Speak of Beijing, there is a lot things to see in this capital of China, one of them are those famous historical sites. Apparently beside Great Wall, which attractions are worth it for visit on weekdays in Beijing? Here, we would like to introduce it to you.
1. Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City
Portrait of Chairman Mao on the Gate of Tiananmen Square
Located in the center of the city, Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City are situated close from each other. Tiananmen Square is the largest public square on earth, which at past it was a part of Forbidden City, an ancient imperial palace of Ming and Qing Dynasty. Entering Forbidden City from the square, visitors will see the identical Mao Zedong big portrait on the Tiananmen Gate.
Inside Forbidden City, visitors could roam around the Outer and Inner Court. The Outer Court was used for ceremonial purposes. Meanwhile, the Inner Court was the residence of the Emperor and his family's, and was used for day-to-day affairs of state. Most of the buildings were built with wood, roofed with yellow glazed tiles and built on blue-and-white stone foundations, looking solemn and excellent.
2. Summer Palace
Imperial Garden - Summer Palace
Summer Palace is the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China. It was used as a summer retreat of China's ancient Qing emperors. As soon as Beijing became too hot, the emperor, his empress, concubines and entire retinue all traveled to the Summer Palace located in the northwestern suburbs of Beijing. Covering an area of 290 hectares, the garden consists primarily of the Wanshoushan (Longevity Hill) and Kunming Lake. There houses more 30 classical structures around the lake or scattering on the hill. It is the place where visitors could have a relaxing trip as well as see some historical relics on surroundings.
3. Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven was the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for good harvests. It is one of the sacrificial altars located in Beijing and also become the most popular one. Regarded as one of the greatest architectural structures in the world, Temple of Heaven offers ancient sacred and rich architecture buildings with its representative history behind.
With this 1 day bus tour trip, visitors could have a short organized trip to those 3 historical landmarks. Because of their popularity, visiting those 3 places on weekend will be lots more exhausting. Lots of locals and other group tours will come to those popular tourist attractions. So, if you do have time on weekdays, it is really recommended for everyone to coming by that time. Avoid the crowd on weekend and learn something about history and culture of China.