Formerly known as Peking, Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. It is the world’s most heavily populated city and is the 13th largest in the world. The city is comprised of 16 urban, suburban and rural districts.
Beijing is China’s central cultural and educational center. It is definitely one of the busiest cities in the world. And with so many sights to see, it is hard not to feel overwhelmed when visiting Beijing for the first time. In today’s post, we are listing down important travel tips to make your Beijing getaway even more memorable:
Visit Jingshan Park on a Sunday
The Jingshan Park is renowned for its stunning natural landscapes and breathtaking views of the walled compound. The park is usually packed with tourists during the weekdays. On Sundays, a group of elderly singers would gather in the park to practice concert-standard songs including Long March-era hits praising of Mao Zedong. We highly suggest working your schedule around this free performance in the Jingshan Park!
Panjiayuan Antique Market for Souvenir Shopping
Beijing is teeming with shops that sell everything from quirky decors to antiques and souvenirs. Understandably, it is hard to choose a single shop to purchase these items. But if you must choose a single place to do all your souvenir shopping, make a beeline to Panjiayuan Antique Market!
The market is packed to the ceiling with trinkets, souvenirs, curios and antique items of all shapes and sizes. Most shops also sell jade and gold jewelry. But you need to know how to spot a fake because some unscrupulous sellers would pass off fakes for authentic jade jewelry.
Boat Ride at Lake Houhai
Want a tour around the Beijing’s famed Xicheng district? Take a boat ride at Lake Houhai and get a unique perspective of the district! An enclave of weeping willows and alleys dotted with traditional courtyard houses surrounds Xicheng district. A boat ride by the lake is the perfect place to observe the serene beauty of the natural landscapes as well as to experience the stripped-down lifestyle of the locals.
Peking Duck at Changhong Qiao
Without a doubt, Peking duck is the most popular of all local dishes in the city. And a trip to Beijing is not complete without noshing on an authentic Peking duck. Although there are loads of restaurants that offer this famous dish, we recommend checking out less tourist-y spots. The birds served along the Changhong Qiao area are typically less fatty, crunchier and tastier than those served at Quanjude chain are. Usually, you have to make a reservation because Peking duck sells very fast all over the city.
Watch Beijing Acrobats
You really should not miss a performance by Beijing acrobats. The performance features colorful costumes, amazing special effects and of course, heart-stopping acrobatics! The Universal Theatre, Chaoyang Theatre, and the Tianqiao Acrobatics offer evening shows all week long. Just book tickets and we guarantee that the performance will leave you breathless!
Dumplings at Panjiayuan Antiques Market
Here’s another reason to visit the Panjiayuan Antiques Market, there are several dumpling houses that serve up affordable, high-quality dumplings. Dumplings are savory snacks made of dough filled with meat, vegetables and stock. These tasty treats are eaten as appetizers, as a snack, or even as a complete meal!