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10 Things I Did in Beijing China

Updated on August 19, 2017

In June of 2006 I had the incredible opportunity to take a trip to Beijing China. To be perfectly honest before getting there I only wanted to see the Great Wall. That was one of my life dreams to walk the Great Wall of China. However, when I got there I realized there are many other beautiful things to see in Beijing besides the Great Wall. I was also amazed at how friendly and happy the Chinese were. The following is a list of 10 things that I did on my trip to Beijing. There are additional things to do that are included in the Fodor's Beijing travel guide. These are just a few of them.

1. Visit the Great wall - The Great Wall goes up and down through the mountains. Be sure you save your energy for this you'll need it! I've included a video below and pictures from the wall.

2. Tienanmen Square - I'm sure when you think of this place the only thing you can think of is the riots. Make sure you save your energy for this one too. It's a long walk because it's huge. I've included a video and photos below.

3. Summer Palace - Summer home of the emperors. This palace is vast and there is a lot to see. It's a lot of walking and much ground to cover. The views were just amazing a must see. I've included pictures and video below.

List #4 to #6

4. The Forbidden City - The palace of the Emperor for hundreds of years. Very huge and lots to cover. Video and pictures below

5. Beijing Opera at the Liyuan Theatre- This is Chinese opera. It wasn't really my cup of tea. I went into the theater. Before the show they allowed me to watch the actors get ready for the show. I saw them spend a very long time to put their makeup on. Once the show started honestly I literally fell asleep. Trust me. I'm not lying.

6. Take a Rickshaw ride - A must do and it was a great experience. A word of advice avoid the potholes. Ouch!

List #7 to #10

7. Taste Peking duck - I'm sure you had Peking duck before but this is different. You actually get the experience of having Peking duck in the city formally known as Peking. I couldn't pass this opportunity up.

8. Visit the Drum Tower- This two story tower once had 25 drums on the top. The drums in combination with bells were used by the Chinese to tell the time of day. Save your energy there's a lot of steps to climb to get to the top floor.

9. Take a look at the Bird's nest stadium- When I went in 2006 it was still under construction for the 2008 Olympic games. It's now completed

10. Take in an acrobatic show- This was very entertaining. I was happy I went. It's truly something not to miss.

More Info about what's in the guide

Tour of the Great Wall

Tour of the Forbidden City

Tienanmen Square Tour

Summer Palace tour

Photo Gallery

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Me Standing in the middle of Tienanmen SquareOutside the Drum TowerThe Rickshaw rideActor painting his face for the Chinese OperaStone boat Summer PalaceSeventeen Arch Bridge Summer PalaceBird's nest stadium under constructionCountdown to the olympics
Me Standing in the middle of Tienanmen Square
Me Standing in the middle of Tienanmen Square
Outside the Drum Tower
Outside the Drum Tower
The Rickshaw ride
The Rickshaw ride
Actor painting his face for the Chinese Opera
Actor painting his face for the Chinese Opera
Stone boat Summer Palace
Stone boat Summer Palace
Seventeen Arch Bridge Summer Palace
Seventeen Arch Bridge Summer Palace
Bird's nest stadium under construction
Bird's nest stadium under construction
Countdown to the olympics
Countdown to the olympics


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    • aneeshasdad profile image


      4 years ago

      I think we did 5 of your 10 selections - I'll make a note of the others for my next visit.

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      4 years ago from UK

      You are so lucky! What a great trip. I still haven't been to China. Almost but not quite! Congratulations on LOTD

    • Adventuretravels profile image


      4 years ago from UK

      You are so lucky! What a great trip. I still haven't been to China. Almost but not quite! Congratulations on LOTD

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      Kathryn Grace 

      4 years ago from San Francisco

      What memories! Thank you for sharing some of your amazing trip.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Thing sounds like a very complete and exciting trip.

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      Max Globe 

      4 years ago

      great lens, thank you!

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      5 years ago

      those are great photos, thanks for sharing!

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      Alan Katz 

      5 years ago from Florida

      What a great experience. Thanks for sharing this nice lens.

    • marygriff profile image


      5 years ago

      I just love china! Shanghai was my favorite spot.

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      5 years ago

      Simply beautiful..! useful information.

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      5 years ago

      Very nice travel lens

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      5 years ago

      guess I should get on that!

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      Miely Echon 

      5 years ago from Manila, PH

      wow.. China is a very huge country in the very first place I want to visit there is the forbidden city and the great wall of china.. Super like chinese foods too..

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      Mr-Klued-Up LM 

      5 years ago

      Reminds me of the 2008 Olympics

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      Looks like a great time. Congratulations on LotD. Great pics, love the smile!

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      5 years ago

      Nicely done presentation surely does deserved LotD designation today!

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      5 years ago

      Very nice travel lens. Congratulations on getting LotD!

    • RoadMonkey profile image


      5 years ago

      Sounds like a really interesting place to visit.

    • delia-delia profile image


      5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! What a great experience for you! I love the photos you looked real happy!

      Thanks for sharing your experience there.

      My daughter goes to China for her work, but for me it's too long of a flight!

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      Merry Citarella 

      5 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Great lens. Enjoy the photo layout too!

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      Dawn Romine 

      5 years ago from Nebraska

      Great article!!! Love how you combined this in a simple travel guide with your experiences

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      James Jordan 

      5 years ago from Burbank, CA

      Went to Shanghai and Qualin and Shoujou (sure they are misspelled!).

      Loved it. I would love to go back!

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      5 years ago

      Sounds like you had a great time! Congratulations on your LOTD.

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      5 years ago

      Congrats on making the lens of the day! That is quite a big deal !! Be sure to get a screen shot and put it on the fridge. Well done! Fabulous lens too!

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      5 years ago

      Those are some great photos, thanks for sharing your experience traveling to beijing china, it sounds like such a lovely place to visit.

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      5 years ago

      Love this. My kids are studying Mandarin, so I hope some day they will show me around Beijing and see these beautiful places. Congrats on Lens of the Day!

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      5 years ago

      Nice lens, I would love to go to China, but don't like the idea of the travel time to get there! I don't do more than 9 hours in a plane well. Congrats on LoTD!

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      5 years ago

      Great lens and thanks for sharing your pictures. It must have been fun taking a Rickshaw ride. Thanks for the travel guides.

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      5 years ago

      Congrats on LotD! Excellent lens with interesting videos and beautiful photos!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      Stopping back by to congratulate you on Lens of the Day. Very happy for you.

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      5 years ago

      Awesome! Cant wait to go!!! to #Beijing #travel #destination #RT

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      5 years ago

      Congratulations on receiving the LOTD. Excellent lens.

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      Sherwin Griffith 

      5 years ago from Bridgeport Connecticut United States

      @Diaper Bag Blog: It's really is.

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      Sherwin Griffith 

      5 years ago from Bridgeport Connecticut United States

      @Tim Bader: honesty is the best policy.

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      Sherwin Griffith 

      5 years ago from Bridgeport Connecticut United States

      @Dressage Husband: thank you

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      Stephen J Parkin 

      5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I found China interesting when I went I only had a few days as a side trip from Hong Kong so I only went to the Forbidden City and to see the Terracotta Army which was fascinating, as well as the Zoo to see the Pandas. The whole place is fascinating. I found the atmosphere tense, as there were secret police everywhere, and at that time they were bulldozing everything to put up the industries of today. The peasants appeared to be in fear for their lives. We were not allowed to talk to them at all and were very strictly chaperoned at all times.

      I believe there has been a gradual loosening of the Police state since then (it was back in the days just after Hong Kong was ceded back to China). Well done on LOTD.

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      5 years ago

      Wonderful overview of the best places to see and things to do in Beijing. My man-servant has been to most of these places.

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for this review. Looking forward for a trip to China very soon with a list of this surprise package from you.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      5 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Great lens and pictures, thanks for sharing your trip.. Congrats.....

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      Magpie Feathers 

      5 years ago

      Nice one, thank you. You taught me a new way to use this lens format. Thank you!!

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      Tim Bader 

      5 years ago from Surrey, UK

      Great list - makes me want to go there too.

      Thank you also for your honesty re the opera!

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      Stanley Green 

      5 years ago from Czech Republic

      I've never been to China, but my brother in law has a business trip there recently. According to his impressions this country is so unique and exciting...

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      5 years ago

      Awesome lens. One of the best in the "review" format I've seen. I'd love to visit China someday.

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      5 years ago

      I actually were in China during the Olympics, it is an amazing city with very kind people. We went to a part of the Chinese wall that actually was closed, because of that, there were no other tourists at all. It was simply breathtaking! An amazing experience for sure, Greets, Joebeducci


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