The capital of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing has so much history, culture and modernity to offer. One of the six ancient cities in China, with 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and serving as a gateway to the Great Wall, Beijing is the perfect destination to discover more of China. Fly from June 2018!
Temples, palaces and museums: Beijing has many of China’s most famous landmarks, so it’s no surprise that Beijing is ranked as the best tourism city in mainland China. A good place to start your trip is The Forbidden City in the heart of Beijing, this is the largest palace in the world and the site covers an area of around 180 acres with hundreds of buildings. To avoid the crowds, you're best to book your ticket online, and make sure you give yourself a few hours to explore the attraction. Close to The Forbidden City is The National Museum of China, which is a must-visit if you are keen to learn more about the arts and history of the country.
Head to Shichahai, a famous area with three lakes, which is home to traditional Beijing residences such as Hutongs. Shichahai is a traditional area, and you will see locals playing chess, swimming, and fishing in the lakes. Beihai Park, one of the oldest and largest ancient imperial gardens is located in Shichahai, more than half of which is taken up by the lake. Visitors can explore the park by taking a boat out onto the lake, and in Shichahai many visitors choose to take a pedicab to explore the Hutongs. If you’re keen to try the local cuisine in Beijing, be sure to sample some Peking duck which actually originates from the city, and why not head to a teahouse to try various types of tea. Here, you will experience a Chinese tradition, as teahouses usually put on traditional performances such as the Beijing Opera or acrobatics.
The Great Wall of China stretches along the northern part of Beijing Municipality, so if you head out of the city you can reach some of the Wall’s best spots in less than 2 hours. As one of the ‘New’ Seven Wonders of the World, a trip to the Great Wall is a must if you’re in Beijing. Badaling and Mutianyu are the restored sections of the wall that are popular with tourists, and Mutianyu has a cable car and a tobogan ride if you’re feeling adventurous! If you would rather visit a quieter part of the wall, then Jinshanling and Simatai are recommended, however the hike is more challenging.
For more information, please see Edinburgh Airport's dedicated China microsite.
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