A visit to Beijing was one of the mystery places on my bucket-list. A place that did not disappoint which was educational as well as fascinating. If you’re living in Asia or traveling, make it a point to visit Beijing. Experiencing Beijing with Viking River Cruises was amazing. I now have my backpack strapped in the front and my camera in hand this Expat was ready to immerse herself in the city and have fun. I will guide you on your adventure to the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, and the Sacred Way.
Feel the electricity in the air as you walk through the city visiting these magnificent ancient sites. Thank goodness for the translator/ tour guide to help navigate through a sea of people. Lets learn about the City of Beijing.
City of Beijing
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Beijing is home to 21,150,000 people not including the many tourists who visit throughout the year. This city is characterized by hot and humid summers with cold, windy and dry winters.
The air-quality at times can be a concern. A lightweight jacket worked well in late winter but bundle up for your visit to the Great Wall. Travel clothes work well here and pack easily.
Places to visit in Beijing
1. Great Wall; Badaling Hills
Badaling Hills this Great Wall is located approx. 50 miles northwest of urban Beijing and is the most frequented part of the wall. Built in 1504 in the Ming Dynasty and was a commanding and strategic position for protecting the Juyongguan Pass.
2. Forbidden City
In the heart of Beijing lies The Forbidden City which is ringed by a 52 meter wide moat. A well preserved collection of buildings. This Chinese Imperial Palace lasted from the Ming Dynasting to the Qing Dynasting. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.
3. Summer Palace
A popular tourist destination with a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces. The construction started in 1750 for the Royal Families to rest and entertain in luxury. The Summer Palace was destroyed by fires from the allied forces, reconstructed and opened to the public in 1924. UNESCO World Heritage Site.
4. Long Corridor at the Summer Palace
Stop by and see the beautiful covered long corridor at the Summer Palace. This covers a distance of 728 meters and is considered the longest corridor.
5. Tiananmen Square
Tiananment Square is the largest city square in the center of Beijing. Named after the Tiananmen (Gate of the Heavenly Peace) contains the monument of the People’s Hero, The Great Hall of the People, National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. This is the location of the 1989 Protests pro-democracy movement known as the June fourth incident.
6. The Sacred Way leading to the Ming Dynasty tombs
Divine Road leading to heaven constructed in 1540 during the Ming Dynasty. The Emperor, known as the son of the Heaven, who arrived from Heaven to his country through the Divine Road and returns the same way. 12 Human Statutes, and 24 Animal Statues that line the way.
During my tour, we were able to visit a local family and hear about their life. A ride through their community with description about how the small community works together was interesting. Above is the daughter of the local house visited who is famous for her paintings in snuff bottles. Intricate and beautifully done.
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Three days four nights is all you need to visit Beijing. Use this as a stopover to visit the city, Xian to see the life-sized Terra-Cotta Warriors.
Depending on your home country, your passport visa can be slightly expensive but don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
With a variety of ways to visit Beijing, this 1Adventure Traveler enjoyed the Viking River Cruise “the Imperial Jewels of China”. However you decide to visit Beijing, make sure to experience the local people and culture. It’s amazing.
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