Beijing Travel Guide
Beijing, the capital of China, political and cultural Center, has more than 3,000 years of history, so there are many world-renowned historical sites, which has attracted lots of foreign tourists here to feel the profound history and culture of this city. As one of the most important cities in China, Beijing's economy is also developing rapidly. Therefore, in addition to historical sites, there are many food, shopping, entertainment and local tourist attractions. If this is your first time coming to China, Beijing must be one of the cities that you don't want to miss.
What Can You See/Experience in Beijing?
Historical Sites (Travelling)
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City, Chinese (Pinyin) Zi Jincheng, is a palace complex in the center of Beijing, China. Founded in 1406 by Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty, it is a royal palace in the Ming and Qing dynasties. The reason why it is named the Forbidden City is that most of the ministers and civilians in the area are unable to enter, and government officials and even members of the royal family can only have limited access; Only the emperor can enter any area at will. This complex was designated a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1987 to recognize its importance as the center of power in China for five centuries, its unparalleled architecture and its current role as a palace art and history museum. The Forbidden City of Beijing is one of the largest and best-preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
The Forbidden City
The Great Wall
The Great Wall, a military fortification in ancient China, is a tall, solid and continuous wall used to limit the actions of the enemy. The Great Wall is not a simple isolated wall, but a defensive system with the wall as the main body and it is also an ancient defense project with the longest construction time and the largest quantities in the world. After Qin conquered the other six countries and united ancient China, the First Emperor of Qin connected and repaired the Great Wall in the Warring States Period, which became known as the Great Wall. The Ming Dynasty was the last dynasty to overhaul the Great Wall. Most of the Great Wall we see now was built at this time. There is a saying in China: "There is a saying in China: "One who fails to reach the Great Wall is not a hero". Thus, in order to prove that they have been to Beijing or that they are heroes, tourists must climb the Great Wall in person, which is very interesting.
The Great Wall
The Ming Tombs
The Ming Tombs were built between 1409 and 1645, covering an area of 40 square kilometers, and they are the largest imperial mausoleum complex in China and even in the world with the largest number of tombs for emperors and empresses. Thirteen emperors, twenty-three empresses, two princes, more than thirty concubines and one eunuch were buried here. There were sixteen emperors in the Ming Dynasty, two of whom were buried elsewhere, one unknown, and the other thirteen buried in Tianshou Mountain, so they were called "Thirteen Ming Tombs". The ancient imperial tombs and memorial ceremonies in China are very different from those in western countries, so the Ming Tombs will give you great cultural shock and experience.
The Ming Tombs
The Temple of Heaven Park
The Temple of Heaven Park is located in the south of Beijing, China, covering an area of about 2.73 million square meters. The Temple of Heaven was built in 1420, the 18th year of the Yongle in the Ming Dynasty and it was rebuilt during the reign of Qianlong and Guangxu in the Qing Dynasty. Now, it is a world cultural heritage. In the Ming and Qing dynasties, the Temple of Heaven Park was a place for emperors to worship heaven and pray for a bumper harvest of grain. According to historical records, there were official activities of offering sacrifices to Heaven, which can be traced back to the Xia Dynasty in the slavery society in 2000 BC. The ancient Chinese emperors called themselves "the Son of Heaven", and they revered God very much. The Temple of Heaven is famous for its rigorous architectural layout, unique architectural structure and magnificent architectural decoration.
Beijing Ancient Observatory
The Beijing Ancient Observatory, built in the orthodox years of the Ming Dynasty, is one of the oldest observatories in the world. It is famous for its complete architecture, exquisite instruments, long history and unique position in the cultural exchange between the East and the West and it was called the "Star Observatory" in the Ming Dynasty and it was also the royal observatory of the Ming and Qing dynasties in China. Here, you can see many instruments and equipment used by ancient people to observe celestial phenomena. These instruments all reflect the ancients' yearning and admiration for the sky and their wisdom. You will be shocked by the wisdom of the ancient people.
The Temple of Heaven Park
Snack Street (Eating)
This street is also an excellent place for the concentrated display of food in the capital today. Guijie is surrounded by many embassies, which also allows foreign tourists and foreign staff in Beijing to easily taste authentic Chinese food. Gui Street is also known as the catering street in Beijing. When you play in the middle of the night, the lively Guijie Street is ablaze with lights, which will surely make you feel another great charm of Beijing. Gui Street, this street is always shining with dazzling light in the city with fading night. Here, you can eat Lamb Spine Hot Pot, spicy crayfish, braised and roasted fish and so on.
Wangfujing Food Alley
Wangfujing Snack Street is a gathering place of famous snacks in Beijing and other places. There are more than 100 shops and stalls in the street. It is a market specializing in Beijing and other local snacks, tourist souvenirs, and folk crafts. Wangfujing Snack Street covers an area of more than 2000 square meters, and Wangfujing Snack Street covers an area of more than 1000 square meters. It is fully equipped and operates all day. It represents the local eating habits and customs in Beijing. Here, you can't miss mutton, fried tripe and jellied beancurd.
South Luogu Lane
It is one of the oldest streets in Beijing. It is a chessboard-style traditional residential area with the largest scale, the highest grade and the richest resources in China. And it is also the street with the most ancient Beijing style. The mansions and courtyards in various shapes in the surrounding hutongs are colorful and profound. South Luogu Lane and its surrounding areas were once the center city in the Yuan Dynasty and during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The streets and alleys here were full of dignitaries and dignitaries, and there were countless royal residences. Until the collapse of the Qing Dynasty, the prosperity of Nanluogu Alley also slowly ended. Now it is a popular snack street for local people in Beijing. Jishiguo is one of the top ten delicacies in South Luogu Lane. It is made by kneading the wheat flour paste into strips, frying them in the oil pan, and then pouring ice cream. Spanish fried dough sticks, dipped with various jams and ice cream, are a strange combination, and the taste will make you fall in love once you taste it.
Huguo Temple Snack Street
Beijing Huguo Temple Snack Street can be regarded as the best and cheapest snack street in Beijing. It gathers a lot of traditional Chinese food. As long as you come here, every snack shop here is guaranteed to make you satisfied, and all snacks are inexpensive. Huguo Temple snack is one of the representatives of local snacks in Beijing. It is famous for its rich variety and profound historical and cultural heritage. Beijing Huguo Temple Snack Street can be regarded as the best and cheapest snack street in Beijing and it gathers a lot of traditional Chinese food. As long as you come here, every snack shop here is guaranteed to make you satisfied, and all snacks are inexpensive. The food recommended in the Huguo Temple Snack Street is Fried Sugar Cake, Fried Chop Rice Cake.
Entertainment Attractions (Entertaining)
Universal Beijing Resort
Universal Beijing Resort is the third Universal Studios theme park in Asia and the fifth in the world. Universal Beijing Resort covers an area of more than 4 square kilometers, including seven theme scenic spots, 37 riding entertainment facilities and landmark attractions, 24 entertainment performances, 80 restaurants and 30 retail stores. Theme parks include Harry Potter, Transformers, Kung Fu Panda, etc. As the newly built Universal Resort in Asia, Universal Beijing Resort is one of the destinations that must be visited. Here you can experience the combination of entertainment and technology, which will be an impressive experience.
Beijing Happy Valley
Beijing Happy Valley is a national tourist attraction and an international and modern theme park. Beijing Happy Valley is composed of seven cultural theme areas: fjord forest, Aegean Harbor, Lost Maya, Shangri La, Dessert Kingdom, Atlantis, Happy Times, and through theme cultural packaging and story interpretation, it presents the ecological environment and regional culture of the earth to tourists in the form of architecture, sculpture, garden, mural, performance, amusement and other forms. No matter what age group you are, you will find your favorite place here to meet your needs.
Beijing Wildlife Park
Beijing Wildlife Park displays wild animals in the form of free-range and mixed breeding. It is divided into three animal exhibition areas: self-driving tourist area, walking tourist area and animal experience area. More than 80 theme animal venues have been built, replacing the traditional cage viewing mode with modern barrier-free omnidirectional stereo viewing. The park highlights the word of "wild", reflecting the word "love". With the purpose of "protecting animals and forests", it highlights the theme of returning to nature of "animals and people, animals and forests", plays up the atmosphere of "people, animals and forests", and brings people closer to animals. If you are an animal lover or explorer and want to have close contact with wild animals, Beijing Wildlife Park is undoubtedly your best choice.
Shopping Mall (Shopping)
On April 19, 2007, Beijing SKP was grandly opened, targeting high-end luxury and fashion. It is one of the most iconic fashion luxury department stores in the world, and also the ultimate fashion lifestyle and shopping destination in Beijing. SKP owns flagship stores, boutiques and concept stores of international famous products including HERMÈS, CHANEL, LOUIS VUITTON, DIOR, GUCCI, PRADA, etc. Through a series of transformation and upgrading, it will bring new feelings to consumers and meet their personalized and diversified emotional needs. Beijing SKP not only innovated the global standard of the fashion luxury department store industry, became a high-end luxury department store in the world, but also reinterpreted the definition of fashion luxury department store business, and established an innovative fashion lifestyle destination for consumers. If you want to experience high-end and luxurious shopping, please go to SKP.
Beijing Yintai Centre
Beijing Yintai Center is located in the core area of Beijing CBD. The main building of Beijing Yintai Center is composed of three parts: the most noble boutique hotel Beijing Park Hyatt Hotel, the modern luxury apartment Park Hyatt House and the exclusive mansion-style apartment Park Hyatt House. The Beijing Yintai Center Mall connects the three towers together, of which four floors (three floors above the ground and one floor below the ground) are commercial supporting facilities, gathering flagship stores of top luxury brands, conference and banquet facilities, Chinese and Western restaurants, fitness and leisure facilities, etc. It is a high-grade commercial, leisure, health, food and entertainment destination with a new concept.
TaiKoo Li Sanlitun, the first comprehensive commercial project of Taikoo Real Estate in mainland China, is an open shopping area, which is composed of 19 low-density contemporary buildings. The whole project is divided into two areas: the south and the north, which are integrated with the surrounding buildings in the same area while maintaining relative independence. It integrates fashion, shopping, music, business and art from all over the world. Now Sanlitun has become a landmark fashion and modern urban tourist attraction in Beijing, attracting Chinese and foreign tourists. Sanlitun is a place where young people gather, full of vitality and freshness.
Chaoyang Joy City
Chaoyang Joy City has a superior geographical location and convenient transportation. Thanks to the eastward shift of the center of urban development, it has gathered many high-end residences in the area, gradually becoming the "central living area", the first choice for Beijing's newly rich and high-class urban white-collar people to buy real estate. Compared with the first three shopping centers, Chaoyang Joy City is relatively affordable, user-friendly, with a wider audience and more choices. Here, customers can also choose their favorite products with good quality and low prices.
Other Choices for Travelling in Beijing (Block and Park)
Qianmen Street is a very famous commercial street in Beijing. There are very famous snacks, such as Quanjude Roast Duck and Qing-Feng Steamed Dumpling Shop. In addition to food, the most famous one on Qianmen Street is Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, which is also the fourth wax museum in China. In the wax museum, the wax figures on display include movie stars, music stars, sports stars and Chinese and foreign celebrities. These wax figures are so lifelike that tourists have the illusion that they really see the real people. Besides, there is also a special place where can make history reappears, "revives" history so that tourists can truly immerse themselves in history and become historical witnesses. That is really interesting.
Shijia Hutong Museum
Hutong is one of the sites that can best reflect the culture and history of Beijing, and it is also one of the scenic spots that can be observed directly. The Shijia Hutong Museum, the first Hutong Museum in Beijing, is a miniature restoration of 130 courtyards and a large part of it is on display. If tourists are interested in the local culture of Beijing or want to experience the life of old Beijing first-hand, the Shijia Hutong Museum is definitely the best place to go. In the Hutong Museum, you can still hear the "old voice" of the Hutong. In the exhibition hall of Time Memory, many audiences are attracted by a special room. This small workshop, like a recording studio, is equipped with professional audio equipment. As long as you click the touch screen, you can hear different "alley sounds". Tourists who like retro and nostalgia can experience the memory of the times here.
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In Beijing, you can not only see natural scenic spots, cultural wonders, and temples and monasteries. In addition, you can also experience the unified cultural tourism experience of the ancient city in all aspects of food, accommodation, transportation, travel, shopping and entertainment. You can enjoy the perfect combination of historical heritage, modern technology and fashion. Traveling with Odynovo, you'll see the best of Beijing in a private tour.
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