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As we all know, Beijing, as a dazzling city of China, has its highlight features and traditional culture. If you are on your Beijing vacation, top places you should not miss will be the light point on your holiday vacation.

Appreciate Tiananmen Square
Beijing Tiananmen Square

As one of the largest squares in the world, Beijing Tiananmen Square has become the must-palce to visit in Beijing. Located in the center of Beijing, you not only could appreciate this large scale square but also Tiananmen Tower, The Monument to the People’s Heroes, Great Hall of the People, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall and see the national flag raising ceremony. In Chinese history, here are many and many events happened in this holy land. It not only predicted a glorious history but a new future of success.

Enjoy Shopping and Sightseeing at Nanluoguxiang
Nanluoguxiang, Ancient Beijing Hutong

Nanluoguxiang boasts as one of the oldest blocks in Beijing with a long history and a high prestige. Located downtown Beijing, it’s one of the most popular destinations among the tourists coming to Beijing. It is also the only residential area in China which has fully reserved the chess-board layout from Yuan Dynasty. Nowadays, with time-honored shops and stores as well as shopping malls and centers lined up on both sides, Nanluoguxiang is the best spot in Beijing where to enjoy shopping and sightseeing at the same time. Take a walk on this street and experience its unique flavors etched into the heart and mind of its visitors. It is also the ultimate place to discover the essence of old Beijing.

Visit Lama Temple
Lama Temple, Tibetan Temple in Beijing

As the largest and most perfectly preserved lamasery in present day China, Beijing Lama Temple will resent you its own feature with unique location and highlight decoration. Most attractive spot is the Hall of Harmony and Peace, as the main palace and inside three bronze Buddhas displayed, Sakyamuni in the middle, Kasyapa-matanga on the right and Maitreya on the left. There are 18 Arhats positioned on both sides of the Hall. The picture on the west wall is of Avalokitesvara with its thousands of hands and eyes. Last visit in this complex is the Wanfuge which is the highest palace, being about three stories high. In side this pavilion, tens of thousands of Buddhas were displayed along every level. Whole building construction presented a grave and dainty appearance sowing off.

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Classic Architectures in Beijing Central Axis (1)

Walking along the axle wire of Beijing, you will find various classic constructions. They represent the ancient architecture and they are the outstanding of architecture. No matter what season, you could find the interests of these symbols.

Night View of Yongding GateYongding Gate
From south to north, the first appears to you is the Yongding Gate which is the head of dragon in axle wire. Yongding Gate sits at between Zuoan Gate and Youan Gate, is the biggest among the seven gates of old Beijing outer city, also is the important way come in and go out Beijing from south. In order to rebuild the Yongding Gate Tower, state dismantles many buildings and shows the wall of altar in west and east. The rebuilt space is planted many grasses and become the greenbelt. The moat and new Yongding Gate become the new scenery of south of Beijing.

Zhengyang GateZhengyang Gate
Zhengyang Gate, built in Yongle of Ming Dynasty, continued to use the old Lizheng Gate in Yuan Dynasty firstly. In 1439, all nine gates were rebuilt completely, and the Lizheng Gate was renamed as Zhengyang Gate. The standard of Zhengyang Gate is higher than other eight gates. There is an old say about Zhengyang gate, which is Four Doors, Three Bridges and Five Pailous. Four Doors refer to four door opening, including Chenglou Door, Jianlou Door, and doors in west and east. Three Bridges refer to Zhengyang Bridge, divided into three sections. The middle one direct refer to Jianlou Door, is named as Imperial Way, is the only way for rulers. Five Pailou refer to the Pailou sits at front of Zhengyang Gate. Now, just Zhengyang Gate Pailou was rebuilt.

Chairman Mao Memorial HallChairman Mao Memorial Hall
Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, the modern construction in axle wire, is located at Tiananmen Square and original old address of Zhonghua Gate. Covering an area of 57,000 square meters, Chairman Mao Memorial Hall includes courtyard and memorial two parts mainly. In addition, the open time of Chairman Mao Memorial Hall is limited. Just from 8:00am to 12:00am from Tuesday to Sunday. It is one of the most important buildings in Tiananmen Square.

Tiananmen Tower - Landmark of BeijingTiananmen Tower
Tiananmen Tower, the front door of imperial city in axle wire, was built in 1417. It is the outstanding of ancient architecture art, also is the image reflection of feudal hierarchy: the middle bridge carved with dragon was the only way for emperors, named as Yulu Bridge; both sides bridges carved with lotus were the ways for prince, named as Wanggong Bridge; the outer both sides bridges for officials who sit three-level before, named as Pinji Bridge and the furthest sides bridges were named as Gongsheng Bridge for low-level people. Since 1987, Tiananmen Tower was opened to public formally. It attracts large number of tourists to enjoy its scenery.

Snowing Scenery in Tiananmen Square

According to the weather report, Wednesday is an ordinary day. Got up in early morning, I found it was snowing but it would not stop the journey to the museums in Beijing with my colleague - Shintia, and on the contrary, the snowy day made for the museum tour to know the other sides of Beijing.

When we arrived at Tiananmen Square by Subway Line 1, it snowed heavier and all square was covered by the white dress. Because of the snow, the transportation is not very well, and the traffic wardens still standing in the heavy snow and directed the traffic carefully. Standing before the National Museum of China, we enjoyed the Tiananmen Gate Tower from distance. It stands with the flowing pieces of snow, through the fuzzy distance, it seemed like the man was receiving the baptism in the white world and enjoy its baptism resolutely. The red flags still fly in air and showing their beauties to snow which is dance by their small bodies. Even in such day, the symbolized buildings all stand straight and witness the past time.

Tiananmen Square in White Snow

I considered that maybe rare people would visit this square in such snowy day, but the fact moved me deeply. Many travelers stay there took pictures to records the beautiful time in Tiananmen Square, they use their enthusiasm melted the cold temperature and snow. Casually, a person, jumped into my scene with an epoptic dress, who was cleaning the snow on the ground in order to protect the safety of tourists. All others were enjoying this exciting weather and play happily in this square, just the men who were clearing snow kept their posture and worked carefully. Every day, we need people like them to make the society more peace and harmony no matter rainy or snowy.

Discordantly, people in square always advise travelers to take pictures and add commercial aims into such harmony scene. Maybe someone needs their service, but what they do disturbed this peace picture. It is just the thought before we entering the theme. But it is really the expression of my emotion.

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