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18 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

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

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

Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven

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

The largest ancient sacrificial complex in China

Frozen Waterfalls in Taoyuan Xiangu

Frozen Waterfalls in Taoyuan Xiangu

late December–February • nature

Large humanmade waterfalls attract ice climbing fans every winter

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

Laba Festival

Laba Festival

January 02, 2020 • event

The combination of a Buddhist holiday and a modern festival

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

Fried Scorpions

Fried Scorpions

all year round • food

Deep-fried scorpion skewers are a real delicacy in China

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

December–March • activity

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

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

January 25–30, 2020 • 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

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

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 coloured in a yellow palette by ginkgo trees in autumn

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

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

Dongzhi Festival

Dongzhi Festival

December 21–December 22 • event

A family-oriented celebration of winter solstice

Sugar Figurines

Sugar Figurines

late January–February • food

Sugar candies are blown into vivid figurines in an instant

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

Longtaitou Festival

Longtaitou Festival

February 24, 2020 • event

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