Beijing is not only the capital of China, but also the political, social and cultural heart of the country. It is a vibrant and chaotic city that is constantly evolving, developing by leaps and bounds but at the same time struggling to maintain its traditional structure. In Beijing you will find contrasts where you will see modern skyscrapers that rise majestically, next to small traditional houses that are located in the old hutongs of Beijing.
The Far East is considered a magical and peculiar place where every daily detail ends up being extremely curious for its visitors. This city is surrounded by myths and legends, with a past characterized by luxurious palaces and emperors of divine descent.
Communism is still very present in Beijing, which is why many of its citizens still remember with some nostalgia the time ruled by Chairman Mao, so they pay homage to him in the mausoleum that is located in Tiananmen, which is the largest square in the world. .
Beijing is definitely one of the most populous cities on the planet, but it is much more than traditional houses, tall skyscrapers, small temples and red lanterns. So we are going to recommend the most emblematic places in the city so that you do not miss an iota of its majesty.
It is essential to visit the Great Wall, which although it is true is not exactly inside Beijing, it is an attraction that is well worth visiting since it is part of the seven Wonders of the World. It is the quintessential symbol of the People’s Republic of China in the world and has been built for more than 2000 years. The legendary Great Wall of China is a World Heritage Site and was built in order to protect China along its northern border from foreign attacks. You can get there from Beijing by bus and the trip takes about an hour and a half, but it is a must-see as you are going to see the most significant engineering work in the world.
Another of the most important attractions in Beijing is visiting the Forbidden City, where you can see endless rooms that have great historical importance. The Chinese Imperial Palace was closed for centuries and after a long time it opened its doors to the public, there you can see the places where the imperial ceremonies were held, its beautiful gardens and the immense courtyards that are part of the Forbidden City.
Touring the hutongs is an experience worth living, there you can see how the most traditional community of the city lives on a daily basis. You will be able to see children playing, women washing clothes in common places and older adults playing majong, accompanied by an intense movement of cyclists and pedestrians.
One of the most beautiful places in the city is the Summer Palace, which is made up of a series of gardens and buildings of singular beauty. It was specially designed for the enjoyment of the imperial family in the hot months and we are sure it will be a pleasant experience for you.
Another of the most important buildings in the city is the Temple of Heaven and in its rooms you can discover the divine rites that the emperor carried out in order to strengthen his power on earth and the silhouette of the triple blue roof is one of the best-known emblems around of the world. On the other hand, the park that is in the Temple of Heaven offers you the opportunity to see the inhabitants of the city who gather there to dance, sing and play, being an experience of complete cultural immersion.
Although it is true that the places mentioned in advance are essential visits, if you really want to get to know Beijing you should immerse yourself in its local culture, discover its historical corners, discover its flavors and feel the rhythm of this city of 22 million inhabitants and 17,000 km².
To live this excellent experience you must walk through Tiananmen Square, where you can see the embalmed body of Mao in his mausoleum; counting the dragons are carved in stone on the great staircase of the Forbidden City (there are 9) in addition to visualizing each one of the details of the impressive luxury.
When you visit the Great Wall, one of the best activities you can do is go to Mutianyu, which is one of the least crowded sectors and has a cable car that at its highest station, you can have a spectacular view of the forests that are in its vicinity surroundings.
It is advisable that you discover the marble boat where Empress Cixi held her great parties. Do not be disappointed when you realize that in reality it is not exactly a ship, but rather a pavilion and that it is not built in marble, but in wood. But its spectacular beauty more than justifies the visit and we anticipate that in order to achieve that appearance that is submerged in water, mirrors capable of reflecting the waters of the lake were used.
To get to know the local cuisine you must taste the dumplings they make in the city of Xian Lao Man. You will realize that it is one of the places where the local characters go to eat the best dumplings in the city, so much so that years ago its Menu was only in Chinese, but today you can find it in various places translated into English.
Continuing with the gastronomic route, you should get lost among the lights and red lamps of Gui Jie, being a colorful and vibrant street full of restaurants, where you can have at your disposal dishes from all parts of China.
If you are interested in buying souvenirs, the recommendation is to go to the famous Nanluoguxiang street which, in addition to being completely remodeled, is full of restaurants and shops. You can even visit the surrounding hutongs, as they are completely traditional and thus you can bring together the best of both worlds.
We invite you to discover the water lilies found in Beihai Park, which are definitely part of the most beautiful and curious details of the city. On the other hand, we recommend you get to know the bohemian area of Beijing and its street art found in the 798 artistic district, eat inside a floating boat in Shichahai, live a night of music, exotic drinks and fun in Sanlitun. Finally, try the caramelized sweet thangulu fruit, which you will find in the street stalls that are scattered throughout Beijing.