See Beijing by Bicycle with Visit Beyond
How do you explore a city that has more than 21 million people? There are so many amazing things to see in Beijing, the capital of China, but its landmarks are also very spread out. We decided to get an introductory look at the city’s highlights by seeing Beijing by bicycle with Visit Beyond. Our guide met us in the morning, and we hopped on our bikes and were on our way to our first stop.
Forbidden City: This imperial palace is located in the center of the city and houses the Palace Museum. It was home to China’s emperors for 500 years during the Ming and Qing dynasties. There’s no way to bike through the Forbidden City, but we biked past the entrance and returned later to explore. When planning this stop, keep in mind that the Palace Museum is closed on Mondays. But, it’s definitely worth the visit.
Tiananmen Square: Right across the street from the Forbidden City is this unmistakable city landmark. Tiananmen Square is the fourth largest city square in the world! So, it definitely takes a while to bike or walk around it. There are so many beautiful photos worth taking here, including one near the Monument of the People’s Heroes.
National Center for the Performing Arts: Once you bike past the high-security areas of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, you’ll begin to see a softer side to the city. Tucked away from the busyness of Beijing’s streets is the egg-shaped, but gorgeous building of the National Center for the Performing Arts. This place hosts Beijing’s popular operas and concerts.
Qianmen Street: No trip to Beijing is complete without a walk down the city’s most famous and oldest business street. We biked south to the entrance and then hopped off our bikes to wander around. This street has a well-known Peking duck restaurant, as well as a free little museum about a popular Chinese drink, Baijiu.
Houhai Lake: On a bike, this beautiful lake in Beijing won’t take you that long to get to. The area is surrounded by many restaurants and shops and even has some of Beijing’s oldest Hutongs, or streets, close by.
Ghost Street: There are so many places to eat fantastic food in China. But, Ghost Street is special because it’s one of the only places where you can get food 24 hours a day. This was our final stop on our bike tour and it was perfect because we had definitely worked up an appetite while biking through the city.
Experience Beijing by bicycle was a fresh way to see a city. Although there was a lot of traffic, Beijing does has clearly marked bike lanes and traffic signals which allowed us to enjoy Beijing by bicycle and explore the city. This isn’t the only tour we did with Visit Beyond in China. We also had an incredible Great Wall tour with the company.