Top 10 Things to Do in Beijing at Night

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Plan your Beijing night tour? Beijing nightlife is plentiful with numerous attractions to see and things to do at night for you to choose. Below are the top 10 things to do at night in Beijing selected by Tour Beijing.

1. Chang’An Avenue & Tiananmen Square
Chang’An Avenue is regarded as the longest and widest street in the world. It is also reputed as “The First Street in China”, one of the most significant streets in China. Chang’An Street is an east-west axis avenue starting Dongdan in the east and Xidan in the west.

Shortly after the sun is setting over Tiananmen Square, most of the buildings in or surrounding Tiananmen Square will be lit up, turning the square a multi-colored wonderland. Check out: Night View of Tiananmen Square.

Beijing Tiananmen Square is located on the south of the mid Chang’ An Avenue while Tiananmen Tower on the north.

Chang'An Avenue

Tiananmen Tower on the Midde  of Chang’An Avenue

2. Beijing CBD & Guomao Area

Beijing CBD area refers to Beijing Central Business Center, a cluster of domestic and international firms and the center of trade, finance, creativity industry and media in Beijing.It is also a primary area of modern buildings and starchitectures.

Beijing CBD is located on the east of Beijing between the 3rd Ring Road and the 4th Ring Road. Personally, I think China World Hotel is the center of Beijing CBD.China World Trade Center Tower III used to be the tallest skyscraper in Beijing with 81 floors, 4 underground floors, and 30 elevators.It is located in vicinity of Beijing Business District, close to China World Hotel and Dabeiyao. Now It is surpassed by China Zun.

Check out the two links below:

The Night View of Beijing CBD
A Good Place to See Beijing’s changing skyline.


The CCTV Building and China Zun – the Tallest Buidling in Beijing

3. Shichahai Area ( Back Lake )
“Shichahai” literally means “Ten Temples Lake”. The lake was once circled by 10 temples, hence the name. The lake was called “Haizi”, a long and square lake in Yuan Dynasty (1271 -1368).

Later the lake was narrowed and divided into three connected lakes – Qianhai (Front Lake), Houhai (Back Lake) and Xihai (West lake) in Ming Dynasty (1368 -1644).

Shichahai Area has become a leisure and summer cooling place even since Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911). Now Shichahai area is rife with bars and restaurants.

Check out the two links below:
The Old World Charm in Beijing
Night View of Shichahai.

Shichahai is shot through with chic bars and restaurants.

4. Qianmen Street
“qianmen” literally means “Front Gate”. Qiamen Street is located south of Qianmen Tower in south of Tiananmen Square, hence the name of the street.It lies on the north and south axis of Beijing. Qianmen Street runs south from Tiananmen Square, just along the Beijing central axis.It is one of the last remnants of the business centers of old Beijing.

It has been transformed into a modern commercial pedestrian street, the second walking street after Wangfujiang Street in the downtown shopping district Beijing.Check out the link: Night View of Qianmen Street


qianmen street at night

5. Sanlitun Bar Street

Sanlitun Bar Street is one of the most well known bar streets in Beijing with its first bar opened in 1983. It is located to west of Worker’s Stadium, in the vicinity of the foreign embassy area.

Sanlitun’s bar street is extremely popular for expats and young men to blow off steam, party and drink.

Sanlitun Bar Street

6. The Place
The Place is mainly composed of the huge screen in the middle and two luxury buildings on it’s both sides. People walk around under the screen enjoying the space art, high technique, lighting.

The Place is also a place for luxury shopping and gourmet experience.

The Night View of the Place

There are several open-air bars for you to relax. The Place is a blend of shopping mall, office building, Space Art and Fashion. The Place is designed by Jeremy Railton. He is also the designer for the world largest electric screen in Las Vegas.

The Place is located about 500 meters north of Guiyou Mansion or Silk Market Building. It is in the center of CBD (Central Business Center).

Check out the link:  Night View of the Place

7. Solana

Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park is like a small town coming from the European by air. It is a perfect blend between commercial civilization and the natural landscape and is full of innovation and surprises.As a water shortage city of Beijing, SOLANA has a superior hydrophilic environment on its three sides, the south and east are teeming with the water from Chaoyang Park, and the north from Landmark Lake.

If not in person, you are hard to believe that there is such a beautiful environment in the city center!Solana houses more than 1,000 international brands, with dozens of retail shops, restaurants as well as a lively bar and clubs. It is located south-west of Chaoyang park, the largest city park in Asia.



 8. CCTV Tower

( China Central Television Tower ) or CCTV Tower that we mention here is different from China Central Television Headquarters Building (New CCTV Tower). The latter is the headquarters of China Central Television.The New CCTV Tower is in the east of Beijing while CCTV Tower is in the west of Beijing.

CCTV Tower is the tallest structure in Beijing with the height of 405 meters including the tip of its antenna.In the evening, you will see a Beijing resembling a wonderland with lighting all over the city. The tower itself goes red like a giant red lantern. of course, having dinner on the revolving restaurant is very romantic with a lit Beijing down below.

Check out the link: How to visit CCTV Tower

CCTV Tower and West Hill

9. Bird’s Nest (Beijing National Stadium) & Water Cube (Beijing National Aquatics Center)
Beijing National Stadium, nicknamed “Bird’s Nest”, is located in the center of Beijing Olympic Park. It was the site for the opening and closing ceremony for the Olympic Games in 2008. It was the place where Usain Bolt of Jamaica broke the world record by winning both the 100 and 200 gold medals at the Olympics.

Water Cube (Beijing National Aquatics Center)National Aquatics Center, nicknamed “Water Cube”, is located in the Olymoic Park, north of Beijing.It is dubbed “cube” because of its semi-transparent “bubbles” spread out all over its surface with a shape very similar to the structure of “H2O”.

It was the place where Michael Phelps of America makes history with 8 Gold Medals in the 2008 Olympic Games Beijing!

Check out the link: How to Visit Olympic Sites Beijing

10. Ghost Food Street
Plan your Beijing night tour? If you can spare some time for the sightseeing at night, you are recommended to stroll Gui Jie ( Ghost Street 簋街), an almost 24-hour food street with numerous eateries on both sides. It is quite popular with local Beijing people, expats, tourists, etc .

The Ghost Street

Almost all the restaurants here are decorated in red – red store-front plaques, red lanterns and red lights with great vibe, a great place for  friends, families and couples all to meet for dinner here.

Check out the link: Night View of Ghost Street

06611Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Night Tour from From US$ 33 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings

Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

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3 Responses to “Top 10 Things to Do in Beijing at Night”

  1. Raveen Maharaj says:


    For the Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p, what time the tour starts and what time it will finish? Where is the pick-up point and drop off.

    Please advise,

  2. Daniel says:

    Dear Raveen Maharaj,

    Thanks for your inquiry!

    For join-in group tour, please check out the link: ( day tour, not a half day tour);

    For a private tour, please check out the link: ( half day tour)

    Any questions, please email us at Have a nice time!

  3. jagjit singh says:

    2 years back I visited China with my mates but due to lack of time we didn’t visit Beijing and after reading your post I will definitely visit there at night on my next trip

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