The Beijing area is a wonderful holiday destination. There is every type of activity and attractions to interest every visitor. From exploring ancient buildings to visiting modern museums, there is something for everyone. A holiday rental home in the Beijing area will provide you with all of the comforts of home during your stay.
If you enjoy activities in the out of doors, you will find plenty of choices in the Beijing area. There are dozens of beautiful parks, lakes, mountains and caves. Explore at Silver Fox Cave, Longquing Gorge or Tiger Valley. Enjoy the scenery at Fragrant Hills Park, Yingshan Forest Park or Baihua Mountain. Skiing is available during the winter months. One of the largest resorts is Shijinglong Ski Resort, about an hour drive from the Beijing area. There are seven ski runs to accommodate visitors of every skill level. Snowboarding courses are available as well. Hiking, cycling, exploring, swimming, climbing and much more await those who visit the Beijing area.
There are many fascinating attractions in the Beijing area. Because it would be impossible to fit them all into one holiday, it is a good idea to have a plan and know which attractions you most want to see.
Attractions of historical interest include the Forbidden City. This is one of the most visited sites in the Beijing area. It was from this place, now sometimes called the Palace Museum, that emperors ruled for more than 500 years. The Imperial College was first established in 1306. Inside there is a temple that was built in honour of Confucius, who died in 479 B.C. The Imperial College houses more than 200 stone tablets and many other ancient treasures. Other historical sites include Hongluo Temple, Yunju Temple and Prince Gong’s Mansion. There are many museums in the Beijing area as well. The Exhibition Hall of Weapons is home to more than 10,000 artefacts and examples of weapons used from the 1920’s onward. Included are antiaircraft weapons, cannons and many small arms. The China Bee Museum offers a fascinating look at the origins of bees, the art of bee keeping and how humans and bees co-exist. The Peking Man Site is where some of the first discoveries were made concerning Peking Man, who lived during the stone age. Other museums include the China Printing Museum and the Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum. There are attractions the kids will love such as the Beijing Zoo and Taipingyang Underwater World where visitors can walk “under the sea” in a 80 meter clear tunnel.
There is great variation in the weather in the Beijing area depending on the season. During the winter, the average high temperature is about 1 degree. It is not uncommon, however, for temperatures to dip as low as -10.
The average spring temperatures include a low of 7 and a high of 21 degrees. The summer warms up considerably with an average low of 18 and an average high of 31. Summer is the rainiest season and July averages about 13 rainy days per month.
Most travellers to the Beijing area fly into Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). This airport underwent a large addition in order to accommodate the influx of visitors during the Beijing Olympics, so the airport is well-serviced and well-appointed. While some attempt to get around the Beijing area by using the public transportation system, others prefer to have the use of a car. Because one must have a Chinese driver’s license to drive in the country (or be granted a temporary permit), most rental cars come with a driver.