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798 Art District
17 km (20 minutes)

This former factory complex has been transformed into a thriving artistic and cultural community. Located in the Dashanzi area northeast of central Beijing, the industrial-looking estate is a creative hub with a range of galleries, exhibitions, artist studios, design companies and restaurants.

National Stadium (Bird’s Nest)
28 km (35 minutes)

During the 2008 Olympic Games the National Stadium became an iconic image, showcasing the excellence of Chinese architecture. The design reflects traditional Chinese elements (the red glow symbolises luck) and incorporates modern elements (the structure evokes the energetic spirit of athletes). Sports buffs will also want to visit the nearby National Aquatics Centre (dubbed the ‘Water Cube’) and the National Indoor Stadium.

Hutongs
30 km (40 minutes)

Step into the past and stroll down these tight alleys and narrow streets. A hutong is a simple alleyway, usually running East-West, built around a major building. Full of character and slice-of-life charm, you’ll need your compass to navigate your way out of the labyrinth.

Forbidden City & Tian’anmen Square
32 km (45 minutes)

Put these at the top of your to-do list.

In the heart of Beijing, Tian’anmen Square is a huge open space bordered by grand, imposing government buildings, including Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao and the National Museum of China. Open daily, you can get there via Subway Line 1 and disembark at Tiananmen East or Tiananmen West Station.

Just north of Tian’anmen Tower, the Forbidden City deserves at least one full afternoon. Once the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties, for over 500 years this magnificent palace was home to 24 emperors. Now fully restored to its former glory, this tourist Mecca inspires awe with its architectural beauty and imposing size. The largest and most well-preserved imperial residence in China today, in 1987 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation recognised the Forbidden City as a world cultural legacy.

Temple of Heaven
33 km (45 minutes)

Located in the southeast of Beijing, the Temple of Heaven was the place where royalty came to pray. Built in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty, UNESCO has listed the Temple as one of the World Cultural Relics.

Summer Palace
43 km (60 minutes)

Epic in scale and ingenious in its design, construction of the Summer Palace began in 1750 under Emperor Qianlong. An awe-inspiring masterpiece of Chinese landscape design, it remains one of China’s largest and best-preserved imperial gardens. Spread out over 294 hectares (726 acres), it blends the natural landscape of the hills with man-made features and residences. Located 15 km from central Beijing, add this one to your must-see list.

Great Wall at Mutianyu
46 km (60 minutes)

Not for nothing is this listed as one of the Wonders of the World. Spanning almost 9,000 km, this spectacular engineering marvel inspires awe and wonder. For visitors to Beijing, the closest point along the Great Wall is at Mutianyu, about 50km northeast of Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport. Winding through lofty mountains and high ridges, this stretch of the Great Wall is dotted with watch towers. Our ever-helpful X team will be happy to help you with details on directions and transport options.