Discover the Beautiful Ancient Architecture in Beijing

Given its long history of over 3000 years and the great culture tradition, Beijing offers a lot for us to discover, from great historic legacy to small lanes of unique street design, and beautiful ancient buildings. The ancient architecture in Beijing is really haunting and seduce us to deeply explore. Listed here are six sights in Beijing that you should not miss when for the marvelous ancient Chinese architecture.

The Great Wall


Many people come all the way to China Just for the Great Wall! It’s a real miracle in the world, bearing exceptional testimony to the ancient Chinese civilizations and the achievement of China’s ancient architects. This defensive fortification was first built in the 7th century BC during the Spring and Autumn, and Warring States Periods, and now resemble a huge dragon winding its way through the mountains of North China.

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The Forbidden City


There are many reasons you might want to visit the Forbidden City (the Palace Museum in Beijing. Summer Palace). It was home to 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years. To discover the architectural beauty of Forbidden City, you should not miss every piece of it, including the roof, wooden door, stone railings, red wall, bronze lions…

Summer Palace


Summer Palace becomes even more popular thanks to Dragon Lady Cixi’s preference. For architecture lovers, it is a big draw, with typical Chinese stone bridge across the Kunming Lake, Buddhist pagodas, watchtower, as well as the complex buildings. It’ll be a nice place to cool off during Beijing’s hot Summer months.

Temple of Heaven

Built in 1420, the Temple of Heaven is where the ancient Chinese emperors had grand worship ceremony to heaven and earth. No wonder it is a masterpiece of architecture. It is a dignified complex of fine cult buildings set in gardens and surrounded by historic pinewoods. Check carefully on its overall layout, which symbolizes the relationship between earth and heaven-the human world and God’s world according to Chinese architecture culture.

Hutong 1696 The quaint hutongs in Beijing are some crisscrossing old narrow paths with courtyard houses built on each side. It can be regarded as a window into Beijing folk life. Travel along the hutongs, you may encounter some courtyard dwellings or Chinese quadrangles (Siheyuan), a basic pattern used for residences, palaces, temples, monasteries. You can ride a bike or take a pedicab to have a relaxed hutong tour. Yonghe Lamasery To research the architecture achievement of ancient China, you should not temple and monasteries. Yonghe Lamasery is a Tibetan Buddhist temple first built in 1694 as the residence of Prince Yong of the Qing dynasty. The temple architecture is a combination of Tibetan, Mongolian, and native Chinese. The chief artistic attraction is an 18-meter tall wooden Buddha carved from a single sandalwood tree imported from Tibet, the largest wooden statue on earth. Presents 8-day China Golden Triangle Tours

This China’s Golden Triangle tour comprises the three most visited cities in China: Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. Visit the landmarks, hitorical buildings and other natural sites. Tour China as a discerning traveler!

Beijing Attractions
Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven; the  Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Sacred Road; Hutong, Peking Duck Banquet

Xi’an Attractions
Xian Ancient City Wall, Terra-cotta Worriors & Horses Museum, Bell Tower, Wild Goose Pagoda; Shaanxi Provincial Museum

Shanghai Attractions
the Bund, Nanjing Road; Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yu Garden, Xintiandi

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What to Visit for a China Travel

Want to discover the unique charm of China? Then, what to visit for your China tour? China spans thousands of miles, from the deserts in the west to the ocean on the east. With a written history of over 5,000 years, China boasts rich cultural relics and historical sites. Moreover, its stunning landscape, dynamic metropolis and unique traditional lifestyle of different ethnic groups are also good reasons for tourists exploring the old-and-new land. So take a look at the guided information below, get your ideas in focus.

the Great Wall, Beijing

Fantastic Great Wall, Beijing

For History
Make an in-depth exploration of China’s rich history. Beijing, Xian, Luoyang and Nanjing used to be four great ancient capitals in Chinese history. With numerous historical sites and cultural relics, the four cities are the finest remainder of China’s imperial past. Besides these ancient prosperous metropolises, some small ancient towns like Pingyao, Lijiang, and Dali, give a fascinating glimpse into a real old-time world.

Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

Marvelous Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

Top Attractions: the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terra-Cotta Warriors and Horses, Longmen Grottoes, Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum

For Nature & Wildlife
Discover the most natural views of China on a tour dedicated to nature & wildlife. China is a vast country with stunning natural scenery – towering mountains, dense forests, boundless deserts, and turbulent or quiet rivers. Not just a sightseeing tour! There also are many interesting activities as well – mountain climbing, river cruise, hiking, horse riding, biking, and bamboo rafting, etc. Also, it offers a good opportunity to get close to wildlife, a most famous one – the lovely giant panda in Chengdu.

Yangshuo Bamboo Rafting, Guilin

Yangshuo Bamboo Rafting along Yulong River in Guilin

Top attractions: Yellow Mountain, Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, Giant Panda Breeding Research Base

For Lifestyle
Urban life in China is much different from rural life. Most cities, like Beijing, Shanghai or Hong Kong, present a diverse mixture of Chinese and Western culture. But, what about the rest of the land? The water towns – Wuzhen andZhouzhuang, feature ancient buildings, stone bridges, and waterways; Hakka people in Fujian province, live in their aged houses – Tulou; And, in some area of Guangxi province, the Zhuang and Yao village high up in the mountains surrounded by spectacular Longji Rice Terraces.

Wuzhen Water Town, Hangzhou

Charming Wuzhen Water Town

Top attractions: Wuzhen, Zhouzhuang, Tulou of Hakka, Longji Rice Terrace

For Religion
Along with history, Buddhism, Taoism, Islamic and other religions in China has exerted great influence on social life, architecture, literature and many other parts. Many religion-related sites are left along history and become sacred destination of pilgrim, from Potala Palace in Lhasa, Dunhuang‘s Mogao Grottos, Buddhist Mount Emei  to Taoist Mt. Qingcheng nearby Chengdu… Combined with beautiful natural surroundings, these sacred places of worship have become popular travel destinations.

Lhasa, Tibet

Tibetan pilgrim at Barkhor Street in Lhasa

Top attractions: Potala Palace, Mogao Grottos, Mount Emei

Yangtze Cruise
Cruising the Yangtze would put you afloat on China’s mightiest river – and the world’s third longest only after Nile and Amazon. The 6,418km Yangtze River surges past some of China’s greatest cities: Chongqing, Wuhan, Nanjing and Shanghai. And, the most impressive section of the river is the Three Gorges (or Sanxia): the Qutang Gorge, Wuxia Gorge and Xiling Gorge. The Yangtze Three Gorges, with a full length of 193km, converges the essence of natural scenery along the Yangtze River.

Shibaozhai, Yangtze Cruise

Shibaozhai along Yangtze River

Top attractions for Yangtze Cruise: Fengdu Ghost City, Shibaozhai, Three Gorges Dam

Beijing’s Forbidden City to Open Online Ticketing System on September 20

The Palace Museum or Forbidden City in Beijing will run an online ticket reservation trial system starting Sept. 20 to encourage visitors to save time by buying tickets at home, giving them more time to tour the museum, its official website said.

the Forbidden City, Beijing

the Forbidden City or Beijing Imperial Palace Museum

A maximum of 80,000 tickets will be available each day during the upcoming seven-day National Day holiday (from Oct. 1 to Oct. 7) next month, with half of the tickets available online and the other half sold on site, according to its website.

During last year’s National Day holiday, the Palace Museum averaged 90,000 visitors per day, far exceeding its 60,000 visitor limit. Measures to limit visitors have been urged in order to protect cultural relics and historic buildings, according to the museum.

Tickets can be booked online five days in advance.

The Palace Museum, founded in 1925, is in the Forbidden City, which served as the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) to the end of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). For travelers, it is a must-to-visit site on their Beijing tour itinerary.

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