Days Out: Trips & Tours

Jinhai Lake
Famous hills and lake area with fishing for cyprinid, grass carp, crucian and blunt-snout bream. Fixed all you can catch fee. Open daily from 07:00-17:30. Student discount. Located two hours east of Beijing at Haizi Reservoir, Pinggu District.
Crab Island
Natural resort and holiday village with outdoor fishing facilities. Fish include crabs, African carp, crucian, blunt-snout bream, grass carp, cyprinid, rainbow trout, sturgeon, soft-shelled turtle and blue shark. At 1 Xiedao Lu, Chaoyang District.
Botanical Garden and Wofo Si
Botanical gardens which house Chinas largest plant collection. The grounds contain various attractions including Wofo Si, the Reclining Buddha Temple. See website for seasonal opening times. At Wofo Si Lu, Xiangshan, Haidian District, Beijing.
Butterfly Valley
Butterfly park with seasonal activities for adults and children, butterfly exhibition and a "butterfly valley". Open daily from 09:00-16:00. North of Baima Lu, Nanlangzhong Village, Gaoliying Town, Shunyi District, Beijing.
Chinese Ethnic Museum and Culture Park
Theme park devoted to all of Chinas ethnic minorities with giant models of buildings and a song and dance theatre with live performances. Open daily from 08:30-18:00. At 1 Minzuyuan Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
North Cathedral Bei Tang
Twin-towered Gothic cathedral painted blue with white trim. Largest Catholic cathedral in the city. Admission is free. Open daily from 09:00-17:00. At Xishiku Dajie, Beijing.
Treaty Port Vineyards
Scottish castle and vineyard which offers vineyard tours and tastings as well as a vineyard shop. At Mulanguo, Daxindian, Penglai, Shandong 255612.
Huadong Winery and Chateau Huadong-Parry
Vineyard located which offers guided tours. Wine shop. Call in advance to book a tour guide. At 17-20F YingDeLong Plaza, 15 DongHai West Road, Shinan District, Qingdao, Shandong Province.
Lama Temple (Yonghegong)
The most famous Buddhist temple outside of Tibet and home to around 70 monks. Open April - October from 09:00-16:30 and November to March from 09:00-16:00. At 12 Yonghe Gong Daje, Doncheng, Beijing.
Great Wall Hiking
Organised group hiking tours of the Great Wall and greater Beijing area. Office hours daily from 09:00-18:00. At 5F, Building 6, Xindadu Hotel, Xicheng District, Beijing 100061.