Things to do
HISTORY & CULTURE
Despite its modernisation, Beijing contains some of China’s finest historic sites. Marvel at the Imperial grandeur of the Forbidden City, or visit the centre of communist China, Tiananmen Square. Seek the country’s Buddhist spirit at Lama Temple, or explore the narrow hutong alleyways, with their pretty courtyard houses and antique markets.
Just to the north of Beijing is the iconic Great Wall of China. The fully restored section at Badaling is the most popular, whereas the further-afield Jinshanling is quieter and surrounded by beautiful hilly countryside. Closer to the city is the Summer Palace, where you can easily fill a day exploring ornate bridges, pavilions and tranquil lakes.
FOOD & DRINK
From colourful markets to bright and bustling restaurants, there’s no shortage of places to savour traditional Chinese cuisine. What’s more, the recent revival of ancient Chinese traditions means the tea house is once again a popular place to meet and spend an afternoon sipping some of the world’s finest blends.