Information, photos, and much more about Beijing and its tourist attractions

Beijing has many identities: the capital of China and center of its political life, a microcosm of the infinite depth and variety of Chinese culture, a repository of many centuries of history, a dynamic modern city.


Chinese Name: 北京 (pinyin: Běijīng)
Population (2010): 19,612,368
Province: none (independent municipality)
Weather: hot, humid summers; cold, windy, dry winters


Forbidden City

紫禁城 (Zǐjìnchéng) or 故宫 (Gùgōng)

“The Forbidden City” is a literal translation of the traditional term 紫禁城 (Zǐjìnchéng), but it is most commonly referred to in China by its contemporary name, 故宫 (Gùgōng).

Great Wall of China

万里长城 (Wànlǐ Chángchéng)

Many popular and picturesque sections of the Great Wall are located near Beijing, including Mutianyu (慕田峪, Mùtiányù), Simatai (司马台, Sīmǎtái), and Badaling (八达岭, Bādálǐng).

Lama Temple

雍和宫 (Yōnghégōng)

A Tibetan Buddhist temple featuring beautifully detailed architecture and Buddhist artworks, Yonghe Temple (popularly referred to in English as “Lama Temple”) was built in the Qing Dynasty and originally served as the residence of Prince Yong.

Summer Palace

颐和园 (Yíhéyuán)

Outside downtown Beijing on the northwest side of the city, the Summer Palace is a vast park area featuring a lake, a large hill, museums, and imperial architecture.