5 day Beijing Itinerary

I came up with the following itinerary before my trip to Beijing this last week. It’s really difficult finding correct information on where to go and how much it’ll cost. It took a while to compile this but hopefully it’ll make someone’s trip to the culturally rich city a little easier! Tip: cycle as much as you can! You’ll save a ton of money and see so much of the city 🙂

Monday 26th June: Panjiayuan Antique Market, Beijing Curio City, Qianmen Street, Liulichang Ancient Cultural Street, Music instrument shop #2, Hutongs

Panjiayuan Antique Market:

  • Fee: 0RMB
  • Opening hours: 08:30—16:30
  • Address: No.18, Huaweili, Chaoyang District
  • Directions:
    • Journey time: 45min
    • Get off at Panjiayuan

Beijing Curio City:

  • Fee: 0RMB
  • Opening hours: 9:30—18:30
  • Address: West side of Huawei Bridge, No.21, South Road, East Third Ring, Chaoyang District
  • Directions:
    • Journey time: 50min
    • Get off at Panjiayuan

Qianmen Street:

  • Fee: 0RMB
  • Address: Qianmen St, Beijing Shi, China
  • Directions:
    • Journey time: 44min
    • Get off at Qianmen

Hutongs – Qianmen and Dashilar Hutong Tour:

  • Fee: 0RMB
  • Opening hours: all day
  • Time needed: as much as you want
  • Address: Hutong Tour, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
  • Directions:
    • Journey time: 39min
    • Get off at Beihai North and walk (4min; 300m)

Tuesday 27th June: The Great Wall 

Great Wall: Mutianyu

  • Fee: 45RMB all 3 sites (does not incl extras)
  • Opening hours: 07:30 – 17:30
  • Time needed: half a day
  • Address: Great Wall of China, Huairou Qu, China
  • Directions: 64km – 145km from the city center

Wednesday 28th June: Summer Palace, The Cube, Bird’s Nest, Art Zone 

Summer palace (Yiheyuan):

  • Fee:
    • Regular: 30RMB
    • Combo ticket: 60RMB (incl – Dehe garden, Tower of Buddhist Incense, Wenchang hall, Suzhou street & Danning Hall)
  • Opening hours: 08:30 – 17:00
  • Time needed: 3hours
  • Address: Summer Palace, 19 Xinjiangongmen Rd, Haidian Qu, China, 100000
  • Directions:
    • Journey time: 1h16min
    • Get off at Beigongmen and take exit D and walk to the North Palace Gate
    • OR 
    • Get off at Xiyuan to reach the East Palace Gate from exit C2

Cube (National Aquatics centre):

  • Fee:
    • Regular ticket: 30RMB
    • Regular ticket + Bird’s nest: 80RMB
  • Opening hours: 09:00-20:00
  • Time needed:
  • Address: National Aquatics Center, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China
  • Directions:
    • Journey time: 56min
    • Get off at Olympic park exit B2 and walk (14min; 1.1km)

National stadium (birds nest):

  • Fee:
    • Regular ticket: 50RMB
    • Bird’s eye view: 80RMB (incl Air Corridor)
    • Regular ticket + Water Cube: 80RMB
    • Bird’s-eye view + Water Cube: 110RMB
  • Opening hours: 09:00 to 19:00
  • Time needed:
  • Address: National Stadium, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China
  • Directions:
    • Journey time: 55min
    • Get off at Olympic park exit B2 and walk (10min; 800m)

789 Art zone:

  • Fee: 0RMB (some galleries charge entrance)
  • Opening hours: All day; galleries and shops: 10:00 to 18:00 (closed Monday’s)
  • Time needed:
  • Address: 789 Art District China
  • Directions:
    • Journey time: 1h18m
    • Get off bus at 王爷坟 (Royal grave)

Thursday 29th June: Ming Tombs, Beijing Galaxy SOHO

Ming tombs: Sacred Way only

  • Fee:
    • Sacred Way: 30RMB 08:10 – 17:50
    • Changling: 45RMB 08:00 – 17:00
    • Zhaoling: 30RMB 08:30 – 17:00
    • Dingling: 60RMB 08:00 – 17:30
    • Combo Ticket: 130RMB
  • Opening hours:
    • Sacred Way: 08:10 – 17:50
    • Changling: 08:00 – 17:00
    • Zhaoling: 08:30 – 17:00
    • Dingling: 08:00 – 17:30
  • Time needed:
  • Address: Ming Dynasty Tombs, Changchi Rd, Changping Qu, China
  • Directions: 50 kilometers (31 miles) northwest from Beijing City, at the foot of Tianshou Mountain
    • Take subway Changping line to Ming Tombs station (2h approx)
    • Walk to Ming Tombs entrance (3km)

Beijing Galaxy SOHO:

  • Fee: 0RMB
  • Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00 (depends on store)
  • Address: 7A Xiao Pai Fang, Hutong, Dongcheng, Beijing
  • Directions:
    • Journey time: 31min
    • Get off at Chaoyangmen; exit G

Friday 30th June: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Wangfujing shopping street, Xiushui street 

Tiananmen square:

  • Fee: 0RMB to visit square; 15RMB to climb tower
  • Opening hours: all day
  • Time needed: 30mins
  • Address: Tiananmen Square, Dongcheng Qu, China
  • Directions:
    • Journey time: 59min
    • Take subway line 2
    • Get off at Qianmen Station (Exit A)

The Forbidden City: 

  • Fee: 60RMB (must show passport)
  • Opening hours: 8:30-17:00 (closed Monday’s)
  • Time needed: 3 – 4h (more if you want to explore east & west wings’ route is S – N)
  • Address: The Palace Museum, 4 Jingshan Front St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
  • Directions:
    • Journey time: 59min
    • Take subway line 2
    • Get off at Qianmen Station (Exit A)

Wangfujing Shopping Street

  • Fee: 0RMB
  • Hours: all day
  • Address: Wangfujing Food Market, 186 Wangfujing St, DongDan, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
  • Directions:
    • Journey time: 38min
    • Get off at Wangfujing and walk (6min; 450m)

Xiushui Street:

  • Fee: 0RMB
  • Address: Silk Street De La Seda, 8 Xiushui E St, JianWai DaJie, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China
  • Directions:
    • Journey time: 45min
    • Take bus 673 towards Beijing West Railway Station (18min; 2 stops)
    • Get off at Yongan lane intersection North/ Yǒng’ān lǐ lùkǒu běi (永安里路口北)

Other sites:

Temple of Heaven:

  • Fee:
    • Regular ticket: 15RMB
    • Combo ticket: 35RMB (incl Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, Circular Mound Altar & Echo Wall)
    • Hall of Ceremonial Music & Palace of Abstinence: 10RMB
    • Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, Circular Mound Altar & Echo Wall: 20RMB
    • Audio: 40RMB (100RMB deposit)
  • Opening hours: 08:00 to 17:30
  • Time needed: 1.5hours
  • Address: Temple of Heaven, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
  • Directions:
    • Journey time: 54min
    • Get off at Tiantan Dongmen Station exit A
    • Walk to the East Gate of the Park

Yonghe Lamasery/ Yonghegong Lama Temple:

  • Fee: 25RMB
  • Opening hours: 09:00 – 16:30
  • Time needed: 1.5h
  • Address: Yonghegong Lama Temple, AnDingMen, Dongcheng Qu, China, 100007
  • Directions:
    • Journey time: 25min
    • Get off at Yonghegong Lama Temple, exit C (SW exit) and walk 400m (temple on east side of road)

 

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