many five-star hotels that you can book if you are not satisfied playing at Happy Valley for more than one day. Happy Valley also holds various festivals every year such as Maximal Exercise Festival, Chinese Spring Festival, Water-Splashing Festival, and International Magic Day.
- Lama Temple
Lama Temple, also known as Yonghe Temple, is one of the largest temples in Beijing. Lama Temple is a Tibetan Buddhist temple and that’s why the architecture of this temple is in a Tibetan style so that it makes you feel like you are in Tibet. The monks in this temple also wear the typical Tibetan monk robes. This temple is very big and majestic. This shrine will be even more beautiful if visited in autumn when the ginkgo trees around the shrine will start to change color. You can visit this shrine from 9:00 to 16:00
- Yihe Yuan
Yihe Yuan or Summer Palace is a summer palace built during the Jin Dynasty. This beautiful combination of palaces, lakes, and gardens has an area of 297 hectares. This palace is 15 km from downtown Beijing and has been around since 1750. Because of its beautiful natural scenery and is one of the cultural histories of China, this tourist spot is designated as a world heritage site by UNESCO. In addition to seeing the beauty of this palace from the inside, you can also see the beauty of the palace and the nature around it by renting a boat that will sail on the lake around the palace. There are also various food and souvenir shops around the palace that you can visit after seeing the palace this summer.
- National Stadium
Do you still remember the grandeur of the 2008 Olympics opening ceremony held in China? It was at the National Stadium that the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics was held. That’s why the National Stadium has become one of Beijing’s tourist destinations which are visited by many tourists who want to see the beauty and splendor of this stadium. The stadium which is often known as “Bird’s Nests” can accommodate an audience of 80,000 people. Later this stadium will be used for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Besides being used for sports, it turns out that this stadium is also used for music concert performances including American artists, Chinese artists, and also Korean K-pop artists. At night this stadium will be more beautiful with lights that illuminate the outside of this stadium.
- Beijing Happy Magic Water Cube
This water park was formerly known as the Beijing National Aquatics Center which was used as a swimming pool for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. After the Olympics was over, the swimming pool was not used anymore, that’s why this pool was renovated for 10 months and re-opened in 2010 as a water park. Happy Magic Water Cube has an indoor room concept. Therefore, visitors can feel the sensation of vacation in this place almost all year round. The water park, which was built with an area of 33 hectares, can accommodate about 30,000 visitors.
- 798 Art Zone
Are you a fan of contemporary art? Surely you will be happy to visit this place. 798 Art Zone located in Dashanzi, Chaoyang District is an area that houses the artistic community. Here you can find various kinds of art ranging from unique sculptures, artistic murals, and paintings. Enjoy your time out with your family to see every interesting corner of the area. Unlike museums or art galleries in general, which tend to be located in white and simple buildings, 798 Art Zone has a warehouse-like concept because the building used to be used as a military factory so the architecture of the building is like a warehouse. You can also find many cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops around this place.
- Beijing Botanical Garden
For those of you who are flower lovers, of course, you will not want to miss a visit to the Beijing Botanical Garden. The Botanical Gardens, located on the northwest outskirts of Beijing, between Fragrant Hills Park (Xiangshan Park) and Jade Spring Hill in the Haidian district, has an area of about 400 hectares. This botanical garden was built in 1955 and has a wide variety of plants, flowers, and trees. You can also find various types of rare plants and plants for traditional Chinese medicinal herbs in this place.
- National Museum of China
A visit to a country is not complete if you don’t learn the history of that country and at the National Museum of China, you can see the works and history of the Chinese state. The museum, which was built by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, has approximately 1.3 million collections and is one of the largest museums in China with 8.6 million visitors annually. That’s why China’s national museum is the second most visited museum in the world after the Louvre (10.2 million visitors). The collections from the National Museum of China include historical relics, artifacts, reliefs, jars, coins, and much more.
- Sanlitun Street
If you want to see the modern side of Beijing, come to Sanlitun. This hangout place for young Beijingers and foreign tourists has many cafes, restaurants, world-famous brand boutiques, bars and clubs gathered in this area. This area gets busier at night and if you want to see the life of Beijing slang, come to Sanlitun street.
- Beijing Hutong
If you want to experience life in ancient Beijing and see the beautiful architecture of ancient Chinese buildings, come to Hutong. Hutong is a small street/alley in the city of Beijing. This is where you can see the original picture of how the houses in Beijing in ancient times. You can get around Hutong in a Chinese trishaw and also visit small Chinese shops and restaurants. There are many Hutongs in Beijing, including NanLuGu Xiang and Yandai Xiejie.
- Beijing Zoo
For those of you who want to enjoy a vacation with your family, especially children, you shouldn’t miss visiting this zoo, the Beijing Zoo. The zoo, which was founded in 1906, is located in the Xicheng district, Beijing. Besides being one of the oldest zoos in China, this zoo is also often used as a center for zoological research. Zoo This tourist spot is home to 600 types of animals and a total of more than 5,000 animals such as pandas, hippos, rhinos, giraffes, reptiles, amphibians, crocodiles, alligators, turtles, and many more.
- Silk Market
Beijing can also be a paradise for those of you who like to shop. Silk Market can be one of your choices to shop for fabrics and clothes for a limited time. This six-story building has almost all the things you want such as clothes, shirts, jackets, pants with various motifs and fashions, fabrics, silk clothes, bags and even precious stones, and various kinds of souvenirs you can also find in this place. Located in the Yong`anli area, you don’t have to worry about having trouble communicating with traders at this Silk Market because most of the traders here can speak English.
- WangFuJin Street
Wangfujin Street is one of the most popular shopping paradise streets for tourists. Located in the center of the city with a location not too far from Tiananmen Square, this area is a favorite shopping center not only for foreign tourists but also for residents of Beijing itself. Due to the large number of tourists who visit this street, the local government provides a special road for pedestrians so that visitors can enjoy the streets full of shops lined up on either side for about 1.5 kilometers. Here you can see, choose and buy a variety of typical Chinese goods ranging from knick-knacks, clothing, textiles, children’s toys, and electronic devices, to typical Chinese food and drinks. The price of the goods sold is also cheap.
Visiting the most populous city in the world can be another exciting vacation for you and your loved ones. This vacation will be more complete if you visit these 15 tourist attractions.