Things to Do in Beijing During Christmas

Things to Do in Beijing During Christmas

Beijing is the capital city of China and the cultural and historical hub of the country. Beijing is rich and diverse in its heritage, city skyline and ancient monuments. Beijing in itself has a lot to offer and a lot of great things to do. If you’re into history, art and cultural heritage, this is the place for you. The best time to visit is in December because it is low season, it is less crowded and the snow makes the place look more beautiful.

 

  1. The Great Wall of China – It’s renowned world fame is an obvious fact. What’s less known, is that there are 2 sides to the Great Wall; Mutianu and Badaling. These are the two different mountains that the wall is built on. Mutianu is less crowded and visited more by foreign tourists. Badaling is mostly visited by Chinese tourists and is very crowded. It is also the world’s longest cemetery. Prisoners, slaves and workers were buried underneath the wall. This is a MUST visit destination in Beijing. 

 

  • Beware of many stairs when walking up 
  • There’s a cable car that takes you up and down 
  • Rating: 5/5 place to take pictures 
  • Ideal time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm in the winter
  • Cost: 60 Yuan
  • Time Saver tip: You can go with a private guide and spend 23 hours on the wall. If you go for a group tour it will take the whole day.
  1. Forbidden City – The Forbidden City is was the royal palace of the Royal Family for centuries. It is laced with gold, stunning scriptures and sculptures. There were members of the royal household, workers, concubines who also lived in the Forbidden City during its prime. 

 

  • It’s a huge place, be prepared to walk a lot and you can get lost easily
  • Cost Saver tip: You can buy the ear piece guide at the forbidden city and walk around instead of having a guide
  • It’s very cold in the wintertime, you may not enjoy it as much
  • Rating: 5/5 place to take pictures
  • Cost: 40 Yuan
  • Ideal time: 8:00am9:00am
  1. 798 Art District – This is a whole district dedicated to art for both artists and art lovers. 

 

  • It will take you a day to explore all the exhibits 
  • Art galleries change their displays every few months; what you saw in a picture may not be there 
  • Rating: 5/5 place to take pictures 
  • Cost: Free
  • Ideal Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  1. Peking Duck Dinner – When in Beijing, it’s important to have Peking Duck for dinner. It’s the cities local delicacy and it’s worth the taste. It's the best meal I had in China.

- Rating: 5/5 ranking in taste 

- Go to any restaurant and request Peking Duck

- Cost: 300 Yuan

- Ideal Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm

  1. Tea Tasting – Tea Tasting in China is a great way to learn about the heritage of the Chinese people and let your taste buds go wild! 

 

  • Rating: 5/5 ranking in taste 
  • As a tour guide in your location to take you to a tea shop for tea tasting
  • Cost: FREE
  • Ideal Time: As soon as you finish visiting the Great Wall of China
  1. Peking Opera – Peking Opera is a cultural opera that helps you understand the arts and entertainment of the ancient Chinese people. There is music, dance and theatre involved in this 30-minute performance. There are written subtitles on screens beside the stage in English for those who don’t understand Mandarin. There are captivating performances.

 

  • Rating: 4/5 rating to attend 
  • Cost: 150 Yuan
  • Ideal Time: 7:30pm 

  1. Tiananmen Square – The world’s largest public square and China’s spiritual center. 

 

  • Rating: 1/5 place to take pictures 
  • Boring, there’s nothing to do there 
  • Very cold in the winter
  • Cost: Free
  • Ideal Time: Anytime

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