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How to visit Beijing in One Day

Monday, November 4th, 2019
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If you only have one full day in Beijing and would like to feel, touch and see the essential Beijing, you may check out the quick guide to Beijing one-day itinerary below, my suggested self-guide itinerary to plan your own memorable Beijing Day Tours.

This itinerary takes you for a walk along Beijing axis from south to north and appreciate the harmony of the city design which took its form in Yuan (1279-1368) and Ming ( 1368-1644) Dynasties.

For Beijing airport layover day tours or airport transit short tours, please check out Beijing layover tours.

Temple of Heaven
Get up early and have a fast breakfast, and get to the east gate by taking the subway line 5 or to the south gate to Temple of Heaven by taking Beijing taxi.

Walking from the south gate ( or east gate ) through the north gate, visit the 500-year-old temple within a huge park, hence the official name for Temple of Heaven: Temple of Heaven Park ( Tiantan Park).

Temple of Heaven was constructed in 1420 AD during the Ming Dynasty as a site for the emperors to offer sacrifices to heaven.

Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven is now actually a park. Early in the morning there are a great number of retired people who come here to hang out with friends and do morning exercises, playing Taichi ball, doing ribbon dancing, ballroom dancing, playing cards and dominoes and writing calligraphy with water brush pens on the ground. There are also music and singing…

Qianmen and Hutongs
Now you exit from the north gate to the Temple of Heaven and turn left (west) along Tiantan Road for 15 minutes walking, then turn right at Qianmen Street and walk north to Qianmen Pedestrian Street.

Please notice, to get to Qianmen Pedestrian Street, you have to pass over a flyover to the east side of the Church you will see.

Use some time to explore the time-honored Qianmen Pedestrian Street full of shops and restaurants.

You may grab some local food as your lunch. Dazhalan is a must for you to walk for a while exploring the modified ancient street in Beijing.

Walking on the Qianmen Pedestrian Street

Dazhalan is a must for you to walk exploring the modified  ancient street in Beijing.

Tiananmen Square
After finishing your exploration on Qianmen Street, you head north and pass through Zhengyangmen Tower ( Arrow Tower) and then walk through a Beijing Subway tunnel to Tiananmen Square.

Take a half hour or more time taking pictures and immersing yourself in the center of Beijing or even China.

Walk through an underground tunnel again from Tiananmen Square up to the Gate of Heaven Peace (Tiananmen Tower), where  Chairman Mao declared the People’s Republic On October 01, 1949. You pass under Mao’ Portrait and enter Forbidden City .

Take a half hour or more time taking pictures and immersing yourself in the center of Beijing and China.

Forbidden City
The grandeur imperial palaces for the emperors in Ming and Qing Dynasties. The Forbidden City  is a must see highlight for every first time visitor to Beijing.

Be prepared for crowds of people like you visiting this complex. So you go from the south gate to its north gate. Your visit usually will take 2-3 hours.

The Forbidden City is a must see highlight for every first time visitor to Beijing

Jingshan Park  ( Jingshan Hill,  Coal Hill or prospect Hill).
Jingshan Park  is unmissable for your Beijing Day Tour. Jingshan just sits across the north gate to Forbidden City . After finishing your visit to Forbidden City  from south to north, you exit from Forbidden City’s north gate.

Walking out of the north gate, you raise your head, you will find a pavilion with three-layered eaves perched on a hill in Jingshan Park, a perfect place to have a panoramic view of Forbidden City and the city of Beijing.

The main road between the north gate area of Forbidden City and the south gate of Jingshan Park  is full blocked. To get across to the south gate  to Jingshan Park , you just turn left for 20 meters and take the underground pass.

Line up at the ticket window by the gate to Jingshan Park for the tickets: RMB 2 per person. Opening hours: 6am – 8pm all year round.

Jingshan Park is not to be missed a visit during your Beijing Day Tours


Beihai Park

After Jingshan Park , you are supposed to walk west to its neighbor – Beihai Park.  Beihai Park is very often neglected by many visitors.

Often dubbed as Winter Palace by westerners, Beihai Park  is the oldest imperial garden in the world as well as one of the largest in China.

Beihai Park is well-known for its beautiful gardens, the maze in the stone cave, temples and pavilions. Atop the Jade Island in Beihai Park, White Dagoba becomes an important landmark of the city.

Beihai Park is the oldest imperial garden in the world as well as one of the largest in China.

Public Bars at Shichahai
After the tour of Beihai Park, you exit from the north gate to Beihai park, then you come to the most famous night hangout in Beijing – Shichahai, where a cluster of bars and restaurants are dotted along the banks of the lake.

People mill along the bridge with weeping willows glowing with shining sunset in Shichahai

If you are fed up with the gentrification in Beijing; if you lose interest in modern Beijing; if you feel sad about the fact that Beijing is becoming less like Beijing; if you want to see a traditional Beijing,  and if you try to find a quiet place in the busy Beijing, come to Shichahai! Tired? Have a drink in one of the bars.

Guojie Food Street
Are you hungry? Take a cab to the nearby Guijie, Ghost Street ,  a 1442-meter long gourmet street, located within Dongzhimennei Dongcheng District, running from the east of Dongzhimen Bridge.

Eating seeds outside on benches and waiting for a seat in 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:For Beijing airport layover tours, please check out:

Beijing layover tours.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


How to Visit Beijing in Two Days.
How to Visit Beijing in Three Days.
How to Visit Beijing in 8 Days.

Forbidden City Travel Tips – The Palace Museum Travel Tips
Tips for Visiting Tiananmen Square
Tips for Visiting the Temple of Heaven
Tips for visiting Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs in Beijing
How to visit Beihai Park Beijing
How to visit Bird’s Nest and Water Cube
How to visit CCTV Tower in Beijing
How to Visit National Grand Theatre in Beijing
How to visit Shichahai

Any questions, just drop a  line.

The Best Place to See Autumn Leaves Downtown Beijing

Saturday, October 26th, 2019
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Plan your Beijing tour in Autumn? Beijing is at its best in autumn with blue sky, comfy sunshine and colorful leaves. The best time to see the foliage in Beijing spans about one month ranging from October 15 to November 15.

There are many places to view fall foliage in Beijing including the mountainous areas (all sections of the Great Wall) and downtown parks. Among them, Fragrant Hill is unanimously considered as the most ideal place to view autumn leaves in Beijing.

If you are scared of the huge crowds of domestic visitors at Fragrant Hill or don’t want to go up to the mountains or the Great Wall outside Beijing city proper, and would rather have a leisure time viewing the autumn leaves in downtown Beijing, Ditan Park ( The Temple of Earth ) is definitely your best option.

The Temple of Earth once served as the place where the emperors in Ming and Qing Dynasties offered sacrifices to the God of Earth. In 1957, the temple was turned into a public park names as “Temple of Earth Park” – Ditan Park in Chinese.

Tips for viewing autumn leaves in Ditan Park

1. Entrance Fee: RMB 2 per person
2. Opening hours: 06:00 – 21:00
3. How to get there
By Subway:
Take Subway Line 2 or Subway Line 5 to Yonghegong Station (Lama Temple Station), come out of the station at Exit A (northwest exit). You can see the entrance to the park then.

By Bus:
Take Bus No. 18, 75, 104, 108, 113, 119, 201, 328, 407, 426, 430, 558, 特2 to Ditan Ximen Stop
Take Bus No. 117, 125 to Ditan Dongmen Stop

4. Which gate for the foliage
The park is fairly large with an area of 37.4 hectars sectioned into several parts. Among them, Peony Garden is the best place to see foliage in the park. Peony Garden is by the east gate. So entry into the east gate is most convenient for you to see the autumn leaves in the park. The main gate is South Gate, just north of Lama Temple.

5. Don’t scared of the crowds outside Peony Garden
Very often the park administration would organize various kinds of events or activities during the golden autumn tim in Beijing. At the time writing, the “First Beijing Intangible Cultural Heritage Fair” is being held in the park.

Plenty of vendors sell all kinds of Beijing local stuff ranging from eating, wearing to cultural artifacts. Each event will attract huge crowds of local residents. But Peony Garden remains a quite and romantic place for you to have a low pace of life here.

Today is Oct 31, 2010, a sunny and azure day with the highest temperature 20 degree Celsius. I went to the Temple of Earth for photo taking. Below are some of the pictures taken around noon inside the Peony Garden of Ditan Park.

hopefully you would like them and help you understand a bit about the leisure life the local people as well as expats enjoy against the backdrop of the busy, cosmopolitan city.

A child with a father is happy and valuable.

A paradise in the busy Beijing

Autumn time, a play time

Talking and forgetting time

Catch the time and life

View and viewed

Playing Jianzi

Play cards

An expat family

 

Tip:  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 Autumn Tour.

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 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.

Visit Beijing in November

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
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For various reasons, you are in a process of planning your Beijing tour in November, a particular transit time from autumn to winter in Beijing.

Now you may want to know what’s the weather like in November in Beijing, the activities and holidays in November Beijing can offer and any benefits for visiting Beijing in November.

The weather in November in Beijing
Beijing’s weather in November is generally divided into two parts – later autumn (Nov 01 – 15) and early winter (Nov.15 – Nov.30 ).

If you come to Beijing during the first half November, you can still catch the hues of the golden autumn in Beijing though the temperature in November will be a bit lower than October.

If you happen to visit Beijing in later November, you will meet Beijing in its early winter. Each year’s November 15 is the official day for starting the indoor heating system all over Beijing. In a sense, you are lucky to enjoy the comfort offered by the perfect heating either at your hotel or residential areas in Beijing.

In November, there is relatively a big temperature difference in a day. Wear warm clothes in the early morning when you are out for sightseeing. November is also one of the foggiest months in a year.

So if you are going to have an excursion to the Great Wall or other outdoor activities, check the weather one day before your trip.

Below is the historical weather data from the past 50 years. You may check the weather date to prepare your pack and wear for your Beijing tour.

Historical Weather Data for November
This past 50-year historical weather data is quite useful for you to plan your trip to Beijing well in advance.  You may use the data to decide what to wear on your coming trip to Beijing.

By the way you may also check our Beijing November Realtime Weather Photos for more timely information on the Beijing weather in November.

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Date       Average high    Average low   Precipitation   Extreme High  Extreme low
Nov.01 15℃ 3℃ 0mm 21℃(1971) -4℃(1974)
Nov.02 15℃ 3℃ 0mm 21℃(2006) -4℃(1969)
Nov.03 15℃ 3℃ 0mm 22℃(1954) -3℃(1969)
Nov.04 14℃ 4℃ 0mm 22℃(1954) -3℃(2002)
Nov.05 14℃ 3℃ 0mm 21℃(1995) -3℃(1956)
Nov.06 14℃ 3℃ 0mm 22℃(1995) -4℃(1952)
Nov.07 13℃ 2℃ 1mm 22℃(1954) -3℃(1981)
Nov.08 12℃ 2℃ 0mm 23℃(1954) -6℃(1968)
Nov.09 11℃ 1℃ 0mm 21℃(1954) -8℃(1968)
Nov.10
12℃ 1℃ 0mm 20℃(2005) -8℃(1968)
Nov.11 11℃ 1℃ 1mm 21℃(1995) -6℃(2000)
Nov.12 11℃ 1℃ 0mm 19℃(1995) -7℃(1967)
Nov.13 11℃ 1℃ 0mm 19℃(1990) -8℃(1979)
Nov.14 10℃ 0℃ 1mm 20℃(1962) -9℃(1979)
Nov.15 10℃ 0℃ 0mm 17℃(2006) -7℃(1976)
Nov.16 9℃ -1℃ 0mm 19℃(1957) -5℃(1955)
Nov.17 9℃ -1℃ 0mm 19℃(1957) -6℃(1981)
Nov.18 9℃ -1℃ 0mm 19℃(1957) -8℃(1998)
Nov.19 9℃ -1℃ 0mm 17℃(2001) -7℃(1989)
Nov.20 9℃ -1℃ 0mm 18℃(2001) -7℃(1952)
Nov.21 8℃ -2℃ 0mm 18℃(2001) -9℃(1993)
Nov.22 7℃ -2℃ 0mm 16℃(1964) -10℃(1993)
Nov.23 8℃ -2℃ 0mm 20℃(1964) -9℃(1993)
Nov.24 7℃ -2℃ 0mm 15℃(2005) -10℃(1993)
Nov.25 7℃ -2℃ 1mm 15℃(1971) -9℃(1959)
Nov.26 7℃ -3℃ 1mm 14℃(2005) -9℃(1960)
Nov.27 7℃ -3℃ 0mm 14℃(1964) -12℃(1960)
Nov.28 6℃ -3℃ 0mm 13℃(1980) -9℃(1971)
Nov.29 6℃ -4℃ 0mm 14℃(1980) -11℃(1987)
Nov.30 6℃ -4℃ 0mm 13℃(1988) -12℃(1970)

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Activities and Holidays in November in Beijing
For the first half of this November, don’t waste time to catch up the beautiful views of later autumn foliage in and around Beijing. For later

November visitors, well prepare your warm clothes if you are going to hike the Great Wall and become heroes despite the cold weather on the Wall.

There are also some food festivals and yummy food in November. November is typically when the vendors who sell roasted chestnuts are in many outlets in the city of Beijing.

Instant-boiled mutton becomes popular in this month bring much warm in the cold weather.

It’s always a good idea to check the local calendar of events for the places you are going to as well as Beijing climate during your stay in Beijing.

Why go to Beijing in November
Maybe November is not the best season to visit Beijing, specially during the later half month of November when temperature will drop.

But there are some good reasons to travel Beijing in later November. From starting every November 15, hotels, airlines and even the attraction entrance fees will give better discounts which you won’t enjoy during tourist high season. Tourist volume will be much thinner in the sites you are going to visit.

You will have a relaxing and carefree time for photo taking. But please keep in mind that the opening time for winter sites will be shorter. So you should adjust your travel schedule.  Beijing can be a great place in November.

November Events,Holidays & Festivals


November, a particular transit time from autumn to winter in Beijing. Now you may want to know what’s the weather like in November in Beijing, the activities and holidays in November Beijing can offer and any benefits for visiting Beijing in November.

Annual Events and Festivals
1. China Journalists’ Day  记者节
China Journalists’Day falls on 08 December which was  inaugurated in the year 2000.  It is one of three holidays marked for professions in China. Journalists still work on this special day just as nurses and teachers on their own holidays.

2. National Fire Protection Publicity Day 全国消防日
This day falls on 9 November which was inaugurated  1992.

3. Skiing Activities (滑雪活动)
Later November, some ski resorts in Beijing start to offer avid skiers with clean clothes  and comfortable

Beijing Weather in Each Month

Beijing in November Beijing in December Beijing January
Beijing in February Beijing in March Beijing in April
Beijing in May Beijing in June Beijing in July
Beijing in August Beijing in September  Beijing in October

Escorted Beijing tour in Autumn and Winter

Don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route? No worries, here are some options for guided tours to Beijing for your Autumn tour and winter tour.

Beijing Autumn Tour 

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.