Beijing, Beijing! There are one-hundred-and-one reasons to go. Having served as the capital of China for more than 800 years, Beijing has bequeathed us some of the finest remnants of China’s imperial past: the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace – any of which can compare the most significant royal sights in the world – not to mention the Great Wall of China, just one-and-a-half hours’ drive from downtown.
Beijing was awarded recognition as Asia’s most dynamic city in 2016 (the third most dynamic in the world). It has so much more to offer than just tourist sites: great food, great markets, the best kungfu show and much more. It is also the country’s best center for information technology. China Highlights now offers you opportunities to experience the authentic city, talk to the people and make your trip the trip of a lifetime.
Beijing and Surrounding Tous
Beijing Great Wall Hiking
FAQ on Beijing Tours
Which section of the Great Wall to visit?
|Section||Features||Facilities||Driving hours from Beijing||Activities||Recommended tour time||Physical demands (out of 5)||Crowds (out of 5)||Tourist development||Fit for|
|cable cars up/down and option of tobogganing down||1½||tobogganing down, hiking, sightseeing||half-day to a day||2||4||fully
|Jinshanling||quiet with amazing vistas||cable cars||2½||hiking, photography||a day||3||2||restored and wild||ordinary visitors|
|Simatai||steep||cable cars ; battery carts; zip-line; boats||2||hiking, photography, zip-line to Simatai’s West; boats on the reservoir up to the East Tower||a day||4||3||wild||ordinary hikers|
|Jiankou||really steep, with mountain ridges in the shape of a “W”||none||2½||hiking, photography||a day||5||1||wild||strong hikers|
|Huanghuacheng||some in water||boats||1½||camping, boating, hiking||a day to two days||4||2||mostly restored||ordinary hikers|
|Gubeikou||original site||none||2||hiking, photography||a day||4||1||wild||ordinary hikers|
|Juyong Pass||fabulous vistas||some wheelchair access||1½||hiking||2 hours||2||5||fully
|all visitors (wheelchair-
|Huangya Pass||marathon site||sightseeing
|3||marathon, sightseeing buses to the mountain top||a day||2||2||mostly restored||all visitors|
|Badaling||the most famous||cable cars; Great Wall Museum; circular-screen cinema||1½||hiking||half-day to a day||2||5||restored||all visitors (wheelchair-
What’s the weather like & what’s the best time to go?
Beijing attracts thousands of visitors all year long. April, May, September and October are the best months because of the fine weather . But try to avoid May 1st to 3rd (the Labor Day Holiday) and October 1st to 7th (the National Day Holiday). Beijing is especially crowded during these holidays.
|Seasons||Average Temperature on the Wal||Weather||What to Pack||Crowding(/5)|
|Spring (Mar.-May)||11℃-24℃ (52℉-75℉)||Cool-warmer||sweater – long sleeve||3|
|Summer (Jun.-Aug.)||30℃ (86℉)||Hot-hottest||T-shirt and sun-glass||4|
|Autumn (Sept.-Nov.)||8℃-18℃ (46℉-64℉)||Cool-cold||long-sleeve – warm jacket||3|
|Winter (Dec.-Feb.)||-5℃-5℃ (-41℉-41℉)||Very cold||down jacket and gloves||2|
How to plan my Beijing trip?
2 to 4 days are recommended for ‘an essential trip’ to Beijing which will cover the most popular attractions – the Forbidden City, Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and hutongs. If you want to have more cultural experiences and explore other hidden attractions, please feel free to contact us. To find out more, have a look at How to Plan my Beijing trip.
Do I need a visa for Beijing?
Travelers from 51 different countries are allowed to experience local culture and life in Beijing for up to 72 hours (3 days) without applying for a Chinese travel visa.
Valid Port of Entry: Beijing Capital International Airport
The 72 hours starts from 00:00 hrs immediately following the time of entry. For example, if you enter Beijing at 6 am on June 1st, your permissible stay period starts counting down from 00:00 on June 2nd and you can stay until 23:59 on June 4th. So you may actually stay longer than 72 (but still less than 96) hours, depending on arrival and departure times.
If you want to stay longer, a visa will be required. You can then explore more hidden attractions in the city.
To find whether your country is one of the 51 mentioned above, or to explore how to obtain a visa otherwise, please see: How toObtain a Visa for China.