The Forbidden City is known by many name; most commonly known in English, "The Forbidden City," is a translation of the Chinese name Zijin Cheng, which literally means "Purple Forbidden City." The royal gardens surround the city with buildings such as the Meridian Gate, the Tiananmen Gate, Palace of Heavenly Purity, Hall of Supreme Harmony, Gate of Divine Might, and the Gate of Supreme Harmony.
A cluster of more than 120 bars, restaurants and coffee cafes are settled along the Houhai Bar Street. Close to Shichahai Lake and Beijing hutongs, Houhai Bar Street combines Chinese and western culture.
At the foot of Tianshou Mountain is the Ming Tombs Scenic Area, where lie the mausoleums of thirteen emperors of the Ming Dynasty. At present, only the Sacred Way, Changling Tomb, Zhaoling Tomb and Dingling Tomb are open to the public.
Tiananmen Square is named after the Tiananmen gate and is the site of serveral important events in Chinese history including the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
The National Stadium, or more commonly known as the Bird's Nest, was designed as the main stadium of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and has since then become the center of international/dometic sports competitions and recreation activities. It now boasts the largest ski resort in Beijing which is open to the public.
The Summer Palace is a public park and the perfect place for picnics in between exploring the historic grounds.
The Great Wall of China is the largest historic monument in the world and can be seen from space.
The Temple of Heaven was a sacred place where Chinese emperors would perform rites to gain the favor of heavenly forces to help ensure the empire’s health and success.
Capital of the Peoples Republic of China, and one of the most populous cities in the world, Beijing, China, has been the political, economical and cultural heart of China for nearly 3000 years. Travellers to the city delight in a variety of majestic Beijing attractions, imperial palaces and modern architectural marvels. From the spectacular stadiums of the Olympic Village to the Forbidden City and legendary Great Wall – the largest historic monument on the planet – Beijing offers larger-than-life adventure. With some of the world’s greatest attractions and a seemingly endless list of things to do, a Beijing vacation is the perfect family getaway or business destination.
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