Outdoor Activities

Ri Tan Gongyuan / Temple of the Sun

Close to the business zone of the city, this lush park has plenty of restaurants and cafes to relax at and is particularly popular on summer days. You'll also find the Temple of the Sun here. Built in 1530, it once served as an altar where the...  Read More

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Wall of China lies in the mountains to the north of Beijing. Although credit for the wall's construction is normally attributed to Qin Shi Huang who reigned during the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC),...  Read More

Great Wall at Mutianyu

A little further but much less crowded than Badaling, Mutianyu is in many ways a better option for visiting the Great Wall of China. Wear comfortable shoes and be ready for a day of walking up and down the rollercoaster-style staircase that...  Read More

Beijing International Tennis Centre

Located by the Temple of Heaven Park, these tennis courts are employed for most major tennis tournaments in the city. With a nice clubhouse and changing rooms, it is quite surprising that non-members can enjoy these facilities at such a...  Read More

Cycle China

Rent a bicycle and join the thousands, or perhaps millions, of Beijingers who throng the streets every day on pushbikes. The city is completely flat and most main roads have cycle lanes. An experience you'll never forget! Cycle China offers...  Read More

Nanshan Ski Resort

Open from November to March, this is China's top ski resort. The ten ski runs are carefully sculpted. Ski lifts, ski rental, restaurants and bars all make for a fun winter's day out. Also offer hourly rates.

Xi Cheng District
Bei Hai Gongyuan

A relaxing retreat close to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, most of this huge and refreshing park is taken up by Beihai Lake which hosts ice skaters in the winter and pedal boats during the other seasons. Located on the site of a...  Read More

Temple of Heaven Park
Photo courtesy of Temple of Heaven

For about 500 years from the 15th to 19th century, the Chinese emperors would lead processions on every winter solstice to the Temple of Heaven to perform rites and make sacrifices for the God of Heaven in order to be blessed with a fortunate...  Read More

Ming Tombs

A must-do for all history buffs, the Ming Tombs are often combined with the Great Wall as a one-day tour. There are 13 Ming Dynasty imperial tombs in this 40sq km (15 sq mile) necropolis, situated at the base of the delightfully named Mountain...  Read More