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One of the most famous landmarks in Beijing and a favorite haunt for art lovers, National Grand Theater is a great place to enjoy art, performance and soak up artistic atmosphere. For those who want to enjoy best art performances while visiting Beijing, the theater is not to be missed!

National Grand Theater

Spectacular Architecture to Take in
Chinese National Grand Theater is the largest theatre complex in Asia, designed by French architect Paul Andrew. The external steel structure shell is semi elliptical sphere, 46.285 meters high, 3.32 meters lower than the Great Hall of the People. Covering an area of over 30000 square meters, it uses more than 18000 pieces of titanium plates, only 4 pieces of exactly the same shape. Titanium plates after special oxidation treatment, give the surface metallic luster, and retain the same color for 15 years. In the middle of the theater sits the glass curtain wall, composed of more than 1200 pieces of ultra white glass cleverly spliced. Ellipsoidal shell is surrounded by the artificial lake, covering an area of 35500 square meters, all kinds of channel and entrance are located below the surface of the water. A pedestrian offers the long underwater passage into the performance hall. The National Grand Theater style is creative and fashionable, the unique design is a combination of romance and reality.

Diver Options for Exploring the Theater
Come to the theater, you will enjoy the theatre of magnificent architectural style, soak up the strong artistic atmosphere. A superb collection of beautiful things of art will enable you to enjoy the perfect combination of art and quality. The elegant taste in Coffee Hall will bring you a special taste. The National Grand Theater holds a variety of rich and colorful art exhibition, offering fascinating artistic feelings for you. Here regularly holds rich and colorful theme activities, such as theme show performance allowing you to fully experience the artistic atmosphere. You can take in the beautiful architecture, like the more artistic architectural space housing opera, theatre, music hall, underwater promenade, exhibition hall, art data center, press hall, art boutique Gallery etc.

Dining and Shopping in the Theater
Grand Theater makes for a comfortable and elegant place to enjoy the dining environment and tea, listening to graceful music - diverse options will bring you the unique artistic experience. Grand Theater also has a fine art gallery, providing theater souvenirs.

Overall, Chinese Grand Theater is well worth a visit while in Beijing!

Unveil Mystery of Temple of Heaven

One of the most famous landmarks of historic Beijing, larger than the imperial palace, the Temple of Heaven makes for a perfect alternative to the Forbidden City while visiting Beijing. A visit to the Temple of Heaven Park allows you to get a good feel of the historic relic and learn more about Chinese traditional architecture and art.

Temple of Heaven

Fascinating History of Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven was built in 1420 under the order of the Ming emperor Yongle, the eighteenth year of his reign. Back then the capital city was removed from Nanjing to Beijing by the emperor Yongle and the Temple of Heaven was modeled after a similar temple site in Nanjing. The Temple of Heaven was rebuilt and expanded in Qing Dynasty under the reign of emperor Jiaqing in 1530. The historic site used to be a place used by emperors annually to hold ceremonies for worshiping the God of Heaven and praying for good harvests. Normally the emperor is to visit the site two times every year, first taking place on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month and the second on the winter solstice. If there happens to be a drought taking place in summer, the emperor would pay another visit to the site to perform rituals to pray for more rain. Seeing themselves as sons of heaven, Chinese emperors show their respect to heaven by performing worship rituals. Later, the site was opened to the public by the Chinese government in 1918.

Significant Influence on Chinese Culture
Inside the huge park complex, the Temple of Heaven, or Tian Tian Gongyuan in Chinese, there are a large number of ancient sights - most impressive is no doubt its odd architecture. To take a walk down to the park is an enjoyable way to spend a leisurely morning or afternoon. A visit to the Temple of Heaven allows you to get a good look at the site of imperial offerings and rites to the heavenly gods during Ming and Qing dynasties. Visitors to the park can also get a good glimpse of the imperial gardens and unique architecture. Considering its significant historic value, UNESCO added the Temple of Heaven into the list of World Cultural Heritage Site in 1998. The complex site features unique layout and architecture. Most of the architecture is round-shaped and painted red on the bottom, with large round blue-tiled roofs supported by painted beams.

Overall, Temple of Heaven Park makes for a great break from the city noises while visiting Beijing.

Top Universities to Explore in Beijing

Beijing has a diverse culture and profound history. Aside from the landmark historic sightseeing, Beijing is also a great place to get a good glimpse of top Chinese universities.

Overview of Peking University
Peking University

Established in 1898, the Peking University enjoys a long history and a high prestige in China, hailed as birthplace of Chinese modern higher education. It focuses on spreading the traditional education of Imperial College and the Chinese modern education. Called the Peking University in 1912, it once saw the famous May 4th Movement and the New Culture Movement of China in 1919, seen as birthplace of various political ideological trends and social ideals back in the day. There are many famous sights in Peking University, including the bronze statue of Cai Yuanpei (former president of the university), the statue of Cervantes, Shide Building - the kylin (ancient Chinese auspicious animal) and the Danchi which sits next to the remains of the Old Summer Palace, Shao Garden (built by renowned painter and calligrapher of Ming Dynasty Mi Wanzhong), the lovely Weiming Lake and the Boya Tower sitting on its southeast bank, etc.

Overview of Tsinghua University
Tsinghua University

With an area of 400 hectares, Tsinghua University was established in 1911 based on the historic site of Xichun Garden, once the famous imperial garden of the Old Summer Palace of Qing Dynasty. Once called the Tsinghua Xuetang, the college used to be a preparatory school focusing on western education for students who were sent to study in the United States by the government. For centuries, Tsinghua University has been a dream place for higher education in the eyes of numerous high school students. Home to 8 colleges and 43 departments, the university boasts 37 bachelors degree programs, 107 masters degree programs and 64 doctoral programs and houses 53 research institutes and centers, including 15 national key laboratories. Tsinghua University is well known for its dedication to science and engineering leading the whole country. Near the Tsinghua University sit countless institutes of higher education and imperial gardens and ancient sites. The university also has a peaceful campus to offer filled with green trees and waters. Famous sights in the university include Gongzi Hall, Guyue Hall, Shuimu Tsinghua Building, the lotus pool, the Soviet Union style building and more.

Overall, these two universities allow you to get a good sense of Chinese higher education!

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