Jan 13, 2015 at 04:57 PM
Beijing is a wonderful city with numerous attractions and places to visit. The city offers history and culture as well as art and architecture in abundance. When it comes to the best places to explore in Beijing, you simply cannot limit yourself to a certain number as the places are wide ranging and almost all of them are worthy of visit. However, when we talk about the top attractions in Beijing a few names are such that they deserve a mention here. To start with, the first and foremost attraction is definitely the Forbidden City, which lies at the center of the city and is a great place to unravel the mysterious past of the Chinese history. The Tiananmen Square is the second spot in Beijing where you would like to be in. Again, this attraction lies at the heart of the city and is the right place of all action happening in the city such as rallies, parades and much more. Another top attraction in Beijing that you would not like to miss is the Temple of Heaven. This temple remained one of the most sacred places in China for over five centuries. This is the place where emperors of Ming and Qing dynasty presented their sacrificial offering to the Gods and prayed for good harvests and overall wellbeing. The Summer Palace is another fascinating place that would love to explore in Beijing. This is the largest royal garden in the country, which once served as the summer retreat for emperors in China. With ancient halls, bridges, a beautiful lake and much more, this park is a fabulous place for tourists to relax and enjoy. If you have enough time in hand, you must make a visit to the Ming Tombs, which lies outside Beijing city. Thereby you will also get a chance to explore the beautiful countryside of Beijing. Moreover, a day trip to Ming Tombs and the Great Wall can also be planned as both these sites are located close-by and can be explored in one day. Besides the places named above, there are numerous other top attractions in Beijing such as Hutongs, Olympic sites, Temples, Opera and much more.
Dec 26, 2014 at 02:01 AM
Beijing is unarguably one of the most visited places in the world. Every year finds millions of people come to Beijing to see the capital of China, a fast changing metropolitan city of old and new. There are in fact a great number of tourist attractions and historic sites in Beijing. Some of these interesting places are within walking distance, some are a bit further away. It takes quite some time to savvy everything that Beijing City has to provide.The Forbidden City is the ideal place for one to begin their exploration of Beijing by opening its mysterious face. With over 9,000 rooms and over 250 acres, this large palace building was built between 1406 and 1420. It burned down and was rebuilt, sacked and renovated for times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates back to the 18th century in the Qing Dynasty. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes as you have to walk a lot! There is a Starbucks in the palace in case you need some coffee to recharge you .Lying in the heart of Beijing City, Tiananmen square is the place for massive parades and gathering. It boasts of the largest square of such kind in the world. This was the place when in 1949, from a rostrum on Tiananmen (the Gate of Heavenly Peace), Chairman Mao announced the establishment of the People's Republic of China. Tiananmen Square is circled by Tiananmen (Gate of Heaven Peace) on its north; the Great Hall of the People on its west; on the east of Tiananmen Square lies the National Museum of China,; there are Monument to the People's Heroes and Chairman Mao's Mausoleum on the south. At sunrise and sunset the raising and lowering ceremony of the Chinese National Flag is well worth seeing. Summer palace is a royal garden most completely preserved with richest landscapes and large compact buildings. The Summer Palace was listed as the world cultural heritage in1998.
Jan 21, 2015 at 11:29 AM
Talking about Beijing attractions the primary names that feature are namely the Great Wall of China and the Palace Museum, which is also known as the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City was the regal palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Other names include the Tiananmen Square, the Lama Temple or the Yonghegong, Prince Gong Mansion, and the Summer Palace. The summer palace was created to serve as a summer resort for the royal prince and princesses. Other notable attractions in Beijing include the Confucius Temple, a place where Confucius was worshipped during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties in Beijing. Moreover the Hutong tour is another exciting thing to explore which cannot be missed at any cost. A tour through Beijing's Hutongs is important for a fresh insight into the local people’s life in the city. Moreover the Hutong Tour is best undertaken in a man driven transport called Rickshaw. Ming Dynasty Tombs is another such amazing Beijing attraction. Moreover, there are numerous parks and gardens such as the Jingshan Park, located opposite the northern gate of the Palace Museum. This park was built in 1179 during the Jin Dynasty and has a history of more than 800 years. The Beijing Zoo is one place in the city that fascinates the kids in the city. The Beijing Zoo is located to the west of Beijing Exhibition Center. Beijing Haiyangguan or the Beijing Aquarium as well as the Drum Tower and the Bell Tower are other attraction that excites ad amuses kids. The Drum and Bell towers are located towards the northern end of the central axis of the Beijing Inner City. For the first-time visitor to China, Beijing is a destination that is must-see. Beijing is the political and cultural center of the country. This is one of the most visited cities in china along with Shanghai, Hong Kong and other important cities. Along with attractions, the city also presents numerous activities that are enjoyed by tourists and locals alike in the city. Moreover, the fare of food available in Beijing also delights many. The wonderful combination of cuisine in the city is another Beijing attraction that you cannot miss at all.
Feb 08, 2015 at 02:58 PM
Being a multi-religion country, there are different religions being followed in China. As per survey 85% of people in China believe in some or the other religion. However the remaining 15% are real atheist and doesn’t believe in any religion. In general, Buddhism and Confucianism are being practiced by a large section of the Chinese population. In addition, Taoism, Islam and Christianity are also being followed by different percentage of people in the country. There are large numbers of religious attractions in Beijing, including beautiful temples, serene mosques and lovely churches. Some of the top religious attractions in Beijing would include Yonghe Lamasery, Confucius temple, White Cloud Taoist temple, Eastern Church, Niujie Mosque, Tanzhe temple, Temple of Heaven and so on. The Dongcheng district in Beijing itself has numerous religious attractions such as the Beijing Lama temple or the Yonghe Lamasery, Eastern Church, Temple of Heaven, and Confucian temple among others. The Lama Temple is one of the most frequented religious destinations in Beijing. The Lama temple, which is devoted to the Yellow Sect of Buddhism, has numerous galleries and five halls. The temple has a huge relic in the form of the biggest Buddha statue that has been carved out of a single tree. The White Cloud Taoist Temple is the centre where all Taoist activities in Beijing take place. The history of this temple dates back to as early as the Tang Dynasty. During that period this temple was known as the Temple of the Supreme Ultimate. However, later it was turned into a prominent Taoist temple when a 13th century master who used to taught here died in this spot and was buried in the temple ground. The temple was then renamed by his disciples as the Baiyunguan pr the White Cloud Temple. The temple is now also the head office of the China Taoism Association. The Niujie Mosque or the Ox Street Mosque is the oldest mosque in the city, while the Catholic East Church or Wangfujing Catholic Church located towards the east of central Wangfujing Street is one of the best-preserved churches in the city. There are many such beautiful and unique religious attractions in Beijing that deserves your visit.
Dec 27, 2014 at 06:36 AM
Beijing remained the capital of many emperors for over a thousand years, which made the city a centre of political and cultural activity in China. Many empires ruled the country from Beijing and in the course created massive structures and monuments for the kingdom. Some of these were meant specifically for the royals to use for their accommodation and receation, while others were created different purposes like security, religion and for living and recreation of the common people among others. When you talk about the popular religious attractions in Beijing, the most popular is the Temple of Heaven and in the second number of the Tibetan Lama Temple, also known as Yonghe Gong. The Lama temple is definitely one of the most interesting religious attractions in Beijing to explore. The primary attraction of this temple is its colorful architecture of the 17th century. An active center of Tibetan Buddhist, the Lama temple is a perfect place to spend some peaceful moments while enjoying the beauty of the temple and getting engrossed in its sacred divine spirit. Other sacred places in Beijing include the White Cloud Temple, which is known as Baiyun Guan. This is a Taoist temple being built in 739 AD. It was the most influential Taoist temple in China once. Another popular religious attraction in Beijing is the Niu Jie Mosque which was built in 995. This mosque serves over 200,000 Muslims in Beijing and is definitely the oldest and largest religious center for Muslims in the city. The unique exterior architecture of the mosque is designed in classic Chinese style. However the interior of the mosque is created in traditional Arab style. There are a large numbers of religious places in Beijing, but the Temple of Heaven or the Altar of Heaven is the most popular temple in the city. This temple has been used for five centuries for performing imperial ceremonies by the Chinese emperors. While in Beijing, you should definitely visit the popular religious destinations in the city to attain peace and wellbeing. The aura and feel of these religious places is such that you would like to visit them again and again. And Beijing has some of the interesting religious destinations in China.
Feb 15, 2015 at 05:00 AM
Beijing, the heart of China, is always the first choice of travelers who are willing to know a time-honored and developed city of China. It has been the political, economic and cultural center of China for over 800 years from the Yuan Dynasty. Forbidden City is the largest and the best- preserved imperial palace complex in the world. It has 9,999 rooms in flourishing period with just a single room short of the number that ancient Chinese belief represents 'Divine Perfection' and surrounded by a moat six meters deep and ten-meter high wall. For five centuries, this palace functioned as the administrative center of the country.The Great Wall of China is one of the 'Eight Wonders of the World' and is enlisted in the World Heritage Directory. This immense wall was built to keep out invaders as well as to retain the inhabitants. It spans five provinces from Shanhaiguan Pass in the east to Jiayuguan Pass in the west, looking like a gigantic dragon across deserts, grasslands and mountains. In the downtown area, it is possible to climb Badaling Great Wall .The solemn and respectful Tiananmen Square is the largest central city square in the world, which serves not only the city's symbol but also the whole of China.This immense courtyard is surrounded by a variety of significant edifices such as the Tiananmen Tower, Great Hall of the People, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, Monument to the People's Heroes and National Museum.
Dec 09, 2014 at 11:37 AM
Among the various districts in Beijing, Dongcheng is one that covers good number of places of attraction in the city. Dongcheng district covers in the eastern part of Beijing’s center where many significant and culturally important sites lies. The Forbidden City, which is the heart of Beijing, is placed in Dongcheng district. Other important sites and popular attractions in Dongcheng include the Tiananmen Square, Nanluoguxiang and The National Museum. The Drum and Bell towers and the popular Lama Temple are some other popular places frequented by tourists in Dongcheng district of Beijing. During the time of the emperors, the Forbidden City served as home to royalty in China. Now the site has been turned into a tourist destination with thousands of travelers, both domestic and international, visiting this place every day. In fact, the Forbidden City is one of the most visited and popular attractions in Dongcheng, Beijing. During peak season, crowds has to line up and wait for their turn at the central halls to get a peek at the throne room. Not only this, Dongcheng is also popular for its markets that allow locals and tourists to shop for their favorite articles. The Qienmen Market Street and Wangfujing area are other popular attractions in Dongcheng. Wangfujing is a renowned area for shopping and eating out. For tourists in Beijing interested in exploring the cultural and historical sites in the city has to visit Dongcheng district. For those who want to enjoy night life in Beijing, Dongcheng presents an array of options in the form of night clubs, pubs and so on. Along with fun, you also got to eat and drink your heart out in this district as you have lot many options for the same. The adherence to the old ways is one of the amazing aspects about the Dongcheng district in Beijing. This is the place where you can explore the old Hutongs in Beijing and the hutong communities too. These hutongs are there since the time of the emperors and you can tour these restored hutongs to dig into the past of China. Dongcheng is all this and much more and you must explore the district in and out during your trip to Beijing.
Jan 26, 2015 at 08:00 PM
Beijing is vibrant with amazing attractions, Forbidden City, the most magnificent palace in China; Ming Tombs, an imperial tomb cluster for thirteen emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644); Great Wall, one of the seven wonders of the world; Temple of Heaven, the worshipping site for the emperors; Summer Palace, the grandest imperial garden in China; Sacred Way, a divine road reflecting the pomp and dignity of emperors; Tiananmen Square, The largest square in the world; Lama Temple, a noted temple dedicated to Tibetan Buddhism; Beihai Park, a centuries-old park with marvelous scenery; Hutong, a carrier and mirror of Beijing folk culture. Historical Sites Since Beijing was the capital for four dynasties: Jin (1115-1234), Yuan (127-1368), Ming (1368 -1644) and Qing (1644-1911), it has a wealth of historical sites ranging from royal sumptuous private mansions and gardens to simple villages. Also it is stippled with pagodas and religious temples.
Dec 29, 2014 at 03:36 PM
For local transport in Beijing there are many options. The locals use bicycles and rickshaws along with buses, subways and taxis. For tourists using subways and buses is a good option. Besides they can also use bicycles and rickshaws for short distances. Beijing has introduced the public bicycle rental service in 2012, which is a popular option for tourists, especially backpackers and others traveling without kids. By using rented bicycles you can explore the beautiful places within the city on your own taking your own time. Moreover, they are cheap too and offers good way for tourists to enjoy short trips. Another popular mode of transport in Beijing is the rickshaw, which is again used for short distances. Rickshaws are used for exploring hutongs and for transfers from one pace of attraction to another in case of short distances. Locals also use bikes and motorcycles for commuting within the city. Additionally, the city bus transit system is also well organized in Beijing. Not only it is one of the busiest, it also carries most number of passengers in the world. Buses cover more areas in the city including many suburban areas. Then the option of using subways and taxis is also there. Taxi being a flexible mode of transport in Beijing carries maximum tourists as it is easy and comfortable too. Over the years, subways have become the fastest means of local transport system in Beijing. Subway lines present good connectivity along with being quick and cost effective means of transport. Moreover, when it comes to traveling outside the city, there are equally good options of transport in Beijing. Be it air transport, rail or road system, the city is well connected with other cities in China and across border. There are two airports in Beijing including the Beijing Capital International Airport and the Nanyuan Airport. In addition, the capital city has four railway stations and dozens of bus stations for boarding long distance buses. If you travel across the country by means of road and railway transport, you would get the opportunity to explore the fascinating views of Chinese countryside.
Jan 18, 2015 at 12:10 AM
For easy commute in Beijing, especially to reach the city centre just after landing in the capital, you could use taxi or airport bus. The International Airport of Beijing is at a distance of about 30 km northeast of the city center. And it takes about 45 minute by car in a less traffic road to reach the city centre. Talking about trains to commute in Beijing, the city has two main train stations including the Beijing Railway Station known as Beijing Zhan and Beijing West Station known as Beijing Xi Zhan. It is important to always cross check your ticket to ensure that you reach the correct departure station. Beijing Railway Station serves chief destinations such as Shanghai, Guangzhou and Harbin. On the other hand, the Beijing West Station connects to long-distance destinations such as Vietnam and Hong Kong. Moreover, there are six smaller stations which provide additional regional service. Tourists can purchase tickets at the foreign passenger ticket office in the main station or ask your hotel authority or travel agent to arrange them for you. When it comes to buses for commuting in Beijing, there are over 12 long-distance bus stations in the city providing numerous options for travelling around China. However without the knowledge of the local language, your bus travel can become risky. Major bus stations in Beijing are namely Xizhimen, Dongzhimen and Zhaogongkou. Talking about local buses, they are cheap but slow and crowded in most cases. If you want you can ask your travel agent and hotel official to arrange tour buses for you. For local sightseeing, travelers can use pedicabs, rickshaws, bicycles and taxis too. Bicycle is the cheap ad pleasant mode of transport, which presents wonderful perspective of the city. If you travel through the narrow alleys or hutongs in Beijing in your bicycle, you will get to see the real Beijing. Renting a bike is possible at any of hotels or hostels in the city that you choose to stay in. As such Beijing suffers greatly due to heavy traffic issues in the city, which leads to air pollution. That is why people prefer to use bikes to travel for short distances.
Dec 11, 2014 at 06:42 AM
Talking about Beijing in general, the city was instituted and urbanized with the joint efforts of all the Chinese nationalities from generations. The city serves as a melting pot of long-established Oriental Civilization and the heritage of Chinese culture. The city witnessed prosperity throughout centuries as a capital during various dynasties such as Liao, Jin Yuan, Ming and Qing in the past. The city also witnessed many major historical events and national achievements and together aimed at a peaceful and happy existence. Being an ancient cultural city, Beijing saw the rise of many eminent personalities in its land whose achievement’s contributed splendidly to the national history. Moreover, there were many eminent figures across world who travelled to Beijing and lived here for many years. Marco Polo was one such personality who came to China in 1275 during the Yuan Dynasty. His travels offered one of the initial glimpses into China to the West. Then there was Matteo Ricci who came to China in 1582 and reached Beijing in 1601. He was the one who introduced the Western natural sciences to China. Another thing about Beijing in general is that the city has very early and good relations with foreign countries on principle leading to mutual benefit. However, if you talk about coming into full contact with the outside world, it happened only in the late 70s of this century. This was mainly due to the reforms and open policy approved throughout the country. And this has pushed economic development of the city vigorously. Today, Beijing is rising as a modern city, where ancient civilization meets and mingles with modern achievements thereby creating a new spirit. The city has seen remarkable level of modernization both in terms of urban and rural areas. Off late Beijing invested hugely in infrastructure, which has resulted in improvement in terms of living by improving transportation, communications, environmental protection, and much more. As a whole, Beijing in general is a thriving city with innumerable prospects. The city and its people are lively and energetic and so tourists across the world love to explore the city. Many expats like Beijing so much that they have been staying in the city since years and have made Beijing their second home.
Jan 07, 2015 at 06:12 PM
Cuisines from many different cultures permeate the Beijing dining scene. With literally thousands of restaurants available, dining choices are practically unlimited. And the best part is that you can splurge at a fancy restaurant or dine supremely well (any much more cheaply) at any of the smaller family-run operations located all over the city.It is said that there are two things that you must do when visiting Beijing: One is to enjoy the roast duck and the other is to take a stroll on the Great Wall. There is simply quite nothing like a perfectly roasted duck with bronzed crispy skin and tender, succulent meat. There are literally dozens of restaurants that serve this famous dish, but perhaps the best known are Quanjude and Bianyifang. Fancy Beijing snack is a must in tasting the authentic Beijing flavor. These dishes emanate from many different cuisines, but the Chinese Muslim influenceis the most apparent. There are probably 200 varieties of snacks in Beijing. Most of the snacks can be found at snack restaurants throughout the city. In addition to the thousands of Chinese restaurants, thereare also lots of places serving foods from all over the world.If tired of big dishes all the time, small restaurants offering desserts, milk tea, ice cream and takeaway coffee are comfortable choice. One can sit and enjoy in the small but delicately decorated shops or buy some drinks and candies by the way while roaming about.Some Special Flavor restaurants are enveloped in romantic atmosphere and they are ideal places for appointment between lovers.Imperial Cuisine has evolved over time to be enjoyed by all of the country's people, characterized by complex preparation techniques, the freshest ingredients and elaborate presentation including colorful vegetable carvings. It is the foundation of Beijing cuisine. Probably the finest expression of classic imperial cooking is the Tan Jia cuisine served at the Beijing Hotel.Apart from KFC, McDonald's and other well-known western fastfood shops, there is no lack of Chinese, Japanese and special flavor (such as curry) fastfood restaurants in Beijing, some of which are chain shops.