TOURIST ATTRACTIONS 

Beijing is the heart of China. It is always the first choice of tourists to visit the most developed city of China. It is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. It is also the nation’s political, economic, and cultural center.

Compiled by: Punita Kumari (IIC Contributor, Student Section)

 

GREAT WALL OF CHINA

The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian Steppe. With a history of more than 2,000 years, some of the Great Wall sections are now in ruins or have disappeared. However, the Great Wall of China is still one of the most appealing attractions all around the world owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance.

People believe  As early as the Qin Dynasty (221-207BC) when building the Great Wall, glutinous rice flour was used in making the binding material to bind the bricks. The sections of the Great Wall that we mostly associate with The Great Wall of China were built by the Ming Dynasty.  The Great Wall of China has been called the longest cemetery on Earth. Over a million people died building the Wall and archaeologists have found human remains buried under parts of the wall.  Although the official number of the length of the Great Wall is 8851.8 kilometers (5500 miles), the length of all the Great Wall built over thousands of years is estimated at 21,196.18 kilometers (13,170 miles). The circumference of the Equator is 40,075 kilometers (24,901 miles). The Great Wall of China is threatened with erosion. The northwestern sections (e.g. in Gansu and Ningxia provinces) of the Great Wall are deteriorating so quickly. It is believed that these sections may disappear within 20 years, due to demolishment by nature and human.  Over 10 million people visit the Great Wall of China every year. The most famous section of the Great Wall-Badaling, had been visited by over 300 heads of state and VIPs from around the world, the first of which was Soviet. But it is also the busiest section of wall which is restored. If you are a hiker who like to see the real unspoiled Great Wall which is off the beaten path, we don’t suggest you go there. 

Great wall of china

Great wall of china

 

HOW TO REACH GREAT WALL OF CHINA:

Badaling and Juyongguan

PUBLIC BUS : Take bus number 877 or 879 (¥12 one way, ¥4.80 one-way with the Beijing Transportation Card, air conditioned coach bus) to Badaling (takes 1.5 hours.) Reach the bus departure point by exiting from Exit A of Jishuitan subway station, Line 2. Walk east for 450 meters, around 5 minutes, past all bus stops until you reach the Deshengmen arrow tower on your left. Bus 877 leaves exactly North (behind) of the tower. The station is right behind the stop for bus 919.

Suburban railway : Alternatively, take the Line S2 of the Beijing Suburban Railway from Beijing North Station for ¥6 one way. The train station is adjacent to the Xizhimen subway station of Line 2 and 13; use subway exits A1 or A2 to reach the entrance of the train station. The train is comfortable and takes about 1 hour, 20 minutes to arrive but departures are infrequent, leaving at 6:12 (S201), 7:58 (S203), 9:02 (S207), 10:57 (S209), 13:14 (S213), 15:24 (S213), 17:41 (S221).

JUYONGGUAN. 50km northwest from Beijing.  Entrance is 40 RMB

HUANGHUA CHENG: 60km north of Beijing. Entrance is 25 RMB

 

TIANANMEN SQUARE

Tiananmen Square is located in the centre of Beijing, the capital of China. Tiananmen means “gate of heavenly peace.” Tiananmen Square is within the top ten largest city squares in the world (440,500 m2 – 880×500 m or 109 acres – 960×550 yd). It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history.

Tiananmen square

 

HOW TO REACH  TIANANMEN SQUAR:

The square, located in the center of the city, is readily accessible by public transport. Line 1 of the Beijing Subway has stops at Tiananmen Westand Tiananmen East, respectively, to the northwest and northeast of the square on Chang’an Avenue. Line 2’s Qianmen Station is directly south of the square. City bus routes 1, 5, 10, 22, 52, 59, 82, 90, 99, 120, 126, 203, 205, 210 and 728 stop north of the Square. Buses 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 17, 20, 22, 44, 48, 53, 54, 59, 66, 67, 72, 82, 110, 120, 126, 301, 337, 608, 673, 726, 729, 901, 90, 特2, 特4 and 特7 stop to the south of the Square.

 

FORBIDDEN CITY

As one of China’s largest and most well preserved heritage sites, the Forbidden City is a must-see for all visitors to China. It is considered to be among the world’s top 5 most important palaces of all time, and is China’s most popular single site tourist attraction. The Forbidden City was declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1987 and also declared as the world’s largest preservation of wooden structures from ancient world. The Forbidden City is home to one of the biggest museums in the world – the Palace Museum – that boasts imperial collection spanning the Ming and Qing Dynasties.Among the materials used to construct the palace include; marbles from the surrounding quarries, logs of precious Phoebe zhennan wood and golden bricks.

Forbidden city

Forbidden city

 

HOW TO REACH  FORBIDDEN CITY :

Entry is allowed only through the Meridian Gate, the south gate of the museum.
1.   Subway:
a.   Take subway line 1, get off at Tiananmen East Station (Exit A) or Tiananmen West Station (Exit B), find the Tiananmen Tower, and then walk north to the Meridian Gate;
b.   Take subway line 2, get off at Qianmen Station (Exit A), walk north through the Tiananmen Square, pass the Tiananmen Tower, and then find the Meridian Gate further north.
2.   Bus:
a.   Take bus no. 1, 2, 52, 59, 82, 99, 120, 126, Tourist Line 1, or Tourist Line 2, and get off at Tiananmen East Station;
b.   Take bus no. 1, 5, 52, 99, Tourist Line 1, or Tourist Line 2, and get off at Tiananmen West Station.

ENTRANCE TICKET

 April to October: CNY 70
November to the next March: CNY 50

 

 

SUMMER PALACE

Situated in the Haidian District northwest of Beijing, Summer Palace is 9 miles (15 kilometers) from the downtown area. Being the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China, it greatly influences Chinese horticulture and landscape with its famous natural views and cultural interests, which also has long been recognized as ‘The Museum of Royal Gardens’. Tourists can enter the palace from the North Palace Gate, the East Palace Gate, the New Palace Gate and the West Palace Gate.In December 1998, UNESCO included the Summer Palace on its World Heritage List. It declared the Summer Palace “a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value

Summer Palace

 

HOW TO REACH SUMMER PALACE :

BY BUS:
Take bus 330, 331, 332, 346, 508, 579, 584, 601, 608 or 696, get off at Yiheyuan Station and then walk west to the East Palace Gate.
Take bus 469 or 539 and get off at Yiheyuan West Palace Gate Station.
Take bus 331, 332, 333(内), 333(外), 375, 432, 438, 498, 508, 579, 584, 594, 601, 664, 697, Te 18, Te 19, Te 6, Yuntong 106, Yuntong 114 or Yuntong 118, get off at Yiheyuanlu Dongkou Station (The Eastern End of Yiheyuan Road) and then walk west to the East Palace Gate.
Take bus 303, 330, 331, 346, 375, 563, 584 or 594, and get off at Yiheyuan North Palace Gate Station.
Take bus 74, 374, 437 or 952 and get off at Xin Jian Gong Men (Yiheyuan New Palace Gate) Station.
BY SUBWAY:
1. Subway Line 4: get off at Beigongmen, take exit D and walk to the North Palace Gate; or get off at Xiyuan to reach the East Palace Gate from exit C2.
2. Subway Line 16: get off at Xiyuan and leave from exit C2. Walk west to the East Palace Gate

 

NATIONAL STADIUM

Beijing National Stadium, officially the National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest is a stadium in Beijing. The stadium (BNS) was a joint venture among architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron of Herzog & de Meuron, project architect Stefan Marbach, artist Ai Weiwei, and CADG which was led by chief architect Li Xinggang. The stadium was designed for use throughout the 2008 Summer Olympics andParalympics and will be used again in the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The stadium is currently mostly unused, after having been unsuccessfully suggested as the permanent headquarters of the Beijing soccer teamThe bird’s nest can withstand an earthquake of up to magnitude 8 on the Richter Scale. At the peak of construction there were over 9,000 workers on the project. The project budget began at 500M before it was drastically reduced to just under 300M.

Aka Bird’s Nest

 

HOW TO REACH :

By Bus:
Take bus 82, 538 or 645 and get off at Guo Jia Ti Yu Chang Dong Station.
Take bus 108, 124, 18, 328, 380, 387, 409, 426, 620, 653, 694, Te 11 or T2 and get off at Ao Ti Dong Men (Olympic Sports Center East Gate) Station.
Take bus 407 and get off at Ao Ti Xi Men (Olympic Sports Center West Gate) Station.

BY SUBWAY:
Take Subway Line 10 to Beitucheng then switch to Subway Line 8 (Olympic Special Line): get off at Olympic Sports Center Station, get out of the station from Exit B1 (northwest exit) or Exit B2 (northeast exit), and walk north to it.
 Beijing Bus / Subway Search

 ENTRANCE FEE

COMMON TICKET: CNY 50
VIP Ticket: CNY 80 (including Golden Hall, Golden Corridor, Rostrum on the 2nd floor, No.1 and No.2 VIP Halls and visiting area open to ordinary visitors)
Free of charge for children below 3.9 feet (1.2 meters)
CNY 80 for air corridor
* CNY120 (weekdays) and CNY160 (weekends and public holidays) during the Happy Snow and Ice Season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEMPLE OF HEAVEN

The Temple of Heaven is an imperial complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qingdynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. It has been regarded as a Taoist temple, although Chinese heaven worship, especially by the reigning monarch of the day, predates Taoism.

Interior of Temple of heaven

TEMPLE OF HEAVEN

HOW TO REACH :

If you visit the Temple of Heaven through the east gate, you take subway line 5 to Tiantan Dongmen Station and take exit A. The East Gate entrance is right there. For the public buses to the east gate, you may try bus 6, 35, 36, 39, 41, 43.

ENTRANCE TICKET: 

An entrance ticket charges RMB 15 (April – November) and RMB 10 (December – March). With the ticket, you to get into the park, see local people do morning exercises.

 

MING TOMBS

Approximately 30 miles north of Beijing and are one of the most popular places to visit while traveling in China. Tourists from all over the world come to China to see the Great Wall, the Forbidden City in China and the Ming Dynasty area. Located about 30 miles from downtown Beijing are some of the best preserved examples of Chinese ancient burial architecture, the 13 mausoleums or Ming Tombs as they are more commonly referred to. These Tombs are ranked among the finest UNESCO World Heritage sites located in China.

 

MING TOMBS

ENTRANCE FEES:

Changling Tomb: RMB 30 (November.01 – March. 31); RMB 45 (April. 01 – October. 31)  Dingling Tomb:  RMB 40 (November.01 – March. 31); RMB 60 (April. 01 – October. 31)  Zhaoling Tombe: RMB 20 (November.01 – Machr. 31); RMB 30 (April. 01 – Oct. 31)

Sacred Way: RMB 20/30)

OPENING HOURS:

Changling Tomb: 08:30 – 17:30  Dingling Tomb: 08:30 – 18:00  Zhaoling Tomb  8:30 – 17:30

Sacred Way: 8:30 – 18:00

Tickets stop selling about half a hours before the tombs are closed.

HOW TO REACH :

Bus 872  Deshengmen Bus Terminal scheduled for Ming Tombs

The Bus 872 starts from Deshengmen Bus Station which is located on the north square of Deshengmen Arrow Tower lying on the mid-way of the northern second ring road. It is worth getting up earlier to catch an early morning Bus 872 for Ming Tombs.

How to  go to Deshengmen Bus Terminal

Several buses can bring you to the Deshengmen Bus Station. But the bus system in Beijing could be daunting even for the local Beijingers. It is advisable to take the Subway Line 2 to reach Deshengmen Bus Station. The the closest subway station to Deshengmen Bus Station is Jishuitan of the loop-type Subway Line 2.

Bus 872 is below the west side of Deshengmen Tower

Bus 872 for Ming Tombs

Bus Fare: RMB 8

 

BEIJING ZOO

In the northwest area of the city, the Beijing Zoo covers an area of more than 220 acres and was established in 1906, making it one of the oldest zoos in China. Boasting an impressive collection of close to 15,000 animals from 1,000 species – the largest in the country – the zoo includes many rare native species such as South China tigers, snow leopards, golden snub-nosed monkeys, and pandas, along with some not so rare such as the red-crowned crane and Pere David’s deer. 

 

 

HOW TO REACH BEIJING ZOO:

Take Subway Line 4 and get off at Dongwuyuan (Beijing Zoo) Station. Get out from Exit B and you can see the south gate of the zoo.
BY BUS:
1. Take bus 27, 87, 105, 107, 111, 332, 347, 360, 362, 534, 563, 632, or Express Line 49, Special Line 4 or 19, Yuntong 104, Yuntong 105 or Yuntong 106 and get off at Dongwuyuan Station.
2. Take bus 7, 15, 16, 19, 45, 65, 102, 103, 334, 360, or 695 and get off at Dongwuyuan Hub Station.
ENTRANCE FEE:

CNY 50 for a single trip
CNY 80 for a round trip

 

YONGHE LAMASERY

The Yonghe Temple ( “Palace of Peace and Harmony”), also known as the Yonghe Lamasery, or popularly as the Lama Temple, is a temple and monastery of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism located in Dongcheng District, Beijing, China. The building and artwork of the temple is a combination of Han Chinese and Tibetan styles. Built to generous proportions and equipped with many valuable works of art, the most important feature is the Hall of the Kings of Heaven (Tian Wang Dian) with its statue of Buddha surrounded by the four kings who are provided with symbolic objects (a toad, a sword, a snake, and a shield). Also noteworthy is the statue of Weituo, the protector of Buddhism, holding an iron staff. Other important buildings include the Pavilion of the Four-tongued Stele (Yubi Ting), which houses a stele dating back to 1792 that contains the history of the Lama religion written in Chinese, Manchurian, Tibetan, and Mongolian; the Hall of the Buddhist Wheel (Falun Dian), the teaching and assembly hall of the monastery, its interior dominated by a six-meter-tall statue, two thrones, and numerous sacred manuscripts; and the largest building at the Lama Temple, the Pavilion of Four Thousand Fortunes (Wangfu Ge) with its enormous 18-meter-high sandalwood statue.

ENTRY CHARGE: CNY 25

Visiting time 9:00 to 16:30 (Apr. 1 to Oct. 31)
9:00 to 16:00 (Nov. 1 to Mar. 31)

HOW TO REACH :

Take bus 13, 116, 117 or 684 and get off at Yonghegong Station.
Take bus Te 2, Te 12, 909, 116, 684, 62, 13, 44, 18, 75, and get off at Yonghegong Qiao Dong Station.
Take bus 117, 125,  and get off at Yonghegong Qiao Bei Station.
Subway Line 2: get off at Yonghegong Station, get out of the station from Exit C (Southwest Exit), and walk south about 400 meters, then you’ll find it on the east side of the road.
Subway Line 5: get off at Yonghegong Station, and get out of the station from Exit C (Southeast Exit).

 

BEIHAI PARK

The building of Beihai Park was the result of many emperors’dream of finding a secret potion that was the elixir of life by resembling the three magic mountain’s called Penglai, Yingzhou and Fangzhang on the sea where the gods who lived there were believed to have a secret potion for immortal life. So Beihai Park was laid out in the form of one pool and three “mountains”. Beihai Park is well known for its beautiful gardens, the maze in the stone cave, temples and pavilions. Atop the Jade Island in Beihai Park, the White Dagoba becomes an important landmark of the city.

 

HOW TO REACH:

Take Subway Line 6 and get off at Beihai Bei Station. Go out from Exit B and walk 5 minutes east to get to the north gate of the park.

BY BUS:

  1. Take bus 5, 101, 103, 109, 124, 128 or tour bus 1 or 2 and get off at Beihai Station.
  2. Take bus 3, 13, 42, 107, 111, 118, 612, 701 or tour bus 3 to Beihai Beimen (North Gate of Beihai Park) Station.
    Entrance Ticket (General Entry for the Park)

6:30 am to 8:30 pm: April, May, September, and Octorber

6:30 am to 10:00 pm: June, July, and August

6:30 am to 8:00 pm: January, February, March, November and December

RMB 5 (Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov and Dec )

RMB 10 (April – October)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EASTERN QING TOMBS

The Eastern Qing tombs (Chinese: 清東陵; pinyin: QīngDōnglíng) are an imperial mausoleum complex of the Qing dynastylocated in Zunhua, 125 kilometres (78 mi) northeast of Beijing. They are the largest, most complete, and best preserved extant mausoleum complex in China.[1] Altogether, five emperors: (Shunzhi, Kangxi, Qianlong, Xianfeng, and Tongzhi), 15 empresses, 136 imperial concubines, three princes, and two princesses of the Qing dynasty are buried here. Surrounded by Changrui Mountain, Jinxing Mountain, Huanghua Mountain, and Yingfei Daoyang Mountain, the tomb complex stretches over a total area of 80 square kilometres (31 sq mi).

ENTRY FEE: CNY 132 (including the Sacrificial Ceremony)
CNY 122 (excluding the Sacrificial Ceremony)
CNY 30 for the sight-seeing battery car (per person)

 

 

BY BUS: 
FROM BEIJING:
TOURIST BUS: In weekends and holidays, special buses can be found in Xuanwumen Church and Qianmen Xi Dajie (tourism hub) in weekends and holidays between April and October.

Time: 6:30-8:30. 
Take regular bus to Zunhua from Sihui Bus Station. Then shift bus from Zunhua Bus Station. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WESTERN QING TOMB

The Western Qing tombs (pinyin: Qīng Xī líng) are located some 140 km (87 mi) southwest of Beijing in Yi County, Hebei Province. They constitute a necropolis that incorporates four royal mausoleums where seventy-eight royal members in all are buried. These include four emperors of the Qing dynasty and their empresses, imperial concubines, princes and princesses, as well as other royal servants. They incorporate fourteen royal mausoleums where seventy-eight royal members in all are buried. These include four emperors of the Qing Dynasty and their empresses, imperial concubines, princes and princesses, as well as other royal servants.

 

ENTRY CHARGES : CNY122 at per season (Apr.1 – Oct.31)/CNY 82 at low season (Nov.1 – the next Mar.31)

Respectively: Tailing: CNY 47; Changling: CNY 45; Chongling: CNY 47; Yongfu TEMPLE: CNY15 (cheaper in low season)

8:40 to 17:30

 

 

 

BY LONG DISTANCE BUS:
1. Passenger coaches to Yi County available from 6:00 at Lizeqiao long distance bus station, and transfer to passenger coach in Yi County to it;
2. Take “Royal Rail” Tourism Train to Yi County which starts at 7:20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZHONGNANHAI

Zhongnanhai (Central and Southern Seas) located in central Beijing, a royal garden complex since ancient times, is now the headquarters of the State Council of PRC, the Secretariat of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the General Office of CPC.

TICKET PRICE: 10 CNY

TIME REQUIRED: 02:00 Hrs

TIMING: 06:30 am – 09:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEMPLE OF CONFUCIUS

A temple of Confucius or Confucian temple is a temple for the veneration of Confucius and the sages and philosophers ofConfucianism in Chinese folk religion and other East Asian religions. They were formerly the site of the administration of theimperial examination in China and Vietnam and often housed schools and other studying facilities

This temple consists of four courtyards. The main structures include Xianshi Gate (Gate of the First Teacher), Dacheng Gate (Gate of Great Accomplishment), Dacheng Hall (Hall of Great Accomplishment) and Chongshengci (Worship Hall). Dacheng Hall is the main building in the temple, where the memorial ceremony for the sage was often held. Inside the temple one can see that 198 stone tablets are positioned on either side of the front courtyard, containing 51,624 names of Jinshi (the advanced scholars) of the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Also 14 stone stele pavilions of the Ming and Qing dynasties hold the precious historical information of ancient China.

ENTRY FEE:

CNY 30 (including Guo Zi Jian – The Imperial College)
OPENING TIME

May 1 to October 31: 08:30 to 18:00 (ticket sales ends at 17:30)
November 1 to next April 30: 08:30 to 17:00 (ticket salesends at 16:30

 

 

 

HOW TO REACH

BY BUS:
Take bus 13 or 684, and get off at Guozijian Station.
Take bus 13, 116, 117 or 684, and get off at Yonghegong Station.
Take bus 13, 18, 44, 62, 684, 75, 116, 909 or 特2 and get off at Yonghegong Qiao Dong Station.
Take bus 125 and get off at Yonghegong Qiao Bei Station.

BY SUBWAY:
Subway Line 2: get off at Yonghegong Station, get out of the station from Exit C (Southwest Exit), and walk south about 600 meters, then you’ll find Guozijian Street where this temple and Imperial Academy located.
Subway Line 5: get off at Yonghegong Station, and get out of the station from Exit D (Southwest Exit).

 

 

 

BADACHU PARK

The Badachu (pinyin: bādàchǔ; also known as “Badachu Park”), is a complex of monasteries located on the outskirts of urban Beijing, which means “Eight Great Sites” that refers to the eight Buddhisttemples and nunneries scattered across the Cuiwei, Pingpo, and Lushi hills in Shijingshan District, at the foot of Beijing’s Western Hills.

ENTRANCE CHARGE : CNY 10

OPENING TIME :

Mar. 16 to Aug. 31: 6:00 to 19:30 (ticket selling stops at 18:30.)
Sep.1 to Nov. 15: 6:00 to 19:00 ( ticket selling stops at 18:00)
Nov.16 to the next Mar. 15: 6:00 to 18:30 ( ticket selling stops at 17:30)

HOW TO CHARGE:

BY BUS:
Take bus no. 347, 389, 598, 958, or 972 and get off at Badachu Station.
BY SUBWAY:
Take Subway Line 1 to Pingguoyuan Station and get out from the northeast exit C. Then take bus 972 heading for Badachu Station at the Pingguoyuan Ditie Beimen Bus Stop. Or you can get off at Bajiao Leyuan Subway Station and take bus 598 at Jingyuan Lukou East Station or bus 958 at Jingyuan Lukou West Station.

BIG BELL TEMPLE

Located in the Haidian District, Beijing, Big Bell Temple was built in the year 1733 of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and initially bestowed with the name ‘Juesheng Temple’. 10 years later during the reign of another emperor, a big bell was moved into the temple, hence the name Big Bell Temple. Since then, it was often chosen by the emperors to pray for rain and blessings for the people.
The Big Bell Temple displays a number of many large buildings, such as the Mountain Gate, the Bell and Drum Towers, the Scripture Collection Pavilion and other halls. Among these, the Big Bell Tower is the main part, which is a circular shape on the top and square below according to the Chinese saying that ‘the sky is circular and the earth is square’.

ENTRY FEE: CNY 20

OPENING TIME :

09:00 to 16:30 from Tuesday to Sunday (Ticket sale stops at 16:00)

HOW TO REACH :

BY SUBWAY:
Take Subway Line 13 and get off at Dazhongsi (Big Bell Temple) Station. Get out from Exit A and you can see the temple.

BY BUS:
1. Take bus 87, 88, 94, 315, 361, 425, 584, 609, 614, 617, 658, 695, Special Line 8, Yuntong 101, Yuntong 201, or Fast Transit Line 300, and get off at Dazhongsi Station.
2. Take bus 80 or 123 and get off at Subway Dazhongsi Station
DONGYUE TEMPLE

The Temple of the Eastern Peak in Beijing (traditional Chinese; pinyin: Běijīng Dōngyuè Miào) is a Taoist temple in the Chaowai area, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China. The temple is dedicated to the Great Deity of the Eastern Peak (; traditional Chinese:  pinyin: Dōngyuèdàdì). “Eastern Peak” is the cosmological name of Mount Tai, the easternmost and holiest of the Five Sacred Mountains of China. Founded during the Yuan dynasty, the Eastern Peak Temple is the largest temple of Zhengyi Taoism in Beijing and protected as a national cultural spot. The temple also hosts the Beijing Folk Customs Museum.

 

ENTRANCE FEE:

THE EAST ENTRANCE: CNY 10

Opening time: 08:30-16:30 (from Tuesday to Sunday)

HOW TO REACH :

By Bus:
Take public buses 75, 101, 109, 110 or 112; get off at Shenlu Street Station.
 BY SUBWAY:
Take subway line 2 or line 6, get off at Chaoyangmen Station, get out from Exit A, and walk east about 660 yards (600 meters) to find this temple.
Take subway line 6, get off at East Bridge Station, get out from Exit A, and walk west about 660 yards (600 meters) to find the temple.

 

 

FAYUAN TEMPLE

he Fayuan Temple, originally named the Minzhong Temple, was first built in 645 during the Tang dynasty by Li Shimin (Emperor Taizong), and later rebuilt in the Zhengtong era (1436–1449) of the Ming dynasty. Emperor Taizong founded the temple to commemorate his soldiers who died in his campaign against Goguryeo. The temple occupies an area of 6,700 square meters. The temple also contains a large number of cultural relics, including sculptures of ancient bronzes, stone lions, as well as gilded figures of the three Buddhas. The temple also features large number of Buddhist texts from the Ming and Qing dynasties.

ENTRY FEE: CNY 5

OPENING TIME: 08:30 – 16:00

HOW TO REACH:

  1. Takesubway line 4or line 7 and get off at Caishikou Station. Then, get out from exit D, and walk south along Caishikou Street. When reaching the intersection of Caishikou Street and West Nanheng Street, turn west to reach the temple. The walking distance is about 1,000 yards (900 meters).
    2. Take bus no. 53, 133, or Special Line 13 or 30, get off at Jiaozi Hutong South Exit. And then walk eastwards for about 120 yards (110 meters).
    3. Take bus no. 10, 48, 88 or 717, get off at Niujie Mosque. After arrival, walk southwards to the intersection of Niujie Street and West Nanheng Street, and then turn east to reach the temple. The walking distance is about 600 yards (550 meters).

FIVE PAGODA TEMPLE

Temple of the Five Pagodas (pinyin:   ), also known as the “Precious Pagoda of the Buddhist Relics of the Diamond Throne” ( pinyin: Jīngāngzuò Shè Bǎo), is a Buddhist temple in the city of Hohhotin Inner Mongolia in north-west China. It is located in the older part of the city in the vicinity of Qingcheng Park. Construction of the temple began in 1727 and was completed in 1732. The distinctive five pagodas surmount contains a temple with 1563 images of Buddha carved into its walls each differing slightly to the other. Inside is a rare Mongoliancosmological map carved into a large stone which illustrates the zodiac and positions of numerous stars.

ENTRY FEE: CNY 20

Opening time: 09:00-16:30 (Except Monday)

HOW TO REACH:

By  Bus:
Take bus no. 588, 689, Yuntong 106, 563, Yuntong 105, Te 4, Te 6, 717, 697, 695, 608, 332, 653, 92, 86 and get off at National Library Station, walk south till reach the north bank of Changhe River, walk east about 500 meters along the river and you will see it.

By Subway:
Subway Line 4: get off at National Library Station, get out of the station from southeast exit (Exit C).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HONGLUO TEMPLE:

Situated in the north of Huairou District, Hongluo Temple is 55 kilometers (about 34 mi) from downtown Beijing. It was originally constructed in the East Jin Dynasty (317 – 420) and expanded in the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907). Covering 800 ha (about 3.1 sq mi), the one-thousand-year old temple faces Hongluo Hill in the north and faces Hongluo Pool in the south. The good location and climate, as well as profound cultural achievements, make it an extraordinary Buddhist holy land. About the Buddhist temples, people say: “In the south, Putuo Temple is primarily recommended, while in the north, Hongluo Temple is especially valued.”

ENTRY FEE: Entrance Ticket: CNY 54
Slideway: CNY 80 (round – trip), CNY 50 (one – way)

OPENING TIME:

April to October: 08:00 to 17:00
November to next March: 08:030 to 16:00

 

 

HOW TO REACH:

Take bus no. 867 at Dongzhi Gate Bus Station and get off at Hongluo Temple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ORDINATION TERRACE TEMPLE (JIETAI TEMPLE)

Located 35 kilometers (22 miles) west of the urban area, Jietaisi in Chinese, also called the Ordination Altar Temple), it is a Buddhist temple in the Mentougou District. It is oriented east and west with an area of 11 acres.  Constructed in the Sui Dynasty (581-618), it is one of the oldest in Beijing. It is famous for the largest buddhist ordination terrace existent in China.

ENTRY FEE: CNY 45 / person
(free for kids below 1.2 meters / 3.9 feet and the physically disabled)

Opening time:

08:00-17:30 (summer)        08:00-17:00 (winter)

HOW TO REACH:

Take the Subway Line 1 to the Pingguoyuan Stop and then take the No. 948 buses to Jietaisi Stop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OX STREET MOSQUE

The Mosque is located in the Niujie area of Beijing’s Xicheng District, the spiritual centre for the 10,000 Muslims living in the vicinity and it is the biggest and oldest one in Beijing. It was within the Xuanwu District before it merged into Xicheng in 2010. Niujie in Xicheng District, where the mosque is located, is the largest area inhabited by Muslims in Beijing.

ENTRY FEE: CNY 10
Opening time: 08:00-16:00

How to reach:

BY BUS:
Take bus 10, 48, 88, 717 and get off at Niu Jie Li Bai Si Station.
Take bus 381, 715, Te5,  717, 687, 5, 477, 6, 38, 109, 57 and get off at Niujie Lukou Xi Station.

BY SUBWAY:
Take Subway Line 2 to Changchun Jie Station, get out from Exit C1 and walk about 1.5km south to it; or get out from Exit A and take bus 10 for only 4 stops to it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POOL AND MULBERRY TREE TEMPLE

It is located in Tanzhe Mountain, Mentougou District, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the city. Constructed during the Jin Dynasty (256-316), it enjoys a history stretching back 1,700 years and is the earliest Buddhist Templein Beijing. In former times its name was changed several times, but because there is the Dragon pool behind and wild mulberry (cudriana) trees on the mountain local people always called it ‘Tanzhe Temple’ (Tan refers to the pool while Zhe refers to cudrania trees) and as time passed by this name was fixed upon.

ENTRY FEE: CNY 55; CNY 100 (Zen & Martial Art performance)

Opening time: 8:00–17:00 (summer); 8:00–16:30 (winter)

HOW TO REACH:

BY BUS:
Take bus 336 and get off at Pingguoyuan Station, transfer to bus 931 and get off at Tanzhe Si.
Tourist bus is available at Tourism Hub in the west of Tiananmen Square, during weekends and holidays from April to October.
Buy Subway:
Subway Line 1 to Pingguoyuan Station, then transfer to Bus 931 at the bus station in the west side and get off at the last stop Tanzhe Si

 

TEMPLE OF ANCIENT MONARCHS

Located at No. 131 Fuchengmennei Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, the Temple of Ancient Monarchs is not only an exquisite masterpiece of ancient Chinese architecture, but also a critical cultural heritage which gives visitors a chance to learn aboutChinese history. The temple was originally built in 1530, the ninth year of Emperor Jiajing’s reign in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It functioned as a place to worship wise emperors and brilliant government officials and military officers in feudal times. It enjoys a comparable political status with the Royal Ancestral Temple and the Temple of Confucious, and they in combination are called the Top Three Imperial Temples in Beijing of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911).

ENTRY FEE: CNY 20
Opening time: 9:00 to 16:00 on Wednesday to Sunday; closed on Monday and Tuesday.

 

HOW TO REACH:

Take bus line 3, 7, 13, 42, 47, 101, 102, 103, 409, 603, 612, or 685 and get off at the Baitasi Station.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEMPLE OF AZURE CLOUDS

The Temple of Azure Clouds (; pinyin: Bìyún Sì), is a Buddhist temple located in the eastern part of theWestern Hills, just outside the north gate of Fragrant Hills Park (Xiangshan Gongyuan), in the Haidian District, a northwestern suburb of Beijing, China, approximately 20 km from the city center. It was built in the 14th century (possibly in 1331), during the Yuan dynasty (1271–1368) and was expanded in 1748.

ENTRY FEE: CNY10 (Tip: Visitors need to buy the entrance ticket of Fragrant Hills Park to get to the mountain where it is located.)

OPENING TIME:
8:00 to 17:00

How to reach:

Take bus 563, 318, 360 Express, 714, 698, 331, 360, 696, 630 and get off at Xiang Shan Station.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEMPLE OF CLOUD DWELLING

Also named Yunju Temple (Yunju means where the clouds stay), it is located in Fangshan District in the southwest of Beijing, and is about 70 kilometers (43 miles) away from the center of the city. It faces east, taking an area of 7 hectares is famous for the stone sutras it houses.

ENTRY FEE: CNY 40 (for Temple of Cloud Dwelling); CNY 15 (for Shijing Mountain)

OPENING TIME:
8:30 – 17:00 (summer); 8:30 – 16:30 (winter)

HOW TO REACH:

  1. Take bus 917 at Tianqiao Long-distance Bus Station to Liangxiang Ximen, then change to Fangshan Bus 12, 19, 31 to Yun Ju Si.
    2. Take bus 832 to Liangxiang Tiyuchang Road, and then transfer the local Fangshan Bus 12 and get off at Yunju Si station.

 

 

 

 

TEMPLE OF EARTH

The Temple of the Earth (pinyin: Dìtán) in Beijing, China, is located in the northern part of central Beijing, around the Andingmen area and just outside Beijing’s second ring road. It is also located just a few hundred yards north ofYonghe Temple. At 42.7 hectares, it is the second largest of the four Temples of Beijing behind only the Temple of Heaven.

ENTRY FEE: CNY 2 per person
CNY 10 per person for the Chinese New Year Cultural Temple Fair (Dec. 30 to the next Jan. 7 on Chinese Lunar Calendar)

OPENING TIME:
May 1 to October 31: 06:00 – 21:30
November 1 to next April 30: 06:00 – 20:30

 

 

HOW TO REACH:

BY SUBWAY:
Take Subway Line 2 or Subway Line 5 Yonghegong (Yonghe Lamasery) Station and get out from Exit A. Then you can see the south gate of Ditan Park.

BY BUS:
Take bus 18, 75, 104, 108, 113, 119, 124, 125, 301, 426, 430 or Special Line 11 to the Ditan Ximen Station (the west gate of Ditan Park). Take bus 117 to Ditan Dongmen Station (the east gate of Ditan Park).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEMPLE OF GREAT AWAKENING

The Dajue Temple (pinyin:  Júe ; literally: “Great Awakening Temple/Temple of Enlightenment”) is a Buddhist temple located in the Haidian District of western Beijing, China. It was founded in the 11th century, and the current temple dates to a reconstruction in the 15th century during the Ming Dynasty. It contains three main halls, a gate, a pagoda and various side halls.

ENTRY FEE: CNY 20 (On Wednesdays, the first 200 visitors can visit the temple for free).
OPENING TIME:
08:00-17:00

 

 

HOW TO REACH:
1. Take bus 633 and get off at Da Jue Si Station. 
2. Take 346 from Summer Place to Zhoujiaxiang, then walk 15-20 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEMPLE OF THE MOON

The Temple of the Moon is located to the west of Nanlishi Road and to the south of North Yuetan Road in Beijing. Originally named Xiyue (the moon at night) Altar, it was the place where emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 – 1911) offered sacrifice to the God of the Moon and the Gods of the Stars. In 1955, the Temple of the Moon was renovated into a park. Most ancient buildings remain today, and in 2006, the Temple of the Moon was listed as an important cultural relic site under state-level protection.

ENTRY FEE: CNY 1

Opening time:
06:00 – 21:00

HOW TO REACH:
1. Take subway line 2 and get off at Fuchengmen Station. Then walk along South Lishi Road for about 10 minutes to the north gate of Yuetan Park.
2. Take bus 3, 13, 15, 19, 42 or 56 and get off at Yuetan Park Station.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEMPLE OF THE SUN

The Temple of the Sun (pinyin: Rìtán) is an altar located in Chaoyang District, Beijing,China. It is within Ritan Park, in the Jianguomen area. The nearest Beijing Metro station is Yonganli on the Beijing subway Line 1.

The altar was built in 1530 during the late Ming Dynasty for use in ritual sacrifice to the sun by the Emperor of China. The area surrounding the Ritan temple is now a public park, and the site features extensive gardens and a small lake.

ENTRY FEE: Free

OPENING TIME:
06:00 – 21:00 (Winter); 06:00 – 22:00 (Summer)

HOW TO REACH:

BY SUBWAY
1. Take Subway Line 6 to Dongdaqiao Station. Then walk for 1,400 yards (1.3km) to the north gate of Ritan Park.
2. Take Subway Line 1 or Subway Line 2 to Jianguomen Station. Get out from Exit B. Then walk for about 2,000 yards (1.8km) to the south gate.
 BY BUS
1. Take bus 639 to Ritan Gongyuan (Ritan Park) Station.
2. Take bus 28, 43, 120, 126, or 403 and get off at Fangcaodi Station. Then walk 700 yards (640m) to the west and arrive at the north gate of Ritan Park. Or visitors can get off at Fangcaodi Nan Station to enter from the south gate.
3. Take bus 44, 58, or 650 and get off at Yabaolu Station. Then walk to the east for 700 yards (640m) and arrive at the west gate.

 

 

 

TEMPLE OF VAST SUCCOUR (GUANGJI TEMPLE)

The Guangji Temple (pinyin: Guǎngjì Sì) is a Buddhist temple located at inner Fuchengmen Street, Xicheng District, Beijing, China. It is also the headquarters of the Buddhist Association of China.Originally built in the Jin dynasty (1115-1234), additions were made to the temple by successive dynasties. However, the present temple was completed during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644). It covers an area of 5.766 acres (23,330 m2). The major structures in the temple divides between the main gate and four other large halls and many other temples.

The temple houses a wall of 18 Buddhist figures, many Ming dynasty religious relics and a library of over 100,000 volumes of scriptures in 20 different languages, some of which date back to the time of the Song dynasty (960–1279).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENTRY FEE: Free

OPENING TIME:
08:40 to 17:30

HOW TO REACH:

get off at Xisi Station , get out of the station from Exit A (northwest station) , and walk northwest

Take bus no.623, 685, 42, 102, 13, 604, 603 and get off at Xisi Lu Kou Xi  Station.

 

 

WHITE CLOUD TEMPLE

Being one of the three “ancestral courts” of the Quanzhen Sect of Taoism, it is located on the east side of Baiyun Road, Fuxingmenwai Street, Xicheng District. It was built in 739 and went through three big renovations – in 1706, 1714 and 1886. The architecture seen today is mainly from the  Ming  (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) Dynasties. The Center of the Chinese Taoist Association, founded in 1958, is also located in the temple. Nowadays, it attracts pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. The Spring Festival Fair and celebration at it is also a wonderful place to find out about Chinese culture and tradition.

ENTRY FEE: CNY 10

OPENING TIME:
8:30–16:30 (May – September)
8:30–16:00 (October – the next April)

HOW TO REACH:

  1. Take bus Te 6, 45, 80, Te 5, 717, 319, 26 and get off at Baiyunguan Station.
    2. 661, 623, 42, 691, 662, 46, 19, 390, 49 and get off at Tianningsi Qiaobei Station, turn left to Baiyunguan Jie till you see it on the right side.

WHITE DAGOBA TEMPLE (BAITA TEMPLE)

It is also called Miaoying Temple and is located in the West District of the city. There is a tall and spectacular white dagoba standing in it, hence the name. It is one of two famous white dagobas in Beijing, the other one stands inBeihai Park.

 

ENTRY FEE: CNY20 ( the first 200 visitors are free of charge on Wednesday)

OPENING TIME: 9:00 – 16:30
HOW TO REACH:
Take bus no.685, 612, 101, 202, 623, 7, 47, 42, 102, 103, 13, 211, 409, 603, 604, 614 and get off at Baita Si Station.
Subway Line 2: get off at Fuchengmen Station and walk east.
Subway Line 4: get off at Xisi Station and walk west

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOFO TEMPLE

Wofo Temple, literally the Temple of Recumbent Buddha, is located inside Beijing Botanical Garden, about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the city center. It is one of the famous ancient Buddhist temples in Beijing.

Wofo Temple was built during the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907) and has a history of more than 1,300 years. It received repairs during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. There is a bronze recumbent Buddha inside Wofo Temple, which is how it got the name. The main buildings are: Four Heavenly King’s Hall, Three Buddhas Hall and the Recumbent Buddha’s Hall.

 

 

ENTRY FEE: CNY 5; free for children under 3.9 feet (1.2m).
Visitors also need to buy the Botanical Garden ticket, which is CNY 5 and free for children under 3.9 feet.

OPENING TIME:
Apr. 1 – Nov. 15: 08:30 to 16:30
Nov. 16 – Mar. 31: 08:30 to 16:00
HOW TO REACH:

 BY SUBWAY:
1. Take Subway Line 4 and get off at Beigongmen Station. Get out from Exit A and transfer to bus 331, 563, or Yuntong 112 and get off at Wofo Si (Wofo Temple) Station.
2. Take Subway Line 1 and get off at Pingguoyuan Station. Get out from Exit C and transfer to bus Yuntong 112 and get off at Wofo Si Station.

 BY BUS:
1. Take bus 331, 505, 563, or Yuntong 112 and get off at Wofo Si Station.
2. Take bus 318, 360, 630, or 698 and get off at Zhiwuyuan (Botanical Garden) Station.
HUTONGS & COURTYARDS

People say that the real culture of Beijing is the culture of the Hutong and Courtyards. How true that is. They attract more tourists from home and abroad than the high-rise buildings and large mansions.

 

Hutong is a Mongolian word meaning water well. At nine meters (about 30 feet) wide, it is the name given to a lane or small street that originated during the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368). Now they have become representatives of local culture, thus it is the first choice for people who would like to learn about the local history and culture.

Ten Famous Hutongs

Of the more than 1,000 alleys left, there are ten most distinctive ones attracting thousands of tourists from home and abroad. Some of them are famous for the old-style buildings, while some house many traditional and time-honored workshops.  Walking along the crisscrossing lanes, you will definately immerse in the peaceful atmosphere.

South Gong and Drum Lane (Nanluogu Xiang)

Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street (Yandai Xiejie)

Mao’er Hutong

Guozijian Street

Liulichang Cultural Street

Jinyu Hutong

Dongjiaomin Lane (Dongjiaomin Xiang)

Xijiaomin Lane (Xijiaomin Xiang)

 

 

 

PRINCE GONG’S MANSION

 

The Prince Gong Mansion or Prince Kung Mansion (pinyin: Gōng Wáng Fǔ) is a museum and tourist attraction located in Xicheng District, Beijing, just north of the Shichahai Lake. It consists of large siheyuan-style mansions and gardens. Originally constructed for Heshen, an official highly favoured by the Qianlong Emperor, it was later renamed after Prince Gong, a Manchu prince and influential statesman of the late Qing dynasty, who inhabited the mansion in the late 19th century.

ENTRY FEE: CNY 40 for entrance charge; CNY 70 including entrance charge, fare for a local guide, listening to the opera and tasting the snack.
Free for children below 3.9 feet (1.2 meters).

OPENING TIME:
TICKET SALES TIME:
April 1 to October 31: 08:00 – 17:00
November 1 to the next March 31: 09:00 – 16:00
NOTE:
1. Visitors are stopped to enter at 16:40 (April 1 to October 31) and 16:10 (November 1 to next March 31).
2. The Exhibition Hall is opened from 08:10 to 17:50 (April 1 to October 31), and 09:10 to 16:50 (November 1 to next March 31).
3. The mansion is cleared up at 18:30.

HOW TO REACH:

BY BUS:
Take bus 13, 3, 612, 701, 118, 42, 107, 111 and get off at Beihai Bei Men (Beihai North Gate) Station and hire a rickshaw to it (or walk 15-20 minutes through hutongs).

BY SUBWAY:

Take Subway Line 4 to Ping’anli then walk 1.2km eastwards from Exit C along Dianmen Xi Dajie to find Hehua Market on the north side of the road. The mansion is in depth of hutongs behind Hehua Market.

 

SHICHAHAI

 

Shichahai (pinyin: Shíchàhǎi) is a historic scenic area consisting of three lakes in the north of central Beijing inChina. They are located to the north-west of the Forbidden City and north of the Beihai Lake. Shichahai consists of the following three lakes: Qianhai ,Xihai and Houhai. In imperial times it was called the Riverbank Its history can be traced to as far back as the Jin Dynasty (1115 – 1234). During the Yuan Dynasty (1271 – 1368), it was the terminal point of the Great Canal, which was a main reason for its prosperity. In the period of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), when the channels ceased to be as smooth as they used to be, it changed from a bustling hub to a place of leisure where people could stroll around to admire the vast scenery or enjoy the cool shade under williow trees.

HOW TO REACH:

Take Subway Line 6 and get off at Beihai North Station. Get out of the station from Exit B and walk along Di’anmen Xi Dajie to the east till you see the gate of Hehua Market (Lotus Market).
Take Bus 612, 90, 701, 118, 204, 623, 42, 107, 13, 111,609 and get off at  Beihai Beimen (north gate of Beihai Park) or 60, 124 at Gu Lou (Drum Tower). Beihai Beimen Station is close to Lianhua Market where there are many pubs and the rickshaw tour starts. Gu Lou Station is close to Yandai Xiejie.

 

 

ANCIENT ARCHITECTURE MUSEUM

 

Beijing’s Museum of Ancient Architecture, located at No. 21 Dongjing Road, Xuanwu District, was formally opened in September 1991. It is the only museum in China displaying China’s architectural-cultural tradition in a comprehensive, systematic way. The museum is housed inside Xiannong Temple – aka, the Altar of the God of Agriculture – which was the Imperial Palace’s official offerings site during the Ming (CE 1368-1644 ) and Qing (CE 1644-1911) Dynasties. Xiannong Temple is dedicated to the cult of Shennong, a legendary ruler reputed to have invented the plough, and who, it is also claimed, discovered the healing properties of plants.

 

ENTRY FEE:  CNY 15
*First 200 visitors on every Wednesday are free to enter.

 

OPENING TIME:
uesday to Sunday: 9:00 – 16:00 (Ticketing stops at 15:30.)
*Closed on every Monday, New Year’s Day, Chinese New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year (Spring Festival).
HOW TO REACH:

Take bus 15, 832, or 895, and get off at Nanweilu Station. Take bus 2, 17, 20, 35, 36, 53, 71, 72, 93, 120, 622, Fast Transit Line 1, or Special Line 11, and get off at Tiantan Ximen Station.

Take bus 14, 40, 59, 66, 70, 102, 106, or Special Line 13, and get off at Taipingjie Station.

 

 

ANCIENT OBSERVATORY

 

The Beijing Ancient Observatory is a pretelescopic observatory located in Beijing, China. The observatory was built in 1442 during the Ming dynasty, and expanded during the Qing. It received major reorganization and many new, more accurate instruments from Europeans (Jesuits) in 1644. The Ancient Observatory mainly consists of two parts, the ancient astronomical instruments display hall and affiliated architecture.

 

ENTRY FEE:  CNY 20
Opening time:
09:00 – 17:00 (Closed on Mondays)

NOTE: Ticket sale stops at 16:30
HOW TO REACH:

BY SUBWAY
Take Subway Line 1 or Subway Line 2 to Jianguomen Station. Get out from Exit C. Then walk for about 250 yards (220m) to the ticket office.

BY BUS
1. Take bus 9, 20, 29, 39, 52, 59, 122, 126, 140, 403, 619, 622, 637, 638, 668, 673, 674, 805, 938, or 957, and get off at Beijingzhan Dong (Beijing Railway Station East). Then walk north to Dongbiaobei Hutong.
2. Take bus 43, 44, 650, or Special Line 2 or 12 and get off at Jianguomen Nan Station.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BELL AND DRUM TOWER

Gulou ( pinyin: Gǔlóu), or Drum Tower of Beijing, is situated at the northern end of the central axis of the Inner City to the north of Di’anmen Street. Originally built for musical reasons, it was later used to announce the time and is now a tourist attraction.

Zhonglou (pinyin: Zhōnglóu), or Bell Tower of Beijing, stands closely behind the drum tower. Together, the Bell Tower and Drum Tower have panoramic views over central Beijing and before the modern era, they both dominated Beijing’s ancient skyline.

ENTRY FEE:  Bell Tower: CNY 15; Drum Tower: CNY 20
COMBO TICKET: CNY 30
OPENING TIME:
09:00 to 17:00
Drum Performances at the Drum Tower: 09:30, 10:00, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:45
HOW TO REACH:

BY SUBWAY:
1. Take Subway Line 8 and get off at Shichahai Station. Get out from Exit A2 and walk northwards straightly for about five minutes to the Drum Tower.
2. Take Subway Line 2 and get off at Guloudajie Station. Get out from Exit G and walk south for about 10 minutes to the Bell Tower.

 BY BUS:
1. Take bus 5, 60, 82, 107, 124, or 635 and get off at Gulou (Drum Tower) Station.
2. Take Sightseeing Bus 3 and get off at Gulou (Houhai) Station

 

LIULICHANG CULTURAL STREET

Liulichang (pinyin: Liúlíchǎng) is a district in downtown Beijing that is known for a series of traditional Chinese stone dwellings housing selling various craftwork, artistry, and antiques. It is one of Beijing’s traditional old quarters.

 

HOW TO REACH:

  1. Take bus 7, 14, 15, 66 or 70 and get off at Liulichang Station.
    2. TakeSubway Line 2and get off at Hepingmen Station, get out of the station from Exit D1 or D2 (southwest exit), and walk south for 600 yards (550m).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CUANDIXIA VILLAGE

Cuandixia , also spelled Chuandixia, is a historic village dating from the Ming dynasty located in Mentougou District inBeijing, China. It is a popular tourist attraction known for its well preserved courtyard homes. About 0.7 miles (1,127m) walking distance to the village, there is a natural beauty spot named Yixiantian, which means a thread of sky, which can be viewed through two closely-located mountains. Baiyu Village, an old village with several hundred years’ history, is about 3 miles (5km) to the west of Cuandixia Village.

ENTRY CHARGE: CNY 35 (including Cuandixia Village, Baiyu Village, Yixiantian, Shuangshitou, and Huanglingxi)

Opening time:
Opening Hours: 24 hours open

HOW TO REACH:

Take Subway Line 1 to Pingguoyuan Station. Then take bus 892 and get off at Zhaitang Station. Next, take a taxi or carpool with others to reach the entrance. The taxi fare is around CNY 20 – 30.

 

 

 

 

HOUHAI

Houhai (“Rear Lake”) refers to a lake and its surrounding neighborhood in Xicheng District of central Beijing, China. Houhai is the largest of the three lakes, along with Qianhai (lit. the “Front Lake”) and Xihai (lit. the “Western Lake”), that comprise Shichahai, the collective name for the three northern-most lakes in central Beijing. Since the early 2000s, the hutongneighborhood around Houhai has become known for its nightlife as many residences along the lake shore have been converted into restaurants, bars, and cafes. The area is especially popular with foreign tourists visiting Beijing and is also often visited by the expatriatecommunity and the younger generations of locals.

 

ENTRY CHARGE: Free of charge

OPENING TIME: Full day
HOW TO REACH:

Take subway line 8 to Shichahai Station, Exit A2. Walk west along Wannian Hutong for about 150 yards, and turn right. Walk northwest along Qianhai Dongyan for about 200 yards to the lake.

BY BUS:

Take bus line 5, 60, 82, 107, 124, 635, Night 2, or Night 10 to Drum Tower (Gulou) Station. Afterwards, walk north along Di’anmen Outer Street for about

 

 

 

GUYAJU CAVES

Located in a secluded gorge in the west of Yanqing County, the Guyaju Caves (Ancient Cliff Dwellings) are about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Beijing. Occupying over 24.7 acres (100,000 square meters) on the steep cliff, it is the largest site of an ancient cliff residence community in China. On both sides of the 33 feet (10 meters) wide gorge, there are over 100 stone rooms chiseled by an undefined group of ancient people. From the abundant relics, tourists can learn the history, lifestyle and folk customs of these special ancient people of northern China.

ENTRY CHARGE:  CNY 40
Free for the children under 3.9 feet (1.2 meters)

OPENING TIME: Boom Season (from April to October): 8:00 – 17:30
Slack Season (from November to the next March): 8:30 – 17:00
The ticketing hours end half an hour earlier

HOW TO REACH:

Take buses 919 or 919 (express) from Deshengmen Station, and get off at Yanqing Dongguan Station. Transfer to Y1 and get off at Dongmenying Station, or transfer to 920 to Guyaju Station

 

IMPERIAL ACADEMY (GUOZIJIAN)

The Guozijian (pinyin: guózǐjiàn; Wade–Giles: kuo2-tzu3-chien4; literally: “School for the Sons of the State”), sometimes translated as the National School, National Academy, Imperial Academy, Imperial University, Imperial College, Imperial Central School, National University,[2] etc., was the national central institution of higher learning in Chinese dynasties after the Sui. It was the highest institution of learning in China’s traditional educational system, with the function of administration of education. In Vietnam, the Imperial Academy (Vietnamese: Quốc Tử Giám) existed after the Lý dynasty. Several notable chairmans of Guozijian in Vietnam history are Chu Văn An, Nguyễn Phi Khanh, Vũ Miên, and Lê Quý Đôn.

 

 

ENTRY CHARGE: CNY 30 (including ticket for the Temple of Confucius)

Opening time: May to October: 08:30 to 18:00 (tickets have to be purchased before 17:30)
November to April: 08:30 to 17:00 (tickets need to be purchased before 16:30)
HOW TO REACH:

BY BUS:
Take bus 13, 684 and get off at  Guozijian Station.

BY SUBWAY:
Subway Line 2 or Subway Line 5: get off at Yonghegong Station, get out of the station from Exit C (Southwest Exit), and walk south about 300 meters, then you’ll find Guozijian Jie where the Temple of Confucius and it located. Walk another 100 meters or so to the destinations.

 

 

MARCO POLO BRIDGE (LUGOU BRIDGE)

The Marco Polo Bridge Incident, also known by several other names, was a battle between the Republic of China’s National Revolutionary Army and the Imperial Japanese Army. It is often used as the marker for the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945).

ENTRY CHARGE:  CNY 20

OPENING TIME: April 1 – October 31: 07:00 to 20:00
November 1 – the next March 31: 07:00 to 18:00
HOW TO REACH:

BY BUS:
Take bus 133, 309, 310, 313, 329, 339, 452, 458, 459, 624, 661, 662, 77, 843, 896, 952, 96, 97 or 983 and get off at Kang Zhan Diao Su Yuan Station.

BY SUBWAY:
Take Subway Line 1 to Wukesong Station. Leave from Exit D1 and then take bus 624 to Kang Zhan Diao Su Yuan (Sculpture Garden) Station.

 

 

MING CITY WALL RELICS PARK

The Ming City Wall Relics Park (pinyin: Míng Chéngqiáng zhǐ Gōngyuán) is a park in Beijing with the longest and best preserved section of the city’s Ming Dynasty city wall. The park is located 3 km (1.9 mi) from the city center and extends west from Chongwenmen to Dongbianmen and then north to near the Beijing Railway Station. The park features a 1.5 km (0.93 mi) section of the Ming city wall and the Southeast Corner Tower, which are over 550 years old and surrounded by green park space to the south and east. The park covers an area of 15.5 ha (38 acres), including 3.3 ha (8.2 acres) of fortifications and 12.2 ha(30 acres) of green space.[1] Access to the corner tower and the ramparts atop the wall is available during business hours and require paying admission. The corner tower also houses the Red Gate Gallery. The rest of the park is free and open to the public at all times.

ENTRY CHARGE:  Park: Free of charge;
SOUTHEAST CORNER TOWER: CNY 10

OPENING TIME: 8:00-17:30

 

 

 

HOW TO REACH

BY SUBWAY:

  1. Takesubway line 2, or subway line 5, and get off at the Chongwenmen Station. Leave from Exit B, and walk east for about 77 yards (70 meters);
  2. Takesubway line 1, and get off at the Jianguomen Station. Leave from Exit C, and walk south for about 800 yards (730 meters);
  3. Takesubway line7, and get off at the Guangqumennei Station. Leave from Exit B, and walk north for about 875 yards (820 meters).

 BY BUS:

Take bus line 25, 29, 39, 43, 44 (Inner Line), 44 (Outer Line), 59, 525, 674, Special 2, Night 10 (Inner Line), Night 19, Night 24, or Night 28, and get off at the Dongbianmen Station.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PEKING MAN SITE AT ZHOUKOUDIAN

Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southwest of downtown Beijing, was a natural habitat of human ancestors about 700,000 years ago. Here multiplied descendents, from age to age, created the splendidPaleolithic Age. To some extent, this is the cradle of Chinese civilization. In this charming and mystical land, Peking man left their footprints. Today, the remains and site provide a good opportunity for tourists to explore the primitive life of our human ancestors.
Zhoukoudian Site of Peking Man is situated on the Dragon Bone Hill. Since 1921, eight sites of ancient human remains have been discovered. 27 localities where high concentrations of fossils were found have been excavated. 118 kinds of animal fossils and over 100,000 stone wares have been unearthed. These fossils and remains serve as evidence of the existence of humanoid species 500,000 years ago in Zhoukoudian Cave.

 

ENTRY CHARGE:  CNY30 for Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian; CNY 30 for the museum
Children under 3.9 feet (1.2 meters) can enjoy half price.

OPENING TIME: April 1 to October 31: 8:30 – 16:30 (ticket sale stops at 16:00)
November 1 to March 31: 9:00 – 16:00 (ticket sale stops at 15:30)

 

HOW TO REACH

  1. Take bus 917or 836 from Tianqiao Bus Station to Zhoukoucun Lukou, then change to Fangshan Bus 38 to Yuanren Yizhi (Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian).
  2. Take bus 616 at the south square ofBeijing West Railway Stationto Liangxiang Ximen, and then change to Fangshan Bus 38.

 

 

 

SKEWED TOBACCO POUCH STREET

The Skewed Tobacco Pouch Street is a well known narrow street or hútòng in Beijing that is known for the tobacco stores, bars, and hotels. It is near the Beijing Drum Tower and was known in the past as as an artists and artisans’ street specializing in jade pieces, calligraphy, paintings and tobacco products. The street is called Skewed 斜Tobacco Pouch (Pipe)  Street because the street crosses diagonally and tobacco was sold there. Now the narrow street is under national protection as a famous “commoners” street, and it has been rebuilt in a traditional style of architecture and is full of international restaurants and tourist shops selling international products.

After the 1911 Revolution, the Qing Royal Family was overthrown, the banners (Manchurians that were fed by the Qing government) lost their incomes and many of them had to sell their properties, such as antiques, to make a living. Gradually many antique markets were formed in Beijing, among whichSkewed Tobacco Pouch Street was a large one. But after 1949, the antique trading on this street gradually declined.

HOW TO REACH

Take No. 5, 60, 107, 124, or 834 to Gu Lou (Drum Tower) Stop, then walk 5 minutes to it.
Take Subway Line 2 to Gulou Dajie Station, get out of the station from Exit B (Southwest Exit) and then walk south 15 minutes here.

 

 

SOUTH GONG AND DRUM LANE (NANLUOGUXIANG)

Nanluoguxiang is a narrow alley, that gives its name to an old part of the Beijingcity centre, that has traditional architecture both new and old. The neighborhood contains many typical narrow streets known as hutong. It is located in the Dongcheng district.

HOW TO REACH

Take Subway Line 5 to Beixinqiao (Exit D) or Zhangxizhong Station  (Exit A) . Then walk westwards for about 15 minutes to the destination.

Take Bus 108, 201 and get off at Bingmasi
Take Bus 104, 107, 113, 204 and get off at Jiao Dao Kou
Take Bus  701 and get off at Di’anmen Dong Station.
Take Bus 13, 118, 612, 823 and get off at Luogu Xiang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YUAN CAPITAL CITY WALL SITE PARK

The Yuan Dynasty Capital City Wall Site Park (Yuandadu Relics Park) is built on the site of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) capital city, Dadu, hence a great place to learn the history and customs of that dynasty. The park is decorated with grassland, trees and flowers, favored by both local people and tourists to breathe fresh air, appreciate flowers, and to relax. The belt-like park was built along the relics of the west and north walls of the Dadu city. It runs from today’s Mingguang Bridge in the south to Xitucheng in the north, and then turns east to Shaoyaoju, with a total length of 5.6 miles (9 kilometers).  As the largest zonal park in Beijing, the Yuan Dynasty Capital City Wall Site Park takes up an area of 210 acres (85 hectares).

 

 

 

ENTRY CHARGE:  Free of charge

OPENING TIME: May to September: 5:00- 22:30
October to the next April: 6:00- 22:00

HOW TO REACH:

BY BUS:
1. Take bus line 16, 22, 47, 92, 304, 31, 425, 508, 510, 579, 609, 618, 620, 635, or 645, get off at the Mudanyuan Station, and get into park through the East Gate.
2. Take bus line Te 2, 21, 82, 113, 380, 407, 409, 607, or 694, get off at the Anzhenxili Station, and get into the park through the No.1 6 South Gate.
3. Take bus line M10, 380, 409, or 515, get off at the Subway Anzhenmen Station, and get into the park through the No.11South Gate or the No.12 South Gate.
4. Take bus line 95, Yuntong 101, Yuntong 201, 361, 464, or 479, get off at the Yinghuayuan Xijie Station, and get into the park through the No.4 South Gate or the No.3 South Gate.
5. Take bus line Te 16, Night 26, Night 28, 62, 95, 119, 361, 179, 419, 596, 674, 684, or 984, get off at the Sino-Japanese Hospital Station, and get into the park through the No.1 East Gate

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL AQUATICS CENTER

The Beijing National Aquatics Center (pinyin:Běijīng guójiā yóuyǒng zhōngxīn), also officially known as the National Aquatics Center, and colloquially known as the Water Cube is an aquatics center that was built alongside Beijing National Stadium in the Olympic Green for theswimming competitions of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Despite its nickname, the building is not an actual cube, but a cuboid (a rectangular box). Ground was broken on December 24, 2003, and the Center was completed and handed over for use on January 28, 2008.[2] Swimmers at the Water Cube broke 25 world records during the 2008 Olympics.[3]

After the 2008 Olympics, the building underwent a 200 million Yuan revamp to turn half of its interior into a water park.[4] The building officially reopened on August 8, 2010.[5] It will host the curling events at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

 

ENTRY CHARGE:  CNY 30

OPENING TIME: May to October: 9:00-20:00;
November to next April: 9:00-18:00

HOW TO REACH:

BY BUS:
1. Take bus 510, 81, 607, 82 and get off at Beichenxi Qiao Bei Station;
2. Take bus 386, 407, 645, 658, 660, 689, 753, 944, 983 or Yuntong 113 and get off at Beichen Qiao Xi Station;
3. Take bus Zhuan 311, 328, 379, 484, 594, 617, 751, 913, Yuntong 110 or Zhuan 40 and get off at Wali Nankou Station.

BY SUBWAY:
1. Subway line 8: get off at Olympic Sports Center Station
2. Subway line 10: get off at Beitucheng Station, transfer to subway line 8 and get off at Olympic Sports Center Station

 

 

 

 

798 ART ZONE

798 Art Zone (pinyin: 798 Yìshùqū), or Dashanzi Art District, comprise a complex of 50-year-old decommissionedmilitary factory buildings boasting a unique architectural style, located in Dashanzi, Chaoyang District of Beijing, that houses a thriving artisticcommunity. The area is often called the 798 Art District or Factory 798 although technically, Factory #798 is only one of several structures inside a complex formerly known as 718 Joint Factory. The buildings are within alleys number 2 and 4 on Jiǔxiānqiáo Lù  south of the Dàshānziqiáo flyover In recent years, it has been the main venue for the annual Beijing Queer Film Festival.

 

ENTRY CHARGE:  798 Art district is open for free, but some galleries and exhibition halls sell admission tickets

Opening time: The art district is open all day long. Most shops and galleries inside are open from 10:00 to 18:00 and some may close on Monday.

HOW TO REACH:

BY SUBWAY:

Take Subway Line 14 and alight at Wangjing Nan Station. Get out from Exit B1. Then take bus 403 and get off at Dashanzi Lukou Dong Station or take a 20-minute walk to the destination.

BY BUS:

  1. Take bus 401, 402, 405, 418, 445, 909, 942 Branch Line, 973, 988, 991 or Fast Transit Line 117 to Wangyefen Station or Dashanzi Lukou Nan Station.
  2. Take bus 403, 593, 851, or 854 to Dashanzi Lukou Dong Station.

 

 

 

AQUARIUM

The Ocean Park of Beijing is not just a huge aquarium, it’s also an Amazon forest with trails that run along waterfalls, singing birds and babbling brooks. From the movie “Shark Tale”, sharks were depicted to be voracious and powerful as they feast on other creatures in the ocean. However, what the shark world is really like is for visitor to find out in the Shark Hall. They are not as depicted in the movie but somewhat serene instead! Thousands of water species and some land species of animals inhabit this park which is a combination of entertainment and enjoyable education. People of all ages will enjoy this park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENTRY CHARGE:  Apr. 1 – Oct. 31: CNY 15
Nov. 1 – Mar. 31: CNY 10

OPENING TIME: Apr. – Oct.: 09:00 – 17:30
Nov. – Mar.: 10:00 – 16:30

HOW TO REACH:

BY SUBWAY:

Take subway line 4 to Dongwuyuan (Beijing Zoo) Station, get out from Exit B, and you can see the south gate of Beijing Zoo. Walk to the north gate, buy the ticket of the zoo first, get in and then walk to the aquarium.

BY BUS:

  1. Take bus 16, 26, Express Line 35, Yuntong 103 or Yuntong 105 and get off at Beijing Jiaotong University. Then walk south for 150 yards (140 meters) to the north gate of the zoo. Buy the ticket of the zoo and get inside to find the aquarium.
  2. Take bus 7, 15, 16, 19, 27, 45, 65, 87, 102, 103, 105, 107, 111, 332, 334, 347, 360, 362, 534, 563, 632, 695 or Express Line 49, Special Line 4 or 19, Yuntong 104, Yuntong 105 or Yuntong 106 and get off at Dongwuyuan or Dongwuyuan Hub Station.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AVIATION MUSEUM

Located in the scenic Xiaotangshan Town, Changping District of Beijing, the Chinese Aviation Museum is Asia’s largest museum displaying aircraft relics. It covers an area of more than 1,000 acres. The collection has in excess of 200 aircraft of over 100 types and more than 700 examples of weapons and equipment, such as surface to air missiles, antiaircraft artillery, air defense radar, aerial bombs, and aerial camera. In the Chinese Aviation Museum, you can get a good knowledge of the world’s great aviation treasures ranging from precious to modern aircraft and equipment, such as the 99 Advanced Trainer Aircraft, Boston, IL-10, Yak -17 and F -12. You can also see original research materials and participate in many aviation activities in person.

 

ENTRY CHARGE: 

The entrance ticket is free of charge.

CAVERN EXHIBITION HALL: CNY 20
INTEGRATED HALL: CNY 20
Chairman Mao’s special plane tour: CNY 10

OPENING TIME:

08:30 – 17:30 (closed on Mondays, except public holidays)

HOW TO REACH:

Take subway line 5 to Tiantongyuanbei Station. Then transfer to bus 643 and get off at Hangkong Bowuguan (Aviation Museum) Station. Upon arrival, take a taxi or walk 1,200 yards (1,100 meters) north to the museum

Take subway Changping line to Shahe Station. Get out from Exit B1. Then take bus 945 and get off at Hangkong Bowuguan Station.

 

 

 

BEIJING PLANETARIUM

Situated at Xizhimen Outer Street, Beijing Planetarium is a national level natural science museum, and it was the first large-scale planetarium in China. As an advanced education base, it aims at teenagers’ science popularization and public astronomical exhibition. The planetarium consists of two main exhibition halls. Exhibition Hall A was first constructed in 1955 and opened in 1957, with an area of 837 square yards (700 square meters), while the new Exhibition Hall B, was built in 2001 with an area of 2,392 square yards (2,000 square meters) and opened in 2004

ENTRY CHARGE:  The entrance ticket is free of charge.
CAVERN EXHIBITION HALL: CNY 30-45
Opening time: 9:30 – 15:30

 

 

 

 

HOW TO REACH:

BY SUBWAY:
Take Subway Line 4 and get off at Dongwuyuan (Beijing Zoo) Station. Get out from Exit D and you can see the tourist center of Beijing Planetarium.

 BY BUS:
1. Take bus 27, 87, 105, 107, 111, 332, 347, 360, 362, 534, 563, 632, or Express Line 49, Special Line 4 or 19, Yuntong 104, Yuntong 105 or Yuntong 106 and get off at Dongwuyuan Station.
2. Take bus 7, 15, 16, 19, 45, 65, 102, 103, 334, 360, or 695 and get off at Dongwuyuan Hub Station.

 

 

 

 

 

CCTV TOWER

The CCTV Headquarters is a 234 m (768 ft), 44-story skyscraper on East Third Ring Road, Guanghua Road in the Beijing Central Business District (CBD). The tower serves as headquarters for China Central Television (CCTV) that was formerly at the China Central Television Building located at 11 Fuxin Road some 15 km (9.3 mi) to the west. Groundbreaking took place on 1 June 2004 and the building’s facade was completed in January 2008. After the construction having been delayed as result of a fire which in February 2009 engulfed the adjacent Television Cultural Center, the Headquarters has been finally completed in May 2012.[5] The CCTV Headquarters won the 2013 Best Tall Building Worldwide from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

 

HOW TO REACH:

  1. Take Subway Line 10 to Jintaixizhao Station and get out from Exit C.
    2. Take bus 98, 113, 402, 405, 488, 650, Fast Transit Line 144 or Yuntong 107 to Guanghuaqiao Bei Station.

 

 

 

 

 

CHANG’AN AVENUE

hang’an Avenue, literally “the Street of Eternal Peace”, was built together with the Forbidden City during the years from 1406 to 1420 in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It was named after Chang’an (today’s Xian in Shaanxi Province), a metropolis in the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

 

 

HOW TO REACH:

Subway Line 1 runs under the Chang’an Avenue, with stations including Xidan, Tiananmen West, Tiananmen East, Wangfujing, and Dongdan. You can also take Subway Line 4 to Xidan or Line 5 to Dongdan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHINA NATIONAL FILM MUSEUM

The China National Film Museum (CNFM) the largest professional film museum in the world. Opened in 2005, CNFM is designed to the show the history of 100 years of Chinese cinema. It is also used to host film technology expos.

 

ENTRY CHARGE:  Free, but the ticket is required. Visitors can reserve a ticket in advance and collect it upon arrival. A small amount of tickets are available on the spot without booking.

OPENING  HOURS: 09:00-16:30 from Tuesday to Sunday; closed on Monday.
The ticket office closes at 15:30 and visitors cannot enter the museum after 16:00.

HOW TO REACH:

  1. Take bus 973 and get off at Heiqiaocun Xi Station.
    2. Take bus 851 and get off at Nanyinglu Beikou Station.
    3. Take bus 402 or 418 and get off at Nangao Station.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHINA NUMISMATIC MUSEUM

China Numismatic Museum mainly exhibits the development of Chinese coins. Exhibitions in China Numismatic Museum consist of Chinese currency exhibits, exhibitions of casting technology in ancient China, show of the history of the People’s Bank of China and etc. The museum is located in the mall of People’s Bank of China. The building of the numismatic museum itself is a cultural heritage.

ENTRY CHARGE:  CNY 10
OPENING  HOURS:

Tuesday to Saturday:  9:00 – 16:00 (Ticketing stops after 15:30)
*Closed on Sunday and Monday.

 

 

 

HOW TO REACH:

BY SUBWAY:
Take Subway Line 2 and get off at Qianmen Station. Get out from Exit C and walk to the north for about five minutes.

BY BUS:
1. Take bus 2, 120, or Sightseeing Bus 1 or 2 and get off at Tiananmen Guangchang Xi (Tiananmen Square West) Station.
2. Take bus 9, 22, 44, 67, 332, 673, 901 Express, or Special Line 2, 4, or 7, or shuttle bus between Beijing Railway Station and Beijing West Railway Station and get off at Qianmen Xi Station.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHINA RAILWAY MUSEUM

Located in Beijing, China Railway Museum is the only national and specialized museum of the railways. Founded in 1978, the main functions of China Railway Museum are collecting, preserving, studying, and displaying historical relics of China Railway. It contains three branch museums: Zhengyang Gate (Zhengyangmen) Museum, Eastern Suburbs Museum and Zhan Tianyou Memorial Hall. The exhibitions of each museum have their own unique characteristics and features.

 

 

ENTRY CHARGE:  CNY 20; free for children under 3.9 feet (1.2m).
OPENING  HOURS: 8:30-16:30. Ticket sale stops after 16:15.
From November to April of next year, it closes on Mondays.

How to reach:

TRANSPORTATION:
1. Take bus 877 from Deshengmen and get off at Badaling Changcheng (Badaling Great Wall) Station.
2. Take Tour Bus 1 from Qianmen or Tiananmen Square and get off at Badaling Changcheng Station.

NATIONAL ART MUSEUM

he National Art Museum of China (NAMOC,  pinyin:Zhōngguó měishùguǎn) is located at 1 Wusi Ave, Dongcheng District, Beijing, People’s Republic of China. It is one of the largest art museums in China, and is funded by the Ministry of Culture.[1] The construction of the museum started in 1958, and concluded in 1962. It has a total land area of 30,000 square metres (320,000 sq ft). The museum was renovated between May 2004 and January 2005, and has been given an additional area of 5,375 square metres (57,860 sq ft).

 

ENTRY CHARGE:
4,000 free tickets issued at the door (09:00-16:00) and 2,000 online per day.
Individual tourists can get the tickets at the ticket office with valid certification (such as ID Card or passport)

OPENING  HOURS: Tuesday to Sunday: 09: 00–17: 00
Notes: 1. It closes on Mondays.
2. Visitors are not admitted to enter after 16:00.

HOW TO REACH

Take bus no.103, 111 and get off at the National Art Museum of China.
Take bus no. 685, 101, 420, 109, 112, 609 and get off at National Art Museum East.

 

 

 

 

 

MADAME TUSSAUDS

This branch is located on Qianmen Street, which has a very long history and strong ‘Beijing flavors’. The opening of this museum adds western and modern elements to this street, making it more diversified and welcoming. The wax figures here were made by artists from Madame Tussauds London and are the actual sizes of their prototypes, who are elites from various sectors who have had a great influence in this city, the country, and even the world.

ENTRY CHARGE:   CNY 110-170

OPENING  HOURS: 10:00 – 21:00 with last admission at 20:00

HOW TO REACH

BY BUS:
Take bus lines Te 4, 5, Te 7, 8, 17, 20, 22, 48, 59, 66, 69, or 71 to Qianmen, and then get here by foot.
BY SUBWAY:
Take Subway Line 2 to Qianmen station, leave through Exit B or C, then walk to Madame Tussauds;

 

 

 

THE GEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF CHINA

The Geological Museum of China is located on Fuchengmen Inner Street in Xicheng District, northwest of the center of Beijing. First opened in 1916, it is one of Asia’s leading geological museums. It has a worldwide reputation for its exquisite exhibits with more than 200,000 geological specimens over a floor area of 13,000 square yards (11,000 square meters). The museum covers all fields of earth science. Among the exhibits, fossils of dinosaurs such as Shantungosaurus giganteus and Sinosauropteryx catch visitors’ eyes. World-famous ancient human fossils from thePeking Man Site at Zhoukoudian are regarded as a national treasure. Mineral rocks and rare gemstones also attract visitors to the museum.

 

 

ENTRY CHARGE:   CNY 30

OPENING  HOURS: 9:00-16:30
(From Tuesday to Sunday with no holiday breaks)
(Ticketing Hours ends at 16:00)

HOW TO REACH

BY BUS:
Take public buses 3, 13 (double-decker bus), 13, 22, 38, 42, 88, 101 (tramcar), 102 (tramcar), 103 (tramcar), 105 (tramcar), 124 (tramcar), 409, 603, 604, 612, 608 or 685, and get off at Xisi Crossroads North/South/East/West Station.

BY SUBWAY:
Take subway line 4 to Xisi Station, take Exit D (the southwest exit) and walk to the museum.

 

 

 

MILITARY MUSEUM OF THE CHINESE PEOPLE’S REVOLUTION

Situated not far west of Tiananmen Square along Chang’an Avenue, it was constructed in 1959. It was constructed to celebrate the tenth anniversary for the founding of the People’s Republic of China. It is the only military museum in China, occupying more than 93,700 square meters (23 acres), and half it is dedicated to the history and culture of Chinese Army. The main building is 94.7 meters (about 310 feet) tall and divided into 7 floors, and the building has two wings of 4 stories. On the top of the building shines the gild Badge of Chinese Army. The name for this one was given by Chairman Mao, and now the plaque with the name hangs above the front gate. The bronze gate is 4.9 meters (16 feet) tall and made of cartridges. On the two sides of the gate stand white marble statues of heroic aeroamphibious soldiers and possemen.

 

ENTRY CHARGE:   FREE


OPENING  HOURS:
8:30 ~ 17:00 (Last entry at 16:00)
* It is closed on Monday.

HOW TO REACH

The museaum is easily reached by subway line 1 and line 9, as well as Bus 308, 78, 99, 1, 68, 337, 21 and 65.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRAGRANT HILLS PARK (XIANGSHAN PARK)

Fragrant Hills Park ( Xiāngshān Gōngyuán) is an imperial garden at the foot of theWestern Mountains in the Haidian District, in the northwestern part of Beijing, China. It was also formerly known as Jingyi Palace or “Jingyiyuan” It covers 1.6 km² (395 acres) and consists of a natural pine-cypress forest, hills with maple trees, smoke treesand persimmon trees, as well as landscaped areas with traditional architecture and cultural relics. The name derives from the park’s highest peak, Xianglu Feng (Incense Burner Peak), a 557 meters (1827 ft) hill with two large stones resembling incense burners at the top.

 

ENTRY CHARGE:   Free

Apr.1 to Nov.15: CNY 10;
Nov.16 to Mar.31: CNY 5
Biyun Temple: CNY10
Cable Car: CNY 60 for single trip (CNY 20 for children below 1.2 meters)
OPENING  HOURS :

April 1 – June 30: 06:00 to 18:30
July 1 – August 31: 06:00 to 19:00
September 1 – November 15: 06:00 to 18:30
November 16 – March 31: 06:00 to 18:00.

HOW TO REACH

BY BUS:
Take bus 563, 318, 360 Express, 714, 698, 331, 360, 696, 630 and get off at Xiang Shan Station.

BY SUBWAY:
Take Subway Line 4 to Beigongmen Station and get off from Exit A. Then transfer to bus 331 or 696 to Xiangshan Station.

 

 

JINGSHAN PARK

Jingshan Park is a public park covering 23 hectares (57 acres) immediately north of the Forbidden City in the Imperial City area ofBeijing, China.[1] The focal point is the artificial hill Jingshan, literally “Prospect Hill”.[3] Formerly a private imperial garden attached to the grounds of the Forbidden City, the grounds were opened to the public in 1928.[4] The park was formally established in 1949.[4] It is listed as a Key State Park and is administratively part of both Xicheng and Dongcheng districts in downtown Beijing.

 

 

ENTRY CHARGE:
CNY 2 (Fee of exhibitions is not included

 

 

OPENING  HOURS :

April to October: 06:00 – 21:00 (ticket sales stopped at 20:30)
November to next March: 06:30 – 20:00 (ticket sales stopped at 19:30)

 

HOW TO REACH

BUS:
Take bus 5 or 58 and get off at Jingshan Houjie Station or Xibanqiao Station.
Take bus 111, 124 or 58 and get off at Jingshan Dongmen.
Take bus 101, 103, 109, 685 and get off at Gu Gong Station.

BY SUBWAY:
Take Subway Line 5 to Dongsi Station. Get out from Exit C and then find bus 101 to Gu Gong (Forbidden City) Station. It is opposite to the north gate of the Forbbiden City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIJING BOTANICAL GARDEN

The Beijing Botanical Garden ( pinyin: Běijīng Zhíwùyuán) is a botanical garden situated in the northwestern outskirts of Beijing, China between Xiangshan (Fragrant Hills) Park and Jade Spring Mountain in the Western Hills.

 

 

ENTRY CHARGE:   CNY 10-50
OPENING  HOURS : April to October: 06:00 – 16.00

HOW TO REACH

BY SUBWAY:
1. Take Subway Line 4 and get off at Beigongmen Station. Get out from Exit A and transfer to bus 331, 563, or Yuntong 112 and get off at Zhiwuyuan Nanmen (the south gate of Beijing Botanical Garden) Station.
2. Take Subway Line 1 and get off at Pingguoyuan Station. Get out from Exit C and transfer to bus Yuntong 112 and get off at Zhiwuyuan Nanmen Station. By Bus:
1. Take bus 331, 505, 563, or Yuntong 112 and get off at Zhiwuyuan Nanmen Station or Wofo Si (Wofo Temple) Station.
2. Take bus 318, 360, 630, or 698 and get off at Zhiwuyuan (Botanical Garden) Station.

 

 

GUBEI WATER TOWN

 

Gubei Water Town (Simatai Great Wall) International Holiday Area reopens to receive visitors on January 1st, 2014. Simatai Great Wall was closed for renovation and development since 17th June 2010. Gubei Water Town International Holiday Area is divided into 2 sections: Gubei Water Town and Simatai Great Wall. The Water town covers an area of 9 square kilometres including reproduced cultural streets, accommodation, restaurants etc. There are four guesthouses and 2 hotels to accommodation visitors. You can spend as long as 2 days in the town with many cultural activities.

 

 

 

ENTRY CHARGE:   CNY 150-200
OPENING  HOURS :

May to October: 09:00 to 18:00;
November to next April: 09:00 to 17:00

How to reach Take the public bus 980 at Dongzhimen Station and get off at Miyun West Bridge Station. Then take the bus Mi 38 or Mi 51 to Simatai Village, and walk to the destination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLACK DRAGON POOL

Black Dragon Pool (pinyin: Hēilóngtán) is a famous pond in the scenic Jade Spring Park (Yu Quan Gong Yuan) located at the foot of Elephant Hill, a short walk north of the Old Town of Lijiang in Yunnan province,China. It was built in 1737 during the Qing dynasty and offers a spectacular view of the region’s tallest mountain, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, over its white marble bridge.

 

ENTRY CHARGE:   CNY 60. Free for children under 3.9 feet (1.2 meters).

OPENING  HOURS : 08:00 – 17:00

HOW TO REACH

Take bus 980 or 980 Express at Dongzhimen Hub Station and get off at Miyun Gulou Station. Then walk to the north for a few minutes to take bus Mi 62 or Mi 63 from Miyun Dajuyuan (Miyun Theater) Station and get off at Heilongtan (Black Dragon Pool) Station. Note that Mi 62 operates only from 05:30 to 12:00.

 

SOURCE:
en.wikipedia.org
www.planetware.com
http://wikitravel.org
www.travelchinaguide.com
http://beijingservice.com