Beijing, the capital city of China, is situated in the northeastern part of China, with a total area of 16808 square kilometers (about 65 square miles) and a population of about 12 million. The weather in Beijing is very cold and dry during the winter, and hot during the summer. Itís long history of serving as the capital city of China has marked the city with countless historic and scenic sites. The famous Great Wall (Ba Da Ling Great Wall and Ju Yong Guan Great Wall) is located in northwest of Beijing. We list the Great Wall as one of the most famous attraction sites by itself since the magnitude itself merits individual attention. But there are four must-sees for tourist in Beijing. The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, and the Temple of heaven.
Tourists travel China for China's beauty, long history, and rich cultures. Beijing is the city that remains on the top of the China traveler's list when you tour China. Beijing emerged as one of the first cities in world more than 3000 years ago. It became the national capital in China about 800 years ago. Through the political changes of history, the capital city changes along with it. It was only until 1421 in the Ming Dynasty that Yongle moved the capital to Beijing officially. Large-scale construction was carried out in 1403 to prepare for this move and Beijing's basic city plan took shape during this period of time. Beijing remains a city that is rigidly symmetrical, extending in squares and rectangles from the palace and inner-city grid to the suburbs as it is today. While Beijing has been quickly developed into a super large modern metropolis, the city has still retained the charms of an ancient capital city awaiting visitors from all over the world to explore. The city has countless historic and scenic sites for tourist to visit.
Beijing Top Attractions
The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China , one of the seven wonders in the world. It attracts tourists from all over the world! When tourists travel China, the famous Great Wall is the must-see place. UNESCO lists it as one of the world's cultural heritage sites. Badaling (or Ba Da Ling, meaning place that give access to every direction) Great Wall, located in northwest of Beijing, is the most famous Great Wall and popular tourist spot in Beijing, China. More about the Great Wall of China
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City was the royal palace of Ming and Qin dynasties. It is also known as the Palace Museum. It is about 600 years old and served as the home of the Emperors and their household from mid-Ming dynasty to the end of the Qin dynasty. The Forbidden City was also the ceremonial and political center of ancient Chinese government in Ming and Qin dynasties. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and was listed as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world by UNESCO. More about the Forbidden City
The Summer Palace
The Summer Palace, also named as The Garden of Harmonious Nature in China, is one of the World's cultural heritage site and one of China's AAAA first-class scenic spots. Located about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) to the northwest of downtown Beijing , the Summer Palace is China's largest Royal garden existed. Known far and wide for its architectural splendor and natural beauty, this imperial garden contains 60 meter high Longevity Hill in the north, a wide expanse Kunming Lake in the south, 795 yard (727 meters) long corridor along the north bank of the lake, and spectacular buildings of different shapes and sizes. More about The Summer Palace
The Temple of Heaven
Featured China Photos - The Great Wall of China
Featured Beijing Photos - The Great Wall
The Great Wall of China, one of the seven wonders in the world, attracts tourists from all over. When tourists travel China, the famous Great Wall is the must-see place. UNESCO lists it as one of the world's cultural heritage sites.