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Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Beijing


Hello, I am the blogger Dolma. Today, I’m going to introduce to you the tourist attractions in Beijing!
Beijing is the capital of China. In the past 600 years of history, Beijing was also the capital of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Beijing not only has many historical sites waiting for you to visit but also many stories waiting for you to discover!
If you go to Beijing, what attractions are worth visiting? In this article, Dolma has compiled the 10 best attractions in Beijing for you, let’s take a look!

1. The Palace Museum

The Beijing Palace Museum is located in the Forbidden City of the Forbidden City in Beijing. It is a national 5A-level scenic spot, a world cultural heritage, and the first batch of national-patriotic education demonstration bases. It is the largest ancient culture and art museum in China and one of the three largest palaces in the world, with a total of more than 1.8 million pieces. The precious collection is a famous tourist attraction in Beijing.
The Palace Museum
As the royal palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties, the Forbidden City is one of the largest and best-preserved ancient wooden structures in the world. There are many stories hidden here. These stories are submerged in the rivers of history, waiting for us to go. Find.
how to get to?

  1. Tiananmen East: Bus and subway: No. 1, 2, 10, 20, 82, 120, 37, 52, 126, 99, 203, 205, 210, 728, Zhuan 1, Zhuan 2, and No. 1 Metro line
  2. Tiananmen West: bus and subway: No. 1, 5, 10, 22, 37, 52, 205, 99, 728, Zhuan 1, Zhuan 2 bus, and No. 1 subway line

2. Temple of Heaven Park

The Temple of Heaven is the culmination of the architectural skills of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is a treasure of ancient Chinese architecture and the largest architectural complex in the world. With its profound cultural connotation and magnificent architectural style, it has become a portrayal of the ancient civilization of the East.
The Palace Museum
The Temple of Heaven is the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties “sacrificed the sky” and “prayed for the valley”. It is located on the east side of Zhengyangmen. The altar area is round in the north and square in the south, meaning “the sky is round and the place is round”. There are two altar walls around it, dividing the whole altar into two parts: the inner altar and the outer altar, with a total area of 273 hectares, and the main buildings are concentrated in the inner altar.

how to get to?
Take Metro Line 5 to Tiantan East Gate Station.
South Gate of the Temple of Heaven: No. 36, 120, 122.
West Gate of the Temple of Heaven: No. 2, 20, 120.
North Gate of the Temple of Heaven: 6, 34, 35, 36, 106, 111.
East Gate of the Temple of Heaven: 6, 25, 34, 35, 36, 39, etc.

3. Summer Palace

The Summer Palace, covering an area of 3.009 square kilometers (of which the Summer Palace World Cultural Heritage Area is 2.97 square kilometers), occupies about three-quarters of the water’s surface. There are 70,000 square meters of existing palaces and ancient gardens, and it is famous for its precious collections of cultural relics. It is one of the most famous scenic spots in Beijing.
Summer Palace
In March 1961, the Summer Palace was announced as the first batch of national key cultural relics protection units, becoming one of the four famous gardens in China.
It was inscribed on the World Heritage List in November 1998.
On May 8, 2007, the Summer Palace was officially approved by the National Tourism Administration as a national 5A-level tourist attraction.
In 2009, the Summer Palace was selected as the largest existing royal garden in China by the China World Record Association.

4. Badaling Great Wall

Speaking of the Great Wall, people will think of China. The Great Wall of China, which spans 2,000 years and tens of thousands of miles in length and width, embodies the Chinese nation’s unremitting struggle for self-improvement and unyielding patriotism. It has become a representative symbol of the Chinese nation and an important symbol of Chinese civilization.
Great Wall
The Badaling Great Wall is famous all over the world for its magnificent landscape, perfect facilities, and profound cultural and historical connotations. It is a world-famous tourist attraction.
According to historical documents, the Great Wall was first built in the 7th century BC. Archaeological evidence shows that the Great Wall existed at least in the late Spring and Autumn Period and the early Warring States Period in the 5th century BC.
During the war of hegemony and annexation during the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States Period, the construction of the Great Wall met the needs of the security and development of the vassal states. During this period, the vassal states built the Great Wall, used tall walls to defend each other, sought a balance of power, or established an order of communication with each other.
As a physical monument of history, the Great Wall of China has witnessed the vicissitudes and changes of the Chinese nation for thousands of years.

how to get to?
The cheapest way to get to the Badaling Great Wall is to take the subway and other vehicles and get off at Deshengmen and take bus No. 911 directly to the foot of the Badaling Great Wall. The ordinary car is 5 yuan per person, the express bus is 10 yuan per person, and a car is dispatched every 5 minutes.

5. Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square is located on the central axis of Beijing and is the central square of the Republic. Many national symbols such as Tiananmen Gate Tower, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum, and the Monument to the People’s Heroes are located here. Various large-scale celebrations are also held here. The flag-raising ceremony has attracted many tourists to pay their respects.
Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square is the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties issued edicts. Tiananmen Square is located just south of Tiananmen Square. In the center of the square stands the Monument to the People’s Heroes and the solemn Chairman Mao Memorial Hall. On the west side of the square is the Great Hall of the People, on the east side is the National Museum of China, and on the south side are two ancient cities with hundreds of years of history. These majestic buildings, together with Tiananmen Square, constitute the current Tiananmen Square. The whole square is magnificent.
From the founding of the People’s Republic to the present, Tiananmen Square has experienced many military parades, witnessing the rise and revitalization of the Chinese nation.
A portrait of Mao Zedong hangs above Tiananmen Square, with large slogans reading “Long Live the People’s Republic of China” and “Long Live the Great Unity of the People of the World” on either side.

how to get to?

(1) Subway
Metro Line 1 Tiananmen West Station, exit B, and go straight to the security checkpoint of the square, the first train is at 5:05, and the last train is at 23:30.
Metro Line 1 Tiananmen East Station, Exit A, and Exit D can reach the security checkpoint of the square. The first bus is at 5:05 and the last bus is at 23:30.
Metro Line 2 Qianmen Station, exit A, goes through the underground passage to the security checkpoint of the square, the first train is at 5:17, and the last train is at 23:28.
(2) Bus
Tiananmen West Bus Station can be reached by No. 1, No. 5, No. 52, and No. 1 at night. The first and last bus time is generally from 5:00 to 23:00, but because there are night buses, there is no need to worry about not having a car at night.
Tiananmen East Bus Station, 1, 2, 52, 82, and 120 can be reached.
Tiananmen Square West Bus Station can be reached by No. 2 and No. 120. This is the closest bus stop to the security checkpoint, just get off the bus!

6. Ming Tombs

The Ming Tombs are located at the southern foot of Tianshou Mountain in Changping District, 50 kilometers north of Beijing. They are the mausoleum buildings of thirteen emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). built here.
It constitutes a solemn and orderly overall layout, so it is called “Ming Ming Tombs”, and it was listed as a world cultural heritage in 2003. There are currently 4 scenic spots open to the public.
The mausoleum area of the Ming Tombs is surrounded by mountains. There is a winding river in front of the mausoleum, and the scenery is very beautiful. Here you can visit the buildings, and landscapes, and learn about the funeral specifications of ancient emperors.
Ming Tombs
how to get to?

  1. You can take No. 1, No. 5, No. 2, Beijing Railway Station, No. 3, Hongqiao, No. 4, Yongdingmen
  2. Take the 345 branches, 919 to Changping Dongguan, and then transfer to 314 directly
  3. Take the 345 branch line to Changping Dongguan Station, and transfer to the 314 roads to the Ming Tombs.

7. Yuanmingyuan Ruins Park

Yuanmingyuan is a large-scale royal garden in the Qing Dynasty. It was built in the 46th year of Kangxi (1709). It consists of Yuanmingyuan and its attached gardens, Changchun Garden, and Yichun Garden (later renamed Wanchun Garden).
Yuanmingyuan covers an area of 3.5 square kilometers and has more than 150 gardens. In October 1860, the Yuanmingyuan was looted and burned by the British and French forces, which became a humiliating history in modern China.
Yuanmingyuan Ruins Park
Yuanmingyuan embodies the essence of ancient Chinese gardening art and was the most outstanding large-scale garden at that time.
It integrates the culmination of thousands of years of excellent Chinese gardening art and pushes Chinese classical gardens to a new height.
Yuanmingyuan Ruins Park is a famous patriotic education base. It was built in 1988. Only the mountain-shaped water system, the garden pattern, and the building foundation remain.

how to get to?
(1) Subway
Take Metro Line 4: Yuanmingyuan Station, Exit B
(2) Bus
There are also bus lines to reach the Yichunyuan Palace Gate of Yuanmingyuan: 319, 331, 432, 438, 498, 664, 690, 696, etc.
There are also bus lines to reach the East Gate of Changchun Garden in Yuanmingyuan: 365, 432, 656, 681, 717, 814, etc.

8. Prince Gong’s Mansion

Speaking of Prince Kung’s mansion, the first thing that comes to mind is Heshen. In fact, as the largest residence in the Qing Dynasty, Prince Kung’s Mansion was the residence of Heshen and Yonglin successively. In 1851, Prince Gong Yixin became the owner of the house, and the name Prince Gong’s Mansion also came from it. Prince Gong’s Mansion has gone through the historical process of the Qing Dynasty from its heyday to its decline, and it carries extremely rich historical and cultural information.
Prince Gong's Mansion
The ancients paid great attention to feng shui in building houses and gardens. It is said that there are two dragon veins in Beijing. One is the earth dragon, which is the dragon vein of the Forbidden City; that is, on the dragon vein, Feng Shui is very good.
The ancients regarded water as wealth, and in Prince Gong’s mansion, “water can be seen everywhere”. The water of the largest lake center pavilion is imported from Yuquan Lake, and it only flows in and does not flow out, so it is more in line with the theory of Feng Shui to accumulate wealth.
Playing in Prince Gong’s Mansion, the whole blessing culture runs through it. Prince Kung’s Mansion is also known as Wanfu Garden, so named because there are 1,000 carvings of various blessing characters in the garden.

how to get to?

  1. Take Metro Line 6, get off at Beihai North Station, and exit from Northeast Exit B.
  2. Take buses 3, 4, 13, 42, 107, 111, 118, and 612 or sightseeing line 3 and get off at Beihai Beimen Station.

9. Beijing Olympic Park

Beijing Olympic Park is well-known both at home and abroad for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. It embodies the three concepts of “science and technology, greenness and humanity”. The main attractions are the Bird’s Nest, Water Cube, National Gymnasium, National Convention Center, Forest Park, Sunken Garden, Beijing Niangniang Temple, and Tennis Center.
Beijing Olympic Park
Among them, the Bird’s Nest became a large-scale professional venue for Beijing citizens to participate in sports activities and enjoy sports entertainment after the 2008 Olympic Games, and became a landmark sports building and Olympic heritage.

10. Beijing Hutong

In Beijing, a city with a deep history, every courtyard has many stories, and every historical and cultural block is a book about the city. When you walk in the hutongs, you can experience a journey across time and space, feeling The historical context of the ancient capital of Beijing.

A. Nanluoguxiang
When it comes to hutongs in Beijing, the most famous and lively hutong always comes to mind first - Nanluoguxiang.
Nanluoguxiang is an 800-meter-long hutong with a history of more than 740 years. The hutong area centered on it is the most well-preserved old hutong pattern in the Yuan Dynasty in Beijing so far.
The shops on both sides of the hutong are lined up with a dazzling array of goods. It’s delicious and fun, attracting a group of tourists to visit.

B. Brick Tower Hutong
Brick Tower Hutong is located near the West Fourth Arch, known as the “root of Beijing Hutong”. The name Brick Tower Hutong comes from an ancient blue brick tower standing in the hutong.
beijing tourist attractions
The name of Brick Tower Hutong began in Yuan Dadu. There are only a few hutongs that have survived to this day. Brick Tower Hutong is one of them. It has a history of more than 700 years and is known as one of the oldest hutongs in Beijing.

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Author: Travel Blogger Dolma

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