Tips to Maximize Your Time in Beijing on a Stopover from a Cruise Ship

The opening of Tianjin International Cruise Terminal in 2010 has provided new opportunities for tourists to see Beijing while on a stopover on their cruise or before embarking for a cruise. The aim of this article is to help people choose the places they wish to see during a short stop in Beijing.

The Forbidden City with Tiananmen Square 故宫和天安门广场

the Forbidden CityAs home to 24 Chinese emperors from 1368 and 1911,the Forbidden City represents Chinese ancient imperial life like nowhere else. The palace is broadly divided into 2 parts with working area in the south and living area to the north. The visit can be combines with a visit to Tiananmen Square, the world’s biggest city square, which is adjacent to the Forbidden City. 3-4 hours would be enough to see them both.

Why Visit?

Add: No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
地址:北京东城区景山前街4号
Tel: 010-85007422

Summer Palace 颐和园

Summer PalaceRanked# 4 of 967 Beijing attractions on Trip Advisor, this imperial garden typifies Chinese classical gardens. Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake are the major feature of the Summer Palace. The garden is divided into districts for political, foreign and domestic affairs, living area for empress and concubines and leisure part for relaxation. 3-4 hours sightseeing would give you a general idea of the garden at leisurely pace.

Why Visit?

Add: No.19 Xin-jian-gong-men Road, Haidian District, Beijing
地址:北京海淀区新建宫门19号
Tel: 010-62881144

The Great Wall at Mutianyu 慕田峪长城

Mutianyu Great WallChairman Mao once said:“ He who doesn’t reach the Great Wall is not a true man!”The no. 1 Beijing attraction on Trip Advisor, Great Wall at Mutianyu should not be missed. This section is less-crowded and has spectacular views. A cable cars takes you to the wall and a unique Slideway is a quick way fun to descend. 4 hours are recommended.

Why Visit?

Add: Mutianyu Village, Huairou District, Beijing
地址:北京市怀柔区慕田峪村9号
Tel: 010-61626022

Hutong(Old Alley) 胡同

Hu TongA Beijing trip would not be complete without seeing a Hutong. The Forbidden City and Summer Palace tell the history of imperial families while Hutong reflects the real life of ordinary people. A number of Hutong still exist. People believe it is the root of old Beijing. The modern life has infiltrated the hutongs bring both good and bad depending on your point of view. Nanluoguxiang is a good choice and take about 4 hours see.

Why Visit?

Add: Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District, Beijing
地址:北京市东城区南锣鼓巷胡同号

Temple of Heaven 天坛

Temple of HeavenSoutheast of the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven is 4 times bigger than the Forbidden City. It was built as a place of worship for emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties to pray for God’s blessings. The most famous buildings are the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest and the Circular Mound Altar. Ranked# 8 in 967 Beijing attractions on Trip Advisor, it is China’s largest building for religious worship. 4 hours would makes a comfortable visit.

Why Visit?

Add: No.7,Tiantan Road, Chongwen District, Beijing
地址:北京市崇文区天坛内东里7号
Tel:010-67028866

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