Main Tourist Attractions in Beijing
Situated in the center of Beijing, the Tian’anmen Square is 880m long from south to north ,and 500m wide from east to west, with an area of 440,000sq m. It is the largest square in the city center in the world. The Monument to the People’s Heroes and Chairman Mao Memorial Hall stand in the center ;on the western side of the square is the Great Hall of the people. On the eastern side is the National Museum of China; on the south stand the Zhengyang Gate and Qianmen Embrasured Watchtower, and on the northern side the Tiananmen Gate-tower and the Palace Museum. The Tian’anmen square is imposing, spectacular, tidy, symmetrical and full of power and grandeur. At dawn every day, the five-star red flag the national flag of the People’ Republic of China, is being raised slowly and solemnly.
The Palace Museum is located in the center of Beijing, It was the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911), with a history of 600 years. It covers an area of 720,000 sq m and has over 9,000 bays of halls and rooms in total . The Palace Museum is the largest, most complete
Complex of palace building with the wooden structure in the world. The whole architectural complex is resplendent, magnificent , solemn and spectacular, It is the quintessence of ancient Chinese architecture and an incomparable masterpiece. The Palace Museum has been included in the List of the World heritage. With a collection of over one million precious cultural relics and art works, the Palace Museum ranks first in all the museum in China in terms of the number of culture relics, and is a world-renowned ancient culture and art museum.
Temple of Heaven
Situated in Chongwen District, Beijing ,it was the temple where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911) worshipped heaven and prayed for good harvest. As the largest building complex for offering sacrifices to heaven in the world, the Temple of Heaven has been included in the List of World heritages. The Temple of Heaven is composed of the outer and inner altars. The main building are concentrated in the inner part, and from south to north, they are the Circular Mound Altar. Imperial Vault of Heaven, Hall of prayer for Good Harvest, and Imperial Heavenly Palace. The most representative building in the temple is the Hall of prayer for Good Harvest, which is a circular wooden structure, with a triple conical roof, a white stone base, deep blue glazed tiles and a gold-plating knob at the top, spectacular, magnificent and solemn, In the temple, tourists can also find the Echo Wall, Three Echo Stones and Dialogue Stones built according to the acoustic principle, fully displaying the high architectural techniques of ancient China.