When planning a trip to a country as large as China, it is useful to consider why you are going. Do you want to see the pagodas and temples? Or are you more interested in the history of China? There is one city where you can find a sampling of all the wonders that China has to offer: Beijing.
Beijing, located in Northern China, is the capital of the People’s Republic of China and is the second largest city after Shanghai.
The Forbidden City was the political cater of China for five centuries, serving as the home for the Empowers from the Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty. A prime example of Chinese Palatial Architecture, there are 980 of the original buildings still standing. The Forbidden City also houses the Palace Museum.
To the northwest of the Forbidden City lies Beihai Park, one of the largest imperial gardens in China.
Temple of Heaven:
For centuries, Emperors visited this complex of Taoist temples for annual ceremonies of prayer. There were no common citizens allowed to view these ceremonies.
Thirteen Tombs of the Ming Dynasty:
These tombs, which serve as the final resting place for thirteen of the Ming Dynasty Empowers, were designed according to Feng Shui. They used to be completely off limits to commoners, but now three of the tombs are open to the public.
The Great Wall:
Finally, what trip to China would be complete without a look at The Great Wall. Badaling, located inside the municipality of Beijing, is the most visited section of the Wall. This was the first portion of the Wall opened to tourists, and it has undergone heavy restoration projects over the last few decades. Jinshanling, Simatai, and Mutianyu are a few sections also located in this area.
Whatever you are looking for on your trip to China, there is a good chance that you can find it all in Beijing, one of the world’s greatest cities.