Top five places for Beijing visitors

August 17, 2010 | Posted by Sarah

Qiniandian (the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest), the symbolic architecture in the Temple of Heaven

As one of the most popular destinations in the word, Beijing is home to hundreds of tourist attractions and places of interest. It is the political, economic and cultural center of China. If you want to know more about China, Beijing is the best choice to visit.

Following are the top five places I would recommend tourists to visit:

1.The Forbidden City (the Palace Museum)

With a history of over 600 years, it was the home of the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911). Trust me, this splendid imperial palace will surely shock you.

2. The Temple of Heaven (Tiantan)

As a UNESCO World Heritage Site like the Forbidden City, it was the altar where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties holding annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest.

3. The Summer Palace

It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the summer resort for the royal members of Qing Dynasty, the Summer Palace shows a comprehensive collection of imperial gardens and palaces with natural beauty.

4. The Thirteen Tombs of the Ming Dynasty

Located at the outskirts of urban Beijing, the Thirteen Tombs of the Ming Dynasty are the burial sites of thirteen Ming emperors, also part of the World Heritage Site.

5. The Great Wall

As a symbol of China, no visit to Beijing is complete if you miss the Great Wall. You will be amazed by the creativity of Chinese ancient workers.

Besides, Beijing boasts of many other historical sites, siheyuan (courtyard houses) and hutong(alleys), museums, modern architectures and so on. Also the Olympic sites are big magnets both for international and domestic tourists. In a word, for tourists´╝îBeijing is definitely a feast for eyes and heart .

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