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Beijing

For a hard-earned break from the stresses of daily life, pack your bags and make your way to Beijing.

It's an area of Beijing that roughly 11,700,000 people reside in.

Start your trip at the famous Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City.

Grab the kids and enjoy an afternoon of quality time at Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park and Happy Valley Amusement Park. Jingshan Table Tennis Park and Beijing World Park are also great places to visit if the little ones still have energy to burn.

Fish-loving tourists will be captivated by the underwater creatures on display at Beijing Aquarium. Tai Ping Yang Underwater World Exhibition and Gongti Richina Underwater World are also worth checking out.

If your kids are interested in carnivorous mammals and leathery lizards, visit the Beijing Zoo or the Beijing Wildlife Park. The residents at the Beijing Badaling Wildlife World and the Badaling Wildlife Park will also afford tons of great photo opportunities, so don't show up without a camera.

Local and exotic vines and creepers, interesting trees and long, winding footpaths await at the Beijing Botanical Garden and the Grand View Garden. Many also enjoy inspecting the collections at the China Medicinal Botanical Garden and the Jinzhan Tulip Garden.

Bring along some lunch and take five in the quiet, green surroundings of Beihai Park and Ditan Park. Jingshan Park and Chaoyang Park are two more excellent places to while away the day and catch up on some reading.

Take in the beautiful scenery while you listen to the echo of tumbling water at Pearl Waterfall of Qingliang Valley.

Huánghuāchéng Great Wall Lakeside Reserve and Yanqi Lake are excellent and scenic picnics and spotting local wildlife.

Leave your phone in the glove compartment and give yourself a break from the noises of the modern world at Olympic Forest Park and Xianqi Cave. Badachu and Shijing Mountain are also appreciated by nature-loving visitors.

The area's exhibition spaces are a gold mine of tales of human endeavor and achievement. Enjoy the cool and quiet interior as you check out the unique collections at the China Red Sandalwood Museum and the Chinese People's Anti-Japanese War Museum. The Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution and the Museum of the Chinese Revolution are also worth considering.

Beijing Planetarium, the China Science and Technology Museum and the Sony Explora Science Museum are ideal places for visitors interested in learning about science and natural history. The fascinating collection of artifacts on display at these wonderful museums will keep busy brains engaged for hours.

Some think of natural museums as a place to take the kids, but the curious collections at the Beijing Museum of Natural History and the Minzu University Of China Museum prove that there's plenty to keep the adults busy as well. You might also like to stop by the Wangfujing Ancient Human Museum and the Geological Museum of China.

Are you an art aficionado? You'll be spoiled with galleries of all varieties here. Pop in to the National Art Museum of China and the Capital Museum and see the best of what this creative enclave has to offer. If you have time afterwards, the Today Art Museum and the Green T. House Art Gallery are also well worth a look.

Go back in time and discover mysteries of the past at the China Museum of History or the National Museum of China. Do you like the sound of those? You'll be able to learn even more at the Songtangzhai Museum and the Xu Beihong Museum.

To find out more about the area's rich and fascinating past, be sure to visit its many historic monuments and buildings. Start your history tour at the Bell and Drum Towers and the Zhengyangmen. When it comes to bygone times, the stories are countless. Zhongnanhai and the Hall of Supreme Harmony are two more insightful places to stop by.

Admire waterway views and interesting architecture at Marco Polo Bridge and 17 Arch Bridge. You could also cross Jade Belt Bridge and Red Stairway Bridge and gaze down dreamily upon the streams of water below.

Some of the area's most powerful families have called Summer Palace and Old Summer Palace "home" throughout the years. Be sure to take a few photos as you take in their impressive architectural features and plush interiors. You may also like to wander through the grounds and seek out some stories at Beijing Working People's Cultural Palace and Prince Gong Mansion.

The spiritual side of the area can be glimpsed at the Temple of Heaven and the Lama Temple. You may also like to explore the Houhai Park or the Temple of Confucius.

Beijing's most popular sights can overshadow its less touristy, yet equally fascinating activities. Some worthwhile places to start with are the 798 Space and South Luogu Lane. Also, think about seeing Dongsishitiao Bridge and Colored Glaze Factory Cultural Street if you have time.


Guide to Exploring Beijing


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Located in Beijing Central Business District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Silk Street Market and CCTV Headquarters. Tiananmen Square and Tiananmen are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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Four Seasons Beijing

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Sunworld Dynasty Hotel

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