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With a population of 21 million people, Beijing is a massive city. As host to multiple imperial dynasties, Beijing has a long, layered history and is home to many fascinating historical sites, including The Forbidden City, which was once home to China’s Emperors, Tian'anmen Square, The Summer Palace, and many others.
But Beijing isn’t all about history, you’ll also encounter modern shopping malls, incredible architecture, a vibrant nightlife, and delectable cuisine. In fact, you shouldn’t leave with trying Peking Duck, which is a Beijing specialty.
Whatever works its way onto your Beijing itinerary, Bounce is on hand to look after your extra bags. Are you a Beijing resident looking to stash your work bag for the afternoon? A traveler hoping to ditch your suitcase before it’s time for hotel check-in? Bounce can help.
Bounce has partnered with small businesses throughout Beijing to provide hassle-free short-term luggage storage. Whether you’re visiting or a local on the go, Bounce knows how handy it is to be able to drop off your extra bags while you’re out and about. All you have to do is locate a Bounce partner near you and drop your bags for safekeeping. Then you’ll be free to explore Beijing, knowing your luggage is in good hands.
Top things to do
In a city as varied as Beijing, filling your itinerary won’t be an issue. In fact, you may have trouble finding time for all of your chosen activities and destinations. If you’re stuck trying to figure out where to begin, Bounce has put together this handy list of the best things to do an see in Beijing to inspire your visit.
China has a fascinating and lengthy history, different facets of which can be explored in Beijing’s many incredible museums. Whether you’re interested in imperial dynasties, want to admire traditional Chinese architecture or art, or are curious about Chinese Buddhism, there are tons of inspiring places to visit. Following are a few museums Bounce suggests including in your itinerary:
Forbidden City Palace Museum: This 15th-century palace occupies over 70 hectares and is the largest imperial palace in the world. A guided tour will offer better insight into the history of the Forbidden City, which spans multiple dynasties, but you can appreciate it on your own as well. There are thousands of rooms featuring lavish decor and intricate architectural details that are sure to wow you. Plan to spend a few hours at a minimum, but you could easily fill an entire day exploring this museum.
Lama Temple: This Tibetan Buddhist temple was constructed in the 1600s and remains an important place of worship to this day. Many visitors are enamored with the temple’s enormous Buddha sculpture, carved from a sandalwood trunk. You can tour the beautiful halls of the temple on your own or with a guide.
Beijing Botanical Garden: Located in the Haidian District, this 500-acre garden holds over 10,000 different plant species, including over 1000 different types of roses and an impressive collection of cherry blossoms. Whether you’re a horticulture enthusiast or not, this garden makes a beautiful and peaceful outing.
Whether you’re looking for traditional Chinese souvenirs, a modern shopping plaza where you can purchase international brands, or all of the above, Beijing has plenty of options for you. Bounce recommends indulging in retail therapy in the following locations:
Wangfujing Shopping Street: It may err on the touristy side, but Wangfujing is one of Beijing’s oldest shopping streets. It holds a mix of department stores and hole-in-the-wall curios shops, meaning there are options here for everyone. Even if you’re not looking for anything in particular, this is a fun place to window shop and sample traditional Chinese snacks. It’s bound to be crowded here, so stash your extra bags with a nearby Bounce partner to make it easier to navigate.
Panjiayuan Antique Market: This market is intriguing due to the sheer variety of items you can find. With over 3,000 vendors, there’s plenty of selection here. Whether you’re looking for Chinese lanterns, beads, calligraphy accessories, life-sized sculptures of Chinese warriors, or something else, you’re sure to find it here! While many items in the market are likely counterfeit, you can still find authentic jade and antique items. In addition to the eclectic mix of goods, you’ll find food vendors serving up tasty Chinese dishes.
Taikoo Li Sanlitun: For a western shopping experience, Sanlitun is a great option. In addition to many Chinese brands, this open-air mall contains many western brands, including Addidas and Apple. When you tire of shopping, head to one of the upmarket restaurants or bars for a pick-me-up meal or cocktails. There is a lively nightlife here, so if you wish to participate, drop your shopping bags with nearby Bounce partner for safekeeping during your night out.
Whether you’re a foodie on the hunt for specialty dishes, or just want to sample traditional Beijing cuisine, there are lots of opportunities in this city. From popular food markets to local specialties, here is where to hunt for tasty treats in Beijing.
Guijie (Ghost Street): If you’re on the hunt for traditional Chinese food, this bustling food street is a must-visit destination. You’ll find over 100 restaurants along this stretch, which offer a huge variety of delicious dishes. You can sample specialties from many of China’s different provinces. This is a popular late-night destination, and many of the restaurants have long queues, so don’t wait until you’re famished to head over here.
Beijing Old Station Food Street: This food market has tons of stalls offering a huge range of different snacks and dishes. You’ll encounter exotic options such as scorpions as well as standard dishes like dragon noodles and Peking duck. It’s undoubtedly fun to scope out all of the offbeat specialty foods, or try them if you’re feeling adventurous! But, if you’re not interested in broadening your palate, there are still lots of tasty morsels to enjoy.
Peking Duck: Peking Duck is a traditional dish from Beijing that has been prepared for hundreds of years. If you’re visiting Beijing, this specialty deserves a spot on your foodie bucket list. Certain ducks are bred specifically for this dish. The preparation of the dish is engineered to ensure that the skin separates from the meat. The final product, a roasted duck with crispy skin and juicy meat. The skin is typically enjoyed first, followed by the meat, served with Chinese pancakes and an assortment of dipping sauces and vegetables. It’s not hard to find this dish in Beijing, but a couple of popular spots to try are Siji Minfu Restaurant and Beijing Da Dong Roast Duck.
How much does luggage storage cost in Beijing?
The price for luggage storage in Beijing is just $5.90/bag for the entire day.
Where are there luggage storage locations in Beijing?
There are multiple locations all around Beijing which can be booked through the Bounce platform including near Island, Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Square and many other areas.
Is it safe to store your bags in Beijing?
Yes. Every bag is tagged with a security seal and comes with the $5,000 Bounce Guarantee. Every location is required to uphold tight security precautions. You may be asked to show ID and you will be required to use a credit card to book through Bounce in advance. With hundreds of thousands of bags stored, you can count on Bounce to handle your baggage in Beijing.
Are there storage lockers in Beijing?
Yes. There are storage lockers and many other luggage drop off points in Beijing. Bounce has multiple locations throughout Beijing where you can conveniently store your luggage with full security and the $5,000 Bounce Gurantee.
Where are the best places to stay and eat while in Beijing?
The most popular restaurants to visit are Da Dong Roast Duck, Quanjude Roast Duck Qianmen Branch, and Sijiminfu roast duck restaurant. Additionally, the highest ranked hotels within Beijing are Qianmen Jianguo Hotel, Beijing Hotel, and Grand Metro Park.
Where are the best parks and nature attractions in Beijing?
Beijing offers several scenic parks including Jin Chun Yuan, Jingshan Park, and Summer Palace.
Where can I find tourist information and guideposts in Beijing?
You can find local tourist information at Mubus meeting point (Mutianyu Great Wall bus), Ticket Office, and Entry.
What are the best museums and historical attractions in Beijing?
If you're looking for a good museum in Beijing, we recommend Forbidden City, Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, and Forbidden City Entrance. If you prefer to be outside, you can give yourself a walking tour and see some of Beijing's most popular historical attractions including Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Square, or Summer Palace and monuments like Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, Confucius Temple, or Temple of Wisdom Attained. Lastly, you can enjoy the local ruin of Old Summer Palace, Cao xue qin ji nian guan, or Great Wall of China.
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