Beijing turned as the first choice for travelers of Chinese tourist locations. This capital city of Republic China is become the most demanding cities of the world. As per 2010 survey the average population of city was 19612368.
In the list of biggest Chinese city Beijing comes in 2nd place. Shanghai is the first city of China which is the big and popular tourism place. Beijing is well-known for cultural, political and educational destination of China. NH (National Highway), railway, expressway, and top-speed rail hub of Beijing is world famous. The BCIA (Beijing Capital International Airport) is 2nd crowded and busiest airbase of the world. Travelers can attain to Beijing easily as the airport is linked to almost every nation and their big metro cities.
From past 7 centuries Beijing is the capital of China. The lavish citadels, shrines, backyards, parks, mausoleums, walls, entry points and sculpture treasures have made the Beijing the biggest tourist and cultural center of China.
Beijing is the ancient city having various sightseeing destinations. On average around 140 million tourists from Chinese cities and 4.4 million visitors from abroad are reaching to Beijing every year.
Tourist destinations of Beijing:
Forbidden City: also known as the Imperial Palace is first spot for tourist. Starting the journey of Beijing tourist locations from the Forbidden City will be best. This palace is having 9,000 rooms and the land area covered by the palace is 250+ acres. The construction period of Forbidden palace was from 1406 to 1420. Timely the palace was renovated due to several burned down incidents. The structural design is similar to 18th century makes. The big area of palace allows visitors to walk longer so wearing the comfortable shoes is best for tourist. Hiring a guide is essential to learn the history of palace. Tired visitors can use Starbucks to have some coffee to recharge them. People reaching from abroad or not known to English or Chinese language can take the multi language guide recorder on rent available at Divine Prowess Gate and Meridian Gate, though after finish tourist can return the recorder at respected gate. Attaining to Forbidden City is possible from Jingshan Front Street and timing is from 9 am to 17 pm. Fee for entrance is RMB 60 and buses of 1, 4, 5, 20, 57, 2, 22, 10, 54, 802, and 120 are available from various parts of the city.
Tiananmen Square: the top most location of Beijing is Tiananmen Square lying in a center part of the city. Massive parades and good crowd is special thing to watch in this square. This square is famous as the Chairman Mao publicized Republic of China in 1949. The area is circled by Heaven Peace Gate in north, Great Hall in west and Museum in east. In south direction Chairman Mao's Mausoleum is located. Attaining to the square is possible through bus number 1, 4, 2, 5, 10, 20, 57, 52, 22, 54, 802, and 120. Getting down at Zhongshan Park stop will be best to reach the square. Next stop could be Tian-An-Men from where tourist can use subway. Travelers can reach anytime and there is no fee to enter. People looking for Great Hall should get the ticket of RMB 15 to enter, though Chairman Mao's Mausoleum is free of charge. NMC (National Museum of China) cost RMB 15 and its open for whole day.
Great Wall at Juyongguan, Badaling, Mutianyu, Jinshanling and Simatai: the mentioned wall areas are next tourist spots of Beijing. Visitors must not miss the climbing of the wall which could be the best experience of life. The 8 parts of the Wall makes it longer to 600 kms so tourist should plan the visit first before reaching the spot. The 8 parts are Juyongguan, Badaling, Huanghuacheng, Mutianyu, Jiankou, Gubeikou, Simatai and Jinshanling. Great Wall of China is world famous having entry point at Beijing. The area of such Wall in Beijing is properly maintained ruins dating from the Dynasty of Ming. Wearing strong footwear is beneficial for walking on the wall. People attaining the Beijing in hot weather must carry sunglasses, sun block and water. However, in winter they should get the hat and winter coat as the blowing cold air could make trouble for the visitors. Journey to Great Wall require entry fees of RMB40 during winter season and RMB 45 during hot weather. Opening hours of Wall are from 06:40 am to 18:30 pm. Bus no. 919 is available to reach the spot. Front gate is situated at Qianmen, second gate is at Beijing Railway Station, third gate is at East Bridge and 4 gate starts from Beijing Zoo. The fee for entry is RMB 45 from Juyongguan Great Wall. To reach Juyongguan tourist can get the bus number 1 ends at Qianmen. The entry fee could be around RMB35 and opening hours are from 07:30 am to 17:30 pm.
Summer Palace: also known as Yiheyuan is next tourist spot of Beijing. This palace is having amazing parks and beauty spots spread in 10 square miles area. Old pavilions, temples, buildings, bridges and Kunming Lake are best spots of the palace. The architecture of Summer Palace represents the Chinese garden arts. Because of beauty the palace is identified as Royal Garden Museum of China. The area is entirely preserved with best sceneries and large structures. The best part of palace is it is added into the list of world cultural heritage spots of China. Attaining there is possible by bus no 726, 718, 826, 331, 332 and 737. The palace is situated at Yiheyuan Road comes in Haidian District. Opening hours are between 6:30 am to 20:30 pm. The entry fee is RMB 40 in low season RMB 50 in peak season.
Temple of Heaven: also recognized as Tiantan is another spot for tourist in Beijing. This shrine is located at the southern part of the Beijing City. The temple is popular in whole China for largest sacrificial location. Its name suggests the value of spot for local people as they say this is the only place of Heaven on the earth. Visitors can watch the students doing kung fu and Taiji practice at early morning. People also play the music and sing songs at this temple. The unique oldest trees of Beijing are inside the temple area which is must view spot for visitors. Bus no. 20, 6, and 39 are available from Tianqiao of Chongwen region. Temple opens at 6:00 am and closed at 21:00 pm. The fee to enter the premises is only RMB 35.
Ming Tombs: here travelers can watch the 13 tombs of Ming Dynasty, though the distance of tombs from the city is only 50 kms. The tombs are managed by the ethnic Hans. However, only 2 tombs are open for public known as Changling Tomb and Dingling Tomb. Changling Tomb was renovated and opened for public in 1958. Dingling tomb is deep and visitors have to go through burial chamber. Tourist having heart or knee problem should not enter the tomb. The buses available for Ming tombs are 2, 1, 3, 5, and 4. Fee for the Changling Tomb is around RMB 30 to RMB 45 and for Dingling Tomb average fees is from RMB 40 to RMB 60. Opening hours for the tomb are from 08:30 am to 18:00 pm.
Hutong Pedi cab: this place is also identified as Shichahai Area where tourist can enjoy the man-driving Pedi cab. The bars, restaurants, and inns are beautifully structured inside the Hutong Pedi cab area. From the top floor of Bell Tower visitors get view the eye-catching bird view of surrounding area. Pipe Tobacco lane is the best thing of Hutong. Attaining to Pedi cab is possible from two different areas one is Shichahai located in north direction of Beihai Park and other is Dazhalan located in south direction of Tiananmen Square. Hiring rickshaw in cab could cost from RMB 50 to 100.
Lama Temple: the shrine also known as Yonghegong is next world tourist spot of Beijing. This most recurrent religious place is famous in Beijing. The Lama temple is having 5 main halls and plenty of galleries. Beijing history is having value for this temple as it was offered to the prince of China. Later the prince offered the temple to Buddhists. Reaching temple is possible from number 13, Imperial College Street of Dongcheng region. From college tourist can go through subway or they can hire bus number 62, 116, 13 and special two numbered bus. Timing for temple is morning 9 to evening 16:30. The average fee for Lama Temple entrance is RMB 20.
Beihai Park: next entertaining spot of Beijing is Beihai Park also known as Winter Palace. The emperors of China were using the park as winter palace. The Beihai garden is located in the north-west direction of Forbidden City. Travelers must not miss the two major spots in the park. One is park itself and other is round city. Hiring the rowboat in round city could make the holidays memorable. Tourist must go for Round City, Jade Flower Island, White Pagoda, Nine-Dragon Wall, Iron Screen, Wanfo Lou Tower and some more spots. Beijing's biggest lake is located inside the park which is also the good spot for picnic. The park is reachable from Wen Jin road located in north-west direction of Forbidden City. Timing for the park is from 09:00 am to 16:30 pm. Park is having entry from three gates located in south, east and north side of the park.
Beijing Capital Museum: every special place is incomplete without visiting the museum. The capital museum of Beijing is big spot having great collection of the city. Museum is open for public, though travelers have to reach Fuxingmenwai Dajie to attain the museum. The huge five-storey building of museum is accessible with countless collection. Learning past of old Beijing is possible only by visiting capital museum. Tourist should free their time for minimum 5 hours as the museum is big. The entry cost is around 30 yuan per person. Timing should be checked for such location as it is open from 09:00 am to 16:30 pm. Museum is closed on Monday and address is Fuxingmenwai Dajie.
Attaining to Beijing:
By Rail: Beijing railway station is the big station of china having frequent trains from almost every part of the China. Accommodation at outside the station is available for the travelers who are completely unknown to the city. Available trains are having all luxurious facilities so that is also the best part of Beijing.
By Air: the airport of Beijing is one of the biggest airhead of China. The only 26 kms distance of airport from the Beijing city allow visitors to attain the location easily. The top most part of Beijing Airport is, its having international as well as domestic airports linked to numerous local and abroad cities. Some more airbases of Beijing are Xijiao airport, Nanyuan airport, Liangxiang airport and Badaling airport. Flights from London, New York and many big cities of the world are available directly for Beijing.
By Road: the big road transport of China allows travelers to attain the city easily from almost every corner of the nation. Luxury and comfortable buses are accessible which is reasonable in cost.