Beijing is the capital of China, as well as being a contemporary city in North China and the site for many of the country’s imperial past and historic treasures. These include these places that visitors love to see:
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties between 1368 and 1911. It consists of 980 buildings covering 178 acres with almost 9,000 rooms and is the biggest preserved Chinese imperial palace
The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is the longest wall in the world at more than 4,000 miles. It is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, and one of the country’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It was built more than 2,000 years ago and its construction took more than 1,000 years.
The Beijing hutongs are a section of mazes and narrow alleys that link old single-story old-fashioned courtyard houses. Hutong comes from the word "hottog," or well, because in the past the people would built their city around a well after they dug it.
The Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven was where Ming and Qing dynasty emperors came to worship heaven every year to ask for the harvest to be good. It is one of the most holy temples in China and was built in 1420 by Zhu Di, one of the emperors. Its design is said to be an architectural masterpiece.
Built hundreds of years ago, the Younghe Temple was the home of the Qing Dynasty’s 3rd emperor. Today, it is an active Tibetan Buddhist temple.
Tian'anmen Square is the biggest public square in the world and can hold at least one million people in it. The ceremony for the founding of the People’s Republic took place here.