Content posted on Jul 10, 2017

12 World Wonder Places in Beijing

Beijing is one of the world's most populous capital cities and it is located in Nothern China. Imagine of how powerful China is, Beijing is a city that combines both modern and traditional architecture as it is an ever-changing megacity rich in history but also truly modern. Let's explore its history through the beautiful architecture...
 


 




1. The Imperial Palace and Forbidden City (Beijing, China)

The Forbidden City Beijing, otherwise known as the Imperial Palace or the Purple Forbidden City, is located at the center of the ancient city of Beijing, was home to 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is the largest, the most intact and well-protected palace complex in China and in the world as well. The Forbidden City is located directly to the north of Tian'AnMen Square and is accessible from the square via Tian'AnMen Gate.

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2. The Temple of Heaven Beijing
 
Originally constructed during the Ming Dynasty in 1420, the Temple of Heaven (Tiantan, ) was a sacrificial temple used by emperors during Ming and Qing dynasties to appease the heavens, bring prosperity to the empire and ensure good crops for the coming year. Sitting in a large park, the three main altars – the iconic Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, the Imperial Vault of Heaven and the Circular Mound Altar – draw in the crowds all year round. But there’s more to the Temple of Heaven than the magnificent altars, there's a huge park to explore!

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3. Tian'anmen Square
 
Tiananmen Square is a city square in the centre of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen ("Gate of Heavenly Peace") located to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. The square contains the Monument to the People's Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. Mao Zedong proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China in the square on October 1, 1949; the anniversary of this event is still observed there. Tiananmen Square is within the top ten largest city squares in the world. It has great cultural significance as it was the site of several important events in Chinese history.

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4. Beihai Park
 
The Beihai Park located in the center of Beijing City is one of the oldest and well-preserved imperial gardens existing in China at present. The Beihai (literally "north sea") Lake after which the park is named sits on the western side of Jing Mountain and the northwestern side of the Forbidden City and meets the Shichahai Lake in the north. The lake is known together with the Zhonghai (literally "middle sea") Lake and the Nanhai (literally "south sea") Lake as "Three Seas" in Beijing.

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5. The Fayuan Temple
 
Fayuan Temple, located in Fayuansihou Street, Xuanwu District of Beijing, is the oldest existing temple in Beijing. Covering an area of 6,700 square meters, it was built in the 19th year (645) of the Zhenguan reign of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) by Li Shimin (Tang Emperor Taizong) to commemorate officers and soldiers dead in battles. The temple was renovated in 1955, and now it is the site of the Chinese Buddhist Academy and the exhibition center for Buddhist cultural relics.

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6. Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is an immense man-made wall built to keep out invaders. The Great Wall spans 9 provinces and its total length is 6,700 km. Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987, the Great Wall ('Chang Cheng' in chinese) is a true marvel and a testament to the long history of the Chinese Civilisation. As one of the most magnificent ancient defense works, the Great Wall is known as one of the wonders of the world. All tourists now know the saying, "You are not a real person until you have climbed the Great Wall."

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7. Beijing Olympic Stadium (Bird's Nest )
 
Affectionately known as Bird's Nest, the National Stadium is situated in Olympic Green Village, Chaoyang District of Beijing City. It was designed as the main stadium of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The Olympic events of track and field, football, gavelock, weight throw and discus were held there. Since October, 2008, after the Olympics ended, it has been opened as a tourist attraction. Now, it's the center of international or domestic sports competition and recreation activities. In 2022, the opening and closing ceremonies of another important sport event, Winter Olympic Games will be held here.

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8. WangJing Soho
 
The Wangjing SOHO Project is designed as three dynamic “mountains” or fish-like forms that come together and bring together the surrounding community. The juxtaposition of the towers’ curvilinear form continuously changes views from all directions, always elegant and fluid. The exterior skin of the towers are flowing, shimmering ribbons of aluminum and glass that continuously wrap and embrace the sky. Inspired by the surrounding movement of the city, the sun, the wind, it aims to bring together and create a strong identity that anchors the Wangjing area and creates a gateway-beacon that can be seen going to and from Beijing Capital Airport.

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9. Zhonglou Bell Tower
 
The Bell Tower, is a stately traditional building, that marks the geographical center of the ancient capital. From this important landmark extend East, South, West and North Streets, connecting the Tower to the East, South, West and North Gates of the City Wall of the Ming Dynasty.

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10. CCTV Headquarter
 
CCTV Headquarters designed by OMA as a reinvention of the skyscraper as a loop, defies the skyscraper's typical quest for ultimate height. The design combines the entire process of TV-making, formerly scattered in various locations across the city, into a loop of interconnected activities. The building is visible from most of Beijing; it sometimes comes across as big and sometimes small, from some angles strong and from others soft.

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11. Yonghe Temple (Lama Temple)
 
Yonghe Lama Temple, in the northeast corner of downtown Beijing, has over 300 years of rich imperial and Buddhist history. It contains the largest wooden Buddha in the world. Yonghe Lama Temple was originally used as the official residence for court eunuchs of the Ming dynasty. It was converted to the royal court of Prince Yongzheng during the Qing dynasty, in the 33rd year (1693) of Emperor Kangxi's reign. In the 3rd year of Yongzheng's reign (1725), it was elevated to an imperial palace for short stays away from the capital, and its name was changed to Palace of Eternal Peace (Yonghegong). During the 9th year of Emperor Qianlong's reign (1744), it was dedicated for use as a Lama Temple.

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12. Ming Tomb Shisanling
 
The Ming tombs Beijing lie in a broad valley to the south of Tianshou Mountain (Longevity of Heaven) in Changping District, about 44 km northwest of Beijing proper. To the southwest of this valley, a branch of the Yanshan Range suddenly breaks off and forms a natural gateway to the 40-square-km basin in which the bombs were built. Thirteen out of the 16 Ming emperors as well as 23 empresses, 1 highest-ranking concubine and a dozen immolated imperial concubines were buried in this peaceful valley.

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