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Where to Travel With Kids in Beijing

Last updated by meimeili at 2013-10-30; Destinations: Beijing

Beijing is a time-honored capital of China, where the magnificent imperial relics and gardens are available. Beijing is an international metropolis, where the advanced art zones and neon of bars are scattered everywhere. Beijing is a civilized city in the world, where the antique tea houses and Hutongs are full of cultural ambience; Beijing is also a dream city, where the Tsinghua University and Perking University are the goals of many students. In addition, there are the children’s parks, happy valleys and zoos in Beijing. All of these make Beijing an ideal place for you to travel with your kids.

In order to get the most out of your Beijing travel with kids, you’re highly recommended to visit the attractions of Beijing according to themes, which not only can systematically widen the eyes of your kids, but also it can broaden the knowledge of your kids. Below is a list of the must-see attractions of Beijing for your reference, which have been carefully arranged according to different themes, highlighted by the classic attractions, Olympic attractions, educational attractions and recreational attractions.

Beijing Classic Attractions

The magnificent imperial palaces and official mansions, strikingly picturesque imperial gardens and summer resorts and the long meandering Great Wall consist of the classic attractions of Beijing, each of which has a strong historic character, witnessing a period of history of Beijing. The classic attractions of Beijing are represented by the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, the Prince Gong’s Mansion, Badaling Great Wall and the Ming Tombs.

The Forbidden City

Located in the center of Beijing, the Forbidden City (or the Purple Forbidden City) is one kilometer (0.6 miles) north of Tian’anmen Square, and it’s divided into the Outer Court in the south and the Inner Court in the north.

The Forbidden City

The Outer Court was where the emperors conducted his business, and it’s made up of the Hall of Supreme Harmony, the Hall of Central Harmony and the Hall of Preserving Harmony as well as some affiliated buildings. The Inner Court was where the emperors and their concubines lived, highlighted by the Hall of Heavenly Purity, the Hall of Celestial Terrestrial Union and the Palace of Earthly Tranquility, and it is also flanked by the Six Western Palaces and Six Eastern Palaces. An imperial garden is at the back of the Inner Court.

As the biggest museum with the largest antique collections in China, the Forbidden City is home to over 1,050,000 pieces of cultural relics, including gold and silver wares, jade wares, seals, swords and porcelains.

Location: No. 4, Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from April 1st to October 31st; 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from November 1st to March 31st the following year.
Transport: bus 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 20, 22, 44, 52, 54, 57, 59, 120, 307, 802, 803, 808, 819 and 922.
Ticket fee: normally 60 RMB/Person, 20 RMB/Person for students.

The Summer Palace

As the best classical garden of China, the Summer Palace is divided into three areas, namely, the political area centered with the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity, the imperial living quarters centered with the Hall of Jade Ripples, and the resort area centered with Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake.

The Summer Palace

The three areas are bridged by a 728 meters (0.5 miles) long corridor, on which over 8,000 historical figures, landscapes, birds and flowers are painted, adding much historical connotation to the garden. Walking along the corridor, you can appreciate the fine views of Hall of Cloud-Dispelling, Pavilion of the Fragrance of Buddha, Garden of Harmonious Interest and Suzhou Street.   

Location: No. 19, Gongmen Road, Haidian District, Beijing
Opening hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from April 1st to October 31st; 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from November 1st to March 31st the following year.
Transport: bus 330, 331, 332, 346, 394, 712, 718, 726, 732, 696, 683, 801, 808, 817, 826, 303, 375, 384, 393, 634, 716 and 834.
Ticket fee: 30 RMB/person

Tempe of Heaven

Built in the 18th year (1420) of the Yongle Emperor’s reign in the Ming Dynasty (1368- 1644), the Temple of Heaven is in the south of Beijing, and it was the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties offered sacrifice to the Heaven in order to pray for a good harvest each year.

The Temple of Heaven is composed of the Circular Altar Mound, the Imperial Vault of Heaven and the Hall of Praying for Good Harvest. Roofed by blue glazed-tiles, the Hall of Praying for Good Harvest is a magnificent traditional Chinese architecture, with an inverted gourd-shaped glazed bottle on the top. In addition, the Echo Wall is a wonderful place for kids.

Location: No. 7, Tiantan, Dongli, Chongwen District, Beijing
Opening hours: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Transport: bus 6, 15, 17, 20, 35, 36, 39, 196, 120, 122, 803, 814, 54, 106 and 116.
Ticket fee: 15 RMB/Person

Beijing Olympic Attractions

Not only has 2008 Beijing Olympic Game left so many beautiful memories to people all over the world, but also it leaves lots of sports stadiums to the Chinese people. It’s a very pleasant journey to visit the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cubic with your kids, which are ideal places to teach your kids the unrelenting sports spirit.

Bird’s Nest

Located in Beijing Olympic Park, the Bird’s Nest (or National Stadium of China) was where the events of track and field, football and discus and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Game were held, and it’s a steel-structured building and looks like a bird’s nest, hence its name.

Bird Nest

There are 91,000 seats in the Bird’s Nest, over 200 of which are designed for the disabled, fully showing great humanistic care. A large skating rink is also available in the Bird’s Nest, making it a favorite haunt for kids.

Location: No. Jia 3, Anding Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Transport: bus 386, 407, 656, 660, 740, 753, 939, 944, 983, 328, 379, 419, 425, 484, 518, 628, 751, 836, 851, 913, 949 and 963.
Ticket fee: 50 RMB/Person, and half the price for students

Water Cubic

As s symbolic landmark of Beijing, the Water Cubic (or National Aquatics Center) perches in Beijing Olympic Park, and it was where the events of swimming, diving and water ballet of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Game were held, and it serves as a comprehensive sports center with swimming, fitness and recreation combined as one now.

Seen from outside, the Water Cubic looks like a vast blue cubic, hence its name; seen from inside, the pneumatic cushion of various sizes look like sea bubbles, which is extremely fantastic with the lights on at night. In addition, dinning and SPA service are also available in the Water Cubic now.

Location: No. 11, Tianchen East Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Transport: bus 386, 407, 656, 660, 740, 753, 939, 944, 983, 328, 379, 419, 425, 484, 518, 628, 751, 836, 851, 913, 949 and 963.
Ticket fee: 30 RMB/Person, and half the price for students

Water Cubic

Beijing Educational Attractions

Beijing is home to tens of key universities of China, which add much vigor to Beijing. For those who aspire to go to an excellent university from their youth, Tsing-Hua University and Perking University are your goals. Believe it or not, it’s very helpful for you to tour around the two universities with your kids.

Tsing-Hua University

As one of the most prestigious universities in China and even the world, Tsing-Hua University is situated in Qinghua Garden, northwest suburb of Beijing. Built in 1911, Tsing-Hua University has become a comprehensive poly-versity since the restructuring of universities and colleges in 1952.

The Land Of Woods And Waters is the most famous scenic spot in this university, where two elegant pavilions are partially hidden among the woods, with water running around the woods.

Location: Qinghua Garden, Beida Avenue, Zhongguan Village, Haidian District, Beijing
Opening hours: all day long.
Transport: bus 323, 331, 365, 375, 706, 716, 717, 722, 726, 737, 743, 801, 811, 814, 825, 826 and 951
Ticket fee: free

Perking University

Built as the Metropolitan University in 1989, Perking University was the first national university in the Qing Dynasty (1616 -1911), and it got its present name in 1912. The Red Building (Honglou) is among the most famous attractions in Perking University, where the former offices of Chen Duxiu (1879 -1942) and Li Dazhao (1889 -1927) and the Reading Room of Mao Zedong (1893 -1776) are well-retained now.

In addition, the statue of Cai Yuanpei (first president of Perking University), the statue of Cervantes and Weiming Lake are also famous scenic spots in Perking University. After visiting it, you’re highly recommended to visit Tsing-Hua University, Beijing Foreign Languages University, China University of Geosciences and Beijing Normal University with your kids.

Location: No. 5, Yiheyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing
Opening hours: all day long.
Transport: bus 106, 114, 118, 209, 332, 333, 394, 718, 808, 826, 963, 982, 699, 731, 696, 699 and 717
Ticket fee: free

Beijing Recreational Attractions

It’s natural for kids to love playing game, and Beijing is the very place to satisfy their curiosities owing to its numerous recreational attractions, including Beijing Happy Valley, Beijing Zoo, Beijing Amusement Park and Beijing Aquarium, etc.

Beijing Happy Valley

Beijing Happy Valley is characterized by its fashionable, dynamic, dreamlike charm, which has become an important landmark of experience tourism in Beijing. Beijing Happy Valley is made up of six themed areas, namely, the Wild Fjord, Atlantis, Aegean Harbor, the Lost Maya, Shangri-La and Ant Kingdom, and over 120 recreational events are offered in more than 50 cultural landscapes here, highlighted by ten art performances.
The Ant Kingdom is just designed for kids, where they can not only get some knowledge about nature, animals and society, but also they can experience the senses of zero gravity and hyper gravity. The little train circling around the happy valley is also available, which is a magnet for kids as well.

Location: Huaqiaocheng, Xiaowuji North Road, East 4th Ring Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Opening hours: 08:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. from March 16th to November 15th; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from November 16th to March 15th the following year.

Transport: bus 740, 840, 752, 657, 29, 713, 822, 743, 753 and 801.
Ticket fee: normally 200 RMB/Person, 130 RMB/Person for kids and the seniors

Beijing Zoo

Beijing Zoo

As the earliest zoo with the largest collection of animals in China, Beijing Zoo was built in the 32nd year (1906) of the Guangxu Emperor’s reign in the Qing Dynasty (1616 -1911).

Beijing Zoo is home to more than 7,000 animals of 570 species from all over the world. Some are only founded in China, such as giant pandas, red -crowned cranes, golden monkeys, northeast China tigers and deer. There are many animals imported from foreign countries in the zoo, including the African elephants, American bison, Mexican cowfish, zebras, kangaroos, giraffes and polar bears, making it a wonderful place for kids.

Location: Huaqiaocheng, Xiaowuji North Road, East 4th Ring Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Opening hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from March 16th to November 15th; 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from November 16th to March 15th the following year.
Transport: bus 7, 27, 332, 808, 904, 103, 105, 107 and 111.
Ticket fee: 20 RMB/Person, half price for kids and students

 

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