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How to Get Close to Nature in Beijing

Beijing has not only the world heritage sites and historic attractions to offer, it is also a great place to get close to nature. There are a whole bunch of destinations worth going to get away from the city noise and enjoy some quiet time. For those willing to explore Beijing off the beaten path, here are two destinations worth considering.

Best Nature Reserve in Beijing - Yanqi Lake
Beijing Yanqi Lake

Located in Huairou District, Yanqi Lake lies next to Yanshan Mount and the Great Wall. It is quite famous for its scenic views. It was named so because a large number of wild gooses inhabit here during spring and autumn. Since 1986, a couple of scenic spots have been built around this area. Now it has drawn a great number of people coming here for bird viewing and sightseeing and become one of the must see spot in Beijing. This area is covered with a great number of natural landscapes. The temperature here is quite pleasant all year round. After years of management and maintenance, this area has grown into maturity. It combines the natural attractions and cultural attractions. The wide variety of scenic views offers the tourists a great experience during their trip to Beijing. Whatever you are looking for can be found here. This trip is definitely worthwhile. Yanqi Lake is an ideal venue for you to spend a vacation or weekend in Beijing.

Marvelous Combination of Wall and Water - Huanghuacheng
Huanghuacheng Great Wall

Huanghuacheng Great Wall is 60 miles away from Beijing city. As one of the few Great Walls which lie next to the lakes and mountains, it got its name because all of the area is covered by the yellow flowers in summer. In Yuan Dynasty, it used to be a bustling village and traffic hub and in Ming Dynasty, it was turned into a military town. The defensive engineering technologies and the commanding systems implemented in Ming dynasty Great Wall surpassed all the dynasties in history. Huanghua Great Wall was built during 1404-1592. This Great Wall was built with solid stones, very strong, firm, steep, stately and spectacular. It is made up of a bunch of different parts, and forms a whole defensive system by connecting a bunch of towers. In addition, the Shibadeng is the prime part of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall due to its steep and danger. The different historical remains from all ages have been kept intact in many parts of the Huanghuacheng Great Wall.

Overall, you can easily fill a day with off-the-beaten-path sights outside Beijing!

How to Better Enjoy Great Wall Scenery

Great Wall, no matter for which group, it is the must-see scenic spot in Beijing. What sent out from the Great Wall is not only the deep-rooted Chinese culture but also the magnificent appearance. How to better enjoy Great Wall scenery?

Great Wall Helicopter Tour

Just Climbing
For the Great Wall fans, if you are very interested in Great Wall background, including the history, culture and the building architectures, climbing is a best choice. Starting your journey from the beginning, touching each brick, passing through elegant watchtowers, appreciating different views presenting to you, it is really a successful experience. What the most treasure experience will be the climbing experience. You can taste the laborious climbing from the lower art to the higher park just by your foot. Also, all the sceneries on the journey can impress you deeply and clearly. In addition, finally, once stepped on the top, you can taste the proud feeling that you fight against this magnificent project. Miracle feeling and extremely happiness can impress you deeply.

Take a Cable Car
The most non-laborious way to enjoy Great Wall sightseeing is just taking the cable car. For the old, kids and disabled groups, cable car is the ideal method for travel on Great Wall. You can enjoy the cool feeling passing through long distance Great Wall buildings. For the Great Wall regular tourists, Cable Car is also a good method. On the journey a kind of exciting feeling can inspire all your enthusiastic. By the chance, you can get rid of the bustle city life and noisy atmosphere, finding a corner for your tired heart.

Experience the Helicopter Tour
The last method is also the most thrilling and the fantastic method to enjoy Great Wall appearance. Although it is the most expensive method to enjoy Great Wall sceneries, it is extremely deserved to see the magnificent Birds View of Great Wall. With safety environment and experienced driver, what you can do is just to appreciate the whole landscapes of Beijing suburb area. What poured into your vision is not only the layout of Great Wall but also the charming sceneries surrounded the local deep-rooted culture. Thrilling flying feeling can offer you the marvelous experience. The real impression that the Great Wall is just like the vigorous dragon will come true in your eyes and mind.

Have a successful appreciation about the Great Wall, it is really a nice challenge!

How to Soak up History while in Beijing

Hailed as cultural Mecca in China, Beijing is a long-standing historic city enjoying a long history and diverse culture. For those who want to soak up history of the city, here is a little advice on how to immerse yourself in history in Beijing.

First Destination to Go
Tiananmen Square

The first stop of your historic tour is a visit to Tiananmen Tower. As an emblem of China, Tiananmen Tower enjoys a world-wide fame. It consists of two floors. On the top floor is double-eave styles tower which is covered with yellow tiles. On the front are 36 framed gates and windows. Around the tower base surrounds white marble rails and boards which were carved with lotus patterns. The materials in the tower come from Nanmu which were arrayed into a line with columns painted with dragon patterns. The floor is covered with yellow bricks which covers 2,000 square meters. The rooftops and side-roofs are decorated with statues. During your trip to Beijing, you have to see it for yourself.

On the second floor is the tower platform which as enclosed by low walls, with a carved white marble base. The platform covers 4,800 square meters, with two stone ladders on both sides. There are also five arch gates among of which the middle one is the largest and used to be passed only by the emperor. In the front of this tower lies the Golden Water River with seven marble bridges across. The widest bridge used to be called the Imperial Path Bridge which was to be passed only by the emperors. The rest bridges used to be used by those officials based on their ranks.

Highlight of Beijing to Immerse in History
Forbidden City

The next stop is to the Palace Museum. It consists of the outer palaces and inner courts according to the layout and function. The divide line lies in Qianqing Gate. The stark contrast of structure styles between these two areas is quit self-explanatory. The outer palaces center on the Hall of Supreme Harmony, Hall of Central Harmony and Hall of Preserving Harmony. The Hall of Supreme Harmony used to be called Throne Room which was used to host morning meetings. This is a must-see sight to understand history of the historic city. On the flank sides are a series of other palaces and structures. The inner courts center on the Palace of Heavenly Purity, Hall of Union and Palace of Earthly Tranquility. On the flank sides are Hall of Mind Cultivation, Six Eastern Palaces, Six Western Palaces, Palace of Abstinence and Hall of Sound Growth of Successor. On the back is the back garden. This area used to be a place for the royal families to live and retreat.

Overall, Beijing is a great place to soak up Chinese history!

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