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10 Must-See Attractions in Beijing


A trip to Beijing calls to mind several places of historical significance—Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace. The urban, modern city is once still steeped in the rich tradition of its people, with influence remaining from the imperial state, Communist rule, and the new capitalist elite.

Just so you don’t miss a thing—here are the top 10 must-see attractions for visitors to Beijing…

1. The Forbidden City

Constructed in the early 15th century and highly elitist of the commoners, Beijing’s Forbidden City now welcomes travelers of all socio-economic groups. Today the Emperor’s palace stands virtually intact for you to explore—the gem in the middle of the city—stands as a reminder of the Ming and Qing Dynasties when it acted as the Chinese imperial palace.

Forbidden City

2. Summer Palace

Once an opulent haven for China’s most influential Emperors, a quick 15-kilometer drive will whisk you away from the hustle and bustle of the city to the (new) Summer Palace, Yiheyuan, which was rebuilt in all its glory in the 1880’s after the previous Summer Palace was raided and destroyed by the British and French during the opium wars.

Summer Palace
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