Great Wall

There is a saying that if you did not visit the Great Wall, you would not have been to China. With the total length of approximately 9000 kilometers, this spectacular defensive construction is recognized as the World Cultural Heritage Site. Originally built over 2500 years ago during Zhou Dynasty, the Great Wall is the symbol of Chinese resilience, perseverance and engineering genius.

The Forbidden City

Located in the center of Beijing, the Forbidden City (also known as the Imperial Palace Museum) is the home of the kings during Ming and Qing dynasty. Built in the early 15th century, this architecture is now recognized as the World Heritage site and one of the most well-preserved wooden constructions of the world. Elegantly designed in red and yellow, the Forbidden City represents the social position of ancient emperors during feudalism.

Tiananmen Square

It is the city square located in the center of Beijing and only 5 minutes drive from the Forbidden City. This place was originally built during Ming dynasty in 1415 and there were many political events happened at Tiananmen Square since then. The most notable one was the declaration of People’s Republic of China by Mao Zedong in 1949. Tiananmen Square consists of the Monument of the National Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.

Summer Palace

Summer Palace is located 15 kilometers from the northwest of Beijing. This splendid architecture was once a getaway place owned by Chinese imperial families from sultry Beijing in summers. It is the vast complex of lakes, gardens and palaces with two highlights: a three-storey Great Opera Hall and Hall of Joy and Longevity (Le Shou Tang Hall) with rustic gardens and courtyards. The best time to visit this place is during summer when cruises are accessible.

Beijing hutongs

Hutong means a lane or an alley in English. This place is a quaint small alley with narrow roads and one-storey buildings. Hutongs are perfect for your photo shoots with tranquil scenery and rustic architecture. You can spend your time in souvenir stores, craft-making classes and cooking classes in your Hutongs tour. Immersing yourself in an ancient alley and attending a culinary class are the best way to understand Chinese culture authentically.

The Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven is considered as the most important imperial temple in China. Built in 1420 by a Ming emperor, this place was used to pray for good harvest. Visiting this temple, you will understand ancient Chinese people’s perspectives on the relationship between sky and earth and how traditional solar terms were applied in architecture.

Lama Temple

Lama Temple, also known as Yonghe Temple (Palace of Peace and Harmony), is the biggest Tibetan Buddhist Temple in China. There are five courtyards in this temple and The Hall of Boundless Happiness is the highlight of Lama Temple with a magnificent 26-meter-high Buddha statue.

Bell and Drum Towers

These two towers were originally constructed in 1272 during Yuan dynasty. These two towers were functioned as time-announcing places during ancient dynasties. You will see a King Bell and drums in Bell and Drum Towers respectively which were beaten to announce the hour. Climbing steep stairs of these two buildings, you will get the whole view of poetic Beijing.

Ming Tombs

50 kilometers from the northwest of Beijing, Ming Tombs are the system of 13 imperial tombs constructed by the emperors of Ming dynasty. This attraction is located in a strategic position according to feng-shui rules: it is on the slope of a mountain and there is a river flowing near it. Please note that there are only three Ming tombs which are open for tourists: Dingling, Changling, and Zhaoling tombs.

Beijing Temple of Confucius

With an area of more than 20,000 square meters, Beijing Temple of Confucius is considered as the second largest temple functioned for Confucianism worshipping in China. Confucius is an influential teacher and philosopher in China. He founded Confucianism, ethical and philosophical codes that were strictly followed by imperial dynasties during feudalism.