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The Chinese capital of Beijing is a very popular holiday destination with tourists from Western Europe. Beijing as a holiday destination is a great place to visit as it is one of China’s six ancient cities.
You will be able to explore and discover the ancient past of the Chinese capital. Beijing is the home to some of the most spectacular attractions that you will ever see – anywhere in the world. You will be able to visit some prominent and historic Beijing sights including the Great Wall to Tiananmen Square.
A trip to the world renowned Great Wall of China should be your first place to visit. You will find a series of fortifications here that were built across the Chinese northern borders in order to protect the Chinese Empire.
Tiananmen Square is a major draw for visitors to Beijing. It is a large square located in the heart of the Chinese capital. It has played a pivotal role down through the years, most notably during protests in 1989, which later became known as the Tiananmen Square Protests. As well as this it has also been the site of important Chinese events. After your tour of Tiananmen Square make your way to the Summer Palace. This former Imperial Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is known throughout China for its splendid park. The setting of the Summer Palace will blow your breath away as it is surrounded by the majestic Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill.
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A trip to the Forbidden City is a must for every visitor to Beijing. During the Qing and Ming dynasties it was the Imperial Palace. If you didn’t know it before the reason for the name Forbidden City reverts back to imperial times. If you wanted to visit the Emperor you were forbidden unless you had special permission. The Temple of Heaven is a tourist friendly attraction in Beijing. It is the home to the Heaven Worship Ceremony, which was held by the Ming Dynasty Emperors. This structure is China’s largest masterpiece and it is one of the country’s ancient sacrificial buildings.
After learning about them from your tours of the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven you will have to visit the Ming Tombs. The Ming Tombs are scenically located at the foot of Tianshou Mountain. Here you will discover the mausoleums of thirteen Ming Dynasty Emperors.
The Sacred Way is the way to the Changling Tomb. On your journey you will come across the Stone Tablet Archway, Stone Figures and the Great Red Gate. The Changling Tomb is where Emperor Zhu Di – the Ming Dynasty’s third Emperor is located.
If you would like to learn more about the local Chinese history and culture, well then, you should explore the Hutongs. These are narrow streets and alleys that are widely associated with the Chinese capital. They are usually formed by traditional Chinese courtyard residences. By visiting these narrow streets, it is a great way of experiencing Chinese cultural history.
You will have to visit Yonghe Lamasey. This building has been described as China’s largest and best preserved lamasey. It was the residence of Emperor Yongzheng during his time as Prince. This amazing building was built in 1694 during the reign of the Qing Dynasty and it is definitely worth a visit during your Beijing vacation.
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