Beijing, the capital city of China, is one of the world’s most famous historical and cultural cities. According to a national annual survey, Beijing has become a popular destination and it is a must-visit city for anyone visiting China for the first time.
Beijing has a history of over 3,000 years and has served as the capital of five dynasties in history for 800 years. In Beijing, cultural heritage sites and scenic spots can be found everywhere. Most of them have been enlisted into the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The culture of Beijing is quite diversified as it is often considered the center of Chinese culture. Its international environment makes the city a multi-cultural melting pot. There’s also a lot of things to do in Beijing, like, Peking Opera. It is a form of traditional Chinese art performance which combines music, vocal performance, mime, dance, and acrobatics. It is extremely popular in the capital and has come to be regarded as one of the cultural treasures in China. Only in Beijing can you get the chance to experience such an authentic art performance. If you visit Beijing in January or February, especially during Chinese Spring Festival, there are traditional temple fairs that offer unique cultural experiences. There are various kinds of folk art performances as well, local Beijing snacks and buy some art works of strong Chinese culture and high quality.
Like many cities, the best way to travel is to experience local life. Our tours will take you into the local residents’ lives, we will visit and dine with them. Courtyard houses and alleys are the main forms where people choose to reside. Courtyard houses embody the Chinese philosophy of “the unity of man and nature.” The current courtyard houses were mainly built from the Qing Dynasty to 1930s. Hutong (Alleys) is the most typical type of old lanes. More than 7,000 alleys scatter throughout the city, each has a story to tell. Those narrow lanes twist through older sections and form an open-air museum where you can happily wander for hours.
The local cuisine such as Peking Duck and Sauced Noodles with Minced Meat are a must-try. Peking Duck is a world renowned dish. The ducks are roasted in charcoal ovens and then served by the cook with spices and special sauce. The taste of the duck meat will certainly refresh your taste buds and look, there’s more. Try sauced noodles with minced meat, it’s the most popular dish had by the locals — a Chinese spaghetti, if you will.
And it’s true. No other city in China attracts more travelers than Beijing. Almost every building of the city tells a story. The former imperial palace Forbidden City stands in the heart of Beijing and is the home to the emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties; the palace complex seems grand and magnificent. Great Wall, the symbol of China, lies in north Beijing is a must see attraction when traveling in this city. Summer Palace, the former imperial gardens of Qing Dynasty, covers a huge area. There are beautiful lakes, palaces, temples. Modern buildings like The Nest (National Stadium) and The Water Cube (National Swimming Center) are also very popular among tourists.
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The iconic Tiananmen Square is the largest central city square in the world, often regarded as the monument that captures China’s essence. Here is where Mao Zedong claimed the People’s Republic of China in 1949. You’ll find famous buildings such as, the Tiananmen Tower, Great Hall of the People, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, Monument to the People’s Heroes and National Museum.
From the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty, the Forbidden City, now is a part of the Palace Museum. It served as the imperial palace for the royal households for nearly 500 years, witnessing the rise and fall of the dynasties. The stunningly impressive complex is touted as the most visited art museum in the world.
Not only was the Summer Palace the playground for emperors but it was also used as a relaxing getaway during the hot summers in the old imperial city. It is often regarded as an imperial garden museum, which is one of the biggest remaining scale of garden. Truly one of the world’s most remarkable and well-designed gardens, a must-see.
Temple of Heaven
Situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing, it is the biggest preserved medieval complex of religious buildings. The Temple of Heaven was where the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties prayed for good harvest, each and every year.
Often trumpeted as being one of the most magnificent examples of ancient engineering, the Great Wall of China is one of the Eight Wonders of the World for a reason. Its epic history and physicality is an unbelievable sight to behold. Many see it as the embodiment of the wisdom of ancient Chinese. There is an old saying which goes that he who doesn’t reach the Great Wall is not a true man.
Prince Gong Mansion
Prince Gong Mansion is situated in southwestern Shishahai. It’s a classic tourist attraction and is known for its breathtaking gardens and mansions. The Prince Gong Mansion carries a lot of historical water and cultural significance, providing insight into how the wealthy Statesmen lived back then.
National Stadium (Bird’s Nest)
Designed to serve as the main venue for Olympic Games 2008 and also in the Winter Olympics 2022, we take a tour through the National Stadium. It is also known as the Bird’s Nest because of its shape. The steel outlook makes it firm yet easy on the eyes. Many view its design as a remarkable feat in modern day architecture.
Unlock the mysteries of the Ming Tombs, a collection of mausoleums built by the emperors of the Ming dynasty. The first Ming emperor’s tomb is located near his capital Nanjing. It is the resting place for 13 emperors of Ming Dynasty. There are 13 tombs and among them are the Changling Tomb, Zhaoling Tomb, Dingling Tomb and the Sacred Road — all open to the public.
Lush and rich with history, Beihai Park is hailed for being home to one of the largest Chinese gardens in the country. The park is not far away from the Forbidden City and it is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved ancient imperial gardens in China and a representative of ancient Chinese gardens. If you like pleasant walks and iconic monuments you’ll love Beihai Park.
Home to about 450 different species and home to some 5,000 animals, Beijing Zoo covers an area of 86 hectares, of which 8.6 hectares is covered by water. It was built in 1906 and was the first of its kind in China. Today the Beijing zoo is one of the largest zoos in the country, featuring 16 different exhibition areas and halls.
As the main venue for the swimming competition of the 2008 Summer Olympic, the official name of water cube is the National Aquatics Center. The inspiration of this design was based on the way soap bubbles come together in a 12 or 14 side cell structure. The Water Cube is an interesting piece of modern day engineering.
Traditional and unique in its original way, the Hutong locale in Northern China offers a special slice of local charm that no other area can match. It dates back from the Yuan dynasty and the alleyways and streets are narrow, the houses are flat and the courtyards are classic. Since the mid 20th Century, many Hutongs have been demolished — these are rare tourist treasures.
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