Top Beijing attractions | Private jet charter
Beijing, China’s second largest city, has been the country’s political, cultural and economic heartbeat for more than 800 years. Located in the north west of China, near the foothills of the Yanshan mountains, Beijing (formerly Peking) has a wealth of attractions for visitors.
Here are 7 top attractions in Beijing for visitors:
Translated as the Square of Heavenly Peace, this enormous public square was constructed in 1958 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Chinese Republic. Incredibly it can accommodate up to one million people and has been a place of unrest as well as public celebration. Look out for the 38m-high granite and marble obelisk monument to the People’s Hero, as well as Tiananmen Gate which was the former entrance to the Imperial City.
Imperial Palace (Forbidden City)
Dating back to the 13th-century Yuan Dynasty, this beautiful palace has been the royal residence for 24 Ming and Qing Emperors. It became known as the Forbidden City as entrance for commoners was forbidden. The complex is huge – some 720,000 square kilometres, surrounded by a 10m-high wall and a 50m moat. You could easily spend a day here taking in the majesty of the Meridian Gate, the Golden River Bridges, the Hal of Supreme Harmony and the Hall of Military Courage.
Temple of Heaven
Even larger than the Forbidden City, the massive Temple of Heaven complex is where Ming and Qing Dynasty rulers hosted their Heaven Worship Ceremonies. Divided by two encircling walls into an inner and outer areas, the principal buildings are located at the south and north ends. Don’t miss the Circular Mound, Altar, the Imperial Valut of Heaven and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest.
Beijing National Stadium
Nicknamed the Bird’s Nest after its striking interlocking design, the national stadium was the site of the Summer 2008 Olympics and now hosts cultural events, football matches and concerts. If you visit in winter, take advantage of the world’s largest man-made indoor ski slope. Close by is the National Aquatics Center, part of which is now the Watercube Waterpark.
This beautiful lakeside retreat, built for China’s ruling families, is a collection of lakes, gardens and palaces with beautiful landscaped grounds. Go early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds.
Take a guided tour to the Ming Tombs, just 50km north of Beijing. This spectacular burial site houses the mausoleums of 13 Ming Dynasty Emperors, all positioned in the shape of a fan, except for the single Siling Tomb. The area was designed to reflect the unity of heaven and humanity and is a beautiful space for quiet contemplation away from the bustle of the Beijing metropolis.
Great Wall in Beijing
You can combine a visit to the Great Wall at Badaling with a tour of the Ming Tombs. The section of the Great Wall at Badaling is the best preserved and as a result it is often crowded. A better option in peak times would be to visit the Mutianyu section with its towers and temples. The Great Wall in Beijing is an incredible 356 miles and built to defend the former Peking, one of the most strategic of China’s northern cities.
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