Beijing Travel Guide
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- 98%Art & Design Lovers
- 88%Local Culture
- 82%History Buffs
- 79%Adventure Travelers
- 69%Budget Travelers
- 65%Family Travelers
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- BeijingMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Aug 14, 2014
I spent 4 months here, so the city became a home to me. Definitely smoggy and not as fancy as Shanghai, but the Hutongs are great. Eat as much Uyghur food as you can! It's the best!
- BeijingMember ofLocal CultureLuxury TravelersArt & Design LoversAug 14, 2014
Beijing is more cosmopolitan than anticipated. Locals are an interesting combination of working-class people, an affluent young crowd and expatriates from around the world. Must-sees while here are Tian'amen Square, Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City and, of course, the nearby Great Wall. Don't forget to eat Beijing (formerly Peking) duck while here, but preferably not in a touristy place.Recommended for:
- BeijingAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Jul 27, 2014
Capital of China, Beijing is a wonderful place to visit when you tour the Motherland. The city is huge and there's lots to see. A superb blend of modern architecture and the old/ancient (The Hutongs) makes Beijing a very unique city. Lots of cultural sites to see, including the Forbidden City, Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, etc.Recommended for:
- BeijingMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsAdventure TravelersAug 14, 2014
China's cultural capital (and to my mind vastly more interesting than the financial center of Shanghai), Beijing is a cool mixture of the old and the new, with some blockbuster sights (like the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace), a hip and gritty arts scene, excellent restaurants, and a fascinating historic district in the form of its (unfortunately vanishing) traditional hutong neighborhoods.Recommended for:
- BeijingMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2May 14, 2014
Beijing is a huge, cosmopolitan city. The city is very spread out, so traffic can get fairly bad during the morning and afternoon rush hour. I would suggest if possible to take the bus or subway instead. While Beijing is forging ahead to the future, it's still a historical city with lots to see and do as a traveling visitor. Some people prefer the glitz of Shanghai, but for those who want an intimate, gritty, pulsating city, then Beijing is the place to be.Recommended for:
- BeijingMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3Jul 18, 2014
Beijing or sometime known as Peking in some countries. Nowadays it's almost different from Beijing in last five years, before the Olympic game 2008 in Beijing. Economics and cultural is going fast like Western countries. I went to Beijing twice in 2004 and June 2013. The environment in Beijing last visited is not good but Beijing is still the place in bucket list for tourists to the Great Wall of China, seeing wonderful the Forbidden City, the Tian An Men, etc.Recommended for:
- BeijingAug 26, 2013
I lived in Beijing for almost 3 years and it is an amazing city, full of Chinese culture, hidden bars, cafes and other gems, and a great place to meet people from all over the world. Only downsides are the pollution and traffic (which are pretty big downsides if you live there). And watch out for the tea and wine scams. Otherwise I highly recommend it for travel.Recommended for:
- BeijingMar 16, 2013
I was in Beijing for 3 weeks last summer. Hottest and most humid three weeks of my life. Lol. I never saw sunshine here, but I definitely liked nighttime here. Worker's Stadium! That's where everyone goes to club hop. The crowd in the clubs are extremely mixed. I met people from all different parts of the world. Partied till 7 in the morning like every other day. The food in Beijing was pretty cheap. I was too scared to eat a lot of street food, but when I did, it was delicious! In terms of tourist attractions, there's no doubt that you have to visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Bird's Nest, Water Cube, and National Theater. There's going to be A LOT of walking, but it's worth the experience.
- BeijingMar 14, 2013
I went here when I was 10, don't remember a whole lot. But I do remember my mom needing to pay for toilet paper to go to one of the washrooms. I was thinking at that time, you serious. It was 10cent RMB.
Then I remember it being very dirty.
- BeijingMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness TravelersFoodiesJul 18, 2014
Beijing is the capital of China and is one of the must-see cities. From Tiananmen Square to the Summer Palace, Beijing University to the Temple of Heaven there is a lot of history and culture here. I have been here several times and will come back again.
- BeijingMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFoodiesJan 14, 2013
Beijing is a dirty and polluted city, even if it does have many of the major tourist attractions. I spent my first day in the hotel because I couldn't see across the street for the smog and the US Consulate, which has a twitter feed of air quality, rated it very unsafe.
- BeijingMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jul 18, 2014
Beijing is where you want to go when you want to see and experience Chinese culture. It is where the new and old are colliding with the 21st century economic revival pushing it along at a neck breaking pace. There are plenty of attractions in this city and some really good food as well.
- BeijingDec 18, 2012
I liked Beijing mostly for its street food, landmark tourist destinations, and the 798 Arts district. Beyond that, I found Beijing to be really polluted and a location in which I enjoyed my time, but would probably not go back more than once. As a tourist, it doesn't necessarily stand out to me from any other Chinese city (Shanghai/Hong Kong/Taiwan).
- BeijingMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Jul 18, 2014
Beijing has an endless amount of tourists sites to go to and a lot of places to have fun. It can be kind of polluted however, and humidity is really dry. Be sure to eat the roast duck and lamb skewers!
- BeijingMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 6Oct 09, 2012
A great city, with an amazing history. From the forbidden city to the different temples, to the modern attractions like the birds nest, there's lot to do and see. Another thing you definitely shouldn't miss is having peking duck for dinner at least once, altough I would recommend having it more often.
- BeijingCommunity ManagerAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Oct 01, 2012
Beijing is an amazing city no matter what your interests are. From the Great Wall to the Forbidden City, there are timeless attractions here. Yeah, it's a bit grimy and dusty at times, and you should probably watch what you eat, but it's constantly evolving and modernizing. So much of history has occurred here, from the Dynastic ages to the Cultural Revolution.
- BeijingMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 13Sep 29, 2012
Very cool city. Lots of things to see and do. If you don't speak Mandarin it can be a little intimidating. Nevertheless, it is easy to get a guide who speaks English to take you around. If this is a turn off you can still manage to get around and see a lot of the sites with a bit of an adventurous spirit and a good map of the metro.
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