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Top 3 Must-visit Places in Beijing

As we all know, Beijing, as the capital of China has profound history and deep culture connotation. Most of all, Beijing has great deal of landscapes to offer. If you are exploring this holy city, then things to do in Beijing will fulfill your holiday.

Hiking on Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall Hiking

As one of most famous Great Wall parts, Mutianyu Great Wall is the essence of Ming Great Wall with less crowded and thick forests. This section winds 1.4 miles through lofty mountains and high ridges, many sections of which are made of granite. The unique structure makes the wall almost indestructible. It measures 23 to 26 feet high and four to five yards wide. Both of the wall’s inner and outer sides have parapets to defend against enemies coming from the two sides. Some parapets are saw-tooth shaped instead of the regular rectangular form. Below the parapets, there are square embrasures the top of which are designed in an arc structure, different from the traditional round embrasures.

Visit Forbidden City, Symbol of Ancient China
Forbidden City, Symbol of Beijing

Different than any other building of China, the Forbidden City is inspiring respect and marvel to its visitors who have the opportunity to feel the impressive historical events that occurred there hundreds of years ago. Some particularities of the City are the typical yellow roofs that symbolizes in China the Royal Family hence its predominance all over the site except for one building that displays a black colored roof. By visiting the Forbidden City, no one can deny the considerable skills that artisans and workers had already during ancient times in building outstanding and large-scale places. Indeed, as grandiose as it stands, the Forbidden City is today listed as one of the five most important palaces in the world.

Explore Beijing Hutong by Bike
Explore Traditional Beijing Lifestyle

Hop on a bike and explore Beijing like a local. Discover the history and charm of Beijing's ancient alleys and laneways known as Hutongs. You'll cycle around the winding hutongs behind the Forbidden City and through a local market before stopping for traditional Chinese lunch and a game of mahjong, a favorite Chinese pass time. Cycle your way through the winding streets of Beijing for a glimpse into the ancient heart of the city and a simpler way of life. You'll bike through the Hutongs, unchanged over time, but rapidly being squeezed out of the city through development, Experience centuries of daily life as you bike through ancient laneways.

Classic Architectures in Beijing Central Axis (2)

There many constructions sit at axle wire of Beijing. Continue to last topic, we introduce you another four famous buildings.

Forbidden City
Forbidden City - Symbol of Imperial Power

Forbidden City, the heart of Beijing axle wire, is the largest and most well-preserved imperial group buildings. It is 750 meters in width and 960 meters in length, covers an area of 720,000 square meters. Forbidden City owns 9,999 rooms totally. It is the original imperial palaces in Ming and Qing Dynasties, and 24 rulers. It is built from 1407 by the third emperor of Ming Dynasty – Yongle Emperor. After 14 years, it accomplished completely. It is said that it used 100,000 talent people and 1,000,000 labors. In terms of architecture art just, if you used to seeing the imitated constructions, you will find the great distinguishes when you see the Forbidden City. In general, Forbidden City can be divided into two parts: south part is the political area and north area is living area. The three halls, the Hall of Supreme Harmony, Hall of Central Harmony and Hall of Preserving Harmony, are the most attractive constructions in this huge building.

Jingshan Mountain
Jingshan Park

Jingshan Mountain is the commanding height of axle wire in Beijing. If you say the Zhengyang Gate is the prelude and the Hall of Supreme Harmony is the high tide, then the Jingshan Mountain is the end. Some architects regard the Jingshan Mountain as the summary of all these palaces in Forbidden City. Jingshan Mountain is the barrier of Forbidden City, and it has special geographic location in Beijing. Five peaks stand side by side, and the main peak sits between the south city and north city in Beijing inner city, and becomes the central point of diagonal. There is a Wangchun Pavilion built in Jingshan Mountain, if you stand in this pavilion, you can overlook the whole scenery of Beijing city; to north, you can see the Dianmen Street; to east, you can have good view of Lama Temple, the Imperial College and the Confucian Temple; to west, you can see the White Pagoda and to south, you can overlook the Forbidden City.

Drum Tower
Bell & Drum Tower

Drum Tower, the place gives the correct time in ancient capital, sits at Dianmenwai Street, built in 18th years of Yongle Emperor, and rebuilt in 5th year of Jiaqing Emperor. Drum Tower was the place to drumming to report time to whole city in Ming and Qing Dynasties. Once it was regarded as the display place for showing the material objects when the Eight Countries Allied invasion of Beijing in 1924.

Bell Tower
Bell Tower, the north end point of Beijing axle wire, sits at Dianmenwai Street and north of Drum Tower. First built in 18th year of Yongle Emperor as well as Drum Tower, Bell Tower was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 10th year of Qianlong Emperor, and it accomplished after 12 years. Bell and Drum Towers are the important material for studying the city planning and distribution of Beijing.

All these are most famous attractions of Beijing. Along with the axle wire, you could find more interesting things, and also you can visit the hutongs in Beijing.

Forbidden City - Feudal Society of Ancient China

Beijing, experienced the vicissitudes, has long history and rich culture. Historic sites distributed all of Beijing. Walking casually, you have many chances pass these famous sites. The foot of Beijing history has continued thousand years including old, traditional, modern, etc. You can follow any point to explore the ancient but modern Beijing. But I want to say, from history if you want to find the most alright part.

Bronze Lion in Forbidden Ciyt

Former is old, where is the new? If you pay attention to the news, Forbidden City has been maintained from 2001. Nowadays, Forbidden City is not only the ancient construction group, but also a modern museum. From the most famous Cartier Exhibition to the Ming Yongle Xuande Cultural Relic Exhibition, Forbidden City is always changed. Even though you always visit Forbidden City, because of these exhibitions, you will find new foothold for sight.

Yellow Roof, Red Wall

If you visit Forbidden City in May day, you may catch the chance entering Forbidden City from East Huamen. Usually, it is not opened to public, only the pass way for workers. Different the magnificent Meridian Gate, East Huamen has another feeling with soft wind and trees. Through the thick gateway, you will have a wide sight. A river flow before your sight, the bridge on river records the vicissitudes. Passing the bridge and walking forward, you arrive at Wenhua Palace, opened to public after 2008. Because of remote location, Wenhua Palace has less people, is the rare quiet place in Forbidden City. Wenhua Palace, the Ceramics Hall, display the ceramics in different times. From ancient times to Ming and Qing Dynasties, many ceramics boutiques can be found at this palace.

If you think the Forbidden City is just the caky constructions, you are wrong. The soul of Forbidden City thrust deep into the pieces of historical performances. No matter you are seeking novelty or exploring the mysteries, we just look at them and plaint when the particles of history have dissipated. The usual exhibition halls in Forbidden City includes the exhibition of wedding celebration for emperors in Qing Dynasty, the exhibition of concubines life in Qing Dynasty, the exhibition of Henery Pu Yi, exhibition of weapons in Qing Dynasty, the exhibition of treasures, etc. All these exhibitions attract you stay in Forbidden City for full day, and enjoy the imperial culture of Qing Dynasty.

Whenever you visit the Forbidden City, you always find new interesting points easily. Quiet to enjoy the fine and smooth of Forbidden City, you will find more attractive places.

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