The electric atmosphere of Beijing’s city centre is the perfect contrast to the peace and tranquillity of its parks and temples. If the mood takes you, escape the hustle and bustle and book a cooking class or tea-tasting afternoon in a traditional Hutong, or indulge in a yoga or tai chi class at a temple. On sunny days, head for one of the city's parks, where you can usually find locals practising calligraphy. The Summer Palace and Beijing Botanical Gardens in Haidian District offer plenty of green space to relax.
An afternoon spent exploring some of Beijing's museums offers an intriguing insight into Chinese history. The National Museum in Dongcheng District, and the Military Museum, are both popular choices. If you're already in Doncheng District, it is worth booking seats for the Beijing Opera at Chang'an Grand Theatre.