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Escorted Tour - Beijing Overview

Peking man, Ming dynasty emperors, Chairman Mao and 17 million residents have made their mark on modern-day Beijing. A capital of exhilarating extremes with its glittering skyscrapers, mazy hutongs and enigmatic Forbidden City -- nowhere is China's rapid progress and rich imperial history more tangible. But in a city so enormous, it's the little experiences that are most memorable -- whether it's graceful tai chi moves in the parks, spicy hot pot on lantern-lit Ghost Street or the lakefront serenity of the Summer Palace.

Renowned Beijing Tourist Attractions
Tian’anmen Square


This is the world's largest public square, the size of 90 American football fields (40 hectares/99 acres), with standing room for 300,000 people. It is surrounded by the Forbidden City in the north, the Great Hall of the People in the west, and the museums of Chinese History and Chinese Revolution in the east. In the center of the square stands the Monument to the People's Heroes (RenminYingxiongJinianBei), a 37m (121-ft.) granite obelisk erected in 1958, engraved with scenes from famous uprisings and bearing a central inscription (in Mao's handwriting): THE PEOPLE'S HEROES ARE IMMORTAL. The twin-tiered dais is said to be an intentional contrast to the imperial preference for three-tiered platforms; the yin of the people's martyrs contrasted with the yang of the emperors.

The Forbidden City


The universally accepted symbol for the length and grandeur of Chinese civilization is undoubtedly the Great Wall, but the Forbidden City is more immediately impressive. A 720,000-sq.-m (7,750,016-sq.-ft.) complex of red-walled buildings and pavilions topped by a sea of glazed vermilion tile, it dwarfs nearby Tian'an Men Square and is by far the largest and most intricate imperial palace in China. The palace receives more visitors than any other attraction in the country (over seven million a year, the government says), and has been praised in Western travel literature ever since the first Europeans laid eyes on it in the late 1500s. Yet despite the flood of superlatives and exaggerated statistics that inevitably go into its description, it is impervious to an excess of hype, and it is large and compelling enough to draw repeat visits from even the most jaded travelers. Make more time for it than you think you'll need.

The Temple of Heaven


At the same time that the Yongle emperor built the Forbidden City, he also oversaw construction of this enormous park and altar to Heaven directly to the south. Each winter solstice, the Ming and Qing emperors would lead a procession here to perform rites and make sacrifices designed to promote the next year's crops and curry favor with Heaven for the general health of the empire. It was last used for this purpose by the president of the Republic, Yuan Shikai, on the winter solstice of December 23, 1914, updated with photographers, electric lights (the height of modernity at the time), and a bulletproof car for the entrance of the increasingly unpopular president. This effectively announced his intent to promote himself as the new emperor, but few onlookers shared his enthusiasm. Formerly known as the Temple of Heaven and Earth, the park is square (symbolizing Earth) in the south and rounded (symbolizing Heaven) in the north.

The Summer Palace


This expanse of elaborate Qing-style pavilions, bridges, walkways, and gardens, scattered along the shores of immense Kunming Lake, is the grandest imperial playground in China, constructed from 1749 to 1764. Between 1860 and 1903, it was twice leveled by foreign armies and rebuilt; hence it is often called the New Summer Palace, even though it predates the ruined Old Summer Palace (Yuan Ming Yuan). The palace is most often associated with the Empress Dowager Cixi, who resided here for much of the year and even set up a photographic studio. The grounds were declared a public park in 1924 and spruced up in 1949.

The Great Wall (Badaling Section)


Badaling Section of the Great Wall is the best-preserved section, certainly, as well as the most-visited one. It is located in Yanqing County, 72km (45mi) northwest to Beijing. The mountain that the wall snakes is the main peak of Jundu Mountain Range. The most popular great wall is Badaling Great Wall as it is restored earlier and near Beijing. But as the reputation of Badaling increasingly higher, this Great Wall section is more and more crowd. Badaling Section is the essential part of the Ming Great Wall and outpost of Junyongguan Pass. It offers a rich learning chance of military defensive project of the ancient China. Inner side of the walls is wide enough for 5 horses to ride abreast. To ensure its defensive potential, wall rocks are drilled out some holes for arrow shooting; moats are built inside and outside the wall; 43 watchtowers stand up on the mountain ridgeline.

Recommended Tours:

Tour Lines Tentative Duration Rate (USD)
The Great Wall,
Summer Palace,
Temple of Heaven,
Forbidden City,

Nanluoguxiang.
Two days
Service include:
2 night accommodations, one way air ticket, admission fee, English speaking tour guide and meals.
1199/pax

 

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