Check out our guide to life in Beijing

If you like your cities big then Beijing is for you. It’s the world’s most populous capital city and the second largest megacity after Shanghai. Beijing is located in Northern China and is the political, cultural and educational centre of China. It’s host to more Fortune Global 500 companies than anywhere else in the world. Several of the city’s 91 universities rank among the best in China. Beijing is also one of the oldest cities in the world, made up of a combination of modern and traditional buildings.  It’s world renowned for its picturesque parks, gardens, palaces and temples.

Beijing Fast Facts

Established – 1,045 BCE
Population – 21,542,00

Beijing Weather

Hottest Month July (27 °C avg)
Coldest Month January (-3 °C avg)
Wettest Month July (90.3 mm avg)
Windiest Month April (11 km/h avg)
Annual Rainfall 265.1 mm (per year)

10 Things to See and Do in Beijing 

The Great Wall of China 

An ancient wonders of the world, the wall winds its way across China for over 8,800 kms. 

The Palace Museum 

This enormous palace complex and museum features guided tours, restaurants and art.

Summer Palace 

Beautifully landscaped gardens, an ornate lakefront palace and beautiful artworks. 


This famous monumental gateway to the Forbidden City dates back to the 15th century. 

Ming Dynasty Tombs 

Explore the enormous complex of the ancient tombs of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors. 

Beijing Zoo 

Enjoy the traditional landscaping and native animals at this venerable zoo, founded in 1906. 

Beijing National Aquatics Centre 

Originally built for the Olympics, the centre includes swimming pools and a water park. 


If you like to shop, head to Dongcheng District for Beijing’s most famous shopping street. 

Lama Temple 

Colourful and ornate Tibetan Buddhist temple complex featuring bronze statues. 


Explore the best parks in Beijing: Beihai Park, Jingshan Park and Yuanmingyuan Park.

Cost Of Living

Cinema 62 7.08 12.95 129.49
Water 2 0.23 0.42 4.18
Beer in a bar 25 2.85 5.22 52.21
Beer in a shop 5 0.57 1.04 10.44
Coke 4 0.46 0.84 8.35
Meal at a cheap restaurant 25 2.85 5.22 52.21
Meal at an average restaurant 60 6.85 12.53 125.31
Meal at a high end restaurant 90 10.27 18.80 187.97
Gym per month 330 37.66 68.93 689.23
City bus 3 0.34 0.63 6.27
Monthly utility bills (electricity, heating, water, rubbish) 330 37.66 68.93 689.23
Loaf of bread 12 1.37 2.51 25.06

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