Top 5 things to do in Beijing

January 7, 2013 by Flight Centre UK

Visiting Beijing can be daunting, says travel blogger Sophie Williams, as there’s so much to see and do. Lucky for us, Sophie has crafted a list of the top five things to do in Beijing to make your trip a memorable one.

Visit the Great Wall

Beijing

If you’re visiting Beijing then you can’t leave without visiting one of the wonders of the world. Nothing prepares you for the feeling of seeing the wall for the first time. Take a walk along the wall and climb the uneven stairs looking out at the path stretching for miles. There are many different parts of the wall you can visit from Beijing. Badaling is the most popular for day trippers however lots of hotels and hostels offer tours to Mutianyu which offers better views and is a little quieter.

Try some famous Peking duck

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You can’t visit Beijing and not try its famous dish. Peking duck is also one of the most popular dishes in the country. For a cheap but delicious experience head to Jinbaiwan Roast Duck Restaurant in Shunyi district and tuck into duck with pancakes and a side of soy sauce rice.

Take a bike ride around the Hutongs

Hutongs

If the Katie Melua song is true and there are nine million bicycles in Beijing, why not hire a bike and take in Beijing like a local. Hutongs (narrow streets or alleys) used to dominate the capital however many have been demolished to make way for new roads and buildings. Instead of going on a tour, hire your own bike from any of the stands belonging to the Beijing Bike Company, grab a map and explore the Hutongs for yourself.

Swim in the Olympic Cube

Water Cube (red dots version) & Bird's Nest

Image: Alberto Alerigi

Remember that funny looking cube during the 2008 Olympics? It’s now been turned into a water park with slides, wave pools and even a spa area. It is the largest water park in Asia with one of the slides containing a 40 foot drop.

Take part in a morning Tai Chi session

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If there’s one thing that’s noticeable when walking around Beijing’s parks is that the older residents really love their exercise. One morning head on over to Coal Hill Park where some of the locals gather to take part in a Tai Chi session. If you’re lucky you can catch them singing and playing traditional Chinese instruments.

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