The best way to see Beijing is on foot. Around every corner, you’ll find alleyways lined with market stalls, restaurants, colourful temples and squeaky-clean malls. At the centre of the city lies the Forbidden city or as it is known today, the Palace Museum. Home of the Ming and Qing dynasty emperors for 500 years, this mega palace is the largest on earth and worth a visit. Circled by steep scarlet walls, the city contains over 900 buildings. Walk through at your pace and admire this ancient, UNESCO-listed structure.
If you’re after a more traditional experience head to Gulou Street and stroll through one of Beijing’s last remaining Hutongs. Described as the as the neighbourhood that never sleeps, Gulou is home to the city’s best 24 hour venues. Think Live music, bars and small shoebox styled restaurants.
No trip is complete without a visit to the Great Wall of China. To avoid the crowds consider travelling to the lesser known entry points Jinshanling and Simatai. For a truly unforgettable experience, camp out on the Great Wall of China.