Touch and see the essential of Beijing
This itinerary takes you for a walk along Beijing axis from south to north and appreciate the harmony of the city design which took its form in Yuan (1279-1368) and Ming ( 1368-1644) Dynasties.
Temple of Heaven
Get up early and have a fast breakfast, and get to the south gate to Temple of Heaven.
Walking from the south gate ( or east gate ) through the north gate, visit the 500-year-old temple ( now actually a huge park).
Temple of Heaven was constructed in 1420 AD during the Ming Dynasty as a site for the emperors to offer sacrifices to heaven.
Temple of Heaven is now actually a park. Early in the morning there are a great number of retired people who come here to hang out with friends and do morning exercises, playing Taichi ball, doing ribbon dancing, ballroom dancing, playing cards and dominoes and writing calligraphy with water brush pens on the ground.
Qianmen and Hutongs
When you exit from the north gate to the Temple of Heaven and turn left (west) for 15 minutes walking, then turn right (north) to Qianmen Walking Street and Dazhalan.
Please notice, to get to Qianmen Walking Street, you have to pass over a flyover to the east side of the Church you will see.
Use some time to explore the time-honored Qianmen Pedestrian Street full of shops and restaurants. You may grab some local food as your lunch. Dazhalan is a must for you to walk for a while exploring the modified ancient street in Beijing.
After finishing your exploration on Qianmen, you head north and pass through Zhengyangmen Tower ( Arrow Tower) and then walk through a Beijing Subway tunnel to Tiananmen Square.
Take your time for shooting pictures and immersing yourself in the center of Beijing or even China.
Walk through an underground tunnel again from Tiananmen Square up to the Gate of Heaven Peace (Tiananmen Tower), where Chairman Mao declared the People’s Republic On October 01, 1949. You pass under Mao’ Portrait and enter Forbidden City .
The grandeur imperial palaces for the emperors in Ming and Qing Dynasties. The Forbidden City is a must see highlight for every first time visitor to Beijing.Be prepared for crowds of people like you visiting this complex.So you go from the south gate to its north gate. Your visit usually will take 2-3 hours.
Jingshan Park ( Jingshan Hill, Coal Hill or prospect Hill).
This Park is unmissable for your Beijing Tour. Jingshan just sits across the north gate to Forbidden City . After finishing your visit to Forbidden City from south to north, you exit from Forbidden City’s north gate.
Raising your head, you will find a pavilion with three-layered eaves perched on a hill in Jingshan Park, a perfect place to have a panoramic view of Forbidden City and the city of Beijing.
Line up at the ticket window by the gate to Jingshan Park for the tickets: RMB 2 per person. Opening hours: 6am – 8pm all year round.
After Jingshan Park , you are supposed to walk west to its neighbor – Beihai Park. Beihai Park is very often neglected by many visitors.
Often dubbed as Winter Palace by westerners, Beihai Park is the oldest imperial garden in the world as well as one of the largest in China.
Beihai Park is well-known for its beautiful gardens, the maze in the stone cave, temples and pavilions. Atop the Jade Island in Beihai Park, White Dagoba becomes an important landmark of the city.
Public Bars at Shichahai
Walk through the north gate to Beihai park, you come to the most famous night hangout in Beijing – Shichahai, where a cluster of bars and restaurants are dotted along the banks of the lake.
If you are fed up with the gentrification in Beijing; you lose interest in modern Beijing; if you feel sad about the fact that Beijing is becoming less like Beijing; you want to see a traditional Beijing, and if you try to find a quiet place in the busy Beijing, come to Shichahai! Tired?
Have a drink in one of the bars.
Guojie Food Street
Are you hungry? Go to Ghost Street, a 1442-meter long gourmet street, located within Dongzhimennei Dongcheng District, running from the east of Dongzhimen Bridge.