The Top 4 Attractions in Beijing

  • Bird’s Nest
  • Lama Temple
  • Summer Palace
  • The Temple of Heaven
The Lama Temple

Opening hours:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm – November 1 – March 31

9:00 am – 4:30 pm – April 1 – October 1

Ticket prices: 25 RMB per person

How to get to the Lama Temple:

  1. From the China Exhibition Centre, go on Line 15
  2. Transfer to Line 5 from Line 15
  3. Stop at Yonghegong Lama Temple
  4. Exit at Exit F
  5. Walk to the Lama Temple

Estimation for the amount of time it will take to get there: 34 minutes on subways

3 minutes per stop

China Exhibition Centre to Line 5: 24 minutes (Eight stops)

Intersection to Yonghegong Lama Temple: 10 minutes (One intersection)

Some tips for you:

  • Get to the Lama Temple early, so you don’t have to wait too long in lines for tickets
  • In Chinese the Lama Temple is called 雍和宫 (Yong He Gong) so say that to someone if you get lost

The entrance to the Lama Temple.

The Lama Temple is a beautiful historical Tibetan-style temple that holds a collection of Buddhist statues. It is also the largest Buddhist temple in Beijing, and holds the largest wooden Buddha statue in the world. On the last day of the first lunar month, “devil dances” are performed by lamas.

This temple was built for Prince Yongzheng to be the Royal Court in 1694, but was then considered as an imperial palace when Yonngzheng became emperor in 1722. Then, in 1744 it became a Tibetan Buddhist temple until 1949, because it then was considered a national monument. However, in 1966, it was closed because of the Cultural Revolution but then was reopened in 1981 for tourism.

The Temple of Heaven

The temple of heaven was built from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of Emperor Yongle, who also built the Forbidden City. It was where the Ming and Qing emperors sacrificed to heaven and pleaded for good harvests that year

Start at China International Exhibition Center

Take Line 15, for 8 stops towards Qinghuadongluxikou

Change trains at Datunlu East

Take Line 5, for 13 stops towards Songjiazhuang

Arrive at Tiantandongmen

Summer Palace 

Summer Palace is located near downtown, near Beigongmen station. Being one of the largest and most persevered parks in China, the Summer Palace beautifully reflects China’s stunning architecture and rich culture. The construction of Summer Palace started in 1750, built to be a garden for royal members to rest and enjoy. During the end of the 19th and the start of the 20th century, the royal park has been twice damaged by forces evading China, after the two repairs, the name of the park has changed from ‘Qingyi Garden’ (Garden of Clear Ripples) to Summer Palace ‘YiHeYuan’ (“Garden of Preserving Harmony”). Only till 1924, the park became open to the public to visit and learn.


The Park is split into 4 large sections: Court area, Front area of Longevity Hill, Kunming Lake, and Rear area of Longevity Hill.


The Court area is located between east palace gate and northeast shore of the Kunming Lake, it was a place where the royal members handled and worked on state affairs. There are many detailed bronze statues, including dragons, lions, and peacocks, all that truly reflects Chinese craftsmanship and fantasy.


The Longevity Hill is beside Kunming River, the hill is the highest point of the park, making it one of the best places to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the park. On the hill, you will get to visit the Tower of Buddhist Incense.


Three-quarters of the park is covered by Kunming Lake, where you ride on a boat to view the park from a different perspective, on water.

Directions: Start at China Internation Exhibition Center(take line 15, for 8 stops towards Qinghuadongluxikou), change trains at Datunlu East (take line 5, for two stops towards Songjiazhuang), Change trains at Huixinxijie Nankou (take line 10, for 8 stops anticlockwise), Change trains at HaidianHuangzhuang (take line 4, for 5 stops towards Anheqiao North), and arrive at Beigongmen.



Tickets: 20-60 (Depending on the type of ticket and season)

The Bird’s Nest

Birds Nest

The birds nest and the water cube were constructed in 2003 solely for the purpose to host the 2008 Olympics and Paralympics. It’s famous for its beautiful and unique style that appears to be a bird’s nest. This modern architecture lights up in the evening creating a priceless site. Although it has not hosted any Olympics since 2008 it still hosts some occasional soccer games, concert, and is planning to host the 2022 winter Olympics. In addition to this they have sporting activities for all ages, such as, skiing Ice skating, and tubing. Also, children can participate in some interactive indoor activities canoeing, and fencing. During the day and in the evenings, they provide tours for everyone, however, many people prefer doing the tour in the evening because that’s when the light turn on. Tickets are typically 120 to 160 Kuai per person on weekends. Children under 1.2 meters are free. One more thing: don’t go to the bird’s nest on a public holiday, because the crowd will be large. The birds nest is also near the Lama temple.



How To Get There:

Starting on the closest station to ISB: China International Expedition Center Station, stay on line 15 and dont get off at any station until you get to station Olympic Green (an intersecting station to line 8). Leave the metro and travel down Hu Jing road until you get to an intersection. Follow down Nan Sha Tan road and pass over Hui Zhong road until you arrive to the entrance of the bird’s nest. Follow the black line to get a better understanding of the direction that you need to go. In total, it would take you 50 minutes to an hour to get there on the metro. I hope you have a fun adventure at the Olympic Buildings.


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