7 wonders to See in Beijing, China’s sprawling capital

Beijing is the capital city of China, one of the most progressive countries in the world. Having an enormous population of almost 21 million people, this city has an exemplary rail system, good roads, and a reliable air transport route connecting major cities. Beijing is the epicenter of China’s tourism and there are many wonders to see in Beijing. Good transport systems are essential in the city, helping tourists tour the city’s many sites. 

From history to sports, this city has so much to offer.

The Forbidden City

Ranked as one of the best tourist attraction sites in Beijing, this city is a beauty. Dating back to the 14th century of the Yuan Dynasty, the forbidden city was named so because ordinary citizens were not allowed in. The huge palace was built between 1406 and 1420. The buildings that stand as to now are from the 18th century built by the Qing dynasty, after multiple rebuilding and renovations. Surrounded by a 10-meter-tall wall, and towers on its four corners, the city was secured as it hosted 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Be sure to get a guide so that you get to hear the history of this mysterious city.

Photo by Ling Tang

The “Bird’s Nest” aka Beijing’s National Stadium

Made famous for hosting the 2008 Summer Olympics, the Beijing National stadium is famous for its state-of-the art architecture, as well as Usain Bolt’s world records in the event. This national treasure also hosts pop and cultural events. The indoor ski slope usually used in winters offers a whole new experience.

The Great Wall of China

A historic landmark and wonder of China, this wall was built to protect the country from invaders. Stretching about a little over 21000 km, the wall is an hour away from the capital. A visit to the area in spring and autumn will assure you wonderful views in the cable-car ride to the wall.

Tian Tan (Temple of heaven)

Built with ancient Chinese architectural designs, the temple of heaven is graced as one of the most sacred places in China. Tian Tan hosts taiji and karate practice groups in the early mornings, other people play cards and listen to music. This temple is the largest of its kind in Beijing.

Tiananmen Square

Designed to be occupied by 1 million residents, the square of heavenly peace is the largest city of its kind. This square has other attractions in it with the China National Museum in the east and the Great Hall of the People to its west. Visiting the museum will enlighten you on China’s history.

Photo by Yang Yang

Summer palace

An imperial garden, the Yiheyuan is vast and served as a retreat center for emperors. Open for tourists, the large tract of land rests on a 10 square mile land, with the Kunming lake and Longevity hill. Visit this vacation area to experience the royalty.

Ming Tombs

With the proximity of the great wall, these areas can be visited on the same day. The site, on the Beijing outskirts, holds 13 of the Ming dynasty emperors. The tombs, Changling and Dangling are the two that are opened to the public after their excavations.

Beijing has a handful to offer, these sights are just the tip of the iceberg. Want to know more things to do in Beijing? This blogpost will tell you about all the highlights of this fascinating city. Do you know any other wonders to see in Beijing? Feel free to leave a comment in the comment section below.

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