- PARKS. Although Beijing has some major tourist hot spots, don’t forget about the lovely parks that are sprinkled throughout the city. At Beihai Park (North Lake Park), an ancient imperial garden, you can rent a rowboat and gaze at the beautiful scenery or watch the local people of Beijing. If you prefer a little adventure, take a boat to Jade Islet, a secluded section of the park. There you will find a man-made cave that you can explore for 5 Yuan (roughly 82 cents in USD).
- SHOPPING. Do not underestimate the number of shops, stores, and boutiques the city of Beijing has to offer. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to try your hand at bartering or bargaining, visit Panjiayuan, a giant flea market. Nanluoguxiang is one long strip of outdoor galleries, shops and cafes. You’ll be sure to find unique treasures and awesome souvenirs. Sanlitun Village offers an even more organized shopping experience with well-known brands as well as high-end couture.
- REFLEXOLOGY. After touring the city, there is no doubt that your feet will get sore. While it’s a nice gesture to rub your partner’s feet after a long day, why not leave it to the professionals? The Chinese have extensive knowledge on the art of reflexology (foot massages). Some believe that taking care of your feet cures other ailments of the body. While there are hundreds of salons around the city, the Liangzi Foot Body Massage Centers are a reputable branch.
- HIKING. For couples more athletically inclined that desire a physical challenge, hiking the Great Wall is an unforgettable experience. Due to the popularity of the site, most hotels can assist you in traveling to the Great Wall and even help you set up a hike with a trained guide. You can hike for a few hours or reserve a couple of days for your excursion. Because the Wall is so expansive, your options are truly endless. No matter how long your journey, you will feel amazing knowing that you accomplished this great feat with the love of your by your side.
- BIYCLING. The best way to explore the hutongs, alleyways and old neighborhoods of Beijing is on a bike. Most hotels and resorts have bike rentals available for guests. The flat terrain of the city makes it perfect for bike riding and most streets have designated bike lanes. Bicycling is a healthy, eco-friendly alternative to the taxi or bus. Plus, bikes allow you to observe more sights than you would see from the backseat of a taxicab, while allowing you to travel at your own pace. Had enough of the urban life? You and your spouse can bike through the majestic mountains of the Great Wall.
- KITE FLYING. Kite flying is a Chinese tradition and a great form of recreation. Visit any park and Beijing and you are guaranteed to find someone flying a kite if the wind is strong enough. Despite its utilitarian origin as a war signal, the kite has become a pleasant pastime as well as an artistic expression. Many kites come elaborately designed with silk and bamboo, and in less traditional shapes like in the form of a dragon. Every April, the Beijing Kite Flying Association holds an annual Beijing International Kite festival, which is a great cultural sight to behold.