Beijing is one of the most interesting cities in China and the second most populous city in
the world. Besides, it will become your gateway to the marvelous Oriental culture.
The impressions that you get in Beijing last for a long time. A guided tour starts in
Beijing’s historical center, where the Forbidden City lies. This gigantic composition of palaces
and monuments was erected by the Ming and Qing dynasties of emperors. Their enormous
collections of Chinese art are exhibited in the Palace Museum. Around the place you will see
picturesque imperial gardens and parks, such as Beihai and Zhongnanhai. Unbelievable Chinese
park architecture and scenic landscapes make these places popular among tourists.
Near the Forbidden City you will see Tiananmen Square, the central square of Beijing. It
houses the National Museum of China, the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, and the Great Hall of the
Beijing is proud of its religious sights. The most prominent one is the Temple of Heaven,
Tiantan, which is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The ancient emperors came
here to pray for good harvest as part of annual rituals and ceremonies. A few temples bear the
names of the most important natural phenomena: the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the
Earth, and the Temple of the Moon. Of special interest is the Confucius Temple. The main
Catholic Church is the 17th century Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and the oldest
mosque is the Niujie Mosque.
Beijing is famous for its well-preserved pagodas, the Beijing Zoo with the famous
Chinese panda, the Tombs of the Ming dynasty, and more than 100 museums and galleries. A
short guided trip will take you to the Great Wall of China, which is truly one of the world’s
biggest wonders. The city is so huge that it is impossible to see everything. Your licensed tourist
guide will help you focus on the main attractions!