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Beijing, China

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Beijing Attractions

Predominant among Beijing’s landscape is an array of palaces, temples, pagodas and stone walls. These all recount centuries of history and evolution. Beijing attractions remain as testimonials of dynasties and revolutions, of wars and of progress.

Palaces
At the top of a list of must sees in Beijing attractions is the Forbidden City. This was once the Imperial Palace for members of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Today, it houses the Palace Museum displaying vast collections of Chinese antiquity. Artifacts reflect five centuries of history.

To the west of the city is the Summer Palace. It has been described as being aesthetically unique. For this very reason UNESCO has named it a World Heritage site. The display of lagoons, palaces, temples and bridges all in one place, makes this an amazing vision of beauty. It’s one of the most breathtaking Beijing attractions.

Temples and Other Landmarks
Outside the Forbidden City sits the Imperial Ancestral Temple. It was the location for sacrificial ceremonies. These were performed to pay homage to the Imperial Family’s ancestors. The temple was renamed “Working People’s Cultural Palace.” The name resembles a drastic change in the social order of the country.

Across from the Forbidden City, visitors will find the most talked about icon of Beijing attractions: Tiananmen Square. The Square is tied in with the most important events in Chinese history. It was built in the 1400s. Tiananmen Square means “gate of heavenly peace.” It was here where the creation of the People’s Republic of China was announced. Close by you can see the National Museum of China and the Great Hall of the People. Don’t miss the giant obelisk which is the monument to the People’s Heroes and most importantly, the mausoleum of Mao Tse-Tung. He was the Chairman of the Communist Party of China. These are all part of fascinating Beijing attractions.

Other important Beijing attractions and World Heritage Sites include the Temples of Heaven, Earth, Sun and Moon. However, you’ll also find temples from other periods of Imperial China such as White Cloud, Big Bell and Confucius, temples of architectural impressiveness.

In the southeastern section of Beijing, visitors can appreciate a group of Taoist buildings. These were a group of temples used for prayer by Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. They would come to pray to the heavens in a plea for successful crops. In imperial times, the emperor was considered to be the son of the heavens and the manager of all earthly matters on earth. Inside the temple a gallery offers interesting displays of artifacts from both periods.

Pagodas and bridges are also a part of Beijing attractions. Most of these were built in the 12th century. However, the most recognizable of Beijing attractions, lies to the North of the Beijing municipality. It’s the Great Wall of China, the most visited landmark on earth.

Beijing is considered a place of much interest in the world. For this reason, the city was host of the 2008 Summer Olympics, a world event.
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