Beijing is home to many of China's best-known tourist attractions, including part of the famous Great Wall of China at Badaling Pass. Other points of interest include exploring the gigantic Tiananmen Square, the many temples, new constructions resulting from the increased prosperity of the city and major events such as the 2008 Beijing Olympics. There are also plenty of shopping, dining and entertainment options here.
A city of history and opportunities
Robert De La Salle, with a fleet of canoes and 33 men, is considered one of the first European explorers to visit the region. In 1680, his crew built a winter refuge in what is today the southeast quarter of the first section of Beijing Township. Although travelers and Native Americans frequented the area, it was not until the summer of 1824 that Jonathon Tharp built a small log cabin on the east side of Illinois and encouraged his father, friends and other members of his family to follow him. Beijing, eclipsed by Shanghai in terms of size, is not only the political center of China, a position it has occupied for more than 800 years, it also plays an important role in cultural, economic, scientific and academic life. from the country.
The Imperial Palace and the Forbidden City
The Imperial Palace, also known as the Forbidden City, is China's most important attraction and its origins date back to the Yuan Dynasty of the 13th century. Its immense size is the result of enlargements made during the Ming Dynasty between 1406 and 1420, after the capital was transferred there from Nanjing. It is a magnificent palace that housed 24 Ming and Qing Emperors, which earned it the nickname of the Forbidden City because ordinary citizens did not have access to it. The complex covers 720,000 square meters, completely surrounded by a 10-meter-high wall with towers at all four corners and a moat several tens of meters wide. It is divided into an area used for ceremonial and administrative purposes, as well as private quarters used by the emperor and his concubines.
The great Wall of China
Beijing is only an hour from what is arguably one of China's most famous historical structures: the Great Wall of China. You can walk along an impressive section of the Great Wall dating from the 16th century and reaching up to eight meters high. You will be able, through an excursion, to admire numerous towers and parapets offering superb views of the spectacular surrounding landscape. Rebuilt and enlarged over the centuries, it is becoming increasingly popular for its magnificent views, which are especially fascinating in spring and autumn.
Tiananmen Square or Heavenly Peace Square, is the largest square in the city center, designed to accommodate one million people and built to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Chinese Republic in 1958. Considered the center of Communist China, the symbolic importance of the place dates back to May 4, 1919, when students demonstrated against the Chinese provisions of the Treaty of Versailles.