Beijing is a city that embodies China’s ancient civilization and rich political and cultural history. The fun and best things you can see and do in Beijing are endless. However, you could not afford it physically and monetarily. Here are suggestions about top 10 of what to see in Beijing, one of the world’s oldest civilizations.

Forbidden City and the Lion

1. A visit to Forbidden City
Lying at the center of Beijing, the Forbidden City, called Gu Gong in Chinese, was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. it is to the north of Tiananmen Square. It is the world’s largest palace complex and covers 74 hectares. Surrounded by a six meter deep moat and a ten meter high wall are 9,999 rooms. The distance between these two gates is 960 meters, while the distance between the gates in the east and west walls is 750 meters. This is the most fantastic palace in the world. Forbidden City + Great Wall Tour is only USD40.

2. A Walk Down Hutong Area
The hutongs are one of the unique features of Beijing, and they can most simply be defined as the old city alleyways. There are thousands of hutongs surrounding the Forbidden City, Beijing’s hutong culture is a unique gem of Chinese culture. The hutongs of Beijing reflect the lives of ordinary Beijing people – the opportunity to roam through Beijing’s old, narrow hutong streets is understandably attracting more and more overseas visitors.

3. Walk the Great Wall
‘He who has never been to the Great Wall is not a true man’ by Chairman Mao. It is the greatest tourist attraction in the world. Great Wall Hiking tour is the top one thing for any traveller. Walk the Jinshanling Great Wall section with only USD55 including transfer, ticket, guide and lunch.

4. Watch Kung Fu Show at Red Theater
The Legend of Kung Fu is is a large-scale local tourist show. Since the summer of 2006, it has been a big hit, running daily in the Beijing Red Theatre. The show was previewed in July 2004 and premiered on December 3, 2004. Up to December 2006, it combines the elements of kung fu, story-telling, acrobatics, modern dance, and original music to celebrate the philosophy and skill of martial arts. Round way transfer plus Chinese Kungfu show ticket is only USD35.

5. Relax in the Houhai Bars
Houhai area is full of small bars and pubs with character. With the glow of lights over the lake Houhai takes on an unreal feeling. Most cafes and restaurants are individually owned and have their own unique style and service. It is a great place for dinner and then migrate from place to place for drinks. Or a nice stroll with good people watching. A mixture of old Beijing and the modern west, Houhai is worth a look.

6.Enjoy Beijing Local Snacks
Beijing has a time-honored history of producing various kinds of snacks. With strong local flavors. Some people regard the snacks of Beijing as “social fossils.” Snack restaurants such as the Longfusi and Huguosi snack counters can now be found all over Beijing.

7. Eat Peking Roast Duck
Beijing Roast Duck is the most famous of all of Beijing culinary dishes, and also is known as one the best dishes in the world. So, a tour to Beijing is not complete without trying this delicious dish. The dish is prized for the thin, crispy skin, with authentic versions of the dish serving mostly the skin and a little meat, sliced in front of the diners by the cook. Click to see the restaurants that offer Peking Roast Duck.

8. Shop at Silk Market
Silk Street (or Xiushui Market) houses 1,700 retail vendors and over 3,000 salespeople spread over seven floors and three basement levels. Over the years many of the stalls have gained local and international notoriety for selling counterfeit luxury designer brands at relatively low prices. Some have continued this activity despite growing pressure from the management, the Chinese government, and famous name brand companies. Be prepared to bargain hard for the best price.

9. Visit the Exhibition of National Treasures at Capital Museum
A rare gathering of some of the most splendid treasures illustrating China’s long history promises to delight visitors to the Olympic city at the Capital Museum. The exhibition has gathered 169 of the best pieces from 55 museums across the country. The exhibits are the pick of the crop, and rarely if ever leave their home museums.

10. See the Peking Opera
Peking Opera is a comprehensive art form that aesthetically combines music, singing, dialogue, pantomime, acrobatics and martial arts. An actor or actress in Beijing Opera therefore has to meet more demands than that in other forms of performing art. Peking Opera contains the soul of Chinese national culture. Its unique charm inspires deep feelings in Chinese people. We provide round way transfer plus Opera show ticket is only USD35.