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Beijing Top Attractions

Top 4 things to see and do in Beijing

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    Picture of the Great Wall of China
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    Stretching well over 3,948 miles in length, the Great Wall of China is one of the few man-made structures visible from space. The wall follows from east to west, and its history goes back for over 2000 years. While much of the wall has come to ruin, it is one of the most historical architectural design pieces globally and is a must-see when visiting China.

    Somewhere around the 7th century B.C, walls were built to help deter enemies coming from the north. When the Qin Dynasty came to be, the Wall expanded and continued even during the Ming Dynasty ...

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    A lion statue within the Forbidden City.

    Forbidden to outsiders no longer, enter the Forbidden City, the most famous attraction in the heart of Beijing, China, and see the former imperial palace, which now houses the Palace Museum. For almost five hundred years, from the mid-Ming Dynasty until the end of the Qing Dynasty, the Forbidden City was the Emperor's home and the Emperor's household. It was the political and ceremonial center of the Chinese government. 

    The Forbidden City of China took 15 years to build and was constructed between 1406 and 1420. Surviving within the ancient complex are 980 buildings and a total of 8,707 rooms ...

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    The Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China.

    The Temple of Heaven is considered one of the holiest sites in China, particularly for Taoists who believe in Heaven worship. The Temple of Heaven is located south of the Forbidden City and is the place of worship for the monarchs of China. The Chinese royalty (primarily of the Qing and Ming dynasties) go to the temple to pray for a good harvest via elaborate ceremonies and sacrifices.

    The temple is made up of a set of Taoist buildings standing on over 6,000 acres of land. This makes it three times as large as the Forbidden City ...

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    Part of the Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

    Tiananmen Square is not just your ordinary park. It is replete with history, history that shook not only China but the whole world. Tiananmen Square (which literally means 'Gate of Heavenly Peace') sits right at the heart of the city of Beijing and is an important tourist spot. Built in 1417 during the Ming Dynasty, it was the site where ceremonies of state were celebrated. Here, emperors made their important pronouncements and edicts before the people of China ...

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