If you are only in the magnificent Beijing for a short period of time, I suggest going to these incredible places.
Beijing is more welcoming of visitors than ever before. With a population of around twenty million people, the traffic is dense and the crowds are colossal. However, public transportation is cheap: it costs two Yuan (about thirty U.S. cents) to travel anywhere on the metro; and the cabs are relatively inexpensive as well. Due to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, many buildings have been redeveloped, refurbished, and expanded while the number of tourists flocking to the city has only increased. Beijing offers a multitude of attractions to locals and tourists from far or near, but if you are only in this magnificent city for a short period of time, I suggest going to these incredible places.
Tiananmen Square has become one of the most important and widely known areas not only in Beijing, but also throughout China. This large square is centered in the heart of Beijing and is directly situated in front of the Forbidden City. Tourists can expect to see many guards, a massive portrait of Chairman Mao, and persistent vendors.
The Ming Tombs
These tombs are located a bit outside of the main city, but are a perfect stop on the way to visiting the Great Wall. The Ming Tombs house the mausoleums of thirteen emperors who ruled during the Ming dynasty. Tourists can meander along the Sacred Way, a famous walkway where statues of animals are bowing and standing.
This park provides the perfect escape from the bustling city life and is massive. Inside the park, there are a wide variety of paths that individuals can stroll through and assorted temples to visit.
The Forbidden City
Located in the center of the urban scene, the Forbidden City is one of the most beautiful areas in Beijing. This was the location where emperors of the past lived and ruled over the enormous city, so the architecture is both divine and lavish. Tourists are able to view ancient thrones and temples that yield breath-taking views of the metropolitan area.
The Great Wall
Enough said. People travel across the world to walk upon this historic wall and the incredible experience is well worth it. Although visiting the Great Wall involves driving outside of Beijing, it would be a shame to miss hiking upon one of the great wonders of the world. Don’t be fooled by any of the pictures, the Great Wall is absolutely steep and walking upon it will feel like a hike.
The Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven attracts tourists and locals for a multitude of reasons. Older Chinese individuals are known to practice Tai Chi right outside the front gate. Others also gamble and play games inside the park. These practiced cultural phenomena are an interesting sight to behold for those who have never seen them. The Temple of Heaven also contains a variety of sacrificial temples including the mound of the alter.
The Summer Palace
This palace is located in the northern section of the city and is astonishingly large. Members of the royal Qing Dynasty ended up living here and this palace is associated largely with the history of Empress Dowager Cixi, also known as the Dragon Lady.
The Olympic Stadium
The 2008 Beijing Olympics brought developments and new attractions within the city. Visitors can walk along a vast pathway and see the Bird’s Nest where the Olympic opening ceremony was held.