China Beijing Attractions – Yonghe Lamasery

China Beijing Attractions – Yonghe Lamasery
At the northeast corner of Beijing City the traveler will find an elegant and ancient temple known as the Yonghe Lamasery, which is the largest and most perfectly preserved lamasery in present day China. Built initially in 1694 during the Qing Dynasty, this building was the residence of Emperor Yongzheng when he was just a prince. However, in 1744 the Qing Dynasty formally changed the status of the dwelling to that of a lamasery, and so Yonghe Lamasery became the national ...
 

China Beijing Attractions – Beijing Hutong

China Beijing Attractions – Beijing Hutong
People say that the real culture of Beijing is "the culture of hutong" and "the culture of courtyard". How true that is. Often, it is Beijing's winding hutongs that attract tourists from home and abroad rather than the high-rise buildings and large mansions. Hutong is a typical lane or small street in Beijing that originated during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). "Hutong" is a Mongolian word, meaning "water well". During that time, water well is the settlement around which people lived. There ...

China Beijing Attractions – Ming Tombs

China Beijing Attractions – Ming Tombs
50 kilometers northwest from Beijing City lies the Ming Tombs - the general name given to the mausoleums of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). The mausoleums have been perfectly preserved, as has the necropolis of each of the many emperors. Because of its long history, palatial and integrated architecture, the site has a high cultural and historic value. The layout and arrangement of all thirteen mausoleums are very similar but vary in size as well as ...

China Beijing Attractions – Temple of Heaven

China Beijing Attractions – Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven is a worthwhile visiting place in Beijing. It is much bigger than the Forbidden City and smaller than the Summer Palace with an area of about 2,700,000 square meters. The Temple was built in 1420 A.D. during the Ming Dynasty to offer sacrifice to Heaven. As Chinese emperors called themselves 'The Son of Heaven' ,they dared not to build their own dwelling,'Forbidden City' bigger than a dwelling for Heaven. The Temple of Heaven is enclosed with a ...

China Beijing Attractions – Summer Place

China Beijing Attractions – Summer Place
Situated in the Haidian District northwest of Beijing City, the Summer Palace is 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from central Beijing. Being the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China, it greatly influences Chinese horticulture and landscape with its famous natural views and cultural interests, which also has long since been recognized as 'The Museum of Royal Gardens'. The construction of the Summer Palace started in 1750 as a luxurious royal garden for royal families to rest and entertain. It later ...

China Beijing Attractions – Great Wall

China Beijing Attractions – Great Wall
Great Wall in Beijing was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) is the most often seen and best preserved, running over 373 miles and containing about 827 city wall platforms, 71 passes and countless towers. The famous Great Wall sections include the Badaling, Huanghuacheng, Mutianyu, Jiankou,Gubeikou, Jinshanling and Simatai Great Wall. If you want to experience the culture and enjoy the beauty of the Great Wall, meandering along the bricks of the Badaling Great Wall is your first choice. It is famous for its deep-rooted culture, ...

China Beijing Attractions – Forbidden City (Part 2)

China Beijing Attractions – Forbidden City (Part 2)
10. Palace of Earthly Tranquility (Kunninggong) The Palace of Earthly Tranquility (Palace of Terrestrial Tranquility or Kunninggong) is the last of the three main palaces in the Inner Court of the Forbidden City, standing behind the Hall of Celestial and Terrestrial Union. The palace was first built in 1420, and rebuilt in 1605 due to two fires in 1514 and 1596. In later years, it underwent three other restoration works. Facing south, the palace is 9 bays wide and 3 bays deep. ...