13 of the harshest TripAdvisor reviews of Beijing

China's capital? 'Sooo not worth it'

Ah, TripAdvisor. A handy way to check just how much hotels are airbrushing their room pictures; an enduring and comforting space for spleen venting after bad service and a window into the private thoughts of the world's grumpiest and most unreasonable tourists (i.e. one star reviews). 

Here are 13 amazingly harsh reviews of Beijing's best landmarks and attractions.  Next! 
Forbidden City
1/13

Forbidden City

'Monotonous and boring, I don't get the hype. There is nothing special to see, same old buildings restored the same in all the other sites (summer palace, temple of heaven, winter palace). With so many people inside you don't even get that nostalgic feel.' 

'I thought it was a large square, not the massive temples we enjoyed and we did do the entire city! However, we enjoyed all that we saw.' 


The Great Wall at Badaling
2/13

The Great Wall at Badaling

'It wasn't really a great wall, if anything it was just a wall. There were a lot of people as well, too crowded for a valley person like myself. Also the amount of stairs was very tiring and at times uneven, not recommended unless you live in a gym. 2/10 would not Great Wall at Badaling again.'



Beihai Park
3/13

Beihai Park

'Seriously don't have much things to look at. Only a river and a temple which the temple is far away.' 


Want a second opinion? Beihai Park on Time Out Beijing 

See more of Beijing's best parks here   

The Bird's Nest
4/13

The Bird's Nest

'What's so special? Well... none. It's another gigantic concrete wasteland left over from the Olympics. Whatever statement the thing was supposed to make is slowly rusting away. A drive-by view of this monstrosity is more than enough. Skip it.' 


'Laid to waste after the Olympics, and they bring tourists there to generate revenue? Anyway, this ultra-modern Bird Nest building doesn't quite fit into the general image of imperial Beijing. Would be more suitable for Shanghai.'

The Long Corridor at the Summer Palace
5/13

The Long Corridor at the Summer Palace

'There really isn't much to say, it's a covered walkway which is extremely long. It's very hot and walking underneath it is an exercise in frustration. You're constantly being bumped into, after a while I just gave up and walked beside the long corridor on the long sidewalk. Well just the sidewalk. Forget about getting a good photo opportunity. I'd skip...' 



798 Art District
6/13

798 Art District

'It was completely dull, boring and full of communist propaganda "art" showing how wonderful life is under Mao's ideology - a waste of time and money!'  



Find out more about art in Beijing here

The Great Wall at Mutianyu
7/13

The Great Wall at Mutianyu

'Not worth the 1.5 hour trip if its foggy and raining. Could only see about 20 metres ahead of us. I am sure the views would be breathtaking if you could see beyond the wall!' 


We can see why not everyone would be a fan of Beijing's more accessible, and therefore more touristy, parts of the Great Wall, but a one star review based on the weather seems a bit mean. 

Want a second opinion? Mutianyu Great Wall on Time Out Beijing.  

Find more great ways to escape the city in our guide to DIY Beijing camping trips.  

Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen)
8/13

Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen)

'If walking around getting hassled by crap tour guides on a big open square is your thing... knock yourself out! From the time we passed security checks... the hustle began. All it is is a big pile of concrete where a massacre occurred. Will admit the view back to the Forbidden City is great but there is stuff all here...' 


Tiananmen Square
9/13

Tiananmen Square

'My hotel was very close so I walked there. Before you got to the main front entrance to the west of it there was a very long line and you were packed in like sardines.... To me it was a totally tourist type deal now. They charge you to go anyplace into it. There were food vendors all over and souvenir type shops. I can say I saw it and been there, a part of history.' 


'In my opinion, a quick look around is all one needs at Tiananmen Square. [Unless] Chairman Mao is your ideal.' 

National Museum of China
10/13

National Museum of China

'Un musee nullissime, collections tres pauvres, mal presentees, dans un batiment immense de vide, personnel tres desagreable, commentaires des oeuvres tres droles, la China a tout invente et a tout gagne. Tant mieux pour les chinois. Un des pires que j'ai fait, et j'en ai quelques'un a travers le monde. En revanche il est gratuit.' 


('A crap museum, very poor collections, poorly presented in a huge empty building, very unpleasant staff, very funny commentary: apparently China has invented everything and won everything. Good for the Chinese. One of the worst things I've done, and I been to a lot around the world. At least it's free.')




The Mao Mauseoleum
11/13

The Mao Mauseoleum

'I'm sorry if you're offended by this, but a person that did so much damage to thousands of innocent people doesn't deserve a memorial. Good vibes to all Chinese citizens!' 


Want a second opinion? Read more about the mausoleum here

Temple of Heaven
12/13

Temple of Heaven

'A round pagoda set in the middle of a large area of concrete paving with nothing to make me think it should be recommended as part of any itinerary in Beijing.'


Want a second opinion? Temple of Heaven on Time Out Beijing.

Shanghai
13/13

Shanghai

Take that Jinmao Tower, Shanghai. 


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