Bucket List Highlights

The must-see sights in Beijing to tick off your bucket list! They are ideally best avoided at peak times or weekends, but definitely not to miss. If you’re short on time, you can generally visit these highlights in as little as three days.

Insider Recommendations

Rarely found in the guidebooks and often deserted, these sights are highly recommended for those travellers looking to get off-the-beaten-track and explore the local culture in more depth. Be prepared to venture out of town for the best sights – but they’re definitely worth the trek!


China’s one of the most popular cities in the world for shopping, particularly for those looking for cheap electronics or fakes. While the government has cracked down significantly on counterfeit goods, bargains are still to be found if you know where to look!

Food and Drink

The top places for food and drink in Beijing, with options for every budget.


Need to know where to go for a party in Beijing? It may not be the clubbing capital of the world, but there are still plenty of options for a good night out!

Study, intern and work opportunities

Beijing is a fantastic city in China for study, intern and work opportunities – with many top companies, universities and schools, convenient public transport, and lots of sights to explore on your days off!


Tiananmen Square

Forbidden City

Summer Palace

Badaling Great Wall

Mutianyu Great Wall

Juyongguan Great Wall

Sacred Way (Ming Tombs)

Dingling Tomb (Ming Tombs)

Zhaoling Tomb (Ming Tombs)

Changling Tomb (Ming Tombs)

Temple of Heaven

Lama Temple

Hutong District

Wangfujing Snack Street

Drum Tower

Bell Tower

Olympic Park

Old Summer Palace

Ancient City Wall

Guanghua Temple

Jingshan Park

Prince Gong's Mansion

Confucius Temple

Eight Great Temples Park

Zhongshan Park

Beihai Park

Niujie Mosque

Dongyue Temple

White Cloud Temple

Sheng'en Temple

Pool and Mulberry Tree Temple

Jietai Temple

Houhai Bar Street

Beijinger Cooking School

The Hutong Cooking School

Chinese Cultural Centre

Hutong Calligraphy School

Laoshe Teahouse

Golden Mask Dynasty Show

Bianyifang Peking Duck Restaurant