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Although daytrips filled with interesting hiking abound in nearby villages, there aren’t too many trip options close to Beijing that are appropriate for a weekend jaunt. Many interesting destinations will still require a flight and some planning. However, a few attractions do exist that can make a good weekend getaway from Beijing.

Beidaihe Beach Resort

A seaside resort crafted out of an old coastal fishing village, this area has turned into a seaside haven popular with well-heeled locals. Starting in the late 19th century, Beidaihe became a retreat for foreigners looking for refuge from Beijing’s heat and is currently still a favorite weekend getaway for expat families. Attractions include a 10 km stretch of beach, resorts, bird-watching sites, parks, boating/sailing options, and seafood restaurants. It’s far from a tropical paradise, but beaches are clean (if crowded) and it’s a great place for a weekend away where kids can play in the sand and water while parents soak in the sun.

Beidaihe is approximately 253 km from Beijing. Long distance buses run directly from the Lizeqiao and Bawangfen bus stations. Thirteen trains connect Beijing Railway Station and Beijing West Railway Station to Beidaihe every day fro…