Beijing in a nutshell, a travellers quick guide

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TRAVEL GAZETTE, BEIJING

There are a wide variety of reasons to visit Beijing, China.

No matter what time of the year, or the weather, there is always something to do.

Due to this, and the sheer magnificence of the attractions presented, Beijing is one of the most visited cities in the world.

The most famous attraction is the Great Wall of China, which snakes its way through Beijing.

There are eight major sections, most of which are well preserved. If you choose to hike along one of the sections of the Great Wall, ensure that you are prepared.

Make sure you have sturdy shoes, and in the summer make sure to bring water, sunblock and sunglasses.

Another great place to visit is the Forbidden City, a large palace complex which was originally built between 1406 and 1420.

The complex burned down and was rebuilt countless times over the course of history, so most of the things you may see date from the 18th century through the time of the Qing Dynasty.

The complex consists of over 9,000 rooms over 250 acres, so a tour guide is recommended. Multilingual tour guide recorders can be rented at the Northern and Southern gates of the city.

In the center of Beijing City, you can visit Tiananmen Square, which is a site where grand parades and rallies are held.

This is where, in 1949, the People’s Republic of China was founded.

On the east of the square is the National Museum of China, and you can visit Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum in the South.

At sunrise and sunset every day you can watch the raising and lowering of the Chinese National Flag.

The Temple of Heaven is located on the Southern part of Beijing, and is considered one of the most holy places in the country.

It holds the royal altars to Heaven, Earth, the Sun, the Moon and other forces of Nature.

Early in the morning, you can see a multitude of people practicing all forms of martial arts.

People also entertain each other with music or quiet games, such as playing cards, which you can join if you so wish.

What makes the entire place unique, however, are the trees. Each of the trees is hundreds of years old, consisting of lines of Chinese cypress, Chinese juniper and scholar trees.

The largest royal garden in all of China is Beijing’s Summer Palace. Resembling more of a park-like retreat, it stretches over ten square miles. It was once a summer retreat for emperors, and remains now was a retreat for tourists.

There are ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, and bridges over a large lake. The scenery is simply breath-taking.

There are hundreds of other attractions in Beijing for tourists to enjoy.

For all of them, ensure to have sturdy shoes, as there will be quite a bit of walking involved. All times of the year, there is something for people to enjoy, and plenty of activities to fill in your time. Enjoy your visit to Beijing!

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