As the ancient capital city of People’s Republic of China, Beijing is certainly the first destination for travelers from abroad. The city, that gathers polity, economy, culture and international communication together, is attracting numerous people all over the world. There are over 200 tourist attractions in and around the city, some are within walking distance, some are a bit further away. Beijing is a fascinating city, in which you can not only enjoy its classical charms, but also the fashion tinges. If you have short time planed here, you should visit the top nine places in Beijing city. Then you will not regret your decision of taking a trip to China.
Forbidden City, also called “zijincheng” in old days, was the imperial palace for twenty four emperors during Ming and Qing Dynasty. It is an incomparable ancient architecture, as well as the largest and the most completed wooden construction complex in the world, and is reputed as “one of the five great palaces in the world”. This splendid human works is always a sacred and yearning place. The architectures are still well kept, no matter its magnificent landscapes, superb structures, or the deep historical and cultural details, all of these make an impression on tourists. It’s advised to see the spectacular panoramic views on a sunny day. Check here for more details: www.dpm.org.cn
Tian’anmen Square is the heartland of Beijing and the largest city central square in the world. People are excited and proud of its magnificence and vastness when walking through the square. It is a must – visit place for people who coming to Beijing for the first time. Each day the flag rising and the flag lowing are the most solemn ceremonies. A wave of excited emotion rising in people’s hearts when the Five – Starred Red Flag rising under morning row. Besides, Tian’anmen Square is the locality where many significant political and historical events occurred, it witnessed China from declining to rising.
The Great Wall in Beijing:
The Great Wall is a marvelous ancient military defense project with the longest time span and the heaviest workload. Its construction can date back to the Western Zhou Dynasty. Nowadays the Great Wall we refer to is the one built in Ming Dynasty, when the last huge construction during that period. In Beijing there are several magnificent sections at north part of the city, such as Badaling, Juyongguan, huanghuacheng, mutianyu, Jinshanling and simatai and more, which are the must – visit places in Beijing. The Great Wall is not merely an isolated city wall, but also a completed defense system that links the passes, fortresses and military towns, from dots to line and to plane. It is the symbol of volition, encouragement and strength of Chinese nation.
The Summer Palace is located at the northwest part of Beijing. It is another important political and diplomatic activity center in late Qing Dynasty, except Forbidden City. The Palace is one of the largest and well protected imperial gardens in China. It is a worldly renowned tourist attraction. The lake water at Kunming Lake is limpid with vast area, the mural paintings on the corridor wall are extremely classical, the lotus and gold fish in summer are beautiful, and the snow-covered landscape in winter is also attractive. The Summer Palace was listed in World Heritage in 1998. Click here for more details: http://www.summerpalace-china.com/ywy/index.html
Temple of Heaven:
Temple of Heaven was built in 1420, the 18th year of reign of emperor Yongle in Ming Dynasty. It is the largest ancient worship architectural complex for emperors in Ming and Qing Dynasties to worship heaven and pray for harvest. Temple of Heaven is now a good place for local people to do morning exercises, such as doing Tai Chi and practicing calligraphy. In middle of April you can appreciate lilac in the park, in summer you can shelter yourself under lush trees and in ancient buildings, these buildings look more solemn under the blue sky in autumn. This place was also listed in World Heritage.
Hutong Pedicab Tour:
Hutong, is an exclusively ancient city alley of Beijing. Speaking of Beijing, people are not interested in the tall buildings and wide roads, but the circuitous and secluded narrow hutong and harmonious siheyuan . Taking a pedicab to visit around hutong is the best way to learn Beijing traditional cultures and customs. There are thousands of hutongs that link one siheyuan to another. These hutongs are surrounding the Forbidden City, mostly are formed in Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. Hutong is also the place for old Beijingers to do activities. Therefore, hutong tour is a good way to learn old Beijing cultures.
Olympic Park is located at north end of the central axis of Beijing city. It covers an area of about 11 km² in total. The park is intensively embodies the concept of “technology, green and humanity”. During the Olympic Game in 2008, the Birds’ Nest was the major stadium, which can contain 91,000 people. It held the opening and closing ceremonies during the game. The Water Cube is another important landmark, which was the main natatorium and can hold more than 10 thousand people at the same time. What’s more, there are many other wonderful fields that will recall your memory about the Olympic Game held in 2008.
Prince Gong’s Mansion:
Prince Gong’s Mansion is located at Shichahai area covering an area of more than 60 thousand square meters. The mansion is magnificent and solemn and the garden in it is luxuriant and elegant. Sitting among the complex of courtyards, Prince Gong’s Mansion is reputed as “the No.1 dwelling in Beijing city center”. It is also famed for its grand architectures that can be compared with the palaces in the Forbidden City. The mansion is the largest residence of a prince in Qing Dynasty and witnessed the dynasty from rising to declining. It bears very rich historical and cultural information.
Beihai Park is located at the center of Beijing city. It is one of the oldest and well protected imperial gardens in China. It now has a history of more than one thousand years. The park was once a place to visit, handle political affairs and worship for emperors and his families in Liao, Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. It’s very pleasant to go boating and also a good place to enjoy gorgeous landscapes in the lake surface.