Beijing or Peking is the capital of the People’s Republic of China, and the second most populous city in the world. In addition to being the seat of power of an emerging superpower, Beijing has plenty of places which are oriental and touristy. Kuoni-SOTC brings you China Tour Packages that will take you to amazing places in Beijing. This blog lists down top ten places in Beijing, which are a testament to these atheist nations philosophical past.
Located at the heart of Beijing, this city was once home to 24 emperors throughout the history of China. This city has 90 palaces and courtyards spread over an area of over 100 acres. You will be missing an important destination from your China tour package if you don’t visit the Forbidden City.
Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is perhaps more famous than the Forbidden City. This wall was built by three warring dynasties: Qin, Han, and Ming. Built as separate walls to defend against invasions, the Qin emperor succeeded in joining the walls together. Visit the Great Wall to experience how it inspires Chinese culture and symbolism.
Temple of Heaven
This temple is as old as the Forbidden City. This temple was used by the Qin and Ming emperors to sacrifice animals for bumper harvests. Visit this temple to understand the evolution of Chinese beliefs on cosmology and their idea of the universe.
This square was once site of a bloody pro-democracy protest in China. This protest was crushed violently by the army which used tanks and heavy machinery against the protestors. Although there were pro-democracy protests in other parts of China, Tiananmen Square is known to be a monument of protests in China.
Visit the Ming Tombs to experience the grandeur of Chinese architecture and culture. These tombs spread over an area of 8Km are dedicated to 12 Ming emperors.
This is the largest and most well preserved royal park in China. Spread over an area of more than 700 acres, this palace radiates natural beauty and over 300 man-made structures.
This former residence of Emperor Yong Zheng was converted into a lamasery. Today it is an active place of worship and a Tibetan temple outside Tibet. Visit this temple to witness an amalgamation of Chinese and Tibetan architecture and cultures.
It is one of the most famous and scenic areas around Beijing. Traditional structures and beautiful lakes surround these lakes. Visit this place for its natural beauty and rich history.
Badaling Great Wall
Badaling is the most visited section of the Great Wall. It is well connected with Beijing by expressway. This section is famous for its celebrity visits. It has been visited by leaders such as Mao Zedong, Richard Nixon.
Juyongguan Pass of Great Wall
This place was once a military stronghold. Visit this place for lush mountains, Chinese architectural marvels, and flowery landscapes.