Beijing Attractions - Making the best of China's famous historical sites... with the kids
Beijing, the Capital of the People's Republic of China, is a city that has seen the rise and fall of many imperial dynasties and has now transformed into a vital, fashionable and vibrant city.
The Beijing Olympic Games in 2008 were China's chance to shine and for many people, the first look at this nation which had been closed to outsiders for such a long time.
Upon arriving at the airport and hopping on a taxi the efforts and preparations that went into the city's transformation for this event are evident. Efforts that involved the people as well. Our driver told us all taxi drivers were required to learn some English... there's signs on the freeway reminding you to use your blinker before changing lanes... to be courteous... etc. etc... there was a wonderful sense of excitement and pride.
We saw a lot of security on the streets, specially on the crowded areas to keep pick-pockets away. Although you will be more concerned with not being ran over when crossing the streets!!! You have to be specially careful with the children.
Seeing the Sights...
Beijing with kids could be a scary proposition! Beijing is home to China's most famous historical sites.
So you find yourself at the Forbidden City, the largest palace in the world, the sight is impressive, and you can't help feeling the excitement of being in the middle of all that history...
Yet, the kids are getting bored after rows of temples and buildings that are starting to look all the same...
what to do? Keep it short! Take a brief walk to nearby Bei Hai Park and rent a pediboat to unwind...
Head over to Tian'anmen Square and fly a kite...
Beijing with Children!Here's a short list of kid-friendly activities to combine with your sightseeing.
And check out the Beijing Map for their locations to help you plan accordingly.
You will never run out of things to do in Beijing! Have Fun!
It is important to keep an easy and relaxed schedule so everyone can enjoy the trip.
We'll say this again: Don't try to cram too many things on any one day. This is key in Beijing, since there is so much to see and do.
Everything seems to be on that "must-see" list, but the truth is, you don't have to do it all!
It really isn't necessary to stop at all the gardens, shrines or monuments just to "fill the schedule".
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And if you're really pressed for time and want to do it all, check out this Beijing One Day Tours and Activities that can be pre-arranged before your arrival in Beijing
| Beijing with Kids |
| Great Wall of China | Tian'anmen Square - Flying Kites! | Temple of Heaven | Riding Rickshaws in the Hutongs | Giant Pandas at Beijing Zoo | Forbidden City | Kung Fu or Opera? | Beijing Olympics | Weather and When to Go | Beijing Map | Beijing One Day Tours/Activities | Old Beijing Pictures from the 80's | Things to do in Beijing: Visitors' Stories
Beijing Travel Table of Contents
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