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8 Free Things to do in Beijing

Traveling can get quite expensive, but you don’t want to miss out on all your destination has to offer. To make it easier for those traveling in Beijing, here are 8 places you can check out for free!

#1 Tiananmen Square


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Tiananmen Square is one of the most recognizable symbols of China. Located in the center of Beijing, the events that have occurred at this building is as historically significant as the building itself. The square consists of 4 significant buildings; the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.

#2 798 Art Zone


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The 798 Art zone or the Dashanzi Art District is the place to be if you’re looking to check out the artsy side of Beijing. What used to be a factory complex has now turned into a community of artists.

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Just walking down the streets is a great visual experience. The area is now host of many galleries, publishing firms, design companies, cafes, etc….

#3 Olympic Park


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Olympic Green, the Olympic park of Beijing is a great place to go to check out the great architectural structures that was build for the 2008 summer Olympics (Also where the 2022 Winter Olympics will be hosted). There are many structures in this Olympic park, but the most notable and recognized would be the Beijing National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest and the Beijing National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube.

#4 National Museum of China

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The National Museum of China is a great place to learn about the vast history of China, and the best part is that it’s free entry! There are actually 2 distinct sections of the museum, on the north wing you will find the Museum of the Chinese Revolution and in the south wing is the National Museum of Chinese History. The museum has a total of 48 exhibition halls, so be prepared to spend a day inside.

#5 Qianmen Street


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This famous pedestrian street runs 840 meters and is surrounded by buildings dating back to the Qing dynasty. This street has been a commercial street since more than 570 years ago, where during the Qing dynasty there was a meat market, cloth market and jewelry market. Nowadays the street is lined with modern shops. International brands like H&M, Zara, Sephora, and also beloved Chinese brands like Quanjude, Yitialong, and Douyichu.

#6 Shichahai – Ten Temple Lake


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The ten temple late is a must see for all travelers, whether you are on a budget or not. It is known for is scenic views and historic temples. Overall the Shichhai covers 147 hectares and consists of 3 lakes; Qianhai, Xihai, and Houhai.

#7 Panjiayuan Market


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The Panjiayuan Market is the place to be for antiques, Chinese traditional craft-work, decorations, and trinkets. Here you can find Chinese paintings, calligraphy, ivory carvings, traditional Chinese instruments, and the list can go on. Even if you don’t plan on spending any money, it is a great cultural experience and look into Chinese art and crafts.

#8 Beijing Theater Museum

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When people think of opera the image is probably of a European theater, but get ready for a culture shock when you see Beijing Opera. At the Beijing theater you will be able to see how Beijing Opera has grown and changed throughout history. From rare antiques to live audio to costumes, everything you need to know about Beijing opera can be found here.


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Monica Guan

Monica is a Canadian-Chinese travel blogger and marketer that has spent time in beijing, nanjing, guangzhou, shenzhen, hangzhou,and xitang, shanghai. When she isn't watching YouTube videos, you can find her writing or creating videos.
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