The capital of China, Beijing, has been ruling over 800 years in the country.
To your surprise the city of Beijing has both rich imperial past and also the finest cultural heritage.
If you like to dive into China long culture and history, Beijing is perfect place to do so.
Beijing is a must stop for traveler that cross Chinese borders.
It rich heritage interest tourist from across the Globe. Over 4.4 million international visitors travels to Beijing, and over 140 Chinese visitors every year.
The difference between international and national tourism is quite big but considering Chinese huge population, it is understandable. Regarding the numbers, Beijing must be on your list while traveling to China.
Solo travel girl recommends visiting the following spots of Beijing to see and feel its imperial last and modern touch.
This emblematic place used to be home for the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
It also served as the official residence of the emperors as well as it used to be political center of China for nearly 500 years.
Today, there are around 15 million people visiting annually.
Once you decide to explore Forbidden city, you will be definitely surprised by its immense size, as it covers around 180 acres and it has 8,000 different rooms.
It took me a couple of hours to walk around and see how the emperors used to live. Till today, I am not sure if I visited it all.
The Great Wall of China,
One of the seven wonders of the World.
What do you think about exploring Great Wall of China with long hike on the Wall? Even though there are points of the Wall where you definitely wouldn’t enjoy due to overcrowded selfie stick Chinese tourist but if you decide to go further than the most common tourist posts, I am sure you will have the best time ever in Beijing.
I decided to explore the most remote and for sure the least visited part of the Wall in Jinghtanling. This part of the wall is the most remote from Beijing (130 miles (ca. 209 km)) but for me it was the best decision I could possibly take while traveling to the Great Wall.
Temple of Heaven
Just before heading to the airport, I decided to do one last stop in Beijing.
I took a metro to visit the Temple of Heaven. For sure, it was quick but very productive visit in this temple as it happened to be the most important of Beijing’s imperial temples where emperors of two dynasties: the Ming and Qing(from 1420 to 1900) worshiped the god of heaven and prayed for good harvests.
Total area of the temple is 2.7sq km and is the most important and number 1 Beijing Temple.
Is there anymore important historical place for Chinese People than Tienanmen Square? Just here, the heart of the country in October 1st, 1949 People´s Republic of China was founded by Mao Zedong.
Get lost in Hutongs
One of the most exciting part of my travel to Beijing was getting lost in Hutongs.
These parts of the city are the narrow alleys where you will step back in time to see how really Beijinger lived.
Today’s these narrow alleys with their traditional courtyard home and shops are both residence and social center of life for Beijinger.
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