Beijing Attractions and Tourist
Attractions in Beijing
Beijing is a huge city. And it offers a huge amount of sights and
attractions. There are no problems finding photo objects in this city. We have
visited Beijing several times and know well that we have to come many times to
get most of the capital of China has to offer. However, here you get a top list
of what to see.
Temple of Heaven Park
Perhaps the best example of Ming architecture in all of Beijing? Not far from
the Forbidden City you will find this park (by Tiantan Donglu) which is an
almost 270 acre oasis. The park contains the ceremony for good harvests, the
place where heaven and earth meet and not least the echo square, where even the
slightest whisper is heard far away, if it had not been for the thousand other
tourists who are also trying to create their echoes.
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The place of heavenly peace
Imagine a place that can gather a million people without too much trouble.
Then you have the place of heavenly peace. It is often referred to as the
world's largest public space. In English, the place is called Tiananmen Square.
The site was built during the Ming Dynasty around the year 1417.
The Summer Palace sounds like a big house, but is so much more. This is a
huge park area in the north of Beijing with a large lake (Kunming) excavated
with manpower. The Summer Palace area is on UNESCO's World Heritage list and
dates back to 1750. More than 70,000 square meters of building mass can be found
here, as well as beautiful statues, gardens and fresh air.
The Forbidden City
On UNESCO's World Heritage List you will find this mythical imperial city
with 800 buildings and over 8,000 rooms. The Forbidden City belongs to the Ming
and Quing dynasties, and the history behind it is fascinating and frightening.
The bell tower and the drum tower
North of the Forbidden City near the 2nd ring road you will find the bell
tower and the drum tower (Gulou Dongdajie). The bell tower belongs to the Quing
Dynasty and dates back to the end of the 13th century, but today's tower dates
from the 18th century. Built around 1273, the drum tower is the historical
center of the ancient Mongol empire.
Not far west of the bell tower and the drum tower you will find one of the
most colorful and exciting temples in Beijing. The Lama Temple is perhaps the
best-preserved Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet. The temple is world
famous for its giant Buddha statue which you will find in one of the many temple
The Chinese Wall
To get to the wall you have to travel a little outside Beijing itself. This
is our planet's largest building, the wall is 6400 kilometers long. Construction
work started by the Ming Dynasty in the 1300s and was first completed in the
1600s. Of course, the wall is included in UNESCO's World Heritage list. To see
the wall you travel to Badaling (about 70 km northwest of Beijing) or MutiÓny¨
(90 km northeast of Beijing).
Tourist in Beijing
Beijing has an incredible amount to offer, and it's common to want to see
"everything" for the long haul. On the other hand, you will have to travel over
great distances, as the Beijing area is huge, and it is not particularly
rewarding to go through point-of-view point-by-point just to tell others that
you have been there.
Our proposal gives you some of the most important sights and attractions,
while giving you time to experience Beijing's atmosphere.
Day 1 in Beijing
Start the day early at Tiananmen Square or Tianmen Square, as it is called in
English. If you show up at sunrise, you will also receive the flag hoist, but we
suggest you sleep a little longer. You may not see that much, as many Chinese
(and tourists) are in place for this scene. The place of heavenly peace is, in
short, the world's largest place, where more than a million people can gather.
The square is the symbolic center of China and you have many attractions around
it. Prominent on the square is an almost 38-meter-high obelisk erected in 1958.
This monument is called the "Monument to the Heroes of the People." South of the
obelisk you will find the Mao mausoleum. If you are to see the dead Mao, you
must calculate well in advance. The queue is always long. The area also houses
the congress building (People's Great Hall), the Chinese History Museum and the
Chinese Revolution Museum.
The Forbidden City and Summer Palace
After completing the Tiananmen Square, you head towards the Forbidden City.
Enter the Gate of Heavenly Peace, which is flanked by a giant Mao portrait. The
Forbidden City was briefly and unavailable to any people except the Emperor and
his court for nearly 500 years. Here you will find countless temples, ceremonial
places, residential houses, gardens, statues and other sights.
Once you have digested this fascinating complex, we suggest you have lunch
near Heavenly Peace Square. There are several restaurants to choose from here.
Then take a taxi to the Summer Palace. The Summer Palace was a gift from the
Emperor to his mother. The Summer Palace Park is located in the Xicheng area
northwest of Beijing. The Summer Palace and its green areas are also popular
places of excursion for Beijing residents. In addition to beautiful houses and
statues, the Summer Palace offers a fascinating lake. The Kunming Sea was
excavated with the help of around 100,000 workers and is actually an artificial
Eat a simple meal in the Summer Palace area before taking a taxi to the drum
tower and bell tower. The drum tower was originally built as early as 1273 as a
symbol of the center of the Mongol Empire. The nearby bell tower was originally
built at about the same time, but was rebuilt in the 18th century. Between these
towers there are a number of bike taxis that are more than willing to take you
on a tour of the hutong that surrounds the area. You should definitely do this.
Just remember to arrange the price in advance. A hutong is the original
settlement in Beijing. There are not so many hutongs left, because Genghis Khan
and his army ravaged Beijing during his conquest. The Hutongs offer low houses,
narrow alleys and lots of small factories, restaurants and shops that are
partially pulled out onto the streets.In many ways, it is like going back
hundreds of years. At the same time, these are vibrant and vibrant neighborhoods
where many people live.
Nightlife in Beijing
After a shower and some relaxation in the hotel, we suggest that during the
evening you visit one of Beijing's most popular bar streets, where people relax
and have fun. The streets are called Sanlitun and Sanlitun Lu and are located in
Chaoyang district. The vast majority of foreigners living in Beijing have this
area as their favorite.
Day 2 in Beijing
The Great Wall of China
The day starts with a trip to the Great Wall of China. You can of course take a
taxi or let the hotel or your travel agent arrange a sightseeing with a Chinese
operator. Mao should have said that if you have not walked the wall, then you
are not a real human being either. The Great Wall of China is the world's
largest and tallest building. It is 6400 kilometers long. Calculate at least an
hour's drive from Beijing to the Wall. There are several places where your visit
can start, but we suggest Badaling. The part of the wall that passes Badaling
was built during the Ming Dynasty and started around the year 1368. From the
entrance you will see that the road (on the wall) to the right is full of
Chinese tourists. The reason is that this is the path Mao chose when he took his
famous hike on the wall from Badaling. And for your information: The Chinese
Wall does not appear from the moon.
On the way back to Beijing, we suggest you stop at the Ming Tombs. Here are 16
Ming emperors buried. It is possible to climb into the tomb of one of the
emperors. In addition, the area offers a beautiful park with impressive statues.
Note especially the animal statues that stand along the road through the park.
Every other animal stands and knees, respectively. This symbolizes that one
animal keeps watch over the emperor, while another shows respect and kneeling.
The Ming tombs are located approx. 50 kilometers north of Beijing. Ask your taxi
driver or guide to stop at one of several "happy restaurants" between the Great
Wall of China and the Ming Tombs if you're hungry. These are Chinese restaurants
especially aimed at tourists. The food is reasonably priced and good.
Early evening you can spend on shopping. The most typical shopping street is
Wangfujing Dajle in the Chongwen area. This street is located about a mile east
of the Forbidden City. Further south in Chongwen you will find the pearl market,
which sells everything from copy goods. So does the silk market at Yonganli
Subway Station along Dongdan Street. Ya Xiu Silk Market is a newer copy market
where several floors are filled with copy products of famous goods, but also
lots of good and cheap Chinese products.
Pekingand in Beijing
A visit to Beijing will not be complete without eating a real Beijing duck. We
suggest the Quanjude restaurant. The Chinese use the whole other, and both skin
and meat are eaten. The bones that are left over are often used to cook soup.
The highlight for many with peking duck is when served in the form of duck
breast cut into thin slices. This is put into a thin lump or pancake with
accompanying sauce and rolled like a Mexican wrap. Often, helpful waiters and
waitresses stand by and help you with the dishes.