Monuments and tourist attractions

Discover Beijing's best monuments and must-see attractions when visiting the Chinese capital.

Must-see stops

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is the architectural complex where the 24 Chinese emperors governed for more than 500 years.

The Summer Palace

An impressive imperial garden during various dynasties, the Summer Palace became a refuge to escape the hot summers in the Forbidden City.

The Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven, or Tian Tan, is the most famous temple in Beijing and one of the largest sacred sites in China.

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the most representative symbol of China. Find out about the Great Wall of China.


The alleys that make up the old part of Chinese cities are known as Hutongs. There are still many traditional streets in Beijing for you to discover.

Tian'anmen Square

Tian'anmen Square is the most important square in China and the largest in the world. It has colossal dimensions of 880 by 500 metres.

Jingshan Park

Jingshan Park, best known for Prospect Hill, is one of the best preserved imperial gardens in Beijing. Discover the spectacular views.

Beihai Park

Beihai Park is a beautiful imperial garden that opened to the public in 1925. It covers 69 hectares and has a large lake that makes up most of the park.

Houhai Lake

Lake Houhai is one of the three parts that make up Shichahai, an enchanting area composed of three lakes next to the centre of Beijing.

Lama Temple

Lama Temple is the most important Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet, and one of the most popular temples in Beijing.

Wangfujing Street Market

The Wangfujing street market gives you an insight into the livery and vibrant market atmosphere in Beijing, where you'll find the most peculiar snacks.

Drum and Bell Towers

Located in the historic Hutong district, the Drum Tower and the Bell Tower are two buildings that marked the rhythm of life in ancient Beijing.

Beijing Olympic Village

The Beijing Olympic Village was the venue for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Get to know its amazing stadiums and buildings.

Radio and TV Tower

Built in 1994, the Beijing Central Radio and Television Tower is an observation tower and the tallest structure in the city.