Beijing is the political heart of China and in recent years the government has been spending a lot to
make Bejing a showcase for the whole country.
You can get to just about anywhere in China by booking a short flight from Beijing.
City was the home of Chinese emperors for over 500 years. At the time it was the political and ceremonial centre of the country.
When you look at the architecture of
similar size construction in other countries they tend to make visitors feel small and inspire a feeling of awe. The Forbidden City’s architecture however was intended to
inspire feelings of balance and tranquility. This makes the Forbidden City a different type of experience.
Throughout the Forbidden City you will see paintings and
carvings of dragons. Another notable animal you will see is the Chinese lion. Two playful lion carvings are commonly put outside the entrance of an important building.
The Square is located in the centre of Beijing. Many people visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden city in one trip as they are near to each other.
National Museum of China
The building is located on the East side of the square. The museum can be divided into the Historical Chinese Museum and the
Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao
This is where Chairman Mao is buried.
Monument to People’s Heroes
monument is in the middle of the square and features 8 large sculptures.
The tower use to be the entrance to the Forbidden City.
Great Hall of the People
This is where the China National People’s Congress meetings are held.
YongHeGong Lama Temple
The Lama temple is one of the most impressive functional Buddhism temples in the world. The most notable attraction is a 25 m high Buddha carved from sandalwood.
Temple of Heaven
The temple was built in 1420 during the Ming dynasty. It was rebuilt and expanded during the 16th century.
Currently the temple is a park
that showcases Chinese religion, history and philosophy.
The Summer Palace is a 2.9 square kilometer area with palaces, gardens and lakes.
In fact 75% of the space is covered in water.
The Summer Palace is a notable example of Chinese landscape garden design that balances human construction and nature.
Old Summer Palace
The ruins of the Old Summer Palace is located near
the current Summer Palace. To enjoy the ruins you should really read up on them. The Old Summer Palace was destroyed by British and French soldiers during the Second Opium War.
The Old Summer Palace features both western and eastern architecture.
The Great Wall
Currently the Great Wall is a ruin. People have been using the wall for
construction material and it has been overgrown with vegetation for centuries. The best way to experience the wall is to visit parts that have been restored and outside Beijing
is the best place to do that.
This is a
display that houses early astronomy equipment that predates telescopes. It’s amazing how much they could do in terms of navigation, tracking time and predicting the movement of
astronomical objects (for example predicting eclipses) .
Beihai Park was constructed as an imperial garden in the 11th century. The garden features
many historically important structures.
They have traditional activities in the park that you can watch like making toffee, singing and dancing. You can also take a boat
There are of course other imperial tombs, but I am referring to the tombs of the 16 Ming Dynasty Emperors at the foot of Tianshou
Mountain. Here in the suburbs of Beijing the emperors are buried with their empresses and concubines.
The valley with its rich soil and plentiful water is a beautiful
location for the imperial tombs.