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.
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.
Museums in Beijing are places to get a glimpse of the origin of the Chinese people, the history of China and Chinese culture, including architecture, printing, painting and other aspects.
Mountains and Forest Parks
In the west and south of Beijing, mountains offer beautiful natural scenery in a bountiful and gracious manner. Luxuriant trees, tall or short, form many natural forest parks and scenic areas with pure water and fresh air. Really great places to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city and clear one's mind!
Valleys and Gullies, Caves
Due to its mountainous landform, Beijing is riddled with numerous valleys, gullies and gorges in its western area. The brooks trickle through the glens, majestic waterfalls rush down from atop, and bird songs occasionally break the silence of the woods. Caves seem to be playing 'hide-and-seek' while the wonders of nature unfold inside.
Parks & Lakes
Beijing is dotted with many parks and lakes and some parks even feature different themes. Yuyuantan Park is most noted for its cherry blossoms, Zizhuyuan Park is characterized by its various bamboos, while Lianhuachi Park highlights the lotus.