Beijing is the capital of China and is one of the most visited cities in the world. Every year, millions of tourists visit this amazing city which is a blend of new and old China. No matter which season you visit Beijing, you are always going to find hundreds of things to do here. Beijing features some of the most beautiful attractions including hundreds of years old temples and palaces. While you cannot explore the whole city in one trip, you can visit its top landmarks. See below our list of top 5 things you don’t want to miss in Beijing!
1. Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square is to Beijing as Times Square is to New York City. It is the largest and busiest city square in the world that features several historical monuments and buildings. A large number of locals and tourists visit the square throughout the year which makes it very crowded. This square is home to many popular attractions including the Monument to the People’s Heroes, Chairman Mao Zedong Hall, and Tiananmen Tower. You can also watch the flag-raising ceremony every day at sunrise and flag-lowering at sunset in the square.
2. Forbidden City
The Forbidden City, also known as the Imperial Palace was once closed to the general public. Today, the palace is undoubtedly the most famous attraction in Beijing visited by millions of tourists every year. Dating back to 13th century, this massive complex was the home of the Chinese Government for many years and today it has become a popular spot for tourists. This beautiful palace is the result of 14 years of construction by around one million workers. The Forbidden City is a must-see attraction when you are in Beijing.
3. Great Wall of China
In the north of Beijing, you’ll witness the world famous ‘Great Wall of China’ which is about 5000 miles long. Dating back thousands of years ago, the Great Wall of China can be reached from various sections around Beijing including Badaling, Jiankou, Mutianyu, and Jinshanling. The best place to visit the wall is through the Mutianyu section from where you can hire a cable care which will take you up and down the Great Wall of China. This section is also less crowded as compared to other sections.
4. Nahargarh Fort
If you want to witness the traditional culture of ancient China, you should visit the Temple of Heaven. It is considered as the largest temple for worship in China. The temple is also a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its unique architecture and landscape design dating back thousands of years ago. The Temple of Heaven was constructed by Yongle Emperor and then expanded later by Ming and Qing Emperor. It has also served as the main worship site for the emperors who used to pray here for rich harvest. The temple is surrounded by a park where you can sit and relax while witnessing the surreal views.
5. Summer Palace
Your visit to Jaipur is incomplete without witnessing the beauty of Jal Mahal which is also known as the Water Palace. Located in the center of Man Sagar Lake, Jal Mahal consists of five stories out of which four stories are hidden underwater, especially when the lake is filled. Since Jal Mahal is located in the middle of the lake, there are boats which you can hire to reach the palace. Though entry into the fort is not allowed, you can witness its beauty from outside. During the night, the palace looks even more beautiful when it’s illuminated with lights.