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Beijing grabs 4th place on Top 25 World Destinations

This article will explore some of the main attractions in Beijing, China, which ranks number 4 on Trip Advisor’s 2014 Top 25 World Destinations. We will look at the Forbidden City, the Great Wall in Beijing, Tiananmen Square, and the Imperial Gardens & Mausoleums. Information for this article was obtained from Wikipedia and the Travel China Guide website and both have a wealth of information regarding other exciting attractions in and near Beijing.

The Great Wall in Beijing, China on New Year's Eve, 2013.
The Great Wall in Beijing, China on New Year's Eve, 2013.
Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

The Forbidden City

This imperial palace was built during the Ming Dynasty for Emperor Chengzu. It obtained its name because was “forbidden” to enter unless granted special permission by the emperor. It is the largest palace complex in the world with more than 8,700 rooms, 74 hectares, and is now called the Palace Museum.

Tiananmen Square

The large square in the center of Beijing is Tiananmen Square. Its north gate, the “Gate of Heavenly Peace,” separates the city square from the Forbidden City. Many will remember the square from the deaths of hundreds, possibly thousands, of civilians in 1989 after they started a pro-democracy movement. After three weeks, the government then declared martial law, resulting in a massacre that shocked the world.

Imperial Gardens & Mausoleums

Two of the gardens Beihai Park and Jingshan Park are located in the city of Beijing with other gardens to the west, and the mausoleums some 50 km to the northwest on Tianshou Mountain. The Ming Tombs are mausoleums or resting places for 13 emperors reigning during the Ming Dynasty. The buildings are magnificent and cover some 120 square kilometers.

The Great Wall

While the Great Wall runs over 373miles, the sections that run through Beijing are said to be the most popular and best preserved. It is recommended to avoid the peak seasons to best enjoy the city and the wall. For those that prefer the well maintained but original wall, the sections in the cities of Simatai and Gubeikou should also be visited.

Enjoy your trip and guided tours are available for those who prefer not to tour alone. Check out the 6 different day tours available on the Travel China Guide website.

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