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Famous Beijing Landmarks Posted by on Oct 8, 2018 in architecture, Culture, sightseeing, travel, Vocabulary

Beijing has a lot of famous landmarks (北京有很多名的地标 – běi jīng yǒu hěn duō míng de dì biāo). The Chinese capital has a wealth of historical and cultural attractions to visit. If you’re traveling to the city, you should definitely learn the Chinese names for famous Beijing landmarks. Read on to learn 30 Chinese names and answer a few example questions.

Famous Beijing Landmarks

Inside the Forbidden City.

Famous Beijing Landmarks

There are so many famous places to see in Beijing that it’s a bit overwhelming. I spent 5 years living in the city and there are still some places I haven’t been yet. When traveling in Beijing, it’s always good to know the Chinese names for these famous landmarks. Here’s a vocabulary list with 30 of them for you:

Chinese

天安门广场
国家博物馆
人民大会堂
毛主席纪念堂
人民英雄纪念碑
紫禁城
中南海
国家大剧院
颐和园
圆明园
天坛
长城
王府井
北海公园
什刹海
北京商务中心区
中央电视塔
工人体育场
鼓楼
钟楼
胡同
地壇公园
日坛公园
鸟巢
水立方
雍和宫
孔庙
北京大学
香山
八大处

Pinyin

tiān’ān mén guǎng chǎng
guó jiā bó wù guǎn
rén mín dà huì táng
máo zhǔxí jì niàn táng
rén mín yīng xióng jì niàn bēi
zǐjìn chéng
zhōng nán hǎi
guó jiā dà jù yuàn
yí hé yuán
yuán míng yuán
tiān tán
cháng chéng
wáng fǔ jǐng
běi hǎi gōng yuán
shí chà hǎi
běi jīng shāng wù zhōng xīn qū
zhōng yāng diàn shì tǎ
gōng rén tǐyù chǎng
gǔ lóu
zhōng lóu
hú tòng
dì tán gōng yuán
rì tán gōng yuán
niǎo cháo
shuǐ lì fāng
yōng hé gōng
kǒng miào
běi jīng dà xué
xiāng shān
bā dà chù

English

Tiananmen Square
National Museum
Great Hall of the People
Chairman Mao Memorial Hall
People’s Heroes Monument
Forbidden City
Zhongnanhai
National Theatre
Summer Palace
Old Summer Palace
Temple of Heaven
Great Wall
Wangfujing
Beihai Park
Shichahai
Beijing CBD
CCTV Tower
Worker’s Stadium
Drum Tower
Bell tower
hutong (alley)
Temple of the Earth Park
Temple of the Sun Park
Bird’s Nest
Water Cube
Lama Temple
Temple of Confucius
Beijing University
Fragrant Hills
Eight Great Sites

Join me on a short video tour of Beijing and some of the famous landmarks there. 

Practice Questions

Now that you’ve got some important vocabulary, try putting it to use by answering a few questions:

在北京你去过什么地方?
zài běi jīng nǐ qù guò shèn me dì fāng
Which places have you been in Beijing?

哪个是你最喜欢的? 为什么?
nǎ ge shì nǐ zuì xǐ huān de? wèi shén me
Which is your favorite? Why?

你要去什么地方?
nǐ yào qù shén me dì fāng
Which places do you want to go to?

I love hiking on the Great Wall.

If you’re curious what my answer looks like, here it is:

我已经去过很多地方在北京。比如天安门广场,天坛,颐和园,什么的。我最喜欢长城因为那里的风景很漂亮。

wǒ yǐ jīng qù guò hěn duō dì fāng zài běi jīng. bǐrú tiān’ān mén guǎng chǎng, tiān tán, yí hé yuán, shén me de. wǒ zuì xǐ huān cháng chéng yīn wèi nà lǐ de fēng jǐng hěn piào liang.

I’ve already been to a lot of places in Beijing. For example Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, and so on. My favorite is the Great Wall because the scenery there is very beautiful.

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About the Author:sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.


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