Tourist Destinations and Attractions in Beijing, China

White Pagoda in Beihai Park

Beihai Park is one of the oldest parks in Beijing. The park is located at the north of Forbidden Palace. This park was built in the Yuan Dynasty, 13th century, with an 70 hectares area. The Emperor of Yuan Dynasty choose this place to build a park, because of its beautiful view and cool weather.

The park was built near the river. The rivers are flowing around the park. In the front garden there is a bridge over the river, which is part of the river that surrounds the park. The emperor was generally Buddhist, which is based from Tibet.

The park officially become a tourist attraction in 1925 by the local government. The park began to open in the morning, the entry ticket is 10 Yuan. Lots of tourist photographing the garden landscape, ranging from the temples, pagodas, bridges, relief, and ornaments that are in each building. The Nice scenery in this park is during the winter, because there is fog that blanketed the buildings so that the buildings are faintly visible.

Summer Palace

Located about 15 km from downtown Beijing, precisely in Yiheyuan Road, Haidian District. The palace was built during the Jin Dynasty, and later renovated in 1860 because it was damaged during the war.

In addition protected by the Beijing government, the palace is also included in the World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998. The palace was built near an artificial lake covering 300 acres. Uniquely, this palace was built near the hills, so that the position of lakes, castles, and hills looks straight. According to the Chinese philosophy (Feng Shui), this position will bring its own luck. Formerly, this palace is the residence of the Queen Mother Long Qing Emperor. The palace was made in honor for his mother.

In the middle of the lake there is a small island, where local people believe that there lived a dragon. People believe as long as the dragon was living on the island, the local people can be spared from all of disaster.

Jingshan Park

Jingshan Park  is a beautiful garden, which is in Beijing. The park is located on the north of Beihai Park. The park has an 58 acres area, with beautiful views such as trees, ornamental plants, and rolling hills that make this park feels cool. The park was built in 1180 during the Jin Dynasty. This also located not far from the Forbidden Palace. Uniquely, this park is built on a 46 m high hill, does not seem high, but when viewed closely, then this seems very high hill. Strange sight. This is because the flat land in Beijing, so 46 meter just looks so high.

From the top of the hill, visitors can see a clear view of the Forbidden City. Formerly, this park dedicated to the Emperor of Ming Dynasty and his queen, as a place to rest or relax. In the park there are also fruit crops, such as melons, tomatoes, oranges, and others.

Flower festival held every year, thousands of Peony flowers bloom every year in May. Usually  this park is very crowded.

Tiantan Park

This park was built in 1420, and is often used by the Emperor of the Ming and Qing dynasties to worship. They generally pray for a good harvest. Tiantan Park, is one of the world heritage site, this park is nicknamed The Temple of Heaven, because this park is a place for worship by the local chinese community.

There is a dragon decoration on the walls of buildings, pillars, and the roof of the building, which is a Chinese typical symbol. The architectural style of this building is very beautiful, every corner of the building is made with detail and carefully. This temple also have a terrace that made from stone that had been laid out very neatly, and is lined with carved stone fence.

Forbidden City (Forbidden Palace)

If you Travelling to Beijing, this one historic place is a place that you must visit, called the Forbidden City. In this place, there are two very famous of China dynasties, the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Both are the greatest dynasties that was dominate China in the past.

The palace is colored in brownish yellow, with a distinctive shape chinese architect at that time. The palace was built on 170 acres area, and is surrounded by walls as high as 9 feet. Inside the palace there are 9900 rooms. Amazing.

The palace was used as a center government of Ming dynasty at the past. Inside there is also a wall ornament, paintings palace officials, unique ceramics, places for worship, statues,bronze tools, mirror for princesses, a luxurious king bed, and others. This palace is frequently visited by tourists, although it is no longer used as of center government, but this ancient building has become a world heritage site, and is recognized by UNESCO in 1987.

Shichahai Lake

The lake is located in the center of Beijing, not far from the Forbidden City. This lake has 363 acres area, is one of the largest lakes in China. It is a natural lake, with views of the surrounding hills. This lake first used by the Jin Dynasty, until the Ming Dynasty. They make use to meet their daily needs, such as fishing, raising fish, a place to relax, and others. Since the Ming Dynasty era, the lake was turned into a tourist area, planted with trees, flowers, and embellished with the layout of the building located around the lake. And until now, Shichahai Lake has been renovated several times by the local government.

Besides being used as a commercial area, around the lake is often used by the community for sports arenas such as cycling, walking, playing ball, and others. Many elderly people exercise in this place than children. Every morning and evening there are many elderly people who walk in the area surrounding the lake. To complete your visit to Beijing, you can visit this place.

Xiangshan Park

Xiangshan Park (Fragrant Hills Park) located about 28 km from Beijing. This park is a heritage from  the ruling emperor in Beijing at the past. This park is one of the 10 bigest park in China, with 988 acres, equal 400 hectare area. Built in the Jin Dynasty, and continued renovations until the Ming dynasty. The emperor at the time was given name Jing Yi, which means the garden of happiness.

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