I’ve reached a point in my “youngster” life where I have realised that damn, the world is too big to leave unexplored.
I hereby present to you my personal guide with tips as to what you should definitely do if you get the chance to visit the historic capital of China, Beijing.
Visit the Forbidden City
It was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty—the years 1420 to 1912. It is located in the centre of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum.
The Palace for the emperor on earth was so called the Purple City. It was forbidden to enter without special permission of the emperor. Hence its name ‘The Purple Forbidden City’, usually ‘The Forbidden City’.
Rectangular in shape, it is the world’s largest palace complex and covers 74 hectares. Surrounded by a 52-meter-wide moat and a 10-meter-high wall are more than 8,700 rooms. The wall has a gate on each side.
2. Dare to get a bit lost
[We accidentally found ourselves lost in an area nearby the Forbidden city but it turned out to be such an exploration. ]
3. Explore local delicacies
[A traditional water chestnut fruit cake that is loved by the locals.]
4. Climb on the Great Wall of China
Badaling is the site of the most visited section of the Great Wall of China, approximately 50 miles northwest of urban Beijing city in Yanqing County, which is within the Beijing municipality.
“He Who Has Never Been to the Great Wall Is Not a True Man”
Badaling Great Wall was built in the Ming Dynasty (1505) to occupy a commanding and strategic position for protecting the Juyongguan Pass (Juyongguan section of the Great Wall ) on its south, further protecting the city of Beijing.
[Make sure you wear many many many layers of clothing when visiting in February.]
5. Visit the Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven, is a medieval complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. Across the Danbi Bridge, you will come to the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests (above). It is a big palace with round roof and three layers of eaves, where the emperor held the worship ceremonies to pray for good weather and abundant harvests. It is the earliest building of the Temple of Heaven.
[Don’t forget to take as many pictures as possible.]
6. Visit the Summer Palace
The Summer Palace, is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces in Beijing, China. It serves as a popular tourist destination and recreational park.
In December 1998, UNESCO included the Summer Palace on its World Heritage List. It declared the Summer Palace “a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value”.
7. Take brunch at Moka Bros
Get the chance to visit one of their chains in Beijing. I personally recommend the one in Sanlitun Village. Awesome chillaxing concept, mouthwatering healthy dishes and a variety of smoothies and juices. You just can’t get enough of this place.