Things to do in Beijing
Serving as the capital of China for over 8 centuries, Beijing is one of the best examples of a city that presents a unique blend of the ancient and the modern. The sprawling city is home to numerous ancient wonders as well as several modern works of marvel. - Introducing the highlights of the city!
Situated in the heart of Beijing, Tian'anmen Square is the biggest public square of its kind on the planet. It is site for massive rallies and parades of the communist government. It is of great historical importance because this is where the ceremony of the proclamation of the establishment of People's Republic of China was made by Chairman Mao. Do not miss it as it is an awesome sight!
The biggest ancient palace on the planet and the best preserved Chinese imperial palace, the Forbidden City was home to emperors of eth Qing and Ming dynasties. The layout and design of the nearly 1000 buildings in this palatial structure are representative of the best of traditional Chinese architecture. Go for a guided tour to really get the essence of the place.
A World Cultural Heritage site, the Summer Palace is the largest imperial garden in China. Go there to see artificial landscape created centuries ago, immerse in the surreal beauty, and acquaint with traditional Chinese gardening styles.
Temple of Heaven
Visit this royal altar to heaven for the Ming and Qing emperors and get amazed by the marvelous landscape design and architecture. It is one of the best places to visit in early morning.
Great Wall of China
Visible from the moon, 4000 miles long, and one of the Seven Wonders of the World! Need I say more! The best sections to visit are Jinshanling, Mutianyu, and Jiankou.
Visit this burial site of the Ming dynasty emperors if you want time out from the hustle and bustle of the city. Changling and Dingling are the only tombs of the 13 that have been excavated and open to public.
Located atop a hill, it offers mesmerizing panoramic views of the Forbidden City, especially during sunrise and sunset.
Hutongs are neighborhoods characterized by narrow alleyways that connect single-storied traditional courtyard houses. It was the way communities lived in Beijing in the olden days. Not many hutongs are left now. Hire a trishaw or rent a bike and take a trip in the alleys around the Drum and Bell towers.
Beijing National Stadium
Also called ‘Bird’s Nest,’ visit this Olympic site and relive the glories of Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and other 2008 Olympians.
Donghuamen Night Market
It is a lively night market (also called Wangfujing Night Market) where you can get the most eclectic and bizarre foods and cuisines. Go for the ambiance and the experience if not for foods like ‘scorpion on a stick!’
It is a famous shopping street near Tian'anmen Square with a history of over 570 years.
Located in the suburbs of Beijing, this village is more than 4 centuries old. It was the centralized village of the Qing and Ming dynasties. It features over 70 quadrangle homes with nearly 700 preserved rooms and almost the same ancient architectural styles.
So pack your bags for Beijing, as the above listed to-do options are just the tip of the iceberg.
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