Best 5 Destinatiosn for Beijing Side Trips

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For those who have enjoyed all the highlights of Beijing, there are more things to do around Beijing, like spending a weekend in Tianjin city tasting the delicious local snacks, taking part in the famous Qingdao Beer Festival in a summer holiday, exploring the ancient cultural heritages in Pingyao Old City or Datong in Shanxi province, or enjoying a white holiday in Harbin in winter.

Here are the TOP 5 destinations for side trips around Beijing, which will give you some more interesting travel ideas when visiting Beijing.

No.1 Beijing to Tianjin Side Trip

Tianjing, located 130 km away from Beijing, has rich tourism resources and cultural relics, such as Wudadao Area, Food Street, Ancient Cultural Street, Shi Family Courtyard, etc. The intercity railway connects the two cities in just 35 minutes, which will be a special experience for you to visit Tianjin from Beijing by high-speed train. Usually, a one day tour is enough to explore the essence of Tianjin, and our 3 days Beijing Tianjin Round Trip by Train will take you to fully experience the real Tianjing.

Tianjing Ancient Cultural Street

Visiting the Ancient Cultural Street in Tianjin, where you can experience the ancient atmosphere and tasting traditional local snacks.

No.2 Beijing to Qingdao Side Trip

Qingdao, located 819 km southeast away from Beijing city, is a beautiful seaside city of Shandong Province. In the southeast of Shandong Peninsula, Qingdao attracts thousands of visitors for its marvelous natural beauty and famous Qingdao Beer Festival. There are 13 high-speed trains from Beijing to Qinghai daily, which take about 4-6 hours. Also frequent daily flights from Beijing to Qinghao, which makes it convenient to spend a holiday in Qingdao from Beijing.

Beauty of Qingdao City

Qingdao is a beautiful seaside city in Shandong Province.

No.3 Beijing to Datong Side Trip

Datong, lying in the northern of Shanxi Province, is famous for its rich historical and cultural relics, such as Yungang Grottoes, Hanging Monastery, Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, etc.

The distance between Beijing and Datong is 374 km, which takes about 6-8 hours by train. The recommended travel length for a site trip from Beijing to Datong is 4 days. You can also visit Datong with Pingyao or Xian en route for about 7 days, which will offer you a rare chance to deeply experience the history and culture of the ancient China.

Datong Yungang Grottoes

The world famous Yungang Grottoes in Datong

No.4 Beijing to Pingyao Side Trip

Pingyao, a county in central Shanxi province, was a financial centre of China during Qing Dynasty. Now, the Pingyao Old City, listed in the United Nations World Cultural Heritage, is a hot travel destination for the ancient financial culture of China with the famous sites like the first Chinese exchange shop, Qiao Family Courtyard and etc.

You can take a 2-3 days Beijing Pingyao Side Trip by high-speed train, which takes about 4 hours driving from Beijing to Pingyao Old City. Also you can take a visit to Xian en route, which will take about 5 days to enjoy a Beijng Pingyao Xian round trip.

Qiao's Family Courtyard in Pingyao Ancient City

While visiting the Qiao’s Family Courtyard, you will have a better understanding about how the daily life would be of the upper class Chinese of centuries ago.

No.5 Beijing to Harbin Side Trip

A side trip to Harbin from Beijing is one of the most popular winter tours for tourists in Beijing. As the most popular winter tour destination, Harbin has the best ski resorts and the famous annual Ice and snow festival. The distance between Beijing and Harbin is 1,241 km, which takes about 7-12 hours by train and 2 hours by flight. There are 9 high-speed trains from Beijing to Harbin daily and about 15 flights daily, which make it convenient to get to Harbin from Beijing.

The recommended tour length of a Beijing Harbin side trip is 3 days, or you can add 1 or 2 days to get to the famous ski resorts, such as Jihua Ski Resort and Yabuli Ski Resort.

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

Travel Harbin during the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival to experience a special snow and ice world.