As capital of the world’s most populous nation and rising superpower, Beijing is a destination truly unlike any other. The last few years saw a rise in the demand for tours in Beijing, and for good reason. China’s capital continues to contribute significantly to world culture, and more people are flocking to discover what many like to call The Celestial City.
Three Millennia of Beijing
Beijing is a city that has been around for over three thousand years and counting. With so many centuries of culture and heritage just waiting for the entire world to see, it comes as no surprise Beijing tours are something more people want to go on. Considered one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, expect to see majestic ancient wonders when on a sojourn through the city.
Get your tour of Beijing started with a visit to the Forbidden City. Having served as home to past emperors, this World Heritage Site is one of Beijing’s most iconic landmarks. A sprawling courtyard immediately welcomes guests, with the Forbidden Palace looming majestically with its marble terraces and a structure adorned in gold.
On the other side of the gate is Tiananmen Square, which is the main access point to various other sites within the complex. After a leisurely stroll around one of the largest city squares in the world, your tour of Beijing can carry on with a visit to the National Museum of China, Monument to the People’s Heroes, Zhengyangmen Gate Tower, or to the mausoleum of the legendary Chinese leader, Mao Zedong, all of which are within walking distance of each other.
Like the Forbidden Palace, the Temple of Heaven in Central Beijing is another major landmark testament to the resilience of the Chinese people and their culture, which has lasted through the ages. The entire complex covers nearly 300 hectares, and the main structure rises well over 35 meters into the air. It is an architectural marvel that truly represents one of the greatest civilizations on the planet.
Beijing tours are never complete without a trip to the Badaling stretch of the world-famous Great Wall of China. With initial construction dating back to the 7th century BC, sometimes it’s difficult to take in just how much history is in every brick that makes up the structure. This stretch is particularly important because it is just a short drive northwest of the modern capital and because it is at a strategic vantage point, allowing guests get a very clear picture of just how far the walls stretch.
All that the City has to Offer
The city may be famous the world over for its ancient wonders, but Beijing is not without contemporary places of interest.
A tour of Beijing cannot go without a stop at the Beijing National Stadium, the site of the 2008 Summer Olympics. The National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest, may have been majestic on television, but is even more splendid up close and in person. It is a modern work of art and stark in contrast to the historical sites of the city—a testament to just how far the Chinese have come. The same complex is also home to the National Aquatics Center and various other venues used during the time the city hosted the Olympiad.
Ancient wonders and modern marvels—these are exactly what the capital city of China has to offer. Start planning your tour of Beijing today and discover what else the city has to offer.