Top reasons to visit:

  • Culture (1087)
  • Shopping (964)
  • Sightseeing (918)
  • History (876)
  • Food (719)
  • Monuments (635)
  • Gourmet Food (190)
  • City Trip (190)
  • Business (186)
  • Ancient Landmarks (162)

Beijing was highly rated for sightseeing by 76 guests from the United States!

How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Beijing?

Abigail, Australia

4 days ago Report

To get the most authentic cultural experience I think you really need to be able to spend time with Chinese people. I particularly liked hearing about their perspectives on things such as the history of China, how they relate to one another differently and foods from them. Things like opinions on different emperors and dynasties to when and why food should be hot and cold, it was just interesting to experience life from a different world view and see things from a different perspective. There were of course the cultural displays such as hearing their traditional musical instruments and going to silk shops that have been open for over a hundred years, but I really loved seeing how these historical things had influenced the way Chinese people view the world and live now.

How can you enjoy the sights in Beijing while avoiding the crowds?

Abigail, Australia

4 days ago Report

With great difficulty. I think the best way to avoid crowds would be to avoid public holidays and even weekends for your major sightseeing. Even then though it is there are still crowds, I just came to accept that if I wanted to see something I had to push through people and it wasn't about waiting your turn, somethings it was worth the effort, other things it wasn't and I didn't bother. One other thing is to go to more spread out attractions and then go to the less easily accessible parts. For example, at the Summer Palace, Suzhou Street was very busy, but then some of the temples further in have hardly any people and are still amazing to visit. And the fasting palace and Divine music administration in the Temple of Heaven were amazing and had very interesting exhibits (and even a musical performance at the latter) but because they were further in and you had to pay an extra fee (I think it was something like 10 Yuan) there was hardly anyone around.

What is it in Beijing that makes history come to life?

Lynette, Australia

1 day ago Report

The main places to see are easily accessible and not expensive. The Forbidden City is amazing (I paid for the audio guide), and explains a lot about the life and times of the emperors who lived there. Walking around the hutongs gives you the opportunity to see a part of the city that is still as it has been for many years, so see them before they disappear!. Of course a day trip to the Wall will help you appreciate how the Chinese tried to keep marauders and invaders out of their territory - quite an amazing piece of civil engineering even though it didn't in the end prevent Genghis Khan from entering the kingdom.

Why do you recommend Beijing for food?

Abigail, Australia

4 days ago Report

There are restaurants that specialise in the cuisine of so many different Chinese provinces which meant there were many food options. I wasn't really a fan of the way they did western food (the cheese was particularly weird...) but it was great to be able to see the diversity of food across China.

Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Beijing.

Rachel, United States of America

4 days ago Report

It's so incredibly cheap. You can get stock up on presents for birthdays and Christmases to come and not break the bank. If you do want to spend a little more you can get some really beautiful pieces. Bargaining is a must and is super fun, although if you can speak Chinese they can be slightly insulting to your intelligence.
  • Ancient Landmarks 162 endorsements
  • 7 answers

Describe the best ancient landmarks to visit in Beijing.

Anonymous, Unknown location

9 days ago Report

Forbidden City, Great Wall Of China, Ti'an nanmen Square, Ming Tombs

What's the best way to make the most of Beijing by foot?

David, United States of America

16 days ago Report

Plan out where you are going to go before you get there. Beijing is spread out and may not be able to see everthing you want by foot. The MTR is easy to navigate and most signage on the MTR is in English as well as Chinese.

What makes Beijing one of those classic city-trip experiences?

Anonymous, Unknown location

9 days ago Report

It reunites all the important landmarks and sites of the chinesse revolution and the chinese culture. Without mentioning that everybody can find the cuisine of almost every chinesse region.

How do you fit in some sightseeing when you're in Beijing on business?

Thyagarajan, India

11 days ago Report

Centrally located close to the forbiden city and Tinamen square, but staff difficult to get through for english speaking tourist, excet for James the Conceirgee.

Why is the atmosphere in Beijing something people rave about?

John, Ireland

18 days ago Report

There is just something very nice about Beijing and the people there.

What's your best bargaining strategy for the market in Beijing?

Kimberley, United Kingdom

16 days ago Report

If you go to the silk market or similar go with a price in mind. Barter and if you don't get your price walk away. As a westerner we generally have more money which is worth remembering when arguing over ¥5.

What's your best advice for browsing without feeling hassled by vendors?

Anonymous, Unknown location

8 days ago Report

Just ignore them or speak English to them. Most of them are afraid of English speakers.

Is there more to shopping in Beijing than just brand-name stores?

Lisa, United States of America

15 days ago Report

Variety choices and reasonable prices
  • Alternative Culture 83 endorsements
  • 2 answers

What aspect of the culture in Beijing was so different than back home?

Shimon, Israel

20 days ago Report

The language and the manners of the people selling you things
  • Stargazing 25 endorsements

How did you find the best spot for stargazing in Beijing?

Maritza, United States of America

17 days ago Report

  • Family Friendly 10 endorsements

How does Beijing go the extra mile to make your family feel at home?

Shyam, Qatar

24 days ago Report

Beijing is one of most family friendly city we visited. People are so nice and kind, no aggressive behavior and they respect your space.
  • Fine Dining 29 endorsements

What makes fine dining in Beijing stand out?

Dennis, United States of America

16 days ago Report

For our anniversary (and Chinese Valentine's Day) we had dinner at the Temple Restaurant! Flawless!!!!!! Probably the second best meal of my life!!!
  • Old Town 104 endorsements

What were the best places for wandering in Beijing's old town?

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Sam Sam, Malaysia

6 days ago Report

  • Nightlife 94 endorsements

What should you avoid to make the most of the nightlife in Beijing?

Owyn, China

23 days ago Report

Embrace the different people from all walks of life, don't carry your bank cards and never get into a black taxi

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