Bejing is the capital city of China is popular as the most bustling and fascinating city in Asia. This city always tops the traveling list of tourists due to numerous tourist spots and historical sites. Beijing is also renowned in the world as the political, economic and cultural hub of China. Every year, millions of visitors flock to Beijing for seeing many tourist attractions and historical sites such as Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City that are well-known to the world. However, the most popular attraction is located outside Beijing that is the Great Wall of China. Beijing is a city for all seasons. Tourists will always find something no matter at what time they visit Beijing.
The numerous royal buildings with long history give Beijing a unique charm that distinguishes it from other cities of China.
So, Let’s explore with us the top sightseeing places for Beijing vacation!
1. The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Approximately 13170 miles long, it is one of the remarkable man-made structures on the earth. The Great Wall of China was built for defense structure across the historical northern borders of China to protect and strengthen the territories of Chinese states and the entire empires against various enemies.
It took almost 2500 years and 4 different dynasties and English rules to construct the great wall of China. In Beijing, Great wall china is 600 km in length and it is divided into 8 sections which include Badaling, Huanghuacheng, Jiankou, Mutianyu, Juyongguan, Gubeikou, Jinshanling, and Simatai. All these sections of the Great Wall in Beijing are well-preserved and belong to the Ming Dynasty.
2. Forbidden City
Forbidden city is the best place to start your tour of Beijing. It is also known as the Imperial Palace of the city which is the largest and best-preserved palace complex in the world. The Forbidden City is the most magnificent attraction whose origins belong to the Yuan Dynasty of the 13th century. The complex area covers around 250 acres and surrounded by the wall of 10m height with towers in the four corners and a trench.
The main attractions of Forbidden City include the Golden River Bridges built from white marble, the Meridian Gate, the Palace of Heavenly Purity and the Hall of Military Courage. We will suggest you hire a guide so that it will explain the stories behind these historical sites and tell you about the importance of the Forbidden City.
3. The Summer Palace
The Summer Palace is also known as Yiheyuan in the Chinese language and it is located about 15km from central Beijing. It is the largest royal garden of China and it was used as a summer resort by China’s imperial emperors consisting of Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill. But now, it is a park opened for both locals and tourists who can relax here or walk around ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and a huge lake and enjoy the amazing view of this royal garden.
It has secured almost the best design, skill and classic features of the traditional gardening architecture of ancient China. In 1998, the Summer Palace was also added to the UNESCO world heritage list for its cultural significance.
4. Beihai Park
Beihai Park is located in central Beijing and most visited place of Beijing and this place is a delight to visit any time of the year. As Beijing’s most popular park, people ice skate on the lake in winter and stroll around it in the spring when the trees are in blossom. Its Tibetan-style White Dagoba Temple on Qionghua Island is a landmark in Beijing.
Because it’s so close to the Forbidden City, the park was once a royal playground. Weekend mornings are a good time to visit, as the Chinese turn out to dance, sing karaoke or Peking opera, play badminton or perform in string quartets. It is a veritable smorgasbord of entertainment.
5. Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square is also known as the Square of Heavenly Peace. It is the largest inner-city square in the world located in the center of Beijing city and designed to hold a million people. It is one of the best places to visit in Beijing and considered the center of communist China. The main reason behind its construction was to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Chinese Republic in 1958.
The raising and lowering ceremony of the Chinese National Flag during sunrise and sunset is worth watching. The other prominent buildings which tourist can explore near Tiananmen Square include Tiananmen Tower, Great Hall of the People, Monument to the People’s Heroes, Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao and National Museum.
6. Temple of Heaven Park
The Temple of Heaven Park is located in the Dongcheng District of Beijing. It is the largest building of spirituality and the most symbolic masterpiece in China. The Temple of Heaven was the place where emperors of the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty to pay tribute to Heaven.
But today it has become a leisure park, where you can see many beautiful temple buildings and halls. In 1998, this temple is listed among the UNESCO world heritage site. and considered as the great site of evolution in the past years.
7. Lama Temple
Lama Temple is also known as Yonghegong or Yonghe Temple in Chinese is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved temples of Beijing. It is the highest and largest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries of the world located in the northeastern part of Beijing. The buildings are a combination of Han and Tibetan styles. The temple contains a 26m tall statue of Maitreya Buddha created from a single piece of white Tibetan sandalwood.
Tourists can discover many valuable artworks, learn about Tibetan Buddhism, witness the excellent architectures and impressive Buddha statues, inside the temple premise. Also, you can visit its most important highlight that is the ‘hall of Kings of Heaven’ with its statue of Buddha surrounded by the four kings.