Solo Travel: Visit Attractions in Beijing City Centre by Subway

I’ve always wanted to travel alone, hence I made my first solo trip to Beijing. Travel in Beijing is easy and convenient with public transport, especially subway and bus. The fare for subway costs only RMB 2 for a journey on one line while the bus fare is dirt cheap. Do get a traffic card and load it with some money, you will be enjoying a 60% discount if you keen to travel the city by bus (single journey only cost 40 cents instead of RMB 1).

1. Summer Palace

     How to get there : Subway Line 4, Yiheyuan station.

     Opening hours : 6:30am – 6:00pm (peak season from Apr to Oct) /

                               8:30am – 5:00pm (off season from Nov to Mar)

     What to see : Luxurious royal garden for royal families

     Website : http://www.summerpalace-china.com/ywy/index.html

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2. Old Summer Palace

     How to get there : Subway Line 4, Yuanmingyuan station.

     Opening hours : 7:00am – 7:30pm (Jan to Mar, Nov to Dec) /

                                7:00am – 8:30pm (Apr, Sept, Oct)/

                                7:00am – 9:00pm (May to Aug)

     What to see : Ruins burned during Second Opium War in 1860.

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3. Prince Kung’s Mansion

    How to get there : Subway Line 6, Beihai North station, exit B

    Opening hours : 7:30am – 4:30pm (peak season from Apr to Oct) /

                               9:00am – 4:30pm (off season from Nov to Mar)

     What to see : Largest and the best preserved Qing Dynasty princely mansion in Beijing

     Website : http://www.pgm.org.cn/newenglish/index.shtml

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4. The Palace Museum

    How to get there : Subway Line 6, Beihai North station, exit B

    Opening hours : 8:30am – 7:00pm (peak season from Apr to Oct) /

                               8:30am – 4:30pm (off season from Nov to Mar)

     What to see : Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty

     Website : http://www.dpm.org.cn/index1024768.html

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5. Wangfujing

    How to get there : Subway Line 1, Wangfujing station

    What to see : Night market, local street snack and FREE Chinese Opera

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6. Lama Temple

    How to get there : Subway Line 2, Yonghegong station

    Opening hours : 9:00am – 4:30pm

    What to see : Former residence of Emperor Yongzheng and converted to a lamasery in 1744

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7. Temple of Heaven

    How to get there : Subway Line 5, Tiantandongmen station

    Opening hours : 8:00am – 5:30pm (peak season from Apr to Oct) /

                               8:00am – 5:00pm (off season from Nov to Mar)

    What to see : Imperial sacrificial altar

    Website : http://en.tiantanpark.com/default.aspx

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8. Temple of Earth

    How to get there : Subway Line 2, Andingmen station

    Opening hours : 6:00am – 9:00pm

    What to see : Yellowish Ginkgo tree in autumn

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9. Beijing Olympic Park

    How to get there : Subway Line 8, Olympic Green station

    Opening hours : 8:30am – 7:00pm (peak season from Apr to Oct) /

                               8:30am – 4:30pm (off season from Nov to Mar)

     What to see : Bird nest and water cube

     Website : http://www.bopac.gov.cn/english/

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10. Qianmen

      How to get there : Subway Line 2, Qianmen station

      What to see : The oldest and most famous ancient shopping street

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11. Shichahai

      How to get there : Subway Line 8, Shichahai station

      What to see : Adjoining lakes and bar street

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12. Peking University

       How to get there : Subway Line 4, East Gate of Peking University station

      What to see : Boya Tower, Weiming Lake, Library and the environment (I was lucky enough as a friend of mine was studying in the university, hence I get to enter the university easily)

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13. Nanluoguxiang

      How to get there : Subway Line 6, Nanluoguxiang station

      What to see : A 800m long hutong (alley) built in the Yuan Dynasty that offers so much yummy street food to taste

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14. Xidan

      How to get there : Subway Line 1 and 4, Xidan station

      What to see : Traditional commercial area consists food markets, clothes stores and commodities.

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15. Sanlitun SOHO

      How to get there : Subway Line 10, Tuanjiehu station, exit A

      What to see : Bar street and international stores

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16. Panjiayuan Flea Market

      How to get there : Subway Line 10, Panjiayuan station

      Opening hours : Mon to Fri 8:30am – 6pm/ Sat & Sun 4:30am – 6pm

      What to see : Local flea market selling antiques, jewelries, cultural items etc.

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