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Published on November 03, 2019 with No Comments

Visiting China’s beautiful capital city soon? Don’t miss out on these must-dos.


SEE If there is one thing China’s capital city is well known for is its spectacular palaces and historic temples. There are so many to explore that it can be hard to know where to start. You’ll definitely want to make it to the Forbidden City, which sits at the centre of Beijing. The former home to China’s emperors, the Forbidden City at 180 acres is the world’s largest palace complex with 800 buildings on site. Highlights include the Gate of Heavenly Peace for an inspiring view of Tiananmen Square, the Hall of Supreme Harmony where royal events were celebrated, the Hall of Clocks and Watches filled with ornate timepieces, the Gallery of Treasures that houses imperial possessions such as tea sets and more, and finally the Imperial Gardens for a stroll on what is said to be the most beautiful garden in the world. Other historical sites to check out? The Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Confucius Temple.

DO You can’t say you’ve been to China if you don’t do this – climb the Great Wall of China. Given how it’s near to Beijing (an hour by car from downtown Beijing), it’s always on the itinerary. Make your way to the Great Wall at Badaling, which is the nearest section to the capital city and the best part to visit if you’re short on time. Here, you can take that postcard-ready selfie at this world wonder but know that it can get really crowded so it’s best to start early or go farther out. For equally stunning views but with significantly less crowd, go to the Great Wall at Mutianyu where you can take a cable car to the highest restored section and then go on a beautiful 90-minute hike to another cable car that descends to the parking lot.

SHOP Nothing like haggling to make your shopping experience at Beijing complete! Check out the deals at the Panjiayuan Antiques Market (also known as the Dirt Market), home to more than 3,000 vendors hawking memorabilia, artwork, jade dragons, jewellery and a whole lot more! Be prepared to bargain aggressively if you want to get a fair price – prices are a whole lot higher for foreigners so to get the price you’re willing to part with, you have to know how to play the haggling game! Another shopping haven in Beijing is the Silk Market. At 35,000 square metres, you’ll in for a great shopping experience scouring through stalls selling just about anything and everything. For foodies, you don’t want to miss the Wangfujing Night Market, a long pedestrian street packed with stalls selling all sorts of Chinese snacks from stinky tofu to steamed dumplings.

STAY Want to be nearby all these amazing Beijing sights? Check out the award-winning 222-room Fairmont Beijing, which is conveniently located a short taxi ride to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven and Wangfujing Street. Take in the most amazing views of the city from the skybridge on the 20th floor. Tired from all that touring? Book yourself a relaxing spa experience at the Willow Stream Spa that spans three levels on the sky bridge.


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