Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Square, the Great Wall, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, the Ming Tombs, Lahma Temple, etc.
Houhai Bar Street is recommended as a must visit site.
Beijing is a pretty safe place, and you can enjoy a pleasant and secure time here. Indeed, as a foreigner, you will often be given special consideration and a certain amount of leniency. Of course, you have to abide by the law and respect the culture and customs, but in general you don't need to be afraid of this city.
Sightseeing tours to local attractions such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square. Peking roast duck is a must try.
Don't forget to take a Hutong tour around the old Beijing such as Nanluoguxiang. Sanlitun and Houhai Bar Streets are also very popular among tourists.
6 Ritan Bei Lu, Chaoyang district, Beijing, 100020
Ritan Park – the Temple of Sun – is one of the four royal shrines, and is the altar of the Sun. Built in 1530 it was used by Ming and Qing Emperors to make sacrifices to the gods. But now Ritan is one of Beijing’s more peaceful parks. Certainly not as impressive or lively as the Temple of Heaven, Ritan is one of the best spots to see old folk practise t’ai chi, swordplay or twirling napkins in the morning without hordes of tourists flooding the place.
Poly Plaza, 14 Dongzhimen Nandajie,, Beijing, 100027
Located in the Beijing Poly Plaza, the Poly Theater began holding international artistic events in 1991. Since then, more than 3,000 musical, dance and drama numbers have been performed by 300 local and international artistic groups at the Poly Theater. It is a major venue for many important arts activities, such as the annual Beijing Music Festival. With years of success, the theater has grown into more than just a venue for performances: Today it is an influential cultural hub.
Tiananmen Square, Dongcheng distict, Beijng,
For 500 years, thousands of servants, eunuchs and concubines scurried the halls of the Forbidden City (officially known as the Palace Museum), catering to the whims of one man: the emperor. Come here to marvel at the alleged 9,999 rooms spread across an area greater than 100 full-size football pitches.
Qinglongqiao Jiedao, Haidian district, Beijing,
The Summer Palace was long a playground for royalty desperate to escape the Forbidden City's heat. It's filled with delightful pavilions, temples and gardens.
sanlitun bar street, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100600
Sanlitun Bar Street is one of the most prominent location for expats to congregate- close to the embassies, and very foreigner-friendly. There are a large number of good restaurants, bars, and severa foreign food/grocery stores in the area, along with the requisite DVD and clothing shops (including 3.3, a large mall with a good selection of fashion options).