Beijing is one of the most spectacular places to visit in the world, holding no less that 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and standing as the capital of China, one of the most dominant and culture-rich countries in the world. Here we have included some of the best places to visit in Beijing:
Forbidden City, Beijing
A must-see for tourists visiting Beijing, the Forbidden City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest imperial palace in the world. Construction of the palace started in the early 15th century and the palace now holds a museum that displays some of the most spectacular artefacts from Chinese history taken from the Ming and Qing dynasties, attracting over 14 million tourists per year.
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Great Wall of China
Mutianyu Great Wall of China
One of China’s most famous landmarks, the Great Wall of China is a vast fortification spanning over 13,000 miles across the country’s northern and western edge. The wall has been constructed in multiple stages dating from as early as the 7th century BC to the more well-known sections built in the Ming dynasty (14th to 17th centuries). Visitors will experience spectacular views atop the walls while having the opportunity to amble across the best know sections of the wall such as the Simatai, Mutianyu and Jinshanling.
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View of the Tower of Buddhist Incense, Summer Palace, Beijing
A UNESCO World Heritage Site located North-west of Beijing city centre, the Summer Palace is a huge complex first constructed in the 12th century and consisting of various palaces, gardens and lakes. These once Imperial grounds are a testament to the brilliance of Chinese landscape gardening with man-made lakes and hills, the most famous of which Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill, offering a backdrop to ornately designed gateways, towers and passages that flank magnificent palaces and temples.
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Lao She Teahouse
Traditional Beijing Opera Performance
Considered to be the best teahouse in China and beyond, Lao She Teahouse brings together traditional Chinese custom and modern sensibilities to create an exciting and unique tourist experience. Named after Lao She who was famed for Beijing-flavour culture, the venue was the first modem tea house after the reform and opening of China to tourists. Guests can enjoy regular performances including Beijing Opera, Chinese Kung Fu and Handeng drumming.
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