24 hours in: Beijing

To make the most of your short stop in busy Beijing, limit your to-do list. Instead of trying to see and do it all, focus on a few activities in fairly close proximity to each other and take your time to enjoy them.

Wake up, work out

Get up at the crack of dawn and go to Jingshan Park for some morning exercise and an authentic Beijing experience. Locals of all ages – but especially the elderly – start their day here with a session of traditional tai chi or qigong, while others dance, listen to live music or play cards.

Jingshan Park

1 Wenjing Street, Xicheng District

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The must-visits

In the heart of the city are two of Beijing’s most awe-inspiring landmarks. Tiananmen Square, known for its historic significance, is home to such famous sights as the Gate of Heavenly Peace, the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong and the Monument to the People’s Heroes. The square is located right in front of the magnificent Forbidden City. These are a must if it’s your first time in Beijing.

Tiananmen Square


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Old meets new on Wangfujing

If you’re in Beijing on business and want to pick up a gift or two for those back home, the city offers plenty of shopping opportunities. Wangfujing Street, which has been a commercial center for some 700 years, features everything from large department stores with Western luxury brands to small retail shops and market stalls.

Wangfujing Street

Dongcheng District

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(Subway Line 1)

A treat for tired feet

Treat yourself to a massage after a long day of work or sightseeing. Liangzi Massage and Gym is a well-known spa franchise with luxury parlors at five locations in Beijing. The spa specializes in foot massage, which is highly recommended for those who have spent hours exploring the city on foot.

Liangzi spa

2/F, Liyuan Gongyu, Wangfujing

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Wellness starts in the stomach

For some true culinary magic, visit -upscale and all-vegetarian King’s Joy, where chef Pan Jianjuni – a former disciple of a Buddhist temple – promotes health and well-being through delicious meat-free cuisine. The elegant ambience of King’s Joy makes it a perfect place for business dinners. Read up on proper etiquette before you go.

King's Joy

Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng Qu

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The Legend of Kung Fu

Chinese kung fu is an ancient form of martial arts that combines techniques of self--defense, self-discipline, exercise and art. Enjoy a spectacular kung fu show at Beijing’s Red Theatre, where some of China’s best martial arts practitioners perform “The Legend of Kung Fu” every night at 7.30.

Red Theatre

44 Xingfu Street, Dongcheng

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