50 things to do in Beijing

Whether you're in Beijing for 72 hours or a decade, don't miss the 50 best things to do in the city

Beijing has so much going on – from historic sights and museums that illuminate China's fascinating history, to the unique experiences and great food that make it worth living here - that it was hard to whittle our list down to just 50 things to see, eat and do. Explore our guide to must-do Beijing here (and don't forget to tick the ones you've done already off your list).  

Food & drink
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Food & drink

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Get active
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Get active

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Shopping
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Shopping

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Historic Beijing
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Historic Beijing

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Art & music
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Art & music

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Escape the city
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Escape the city

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Top picks: food & drink

Eat Peking duck
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Eat Peking duck

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Try a donkey burger
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Try a donkey burger

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The complete guide to cooking in Beijing

The complete guide to cooking in Beijing

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Eat a bowl of Zhajiangmian
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Eat a bowl of Zhajiangmian

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Top picks: art & music

Beyond the multiplex: Beijing's best cinemas
Film

Beyond the multiplex: Beijing's best cinemas

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Watch Chinese actors in an Italian opera
Stage

Watch Chinese actors in an Italian opera

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The ultimate guide to Beijing's music scene

The ultimate guide to Beijing's music scene

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Area guide: 798

Area guide: 798

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Top picks: get active

Get fit for free in Beijing
Health & Wellness

Get fit for free in Beijing

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How to rent a public bike in Beijing
Visiting Beijing

How to rent a public bike in Beijing

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Top picks: historic Beijing

Time Out's ultimate guide to Beijing's Forbidden City
Visiting Beijing

Time Out's ultimate guide to Beijing's Forbidden City

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Discover the Lama Temple
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Discover the Lama Temple

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Visit the National Museum
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Visit the National Museum

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Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (毛泽东纪念堂)
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Chairman Mao Memorial Hall (毛泽东纪念堂)

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