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The Mutianyu Great Wall is about 75 kilometers Northeast of Beijing. It is the most famous section for foreign travelers. Unlike the Badaling Great Wall, Mutianyu has a beautiful landscape all year round and has less tourists. You can take a cable car to the top and use the toboggan to slide down. It is really, really fun and exciting!
The Mutianyu Great Wall
The Tiananmen Square is located in the center of Beijing. It is the biggest city center square in the world. Most of the tourists visit the square to enjoy the surroundings and take many photos. It symbolizes he greatness of Beijing and is a place for celebration during festive occasions, such as National Day on October 1st.
The Tiananmen Square
The Forbidden City was the former Imperial Palace during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It is located in the center of Beijing right behind Tiananmen Square. The Forbidden city was built 600 years ago and is the largest and best-preserved Imperial Palace in China.
The Forbidden City
The Summer Palace is the best preserved and largest Imperial garden in China with a history of over 800 years. Today, the main attraction of the Summer Palace is the lush Gardens of Clear Ripples which was built in 1750 by Emporor Qianlong. It was rebuilt and renamed to Summer Palace since 1888 by the former Qing Dynasty for the Dragon Lady Cixi. The Summer Palace occupies an area of over 290 hectares(716 acres) surrounded mainly by the Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake.
The Summer Palace
It is an imperial complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. It has been regarded as a Taoist temple, although Chinese heaven worship, especially by the reigning monarch of the day, predates Taoism.
The Temple of Heaven
The word "Hutong" originates from the word "Hottog" which means "well" in Mongolian. Villagers would dig a well and living inside it. Hutong means, a lane or alley way. In fact, the passage formed by the lines of Siheyuan (a compound with houses around the perimeter) is where the older Beijing residents current live. When visiting the Hutongs, you will undoubtedly experience how the "locals" live in Beijing.
The Old Beijing Hutongs
Lama Temple (Yonghegong) was built as a mansion for Emperor Yongzheng in the Qing Dynasty when he was a prince. In 1744, the Temple was converted into a lamasery and the home of larger numbers of monks from Mongolia and Tibet. The lamasery has five halls in total. The prayer halls contain many superb statues including a 23-meter-high Maitreya caved from a white sandalwood tree from Tibet, as well as Tibetan sculptures and a great copper cauldron.
Beijing Zoo is in the downtown Beijing area of Xicheng District. It ranks the largest zoo in China. It is also the earliest Chinese zoo open to the public and has the largest variety of animals of all the zoos in China. The zoo has fostered a good relationship with other zoos in over fifty countries and districts. Animals that are presented to China by other countries and celebrities are bred and can be seen here. The zoo now has around 600 different species of animal, with the total number of all animals amounting to over 5,000. There are dedicated houses for pandas, hippos, rhinoceros, giraffes, elephants, amphibians, reptiles, golden monkeys, orangutans, otters and other animals.
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