Unique Places in Beijing

  • Ming Tombs
    by Willettsworld
  • Beijing's Parks
    by machomikemd
  • Beijing's Parks
    by machomikemd

Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Beijing

  • Pete.Gibson's Profile Photo

    Dragons

    by Pete.Gibson Written Oct 30, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    China is known as the land of the Dragon, and the dragon has been synonymous with the Chinese for centuries, and carved Jade dragons have been found which are over 5000yrs old
    There is a new theory as to where the dragon originated and that is, as humans began to develop primitive agriculture, Thunder and lightning where the initial inspiration and the Chinese pronunciation of Dragon “Long” resembles the sound of Thunder, And as weather was important to the success of crops especially rain the farmers would pray to the “dragons “ to bring them or thank them for it. Steadily the myth was born… sounds plausible to me

    Related to:
    • Luxury Travel
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • picek's Profile Photo

    National Agricultural Exhibition Center

    by picek Written Nov 2, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This place is interesting if you're into agriculture - and at some point we all want to know how our 'made in China' food is produced. What you see first from the road is that white large building with 'traditional roof' made of recent material and vast paved square in front of it - when we came there were no people on the square and inside there were only a few visitors. It is said there are 10 halls but at time of our visit we could saw only main hall with large photos of modern and recent agriculture - of the changing techniques, lab (hmmm... genetics) works, chain food production, farming with modern machines, growing animals and crops in large fields and production halls.
    There's real socialist style sculpture of a group farmers with horse in front of the museum at the square.

    No admission fee.

    Address: 16, Dongsanhuan north Rd., Chaoyang District, Beijing

    building farmers

    Was this review helpful?

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo

    Yuanmingyuan

    by nepalgoods Updated Jun 11, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The park of Yuanmingyuan is not often visited by western tourists. Of the palace, which once stood here and resembled an European palace not much remains. But there are fields, trees and small lakes. It is a very nice place for a walk or a stop on the way to the Summerpalace.

    Yuanmingyuan
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Castles and Palaces

    Was this review helpful?

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo

    Soong Ching Ling's Former Residence

    by nepalgoods Updated Jun 15, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Soong Ching Ling has been married to Sun Yat-sen. She has also been Honorary Chairman of the People's Republic of China.
    The last years of her live she spent in this house like a prisoner. The house and gardens are a combination of traditional Chinese and modern buildings. It is now a museum, which is dedicated to the live of Sun Yat-sen and Soong Ching Ling. It is situated on Beiheyan-Street.

    Garden
    Related to:
    • Women's Travel
    • Museum Visits
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo

    Tiananman square is full of...

    by Jim_Eliason Written Sep 12, 2002

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Tiananman square is full of students who wish to practice speaking English. They will come up to you and ask to show you the city in exchange for practice in english. Obviously one might want to use some common sense in your choice, but I hooked up with a young female student who showed me the non-tourist sites. Definitely worth it.

    Related to:
    • Study Abroad

    Was this review helpful?

  • Paul2001's Profile Photo

    St Joseph's Church

    by Paul2001 Written Dec 6, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    St Joseph's Church is actually the first of Beijing's "attractions" that I visited during my stay there. This is probably because I stayed next to it. In fact I could see the backend of it from my hotel window. The church was originally build in 1655 with a grant by the Emperor however because of it's rather tragic history, it has been many times rebuilt. The original church was destroyed by an earthquake in 1720. In 1812 it was gutted by a fire. During the anti-foreign period of the 19th century it was razed to the ground. During the last half of that century it was again rebuilt. During the Boxer Rebellion it was destroyed for the last time(we hope) and then rebuilt in 1910. The church has a lovely setting over a tree rimmed square that is popular with skateboarders. The church is only open for morning services. I visited during this time out of curiosity and found the interior somewhat austere.
    St Joseph's Church is located on Wangfujing Dajie, just north of the pedestrian mall.010

    St Joseph's Church
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Religious Travel
    • Architecture

    Was this review helpful?

  • Pete.Gibson's Profile Photo

    Snake and Chips anyone?

    by Pete.Gibson Written Oct 30, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Actually there were no chips, But Snakes are eaten in China about 10000 tons a year and as a consequence the snake numbers have been steadily declining for years now.
    I had to choose mine from a basket it was then killed and gutted at the table a small cup with the blood and alcohol was offered and drunk…. Ugh the snake was then fried in batter for me, it tasted like chicken but with lots of bones

    Related to:
    • Food and Dining
    • Luxury Travel
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • leigh767's Profile Photo

    China's little emperors

    by leigh767 Written Sep 28, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Since the One Child Policy the central government implemented in the 1980s, the "little emperor" phenomenon-- wherein parents pamper and dote on their only child-- has become very common in cities.

    I saw this toddler happily munching on something on the back of the bike as his grandfather peddled away and thought that it was a rather neat embodiment of this phenomenon, even though the the toddler may not in actuality be sitting as comfortably as an emperor over there!

    As a general tip, the best sightseeing in Chinese cities can be done just on the streets-- this is where the Real Life happens, after all. So keep an eye out for these scenes as you hit the road!

    Little emperor on his way

    Was this review helpful?

  • SandiM's Profile Photo

    Don't miss the Painted Lady @ Forbidden City!

    by SandiM Written Aug 16, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    While exploring the Northeast section of the Forbidden City, I wandered along a quiet avenue from the north tip to due south. On my left, down another alleyway, I peered a figure peering back at me. Nonplussed, I thought I had intruded into a private area, but after a moment I realized I was gazing at the full-figure painting of a lady gazing back at me. I was so charmed by the sight that I took this photo. Alas, I cannot find out anything about her in my guidebooks. Does anyone know who she is or who she represents, peering around the door? Look closely, or you'll miss this shy mistress!

    The Painted Lady, Northeast corner.
    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel
    • Study Abroad

    Was this review helpful?

  • kenyneo's Profile Photo

    the houses beside Forbidden city

    by kenyneo Written Jun 14, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    well I actually find the houses beside the lake beside Forbidden City much nicer to look at and also more interesting compared to the Forbidden City which is so huge no doubt, but has repetitive structures as well ..which could be quite boring at times.

    breataking ;-)
    Related to:
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Oda_'s Profile Photo

    Sanlitun by day

    by Oda_ Written Aug 1, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    To soak up the athmosphere of Beijing our teacher took us to a Sanlitun to show us the contrast between night and daytime. This place is a really popular family spot in summer but relatively quiet in winther. After dark Sanlitun is also a popular bar area.

    Sanlitun by day Cold! Do Hobbits live here? Scary Santa - In february! Enough said

    Was this review helpful?

  • cpim2004's Profile Photo

    Zhongshan Park

    by cpim2004 Written Apr 30, 2005

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Located on the west side of the Forbidden City, was the site of the former Altar of Land and Grain. In memory of Dr Sun Zhongshan, the great chinese revolutionary forerunner, it is changed to his name.

    Now it is the public garden, I think it is one part of the Forbidden City, it is the cheap way to see it, entry fee only rmb 3.

    Another spotlight, there is the main place for chinese and western cencert in the cencert hall.

    Opening time: 6:30-20:30

    Transport:
    Bus No.1, 4, 5, 10, 37 or 120 to Zhongshan Park.

    Subway: Line 1 -- Get off at Tian'anmen West.

    Tel: 86-10-6605-5431.

    zhongshan park, beijing
    Related to:
    • Theme Park Trips

    Was this review helpful?

  • agaiax's Profile Photo

    Visit a hairdresser!

    by agaiax Written Sep 9, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    If you're staying in Beijing for a longer period, or if you have a little extra time – go and visit a hairdresser. Not to get a new hair-cut (that can be too adventurous), but to try how hair washing looks like in China.
    Don't go to a posh and famous hairdresser, just visit some local salon, were the prices are really cheap and atmosphere is great. For only 10 RMB you will get a hair wash (never saw anyone washing the hair like they do!), half hour of massage (head, neck, arms, hands, back) and a hair dry. For 5 RMB extra you can also get a haircut.
    Definitely worth trying!

    A friend at the hairdressers
    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Pete.Gibson's Profile Photo

    Long Corridor

    by Pete.Gibson Written Oct 30, 2005

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This beautiful corridor complete with colourful painted ceilings and you will find local men with there caged birds hanging up or on the seats beside them playing chess or just passing the time of day

    Related to:
    • Luxury Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • Paul2001's Profile Photo

    The Azure Clouds Temple

    by Paul2001 Written Mar 4, 2007

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Azure Clouds Temple was my favourite Buddhist temple that I visited while in the Beijing area. The temple is dramatically situated on a mountain slope located in the Fragrant Hill park, northwest of the city of Beijing. It is in the general direction of the Summer Palace. I visited both by way of taking a taxi out from the nearest metro stop and back.
    The temple was originally built in 1366 and expanding and restored a couple of times since. Beyond its lovely setting in the wooded hills, the temple has several remarkable architectural and cultural features that stand out. From afar one is drawn to the temple by the amazing Indian style stupas that stick out of the forested slopes. It was actually a picture of this scene that called me out to the temple in the first place. Sadly to get a photo of it means standing in the middle of the road on the way to the temple so I did not bother. These stupas are quite unusual for this part of China and are evidence of the earlier Indian Buddhist influence on the Chinese. The stupas, five in all, sit to the rear of the temple complex or at the top of the slope. As amazing as the stupas are, the temple is mostly renown for it's Hall of the Arhats. This located in the middle of the complex and is a large hall filled with corridors. Along each corridor are wonderfully sculpted arhat figures, all life-size and all different. Many of the sculptures are quite amusing as each one is doing something different such as yelling, laughing or yawning. Some even have two heads. There are 500 in all and you can spend all day gazing at each one.
    The Azure Clouds Temple is quite large and the grounds, fill with gardens, are well kept. The temple is open daily from 7:30am to 4:30pm and it costs Y10 for a visit. The temple receives very few Western tourists and I saw only a few worshipers here at all

    A superbly carved archway. The Buddha with attendants A marvelously carved ceiling The temple grounds with the stupas beyond
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

Beijing Hotels

See all 6977 Hotels in Beijing

Latest Beijing Hotel Reviews

Landmark Towers
Good (3.0 out of 5.0) 2 Reviews
Hotel Kapok Beijing
Good (3.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Jianguo Hotel
Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 9 Reviews
Shatan
Best (5.0 out of 5.0) 2 Reviews
Home Inn Beijing Dongzhimen
Good (3.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Fortune Land International Hotel
Best (5.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Wangfujing Grand Hotel
Good (3.0 out of 5.0) 9 Reviews
Taiwan Hotel Beijing
Great (4.0 out of 5.0) 4 Reviews
Beijing Hongkun International Hotel
Good (3.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Holiday Inn Downtown Beijing
Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 2 Reviews
Mengxi Hotel
Good (3.0 out of 5.0) 1 Review
Courtyard 7
Best (5.0 out of 5.0) 2 Reviews

Instant Answers: Beijing

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

23 travelers online now

Comments

Beijing Off The Beaten Path

Travel tips and advice posted by real travelers and Beijing locals.
Map of Beijing