Beijing is such a fascinating place to visit. Not only does it serve as the capital city, but it is also considered a cultural hub of the country. This is because the city is known for preserving some of the finest and oldest remnants of China’s imperialist past. Apart from all this, the city is home to some of the coolest places to see, starting with the Beijing Grand Bridge. One might say it’s just a bridge, but do you know it covers 48.153 kilometers, making it one of the longest bridges in the world which we think is pretty cool.
Other amazing places to see in Beijing include the following.
The Great Wall
The Great Wall of China is one of the wonders of the world. It extends 4,000 miles, making it the longest wall in the world. Going to see the Great Wall should be in fact one of the top things to do when you visit Beijing. The wall is divided into sections, some of which are restored and others rugged, so it’s your choice to choose where to start from and learn about culture, take pictures and enjoy.
The Summer Palace
Also widely recognized as Yiheyuan, is the world’s best-preserved imperial garden and the largest of its kind in modern China. One sight that is very notable in the summer palace is the long corridor. This is a beautiful walkway that stretches 728 meters, that has 548 columns. Also, every beam in the corridor has over 14,000 colorful paintings that are vibrant and majestic. You can walk down the corridor observing the paintings and learn marvelous stories told by them.
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City is a must-see sight for anyone visiting Beijing. Walking through the Forbidden City should be at the top of your list of things to do and can be described as China’s best-preserved imperial palace and to the world, it is the largest palatial structure. Explore the palace’s hidden treasures. Learn about the history and culture of the emperors’ personal lives, imperial examinations and heaven worship.
Located near the Imperial Palace Tiananmen Square, Beihai Park is Beijing’s oldest known imperial garden. This magnificent outdoor area, which was laid out at the start of the 10th century, draws its name from nearby Lake Beihai (North Lake) and offers many reasons to visit. Some notable sites to see at Beihai Park include the Round Fort and the beautiful Hall of Enlightenment.
798 Art District
Also called the art zone, or Dashanzi Art District, 798 Art District is an interesting art community that was established in and around a manufacturing military complex in Beijing. It’s not something common for people to do when they visit, but it is highly recommended you visit the 798 Art District at least once. These interesting old industries and storage facilities are now completely devoted to more peaceful interests. They provide spaces for art exhibitions as well as some house studios and galleries.
Beijing is such a magnificent city to visit. There are many more cool sites to visit but one cannot mention all you have to experience first-hand. If you have ever visited the city, you can share your experiences below and what sites fascinated you most.