• Great Wall of China

Beijing Holidays

China’s intriguing and ancient past is felt at every turn with your enchanting holiday in Beijing.

Capturing the true essence of China and with so much to do, your holiday in Beijing is the perfect starting point for your China travel adventure. This ancient city has gone by many names since it was declared the capital of China in 1057 BC. It was christened Beijing by the Emperor ChengZu of the Ming Dynasty in 1421. Today, the sprawling city encompasses an eclectic and exciting mix of neighbourhoods.

Enjoy a Beijing holiday full of stunning contrasts

In the trendy and charming Gulou District, narrow, winding streets (called hutongs) that aglow with red lanterns are home to an array of bars, restaurants, shops and live music venues. Wander the streets and enjoy its lively atmosphere day and night. By contrast, Sanlitun District is unmistakably modern. This vibrant and busy district is the shopping and nightlife centre of Beijing. You can shop alongside locals who venture into the luxury stores that line the thronging streets. After a busy day of shopping, refuel at one of the many restaurants serving every kind of cuisine, from pizza to traditional Chinese dishes.

Throughout this sprawling city are examples of China’s incredible past, and the finest examples of imperial architecture in the country. The world-famous Forbidden City is the largest preserved imperial palace in the world and will give you a glimpse into the lives of some of China’s most revered emperors. One of the iconic landmarks of Beijing, Tiananmen Square, is the location for one of the most moving political moments of the twentieth century. Come here to marvel at Tiananmen Gate and the impressive Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.

Perhaps the ultimate attraction for you to visit during your Beijing holiday is the Great Wall of China; a fortification of unparalleled grandeur and one of the manmade wonders of the world. Bucket-list worthy and a once in a lifetime experience, it’s an awe-inspiring moment as you witness the wall stretching before you. From Beijing, the wall at Badaling is less than a two hour drive away, making it an easily accessible day trip should you wish to head to a less crowded option.

After a busy day sightseeing, why not head to the city’s Liyuan Theatre for a regal night at the opera? The traditional masks, costumes and make-up are a sight to behold, and an evening spent here is a truly unique cultural experience. As your evening draws to a close, meander back to your Beijing hotel down the steamy hutongs, lit by colourful red lanterns, and soak up the evening magic of the city.

Destination Highlights
  • Discover one of the most famous landmarks on earth, with a trek along the Great Wall of China
  • Marvel at China’s imperial past in the mesmerising Forbidden City, the largest imperial palace in the world
  • While away an afternoon taking in the tranquil lakes, perfumed gardens and impressive palaces of the Summer Palace
  • Explore the unique Temple of Heaven, the pinnacle of Confucian design and boasting a rich history of Buddhist worship

Time Zone

GMT+8

Flight Time

Indirect flights from Ireland are available

Currency

CNY - Yuan Renminbi

Visa Information

Irish Citizens are required to have a visa to enter China.

Language

The official language is Mandarin, however a number of other dialects including Cantonese are spoken

Health Information

Hepatitis A, B, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid and Malaria immunisation are recommended.

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Average weather in January

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
-4ºC
3mm
Xian
1ºC
8mm
Shanghai
4ºC
39mm
Guilin
8ºC
88mm
Hong Kong
16ºC
29mm

Average weather in February

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
-1ºC
5mm
Xian
3ºC
11mm
Shanghai
6ºC
59mm
Guilin
10ºC
98mm
Hong Kong
18ºC
57mm

Average weather in March

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
7ºC
17mm
Xian
8ºC
26mm
Shanghai
9ºC
81mm
Guilin
14ºC
147mm
Hong Kong
20ºC
43mm

Average weather in April

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
14ºC
26mm
Xian
15ºC
40mm
Shanghai
15ºC
102mm
Guilin
20ºC
214mm
Hong Kong
24ºC
120mm

Average weather in May

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
20ºC
44mm
Xian
20ºC
44mm
Shanghai
20ºC
115mm
Guilin
24ºC
354mm
Hong Kong
26ºC
218mm

Average weather in June

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
25ºC
72mm
Xian
25ºC
64mm
Shanghai
24ºC
152mm
Guilin
27ºC
437mm
Hong Kong
28ºC
463mm

Average weather in July

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
27ºC
185mm
Xian
26ºC
90mm
Shanghai
29ºC
128mm
Guilin
29ºC
223mm
Hong Kong
29ºC
496mm

Average weather in August

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
26ºC
156mm
Xian
25ºC
83mm
Shanghai
29ºC
133mm
Guilin
29ºC
140mm
Hong Kong
29ºC
569mm

Average weather in September

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
21ºC
55mm
Xian
21ºC
87mm
Shanghai
24ºC
156mm
Guilin
27ºC
87mm
Hong Kong
27ºC
358mm

Average weather in October

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
14ºC
35mm
Xian
15ºC
56mm
Shanghai
19ºC
61mm
Guilin
22ºC
70mm
Hong Kong
26ºC
137mm

Average weather in November

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
5ºC
17mm
Xian
8ºC
23mm
Shanghai
13ºC
51mm
Guilin
17ºC
64mm
Hong Kong
22ºC
24mm

Average weather in December

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Beijing
-1ºC
3mm
Xian
2ºC
9mm
Shanghai
7ºC
35mm
Guilin
11ºC
52mm
Hong Kong
17ºC
37mm
  • a woman in a red shirt

    Karen

    Destination Executive

    “To escape the tourist crowds at the Great Wall, take an excursion to quieter sections like that at Mutianyu, or book a guided trek with a specialist who can take you to even more remote parts of the wall for a more secluded experience.” 

  • Isla, Destination Executive

    Isla

    Destination Executive

    “The Forbidden City, National Museum of China and the Capital Museum are all closed on Mondays. Be sure to visit these on a different day to avoid disappointment.”

  • Peking duck

    Beijing’s speciality dish is the world-famous Peking duck. Enjoy thin strips of roast duck with crispy skin, served with spring onion, cucumber, hoisin sauce and soft pancakes. The dish is so popular that entire restaurants are dedicated to it, including famous Beijing eateries Duck de Chine 1949, Quanjude and Dadong. No trip to the capital would be complete without trying this rich and flavoursome dish.