Beijing’s Lesser-Known (But Still Fun) Attractions

It’s like nowadays, whenever anyone talks about taking their family for a day of fun, it’s always Universal Studios. Now, I’m not saying a day at Universal Studios isn’t fun, but if you’re looking for something other than a day at the park (of which Beijing has plenty), there are a few other places that have been fly under the radar that will entertain your family.

Let’s start with one of Beijing’s original amusement parks: Happy Valley.

Although it doesn’t offer the same quality of shows and rides as Universal Studios, Happy Valley existed for years before Universal Studios opened, entertaining Beijing’s thrill seekers.

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Happy Valley is full of roller coasters. If you go on a weekday, you can ride some of the roller coasters in minutes.

Find it:
Happy Valley 欢乐谷和垡头
Wuji Beilu, Dongsihuan Lu, Chaoyang District

But if roller coasters aren’t your thing and you’d rather take some fun photos, a trip to Madame Tussauds might be just the ticket. The world famous wax museum opened in Beijing a few years ago and houses wax figures of Chinese and Western celebrities. It’s been a while since the Beijing location unveiled a new celebrity statue, but sipping tea with Audrey Hepburn, getting sexy with Marilyn Monroe, finally getting that night shot with David Beckham and going hand-in-hand with Jackie Chan make for a fun afternoon and great photos to post on Instagram and WeChat Moments.

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Images: Dianping, Mina Yan

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