Discover the Summer Palace
Step through a private gate into the Summer Palace grounds, then stroll this beautiful 290-hectare estate admiring its lakes, pavilions, temples and pagodas. Built in 1750, it long served the Qing dynasty as a summer retreat.
Discover the imperial secrets of the Forbidden City, home to 24 emperors, then explore the Temple of Heaven, Lama Temple, Prince Gong Mansion and the Drum and Bell Towers – just a few of the capital’s historic monuments.
Wander the hutongs
Whether on foot, bicycle or rickshaw, exploring Beijing’s hutongs offers a glimpse of life in days gone by. Narrow lanes clustered around the Forbidden City, they are home to tea houses, restaurants and artisan workshops.