Visit Two Famous Historical Sites In Beijing

Visit Two Famous Historical Sites in Beijing

Beijing is the capital of China; it is the nation’s cultural, political, and educational hub. For more than 800 years, Beijing has served as the capital of the country. Today, being as one of the most famous travel destinations in the world, Beijing has attracted the attention of thousands of visitors around the world. The city has many places of scenic beauty, and especially, it has numerous historical landmarks that now become the pride and the symbol of Chinese people. China is not China without its history; a long continuous history which dates back for more than 4,000 years. The admiration the world gives to China comes from its best preserved landmarks. Among numerous historic interests, The Forbidden City and The Temple of Heaven are some of the most remarkable sites in Beijing that you can not miss when in Beijing.

The Forbidden City

A View of The Forbidden City

A View of The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is recognized by UNESCO as the World Cultural Heritage Site. It is the largest ancient palatial structure in the world and the best preserved imperial palace in China. Located in the middle of Beijing, the Forbidden City is the first stop of many visitors because they can access easily. Its beauty and architecture is now considered as a feature of the city. Visiting there you will be marveled at the city’s splendid architecture that represents the essence of traditional Chinese architectural accomplishment of the Ming dynasty. Since 1952, it has been under the charge of the Palace Museum. People around the world come to contemplate the extensive collection of artwork and artifacts were built upon the collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Together with the Palace of Versailles in France, Buckingham Palace in the UK, the White House in the US and the Kremlin in Russia, the Forbidden City is recognized as one of the most important five palaces of the world.

The Temple of Heaven

Qing Dynasty Costumes Perform at The Temple of Heaven

Qing Dynasty Costumes Perform at The Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven, which is often described as “a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design”, is the most holy imperial temple in Beijing. The temple was built during the Ming dynasty as a place where the emperor came every year to worship Heaven and pray for a good harvest. Because Chinese emperors often called themselves “The Son of Heaven”, expressing their worship to Heaven was extremely important. In the past, commoners were not allowed to enter the enormous park but now, with a small fee Chinese citizens can enjoy it all day. The Temple of Heaven is much bigger than The Forbidden City. Its design is really complex. The architecture reflects the belief to the mystical cosmological laws. The best time to visit the temple is in the early morning. You will see many locals doing morning exercises. Some are dancing; some are walking, practicing tai chi or playing games. It is the best time for you to take some photographs and to learn how Beijing people enjoy the life.

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