Of Beijing’s 16 districts, the one to start with is its smallest – Dongcheng. Spanning the eastern half of the Old City, Dongcheng is home to important cultural attractions like the vast palace complex of the Forbidden City. Spend a day wandering the streets of Dongcheng, ticking off major sightseeing spots such as Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, National Museum of China, and browsing the shops on Wangfujing Street. To experience Beijing’s more modern side, head to the eastern district of Chaoyang. Glitzy Chaoyang is a hub for shopping, dining, museums, art and nightlife. Here, you’ll also find Sun Park featuring landscaped gardens, amusement parks, swimming pools and walking trails. It’s the ideal place for an afternoon bike ride. No visit to Beijing would be complete without a trip to one of the most famous structures on the planet – the Great Wall of China. Head north from the city centre and you’ll soon be able to walk along its famous undulating paths with unparalleled views of the surrounding countryside. Continue the adventure by visiting some of the charming ancient villages on the outskirts of Beijing such as Cuandixia.