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17 THINGS TO DO IN BEIJING (DECEMBER 29 - JANUARY 07)

The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City

late August–early June • activity

Visit the world's largest wooden building complex

Happy Ice and Snow Season at Bird's Nest

Happy Ice and Snow Season at Bird's Nest

late December-February • event

The Ice and Snow Season at Bird's Nest brings a winter wonderland to Beijing

Frozen Waterfalls in Taoyuan Xiangu

Frozen Waterfalls in Taoyuan Xiangu

late December–February • nature

Large humanmade waterfalls attract ice climbing fans every winter

Lotus Market

Lotus Market

mid-June–August (all year round) • activity

A summer escape for viewing lotus, eating Chinese foods, watching folk performances, and enjoying night clubs

Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven

March–June | September–November (all year round) • activity

The largest ancient sacrificial complex in China

Hot Pot

Hot Pot

November–March (all year round) • food

This dish was born in the north where people fight the cold with a hot broth

Wintersweet in Bloom

Wintersweet in Bloom

January–March • nature

The flower with a similar name and similar appearance to plum is not real plum

Peking Duck

Peking Duck

all year round • food

Discover this Chinese north-eastern special dish, famous for its thin, crispy skin

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

December–March • activity

China's ski resorts are unfairly underestimated by the outside world

Fried Scorpions

Fried Scorpions

all year round • food

Deep-fried scorpion skewers are a real delicacy in China

Tanghulu (Bingtanghulu)

Tanghulu (Bingtanghulu)

late December–late March • food

The taste of Tanghulu and loud street cries of street vendors revive childhood memories in the minds of old Beijingers

Ming Tombs

Ming Tombs

March–May | September–October (all year round) • activity

Explore the famous Tombs of the Ming Dynasty, one of the best-preserved Imperial Chinese burial complexes

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

October–April • nature

With its distinctive seasons, diverse terrains, and various plants, Beijing is home to different bird species

Outdoor Ice Skating

Outdoor Ice Skating

late December–early February • activity

Lakes in Beijing turn into natural outdoor ice rinks in winter

Prince Gong's Mansion

Prince Gong's Mansion

mid-October–April (all year round) • activity

Beijing's largest and best-preserved Qing Dynasty princely mansion

Dumplings

Dumplings

all year round | major holidays • food

This dish has been popular in China since time immemorial

Jiuniang

Jiuniang

December–February • food

Rice wine with high nutritional value and health benefits

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Temple Fairs

Temple Fairs

February 12–17, 2021 • event

Experience the traditional Spring Festival at temple fairs in Beijing

Qingming Festival

Qingming Festival

April 04, 2020 • event

Immerse yourself into a strange combination of sadness and happiness

Plum Blossom Festival

Plum Blossom Festival

mid-March–mid-April • event

When the long, dry, and gloomy winter days are finally over, don't miss a chance to see Beijing decorated with fantastic pink blossom splendour

Summer Palace (Yíhé Yuán)

Summer Palace (Yíhé Yuán)

April–October • activity

The largest existing imperial garden in China will take you back to the royal luxurious yet cosy life

Ginkgo Avenues

Ginkgo Avenues

mid-October–mid-November • nature

Beijing is colored in a yellow palette by ginkgo trees in autumn

The Old Summer Palace (Yuanming Yuan)

The Old Summer Palace (Yuanming Yuan)

April–early November • activity

Once a splendid royal garden and palace now lies in ruins

Red Leaves Festival at Fragrant Hill

Red Leaves Festival at Fragrant Hill

mid-October to mid-November • nature

"I see a thousand hills crimsoned through / By their serried woods deep-dyed"—Mao Zedong

Laba Festival

Laba Festival

January 20, 2021 • event

The combination of a Buddhist holiday and a modern festival

Tulip Blossoms

Tulip Blossoms

late April–early May • nature

The Beijing International Flower Port is a unique kingdom of beauty in the Chinese capital

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

January 24–25, 2020 • event

The biggest holiday of the year will astonish you with colorful parades and delicious food

Sugar Figurines

Sugar Figurines

late January–February • food

Sugar candies are blown into vivid figurines in an instant

Longtaitou Festival

Longtaitou Festival

February 24, 2020 • event

On that day people worship dragon hoping for good harvest and rains

Dongzhi Festival

Dongzhi Festival

December 21–December 22 • event

A family-oriented celebration of winter solstice

Double Seventh Festival (Qixi)

Double Seventh Festival (Qixi)

August 25, 2020 • event

The Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month

Double Ninth Festival (Chongyang)

Double Ninth Festival (Chongyang)

October 25, 2020 • event

The combination of the ninth day and the ninth month brings good luck, and the chrysanthemum is a symbol of that day