Do you want to visit impressive attractions? You’re looking for the most famous shopping miles or enchanting boutiques for the perfect shopping trip? Or you’re interested in fascinating buildings of art and culture? We’ve compiled a selection for you.

    • Forbidden City

      Main attraction of the city
      Known throughout the world, the Forbidden City is found in the Dongcheng District in the centre of Beijing. Until the revolution in 1911, it was the residence of the Chinese emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The simple folk were not permitted to enter the city, which is how it got its name. It stands on the northern end of Tiananmen Square and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Exploring its 700,000 square metres, visitors can view 890 beautiful palaces, pavilions, gardens and large squares. The city is surrounded by moats with gates in the wall that open in the four points of the compass.
      Dongcheng District
      100009 Beijing
    • Houhai

      A day trip within the city
      Houhai, Chinese for «Rear Sea» is one of the three largest lakes in the northern part of the city. Restaurants, bars and cafés line nearly the entire lakeshore. The area is especially popular with young locals and with tourists. There's always plenty going on. In the evening, everything is beautifully lit and the many bars and restaurants are well filled. During the day, people hire boats and take little trips on the lake. It's the perfect day trip within the city.
      Xicheng District
      100009 Beijing
    • Great Wall of China

      The largest man-made structure in the world
      The «Great Wall» is the absolute pride of China and is considered the largest man-made structure in the world. It originally served to protect the empire from nomadic tribes travelling on horseback from the north and was built in the 7th century B.C. It measures more than 6,000 kilometres long and is visited by millions of tourists each year. There is an intact part of the wall in the Huairou region, 70 km northeast of Beijing. It bears the name Mutianyu and features 22 watchtowers. There are two funiculars that lead to the wall in this mountainous country.
    • Tiananmen Square

      Historical site
      The «Square of Heavenly Peace» in the centre of Beijing between the Mao Zedong Mausoleum and the Forbidden City is famous across the globe. It was built in 1415 during the Ming Dynasty and opened to the public in 1911. On the southern edge is the Monument to the People's Heroes, more than 35 metres high. It is the national monument of China commemorating the Chinese victims of the revolutionary battles in the 19th and 20th century. Tiananmen Square become famous internationally for the Tian'anmen Massacre of 1989, the protest heralding the advent of the Chinese democratic movement.
      Dongcheng District
      100004 Beijing
    • Yonghe Temple

      Lama Temple
      Yonghe Temple, also called Lama Temple, is one of the most impressive ones in the city and one of the largest Lama temples outside Tibet. Countless incense sticks and fire around the temple create a special atmosphere.
      12 Yonghegong Street
      Dongcheng District
      100007 Beijing
    • Jingshan Park

      Green oasis
      This park borders on the northern end of the Forbidden City and was once a part of it. It was originally surrounded by a defence wall more than 40 metres high and elevated by hand. Chongzhen, the last emperor of the Ming Dynasty, is said to have hanged himself in the park. The park offers a lovely view of the city as visitors stroll between the pavilions and trees. The residents of Beijing do their daily gymnastics here and one occasionally hears the voices of a choir.
      44 Jingshananxi
      100009 Beijing
    • Beijing National Stadium

      The Bird's Nest
      Designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, Beijing National Stadium is nicknamed the Bird's Nest for its unusual form and was opened in April 2008 for the Olympic Games in Beijing. The stadium is worth a visit, particularly after sunset when the mood in the spacious Olympia Park becomes nearly mystical.
      1 National Stadium South Road
      Chaoyang District
      100101 Beijing
      +86 10 8437 3011
    • Wang Fu Jing

      Best known shopping mile
      Wang Fu Jing was one of the first shopping streets in Beijing. It was already an important trading place during the Ming dynasty. There is an enormous range of stores, shopping centres and cafés. The well-preserved Dontang Church and the beautiful square in front are also worth a visit. The Donguamen market is held on the street. Visitors will find every imaginable food among the colourful comings and goings.
      Dongcheng District
      100006 Beijing
    • Seasons Place

      Luxury goods en masse
      This mall is located in the middle of Beijing's financial distract west of the city centre. The long complex has five stories and an ultramodern design. There are around 120 luxury goods shops featuring 800 global brands, including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Dior and Versace. It also houses a Lane Crawford department store. Seasons Place abuts the Ritz Carlton hotel.
      18 Jinrongda Jie
      Xicheng District
      100141 Beijing
      +86 10 800 8100 681
    • Nei Lian Sheng

      Traditional footwear
      This shoe store was founded more than 150 years ago and is one of the most famous in Beijing. The red and gold façade and interior design hides a number of historical features. The store offers the traditional black shoes and has added other colours to the range. The shoes are masterfully crafted according to skills passed down through generations. These comfortable walkers make perfect souvenirs.
      34 Dazhalan Jie
      Xuanwu District
      100029 Beijing
    • Xidan

      Local businesses
      There are many different stores, markets and shopping centres on this shopping mile in the eponymous commercial district. Various events are also held here regularly. You'll find it west of the Forbidden City in the city centre. Beijing's residents mainly shop here where Chinese tradition meets Western influences. Visitors can spend the entire day here without seeing everything.
      Xicheng District
      100009 Beijing
    • 798 Space

      Artists' stronghold
      The 798 Space complex is found in the Dashanzi neighbourhood of the Chaoyang District. It's an industrial area created through the collaboration of China and Eastern Germany in the 50s. Goods for military and civil purposes were manufactured here. After production ended for good, the building was reopened in 2002 as the New China's gallery for avant-garde art. Some time ago, the Dashanzi neighbourhood developed into a stronghold for the growing artist community Visitors will find exhibition rooms, a lounge and a bookshop throughout the more than 1,000 square metres. The location also has a full event programme.
      4 Jiuxianqiao Road
      Chaoyang District
      100015 Beijing
      +86 10 5978 9180
    • Military Museum

      Concentrated fire power
      This is one of the largest museums of its kind in all of China and is located west of the city centre in the Haidian District. The building was constructed in the 50s in the style of socialist classicism. It displays the entire arsenal of the Chinese People's Revolutionary army in nine exhibition rooms. These include tanks, anti-aircraft guns, multiple rocket launchers, missiles, aircraft and vehicles. The areas are divided thematically and cover all of the important events in China's military history.
      9 Fuxinglu
      Haidian District
      100038 Beijing
      +86 10 6686 6244
    • Mao Zedong Mausoleum

      Hero of the people
      The memorial to Mao Zedong, Chairman of the Communist Party of China, stands in the middle of Tiananmen Square. Materials from all over China were used to construct the memorial hall in 1976. His remains are preserved in a crystal coffin.
      Tiananmen Guangchang
      Dongcheng District
      100051 Beijing
    • National Art Museum

      Chinese cultural heritage
      The National Art Museum of China, or NAMOC, was built in the traditional style in 1958. You'll find it north of the Forbidden City in the city centre. The museum houses a collection of 100,000 pieces of art across 18,000 square metres. Visitors will find antiques and contemporary art from modern China in the 17 different exhibit rooms. The museum regularly arranges events on diverse topics.
      1 Wusi Dajie
      Dongcheng District
      100010 Beijing
      +86 10 6401 7076
    • Capital Museum

      Art and eye-catching architecture
      This museum, one of the largest in the nation, houses more than 200,000 pieces of art from across China. Only a fraction of the collection is on display at one time. Visitors will see objects of porcelain and jade stone, calligraphy, painting, sculpture, and various statues from throughout Asian history. The modern building, with its eye-catching flat roof and completely glass face, is recognisable from quite a distance.
      16 Fuxingmenwai
      Xicheng District
      100045 Beijing
      +86 10 6337 0491
    • Tiandi Theatre

      Impressive acrobatics
      The acrobatic troupe in the Tiandi Theatre is one of the best in China, if not the world. The group combines tradition and innovation into an impressive, thrilling show. Various styles of music, dance, drama, Chinese martial arts and natural acrobatics are blended together. It's an overwhelming experience.
      10 Dongzhimen Street
      Dongcheng District
      100027 Beijing
      +86 135 5252 7373