The Wonder that is Beijing
China seems like a number of different temperaments, backdrops and nations rolled into one. Neon metropolises, isolated villages, deserts, hazy, smoke-filled marketplaces and antique artefacts. There are novel escapades to be had around every corner in China. Even after a lifespan in this place, there would still be more to view, taste, appreciate and really experience.
Shut to foreign peoples until the initial 1980s, China holidays are now at the top of many tourists’ wish lists. With thousands of years of fascinating ancient times behind it, and iconic places that are well known all over the world dispersed throughout the country, it’s really no shock.
A tour of this immense land is not so much a holiday as it is an epic lifetime adventure. Beijing is a fantastic place to initiate this adventure and if it’s the only place you go to on your holiday to China, then you’ll see many delightful visions. From the architectural masterwork which is the Temple of Heaven, move on to Tiananmen Square, which is the biggest public square in the world which is surrounded by the Qianmen Gate, the Great Hall of the People and then Gate of Heavenly Peace. This gate is the entryway to the Forbidden City, also known as the grand palace for 24 emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties. It was constructed over a 14 year period from 1407 and is now open to the curious eyes of millions of annual visitors.
Beijing is also well positioned for investigation of one of the supreme wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China, which expands out across deserts, grasslands, highlands and flat terrain for about 5,500 miles from east to west. Built for protection against roaming tribes from the north, its precise span is indefinite due to both natural and human destruction of it. The sights of the wall and the backdrop around it are truly magnificent, and although you may have seen many photos of the famous construction, to see it with your own eyes will still astonish you. The photos simply don’t do it justice.
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