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About Beijing 

China’s gargantuan capital is one of the world’s most populous cities, a true tourist mecca and home to well over 21 million people. As well as being a sprawling, modern metropolis, it’s completely in touch with the country’s past too and indeed, the majority of its most iconic and popular attractions date back to the time of China’s empire and its all-powerful dynastic rule. Though it lies far north of the Yangtze River, most voyages in the region include a visit to the city either before your river cruise starts or after it ends, with air transfers to or from Chongqing included on your itinerary. Considering the wealth of landmarks and tourist attractions Beijing boasts, it’s hardly surprising that Mekong River cruises offer you at least two days to explore this incredible city.

Exploring Beijing

The absolute must-see during your river cruise visit to Beijing is, of course, the awesome and iconic Great Wall of China. This 4,000 mile-long UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the world’s most renowned structures and a bucket list experience for many visitors. It doesn’t pass directly through the city, but excursions operate to a number of its different sections, with the Badaling section a popular choice for a number of river cruise lines’ excursions. If you’re exploring on your own though, the Mutianyu section is an excellent option too, as it’s not as tourist-heavy, is fully restored and offers some fantastic views.

The Forbidden City is today known as the Palace Museum, another hugely popular landmark in the city. A 15th-century palace complex, it was the traditional home of successive ruling Emperors or centuries and is spread over 250 acres and boasts over 9,000 different rooms. Owing to its sheer scale, a tour of the city is more like an outdoor museum experience with a wealth of temples, bridges, monuments and other architectural wonders to take in.

Another expansive landmark is the incredible Summer Palace. More than a further architectural treasure, it is, in fact, a huge complex spread over 700 acres. Though it’s always popular with tourists, with all that room, it’s the perfect place for those in search of a little tranquillity, too. There are some stunning gardens and a serene lake, as well as bridges, temples and pavilions to complete the authentic oriental picture. Another popular park is Tiantan, chiefly because it’s the home of China’s largest single religious structure, the Temple of Heaven. This 270-square-acre structure really is a fit for a king, as it’s where emperors-past went to pray.

Beijing tips

As one of the most populous places in the world, Beijing is always busy, so be mindful of traffic when crossing roads. Haggling’s a way of life in markets so it’s a great opportunity to try out your bartering skills, while Peking Roast Duck is the local speciality dish.

Beijing Itineraries

Uniworld River Cruises
Shanghai

Grand China & the Yangtze

4 sailing dates August 2019 to September 2019
17 Nights From Beijing (Tianjin), to China , Hong Kong
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Xi'an

Highlights of China & the Yangtze

16 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2020
10 Nights From Beijing (Tianjin), to Fly From Shanghai

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Xi'an

China, Tibet & the Yangtze

9 sailing dates April 2020 to September 2020
13 Nights From Beijing (Tianjin), to Fly From Shanghai
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Viking Cruises
Chongqing

Imperial Jewels of China - Shanghai to Beijing

16 sailing dates October 2019 to November 2020
13 Nights From Shanghai, to Beijing (Tianjin)

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Uniworld River Cruises
Shanghai

Grand China & Yangtz

11 sailing dates April 2020 to September 2020
17 Nights From Beijing (Tianjin), to China , Hong Kong
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Scenic River Cruises
Beijing

China Express - Beijing to Shanghai

8 sailing dates August 2019 to May 2020
13 Nights From Beijing (Tianjin), to Shanghai
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Scenic River Cruises
Guilin

Grand China Discovery

3 sailing dates April 2020 to June 2020
18 Nights From Beijing (Tianjin), to Shanghai
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Xi'an

Beijing to Shanghai

6 sailing dates April 2020 to September 2020
13 Nights From Beijing (Tianjin), to Shanghai
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Riviera Travel
Xi'an

A Grand Tour of China

2 sailing dates September 2019 to October 2019
15 Nights From Shanghai, China to Shanghai
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Uniworld River Cruises
Xi'an

Beijing to Shanghai

12 sailing dates April 2020 to October 2020
10 Nights From Beijing (Tianjin), to Shanghai

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CroisiEurope
Beijing

Shanghai to Beijing

1 sailing date October 2019
13 Nights From Shanghai, to Beijing (Tianjin)
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Scenic River Cruises
Beijing

North Asian Odyssey

1 sailing date April 2019
26 Nights From Beijing, China to , Arrive UK
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Chongqing

North Asian Odyssey

1 sailing date April 2019
26 Nights From Beijing, China to , Arrive UK
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Xi'an

Beijing to Shanghai

1 sailing date March 2019
13 Nights From Dover, England, United Kingdom to Dover, England
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Scenic River Cruises
Beijing

Beijing to Chongqing

1 sailing date May 2019
4 Nights From Beijing, to China , Chongqing
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Xi'an

Wonders of China

1 sailing date May 2019
14 Nights From Beijing, to Shanghai, China
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Xi'an

Grand China Beijing and Shanghai

1 sailing date October 2019
19 Nights From Beijing, China to , Shanghai
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Tauck
Beijing

China, The Yangtze River & Hong Hong - Eastbound

6 sailing dates August 2019 to October 2019
15 Nights From Beijing (Tianjin), to China , Hong Kong
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Beijing

Best of China - Beijing to Shanghai

1 sailing date March 2019
12 Nights From Beijing, China to , Shanghai/China
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Siem Reap

Best Of China, Vietnam & Cambodia from Beijing

1 sailing date August 2019
28 Nights From Beijing (Tianjin), to Cambodia , Siem Reap
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