Beijing Travel Guide


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    Beijing means North Capital in Chinese. It was during the Ming Dynasty in the 15th century that Beijing obtained this title. The city’s historical architectures symbolize the grandeur of imperial China. Most of the historic landmarks lies within close proximity to each other save for the Great Wall...

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  • Summer Palace

    Summer Palace

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    The Temple of Heaven, literally the Altar of Heaven ( Manchu: Abkai mukdehun) is a complex of religi...

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About Beijing

Beijing means North Capital in Chinese. It was during the Ming Dynasty in the 15th century that Beijing obtained this title. The city’s historical architectures symbolize the grandeur of imperial China. Most of the historic landmarks lies within close proximity to each other save for the Great Wall of China.

Attractions

The Great Wall of China is the most iconic landmark associated with China. The wall stretches 373 miles long and has many sections, passes and towers. Most Beijing day tours include the Great Wall in the itinerary.

Right in the center of Beijing is the Forbidden City, also known as Gu Gong in Chinese. It is also referred to as “The Purple Forbidden City”. The Forbidden City served as the Imperial Palace during the Ming as well as the Qing Dynasties. At present, it is known as the Palace Museum.

In the southern part of the Forbidden City is Tiananmen Square. It includes several landmarks and attractions such as the Tiananmen Tower, National Museum of China, Monument to People’s Heroes, Great Hall of the People and the Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao.

Northwest to the city of Beijing lies two attractions, the Ming Tombs and the Summer Palace. The Ming Tombs refer to the mausoleums of 13 emperors during the Ming Dynasty. At present, the public can only access the Dingling, Zhaoling, Changling tombs and the entrance to the Changling tomb, the Sacred Way.

The Summer Palace, known as “The Museum of Royal Gardens”, is the largest royal park in the country. The park contains various breathtaking landscapes and highlights Chinese horticulture. The Summer Palace is so vast; it is divided into four divisions – the Court Area, Front Hill Area, Lake Area and the Rear Hill Area.

In the Chongwen district of Beijing is the Temple of Heaven Park. The temple is considered the most prominent and the largest sacrificial building in China. Ming and Qing dynasty emperors used the temple to hold Heaven Worship ceremonies. Among the must-see attractions inside the park, include the Circular Mound Altar, Imperial Vault of Heaven, Danbi Bridge, Altar of Prayer for Good Harvests, Palace of Abstinence, Divine Music Administration, and the Heaven Worship Culture.

Festivals

Beijing has many festivals all year-long. Some of the more popular ones include the Beijing Crysanthemum Exhbition, Beijing Changdian Temple Fair and the Five Gods of Wealth Temple Fair.

The Beijing Crysanthemum Exhbition happens every fall season. Crysanthemums bloom during this time so many flower vendors sell the flowers in various parks.

The Beijing Changdian Temple Fair happens every January just before the Chinses New Year. The event is celebrated with food festivals, lion dances, and fair where antiques and handicrafts are sold.

The Five Gods of Wealth Temple Fair is celebrated every January during the first week of the first lunar month. Most traditional Beijing natives come to the God of Wealth temple to pray for good fortune. They usually burn incense so good fortune will come their way on the next year. Some natives also buy gold paper cuts with Chinese characters in them that read “good fortune” or “happiness”.

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