Over the span of 5,000 years of civilization, it’s safe to say that China is filled with plenty of culture and history to dive into and experience on nearly every piece of land. The same goes especially for their capital of Beijing; from parts of the Great Wall to palaces and temples, you are going to want to make sure to experience as many unique and beautiful historical sites the city has to offer. Here are some of the main ones to consider visiting…
Also often referred to as the Gate of Heavenly Peace, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is used many times as a national symbol of China. Built in 1420 and is now one of the most visited and historic sites throughout the entire country. The building itself is 66 meters long and is a place visitors usually have at the top of their list to see.
Great Wall of Badaling
This historical site in Beijing is the most visited section of the Great Wall of China and built in 1504 during the Ming Dynasty. Though it’s been around for centuries, it was only until 1957 after it was restored that it was in fact open to tourists.
This famous palace is made up of a collection of beautiful lakes and gardens, making it not only historical but a breathtaking place to see and visit. Also listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a recreational park great for walking, exploring and taking in the natural beauty that surrounds this site.
Monument to the People’s Heroes
This ten-story national monument of China is dedicated to the martyrs of the 19th and 20th centuries that underwent the revolutionary struggle of those times. Very close to Tiananmen Square, this is an excellent option for those wanting to see multiple historical sites in one day.
The Forbidden City
Declared in 1987 as an UNESCO World Heritage Site as the largest collection of preserved wooden structures throughout the entire world. Walking up to this historical site, visitors can feel the immense power behind the structure that served as a home to emperors and their households for nearly 500 years. With the National Palace Museum being located within the Forbidden City, it is often one of the most visited historical places in Beijing.
Very close in proximity to the Forbidden City, Beihai Park was once an imperial garden but presently now a public park. As one of the largest of all Chinese Gardens and built in the 11th century with multiple historic sites within its grounds, this site is filled with history in nearly every square inch of its 69 hectares.
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