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What You Should Know More About Beijing
· Do not get involved in fights or brawls with anyone.
· Do respect the local cultures and traditions.
· Do not get indulged in drugs of any form.
· Make sure you do not travel alone in the night.
· Girls please ensure that you do not get over friendly with someone you barely know.
· Do not eat street food without checking the quality.
· Make sure you drink only bottled mineral water.
· Check for the seal before you buy a water bottle.
· Do not buy a bottle from the brand you do not know.
· Before going to a restaurant, make sure you research well about the applicable dress code and dress accordingly.
· Learn a few words from the local language of the region. It can be a good way to communicate with the locals and understand the local traditions and cultures.
· Always book a hotel in an area that is centrally located.
· Avoid staying in any shady area.
· Keep the vendors at bay.
· Do not entertain the touts.
· Do not entertain the beggars.
· Always carry with you at least one proof of your identity at all times.
· Do not leave your passport in the hotel room.Book a room in the hotel that has a room safe.
The legal age for drinking in Beijing is 18 years.
The Imperial Palace and the Forbidden City
Also known as the Forbidden City, the Imperial Palace is the most significant building of China and is a major tourist attraction. The immense size of it was made during the Ming Dynasty from the period between 1406 to 1420. It got its nickname of being called the Forbidden City as the ordinary citizens don’t have an access to the place. Spread over an area of 720,000 square meters, the city is encompassed by 10-meter-high wall. The private quarters here were used by the Emperor and his concubines. Highlights of the place includes the Meridian Gate which was built in the year 1420, Hall of Supreme Harmony which is about 35 meter high and comprises of the beautifully decorated gilded imperial throne, the Hall of Preserving Harmony that was once used as the Emperor's banquet hall, Hall of Military Courage which has a private audience hall for the emperors and a permanent residence. five richly decorated white marble bridges and the Golden River Bridges. Located in close proximity is the Imperial College that was founded in around 1287 by Kublai Khan. It was later shut down in 1900.
Tian'anmen Square is the world’s largest inner city square. Built in 1958 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Chinese Republic, the place can accommodate a million people. It is considered as a center of the Communist China. Prominent highlights of the place include the splendid Tian'anmen Gate which was completed in 1417 and is the Gate of the Heavenly Peace; Rénmín Yngxióng Jìniànbi), the Monument to the People's Heroes and a 38 meter tall obelisk which comprises of 17,000 pieces of marble and granite. Other places to see include the Museum of the Chinese Revolution which has exhibits which illustrate the different stages of the Chinese Revolution of 1919, the growth of Communist Party in China and the Chairman Mao Mausoleum which has preserved the body of Mao in a crystal sarcophagus.
Beijing Capital Museum
The phenomenal Beijing Capital Museum is one of the leading art museums of the country. The museum was opened in 1981 and boasts of a prominent collection of artifacts which comprise of the archaic items of bronze and porcelain, traditional artwork and calligraphy along with several fine statues from the Chinese as well as the other Asian cultures. Other prominent highlights of its supreme collection of over 2,00,000 important cultural artefacts, many of which are originating from in and around Beijing comprise of the huge stele of Emperor Qian Long that has a weight of over 40 tons. It stands tall at 7 meters and consists of a number of ancient writings and scripts. Another modern landmark of Beijing which you must visit is the Giant Egg that is more commonly known as the National Centre for the Performing. The place is also known as the best opera houses of Asia. This building opened in the year 2001 and ever since then it has hosted a couple of world’s leading opera performances. If you are interested in watching a performance, you definitely must visit the place. Watching an opera is one of the best things to do here.
Located just a short distance from the Imperial Palace is the Beihai Park which happens to be Beijing’s oldest surviving Imperial Garden. The park was laid out at the beginning of the 10th century and is a beautiful open space which gets its name from the nearby Lake Beihai. Amongst the most prominent structures here include the Round Fort which has been around the Yuan period of 1271 and 1368; a large black jade vase from the early 12th century; 1690 built Hall of Enlightenment and a meter and a half tall Buddha statues which is carved from a single block of white jade. Other prime features include the Living Quarters of Mei Lanfang who was a prominent male star of the Peking Opera and specialized in essaying the role of a woman; opulent residence of Song Qingling where the widow of the founder of the Sun Yat-sen lived for some 18 years until her death (as of now, the place is converted to a museum and is a great sightseeing attraction); the residence of Guo Moruo where the renowned historian and writer lived from 1963 to his death in 1978 and the magnificent 17th-century White Pagoda on the Island of Exquisite Jade.
The Temple of Heaven
The beautiful Temple of Heaven has been in existence ever since the year 1420. It comprises of a group of some of the most sacred of the Beijing’s buildings. Enveloped by lush vegetation, there are a number of lovely old shrines and temples which are set out in 2 sections – one semi circular and the other one rectangular. The sections together symbolize earth and heaven. It was only here that on the day of the winter solstice, the emperor would come down the Heavenly Altar in a ceremonial vibe to pray for a good harvest. He would then offer sacrifices in the prominently decorated Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. When here, make sure you definitely visit the ECHO wall of the temple that echoes even the quietest of the voices as an effect exaggerated by three unusual echoing stones.
Numerous Historical Monuments
Beijing boasts of a history that goes back to 3000 years. Of these over 8 centuries were as a National Capital of China. The capital city has a variety of places of historic interest. These include tourist attractions such as the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven where the archaic emperors used to perform solemn rituals to avail bountiful harvests, the mausoleum of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty and Ming Tombs.
The World's Grandest Tourist Sights
Beijing is a home to a variety of magnificent sights that set both national and world records. Some of the sightseeing and most important places to see include the Great wall of China, the Forbidden City and the Tian’anmen Square.
Well-Preserved Historic Culture
The significant attractions in Beijing are the zigzagging hutongs which are a quintessential part of the Beijing’s local culture. Set up in 13th century, the Hutongs are basically tiny public alleys that have a private courtyard residence. This is the way how Old Beijing looked like. Huntongs can also be seen as old folk like custom museums which present a window in a traditional manner of life mixed with the maze of narrow streets and archaic architecture.
Lively Outdoor Markets
Beijing has a number of shopping districts which offer a mind boggling array of goods. Apart from the regular shopping districts of the city such as the Qianmen Street or the Wangfujing Street, you shouldn’t be missing out on the outdoor markets that are a major draw for the foreign travelers. Do check out the Xiushui Street to shop for specialties such as silk, fresh water pearls, antiques and a lot more. You can also check out the Panjiayuan "Antiques" Market.
In the China’s capital city, Beijing, people come over from all across the globe. It is the vitality and the diversity of the city which has endowed the city with a myriad of colorful and varied nightlife. A lot of tourists who come here tend to relax and unwind in the bars. The ample number of performances and shows including the acrobatics and the Peking Opera are attractive for anyone and everyone who enjoys live entertainment.
Accommodation of All Levels
Beijing has just about every type of accommodation and stay to appeal to the local and international travelers. Keeping in view the burgeoning tourist industry, the city offers accommodation that can cater to all budget needs – star rated hotels, hostels boutique hotels and inns.
Beijing being the national capital is the focal point of the domestic transportation. It has several direct international flights that will take you to all the major cities of the world. Besides, the rail and air connections too link Beijing to just about every point in China. Moreover, fleets of buses take you all round the city.
In the year 2008, Beijing hosted a magnificent Olympics. Not just the city but rather the whole nation gathered up enthusiastically to partake in the Games. As a result of this, the city has grown cleaner and more beautiful over the years. One visit to this Olympic site will present to you an aftertaste of the glorious moment.
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