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Beijing

Beijing
  • Beijing is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. It has been the heart of China’s history for centuries, and there is scarcely a major building of any age in Beijing that does not have at least some national historical significance.The city is renowned for its opulent palaces, temples, and huge stone walls and gates.Its art treasures and universities have long made it a centre of culture and art in China
  • Move through the city by bike. …just follow the hordes of Chinese. If you feel tired, take a taxi, it goes for a song.
  • Eat authentic Chinese food in the markets and the hutongs (narrow alleys). The more it’s hot, the less it might prove harmful
  • Detoxicate of buzzy streets of the capital in a Chinese house internal courtyard. Beijing is famous for its siheyuans, a type of residence where a common courtyard is shared by the surrounding buildings
  • Go through gymnastics, practice Tai Chi or Capoeira, even dance the Waltz (!) with Chinese citizens at one of the dozens of parks of the city
  • At the historical heart of Beijing lies the Forbidden City, the enormous palace compound that was the home of the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties; the Forbidden City hosts the Palace Museum, which contains imperial collections of Chinese art. Surrounding the Forbidden City are several former imperial gardens, parks and scenic areas, notably Beihai, Shichahai, Zhongnanhai, Jingshan and Zhongshan.
  • From Tiananmen Square, right across from the Forbidden City, there are several notable sites, such as the Tiananmen, Qianmen, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, the Monument to the People’s Heroes, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.
  • Among the best known religious sites in the city is the Temple of Heaven (Tiantan), located in southeastern Beijing, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties made visits for annual ceremonies of prayers to Heaven for good harvest.
  • In the early 21st century, Beijing has witnessed tremendous growth of new building constructions, exhibiting various modern styles from international designers. A mixture of both old and new styles of architecture can be seen at the 798 Art Zone, which mixes 1950s design with the new.
  • If you trust your feet, climb the Great Wall of China, the view will fully compensate . It is a series of stone and earthen fortifications in northern China, built originally to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire against intrusions by various nomadic groups. Several walls have been built since the 5th century BC that are referred to collectively as the Great Wall, which has been rebuilt and maintained from the 5th century BC through the 16th century.
  • The Old Summer Palace, originally called the Imperial Gardens, was a complex of palaces and gardens in Beijing. It is located 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) northwest of the walls of the Imperial City, built in the 18th and early 19th century, where the emperors of the Qing Dynasty resided and handled government affairs (the Forbidden City was used for formal ceremonies).Known for its extensive collection of garden and building architectures and other works of art , the Imperial Gardens were destroyed by British and French troops in 1860 during the Second Opium War. Today, the destruction of the Gardens of Perfect Brightness is still regarded as a symbol of foreign aggression and humiliation in China.
  • Mind yourself to avoid tourist tea houses. They΄ll probably swipe you.

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