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About Beijing

Overview

Standing side-by-side with old Beijing's crimson palace complexes are the city's impressive skylines. Beijing is a fine example of the great transformation China has undergone as it burst into the 21st century. The city boasts the most modern facilities, and is able to provide all the comfort and enjoyment imaginable to Beijing visitors.

China's capital city, Beijing, is a must-see. As one of the world’s great ancient capitals, it is home to some of the finest remnants of China's imperial past. China Highlights provides a range of tours to explore China's capital city. Follow the link for the most popular tour packages.

Beijing has many places of historic interest and architectural/scenic beauty, including: the Forbidden City, the largest and best preserved ancient architectural complex in the world; the Temple of Heaven, where Ming and Qing emperors performed solemn rituals for bountiful harvests; the Summer Palace, the emperors' magnificent garden retreat; the Ming Tombs, the majestic mausoleums of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors; and the world-renowned and genuinely inspiring Badaling section of the Great Wall.

Top Things to Do in Beijing

Beijing is home to some of the finest remnants of China's imperial past. The interest of visiting Beijing is at one side to explore its glorious past, and at another side to feel its modernity as well as an odd combination of the two.

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Beijing’s invaluable cultural heritage of imperial relics has drawn millions of visitors every year for the past three decades, but traveling around Beijing, one is struck by the city's modern buildings, and the super-modern Olympic Village, with the Bird’s Nest Stadium and Water Cube.The green areas in and around the city are also inspiring, and are epitomized by Xiangshan (Fragrant Hills) Park. The exhilarating greens of a Beijing Park add more vitality and hue to visitors’ Beijing memories.

Beijing, China’s second largest city after Shanghai, dominates the north of China, despite its proximity to the ports of Tianjin Municipality, China’s third largest city. It is at approximately the same latitude as Philadelphia in the U.S. (but drier in winter and much wetter in summer) and Madrid in Spain (though colder in winter). SeeBeijing Weather.

Beijing’s air pollution and traffic congestion are problems that are being tackled with improved public transport, restrictions on the use of vehicles and the relocation of factories. Great improvements were made before the Olympics. Daily and localized variations in airborne particle levels are great, with some days below the WHO’s strictest targets, and days when a health warning is issued are quite rare. Beijing’s air quality, apart from pollutants, is greatly affected by occasional dust storms in the spring, and humidity contributes greatly to the haze in summer, which is the worst time of the year for pollution.

Beijing's travel industry has forged forward after China's economic reforms in 1978, and the city is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Beijing became the focus of world attention in 2008 when it hosted the Olympics. The games were a symbol of both China’s progress and China’s tradition, with high-class and eye-catching facilities and spectacular ceremonies. People from all around the world were welcomed to travel to Beijing under the slogan “One World, One Dream”.

History

Some half a million years ago, Peking man lived in Zhoukoudian, in the southwestern suburbs of Beijing. The climate of that time was warmer and more humid than it is today. Forests and lakes in the area supported large numbers of living creatures. The fossil remains of Peking man, his stone tools and evidence of use of fire, as well as later tools of 18,000 years ago, bone needles and article of adornment from the age of Upper Cave Man are the earliest cultural relics on record in China today. More about Beijing History

Beijing food takes from a broader category of food known as northern food. This category includes dishes from Hebei, Shandong, the lower Yangzi River, Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang.

Northern methods of cooking include barbecuing, deep-boiling, roasting, smoking and braising. Local products such as garlic, ginger, leeks, pork, spring onions, bean sauce, various spices, chilies and vegetables, particularly the northern white cabbage, together with duck, pork, chicken, seafood, beef, and lamb are used to make many varieties of gourmet dishes.

Favorite Beijing Dishes

All of the foods below can be found in Beijing restaurants. Our Beijing tours, almost without exception, include a chance to eat roast duck. You can request to eat any one of these tasty dishes, or anything else you would like to eat, when customizing your tour with our travel advisors.

Beijing Roast Duck – Peking Duck

Beijing Roast Duck is the epitome of Beijing cuisine and is well known both at home and abroad. The dish is mostly prized for the thin, crispy skin, with authentic versions of the dish serving mostly the skin and little meat.

Mongolian Hot Pot

Alongside Beijing Roast Duck, Mongolian Hot Pot is another great example of traditional Beijing cooking. Thin slices of various meats are dangled or placed in a boiling pot with various kinds of vegetables until they're done, and then eaten with special sauces and side dishes. This dish is especially favored during the cold season.

Bifengtang Prawns

This dish is prepared by frying prawns in oil until golden red. Then they are cooked with Hong Kong's Bifengtang (wind shelter) restaurant chain's special techniques. This dish is delicious and slightly spicy, with a pungent garlic aroma.

Gong Bao Ji Ding - Palace Chicken Cubes

Gong Bao Ji Ding is a spicy chicken dish with peanuts and other vegetables. For some reason this dish is never the same from one restaurant to another. Perhaps this adds to its appeal, as it is very popular with foreigners.

Tudou Zi - Shredded Potato

This dish is for potato lovers. The potatoes are stir-fried with green peppers and seasoning, and can be served hot or cold.

Featured Food

Front Desk Beijing Duck 
Beijing Roast Duck has a history of over 1500 years in China. With its tempting color, crispy skin, tender meat and the gorgeous appearance, as well as its fragrance, Beijing Roast Duck is known as on...
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Noodles with Soybean Paste Noodles with soybean paste 
Noodles With Soybean Paste, also called Zha Jiang Mian,  is very popular when it comes to traditional Beijing cuisine. As an added bonus, it is not expensive at all. Zha Jiang Mian is consists o...
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Chinese Hot Pot   Mongolian Hotpot 
With a history of over 1000 years, the hot pot has become popular throughout most of China. Mongolian hotpot originated from the Yuan dynasty (A.D.206-1368) .With rich nutrition and fantastic taste, i...

 

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Restaurants

As the capital of China, Beijing has developed its own culinary identity- Beijing Cuisine. The perennial favorite in Beijing is authentic Beijing Roast Duck which can be found at Quanjude and Bianyifang restaurants. Other choices include Imperial Court Food, Official Food and tasty snacks, which can be enjoyed at the local flavor restaurants.

Food in Beijing also boasts other exotic cuisines home and abroad. If you are not a good eater of the Chinese food, these foreign cuisine restaurants can make up for it.

Venues range from small kiosks to large restaurants and from modest to luxurious. Food streets offer a wide variety of food, and some sites are always open. Typical food streets are the Donghuamen Night Snack Street, Gui Jie (Ghost Street) and Wangfujing Snack Street. Strolling a food street is a good way to learn the local food culture for our knowledge.

Restaurant serving hours are usually from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 21:00. It is not customary to tip waiters in restaurants of Beijing, but some top-class restaurants may charge 10% to 15% extra service fees. Both cash and credit cards can be used to check in grand and mid-range restaurants.

Muslim Restaurants

Hongbin Lou

Hongbin Lou Restaurant 鸿宾楼

  • It is an old and famous Muslim restaurant in Beijing. Average price per person is about 89 yuan.
  • Address: No.11, Exhibition Hall Road, Xicheng District (北京市西城区展览馆路11号)
  • Average Price per person: 89 yuan
  • Hours: 11:00–22:00
  • Tel: 86-10- 6899 2569 (6899 4561)

Hongyunlou Restaurant 鸿运楼

  • Address: No.7, East Majiabao Road, Fengtai District (丰台区马家堡东路7号)
  • Average Price per person: 41 yuan
  • Hours: 11:30–21:00
  • Tel: 86-10- 8729 3472

Kaorouji Restaurant 聚德华天烤肉季

  • Address: No.14, Qianhai East Bank Road, Di'anmen Outer Avenue, Xicheng District (西城地安门外大街前海东沿17号)
  • Average Price per person: 71 yuan
  • Hours: 11:00–23:00
  • Tel: 86-10-6404 2554 (6406 9719)

Baikui Restaurant 白魁老号饭庄

  • Address: No.158, Jiaodaokou South Avenue, Dongcheng District (东城区交道口南大街158号)
  • Average Price per person: 22 yuan
  • Hours: 06:00–20:00
  • Tel: 86-10-6404 0967 (6406 0667)

Jubaoyuan Restaurant 聚宝源

  • Address: No.5-2 of 1st Xili Business Building, Niu Street, Xuanwu District (宣武区牛街西里商业1号楼5-2号)
  • Hours: 11:00–22:00
  • Average Price per person: 55 yuan
  • Tel: 86-10-8354 5602

Vegetarian Restaurants

Baihe Vegetarian Restaurant
Baihe Vegetarian Restaurant 百合素食

  • The dishes there are divided into two categories: purely vegetarian dishes and vegetarian dishes with meat taste.
  • Address: No.23, Caoyuan Alley, North Street of Dongzhimen, Dongcheng District (东城区东直门北小街草园胡同甲23号)
  • Average Price per person: 70 yuan
  • Hours: 10:00–22:00
  • Tel: 86-10- 6405 2082 (6405 4282)

Pure Lotus 静心莲 (长虹桥店)

  • Address: Tongguang Mansion, No.12, Nongzhanguan Road, Chaoyang District ( 朝阳区农展馆南路12号通广大厦院内)
  • Average Price per person: 151 yuan
  • Hours: 11:00–23:00
  • Tel: 86-10-6592 3627 (87036669)

Natural Vegetarian Lohas 博味堂自然素食

  • Address: No.14-9, 1st Anhui Li, Chaoyang District
  • Average Price per person: 61 yuan
  • Hours: 10:15–22:00
  • Tel: 86-10-5712 7280 (6492 7559)

Jingsi Vegetarian Restaurant (静思素食坊)

  • Address: No.18, East Street, Big Buddhist Temple, North Art Museum, Dongcheng District.
  • Hours: 10:00–22:00
  • Average Price per person: 45 yuan
  • Tel: 86-10-6400 8941

Gong De Lin Vegetarian Restaurant 功德林素菜馆

  • Address: No.2, Qianmen East Srteet, Congwen District
  • Average Price per person: 68 yuan
  • Hours: 10:30–21:30
  • Tel: 86-10-6702 0867 (6511 2542)

Indian Restaurants

Ganges Indian Resterant

Ganges Indian Resterant 恒河印度餐厅(世贸天阶店)

  • Address: No.38A, B1st the Palace Building, No.9, Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District (朝阳区光华路9号世贸天阶B1楼38A号)
  • Average Price per person: 89 yuan
  • Hours: 10:00–22:00
  • Tel: 86-10-6587 2999

Tamarind 泰马利

  • Address: No.8, East Daqiao Road, Chaoyang District (朝阳区东大桥路8号Soho尚都北楼B1楼161室)
  • Average Price per person: 61 yuan
  • Hours: 10:00–14:30; 17:00–22:00
  • Tel: 86-10-5900 1226

Tandoor 天都里印度餐厅

  • Address: the 1st Floor of Zhaolong Reastaurant, No.2, North Gongti Road, Chaoyang District (朝阳区工体北路2号兆龙饭店1楼)
  • Average Price per person: 216 yuan
  • Hours: 11:30–14:00; 14:30–22:30
  • Tel: 86-10- 6597 2211 (65972299-2112)

 

Front Desk Roasted Duck at Qianmen Quanjude 
In the evening, enjoy the Peking Roasted Duck which is renowned as the most delicious food of Beijing. Qianmen Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant(Old Duck) As the nickname implies, this is one of the oldest restaurants in th...
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Front Desk Shan Shui Jian Yang Jie Zi Restaurant(Longtan Park Branch) 
The restaurant is located in Longtan Park, with decoration of local style of Sichuan, creating an elegant dining environment to customers. The hotpot soup cooked with nutritional ingredients is one of the most famous dis...
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Front Desk Roasted Duck at Fangzhuang 
Quanjude roast duck is featured by its unique culinary procedure, enchanting look, and superior taste. Each duck sold has a certificate accordingly. Quanjude's hundreds of years of prosperities owe a lot to its great ser...
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Front Desk Xiao Long Pu Resort 
Located near the Mutianyu Great Wall, Xiaolongpu Resort is established in a traditional Chinese Quadrangles which consisted of blue bricks and grey tiles. It serves a great variety of Chinese delicacy. Seating in the Chi...
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Front Desk Courtyard 7 Restaurant 
Courtyard 7 is located in central area of Nan Luo Guo. Its well designed Chinese style modeling,the layout makes it antiquity and rusticity. Its special featured restaurant provides new modern French dishes. Seating in C...
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Front Desk Revolving Restaurant on Central Television Tower 
The revolving restaurant is 221 meters (725 ft) above the ground, and is the highest revolving restaurant in Beijing. Buffet of Western (mainly French and Italian), Chinese and Japanese styles together with various barbe...
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