Beijing

      Beijing is a city with four distinct seasons. Its best is late spring and autumn. But autumn is taken as the golden tourist season of the year since there is sometimes in the spring of recent years, a yellow wind. We suggest tourists visit Beijing during the months of May, September, and October when people can enjoy bright sunshine and blue skies. An abundance of international class performances are presented in May. If you like winter, you will have other chances to appreciate another landscape of Beijing. After skiing in Beihai and viewing the snowy sights on West Hill, enjoying the steaming hotpot is the best choice, which is really the fun of tour in Beijing. Please keep warm and remember to bring your down garments and sweaters when you visit Beijing in the winter.

      Beijing’s long and illustrious history started some 500,000 years ago. It is here that the ancestors of modern Homo sapiens, Peking men, lived in caves. Records show that Beijing has been an inhabited city for more than three thousand years and has endured invasions by warlords and foreign powers, devastating fires, the rise and fall of powerful imperial dynasties and has emerged each time as a strong and vibrant city. For more than 800 years, Beijing was a capital city – from the Yuan Dynasty (1271 – 1368) to the Ming (1368 – 1644) and Qing (1644 – 1911) dynasties. Thirty-four emperors have lived and ruled the nation in Beijing and it has been an important trading city from its earliest days. Although now Beijing is a modern and fashionable city complete with a full 21st Century vitality, you can experience authentic Beijing life and become acquainted with ‘old Beijing’ by exploring its many teahouses, temple fairs, Beijing’s Hutong and Courtyard and enjoy the Peking Opera. Add any or all of these to your Beijing tour and you will leave with a feeling of special appreciation in your heart for this ancient city that has truly seen it all and tells its story with matchless grace, charm and vigor. With the biggest central square in the world – Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City that is the largest and best-preserved imperial palace complex, a superbly preserved section of the Great Wall,as well as the largest sacrificial complex in the world – the Temple of Heaven, Beijing attracts both domestic and foreign visitors who all come to wonder at its century-old history and unique cultural relics. Dwelling too much on the historical past of Beijing may give tourists the false impression that it is little more than an ancient city in style but this is definitely not so! Strolling around Beijing, you’ll find it has much in common with any other great metropolis elsewhere in today’s world. There are towering skyscrapers; busy shopping malls and an endless stream of traffic that makes the city much the same as others. The most famous and popular commercial circles and commercial pedestrian streets are predominantly located near the Yansha Shopping Mall, Tiananmen and Wangfujing Street, Guomao Shopping Mall, Qianmen Street and Xidan Street, etc. However, although you will find multinational chains with their own brands to offer, nowhere else on earth will you find such a variety of gourmet Chinese restaurants offering the very best of the eight different styles of Chinese cuisine as well as western style dishes. Modern hotels abound, each offering the highest standards of service and convenience. After a day’s Beijing tours, nighttime can hold other surprises for you. These can vary from traditional performances such as the Beijing Opera, acrobatics and martial arts to modern ones including concerts, ballroom dancing, pubs and clubs. Each and every one has its individual enchantment for the tourist. No description of our capital city is complete without mention of the friendly people who throng the streets. Everywhere you will encounter smiling faces and a warm welcome, especially from the children who love to say ‘Hello!’ All these things add up to truly make your visit a cultural experience of a lifetime.

      The full name of the Forbidden City in Chinese should be the Purple Forbidden City. The complex is divided into southern and northern parts. The 24 emperors of the Ming(1368-1644) and Qing(1644-1911) dynasties used the southern part for imperial affairs of state, while the northern part was reserved for...
      Further north, the visitor will see a well (altogether there are 72 wells in the palace grounds) located in the north of the Palace of Peace and Longevity where Pearl Concubine was drowned. This ill-fate woman was a daughter of Tatala Zhangxu, an official of the Ministry of Rites in...
      The Eastern Palace Gate serving as the main gate of the entire palace complex is guarded on each side by two brass lions, which has existed since the reign of Emperor Qianlong(1736-95). Set in the centre of the staircase leading up to the gate is a large slab of carv stone with...
      Treasure Halls In The Palace Museum Before seeing the artifacts in the treasure halls you may enjoy the two pinus bungeanes(white bark pines) in the courtyard. They lose their barks all the year round but not their leaves. There are three treasure rooms, one behind the other. There is a...
      Sculptures The sculpture groups are 6 to 8 meters high and 7 to 15 meters long. The sculpture group to the east of the north entrance represents the period of the New Democratic Revolution (1919-49), and the group to the west represents the heroic achievements of the Chinese people in...
      Monument to the people's Heroes The Monument to the people's Heroes dominates the center of Tian’anmen Square. It symbolizes the respect of the Chinese people for their revolutionary martyrs and represents the heroic struggle of the Chinese people against internal and external enemies. The Monument to the People's Heroes was built...
      Chinese parks are the nation’s crystallization of traditional culture for five thousand years. Beihai Park and Coal Hill Park boast a history of nearly one thousand years. They are the masterpieces among the Chinese imperial parks. As an important component part of the imperial parks, the design of the...
      Baohe hall(Hall of Preserving Harmony) Baohe means preserving things (objects) harmonized. Architecturally, the Hall of Preserving Harmony has no supporting pillars in its front part, something typical of Ming architecture. In the Qing Dynasty, banquets were given on New Year’s Eve and the Lantern Festival (Yuanxiao Festival,the 15th day of...
      Patterned Footpaths On a stroll through a Chinese garden or park, the visitor often finds himself walking on footpaths of colored pebbles arranged in patterns-- a feature of Chinese landscape gardening. These patterned paths are not designed by architects, but made by artisans from beginning to end. The paving of pebbles...
      The Imperial Garden was built in 1417 in the Ming Dynasty. It is rectangular in shape with 130 meters from east to west and more than 90 meters from north to south. Its total area covers over 7,000 square meters, containing more than 20 different styles of architecture with...

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