Beijing – The cultural centre of China

An immensely big city where the vibes of a village still can be felt. This kind of grey looking city seems to be the cultural centre of China. Places to visit: Summer Palace, Tiananmen square and the Forbidden City. Don’t forget to wander around the ancient neighbourhoods, called Hutongs. In this article you read everything about Beijing.

What to see in Beijing?

  • Summer Palace: nowadays a huge public park with an imperial past.
    Ticket: 30 RMB
  • Tiananmen square (天安門廣場): Enormous square with in the middle the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.
    Free to visit.
  • Forbidden City: Served as a home for several emperors in the history of China. Was also the political centre of the Chinese government for almost 500 years.
    Ticket: 60 RMB
  • Hutongs: Classical Chinese neighbourhoods, typically for Nothern Chinese city, especially for Beijing.
    Free to visit.



Tiananmen square
Hutong Beijing

Forbidden City
Tiananmen square


How to get around?

The Tiananmen square, the Forbidden City and the Hutongs are all very close to each other and can be visited by just walking. The metro system of Beijing is very good and reliable, for just 20 RMB you can get around Beijing by metro, tickets can be bought at every metro station.

Metro to Summer Palace

The Summer Palace is a bit too far to walk, so we would recommend to take the metro / subway to the Yuanmingyuan station and take Exit B. Exit B will lead you to the South Gate of the Summer Palace garden, bus 331 can take you from the South gate to the East gate of the Summer Palace.

Olympic Stadium Beijing

Hutong Beijing
Traffic jam - Beijing

Olympic Stadium
Typical Hutong
Everyday traffic jam in Beijing

The Great Wall

The Great Wall is not that far from Beijing. On average it takes about 2 hours to reach the most crowded place of the Great Wall near Beijing, but the traveltime really depends on traffic jams. There is a lot to tell about the Great Wall, so we made a seperate page for that, read more…

Great Wall from China  
Great Wall
Great Wall near Beijing

Your next destination…

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