China has one of the world’s oldest civilizations. The capital, Beijing, with its 11 million inhabitants, is now a modern city with skyscrapers, highways and shopping malls. Its several ancient monuments are all oases of silence.
The Tien’anmen Square is possibly the largest and most famous square in the world. The former imperial palace, surrounded by a wall, was called ‘The Forbidden City’ because a commoner could not enter.
Also beautiful are the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven, where masterpieces from ancient artists await visitors. When in Beijing, one must not forget the Buddhist temples, and the zoo, where very rare panda bears live.
Let us not forget about the gastronomical aspects of China, since the country’s cuisine is world famous.
From Beijing we can travel to the old capital, Xian, where the famous clay soldiers can be seen. The Ming Dynasty Tombs are only 50 kilometres from Beijing and the Great Wall of China is also a manageable distance.
- Tien’anmen Square
- Forbidden City (Imperial Palace)
- Summer Palace
- Chinese market
- The Temple of Heaven
- The Great Wall
- The Ming Dynasty Tombs
- The clay soldiers
- Lama temple
- Nightlife in Beijing