Holidays to Beijing

Despite the modernisation and development of the Chinese capital over the last 25 years, there is still much of this venerable old city's previous incarnations left to discover. The Forbidden City is still a must-see site for all who take holidays in Beijing; it is here that many of China’s treasures are kept. Tiananmen Square, which is the largest city square in the world, is just outside the Forbidden City.

South of the spiritual heart of the city is the lively market quarter of Qianmen, where there are plenty of opportunities to explore the shops and stalls of Beijing. Here visitors on holidays in Beijing will also find the impressive Temple of Heaven, another highlight of any trip to China.

Once you drift beyond the compact centre of Beijing you will find more parks and historic temples. Yonghe Gong is an impressive Tibetan temple that served as a home to the seventeenth century Emperor Yong Zheng until he moved to the Forbidden City.

The area of Sanlitun is designed to cater more for western tourists on holidays to Beijing and has an array of familiar shops, bars and restaurants. Summer House, located on the edge of this suburb, provides a great place to relax and escape. District 798 is where all art lovers should head as it is here you will find a vast collection of studios and contemporary art galleries. There are often shows, exhibitions and displays put on in this area.

The Ancient Observatory is one of those pleasant discoveries visitors on holidays in Beijing can make, and is a wonderful site to visit. It was established by Kublai Khan and over the years it has been the home to Muslim scientists and even Jesuit priests during the seventeenth century. The building is no longer in use as an observatory, but it has a delightful garden and informative museum attached to it.

The Nanlungu Xiang area is another bohemian art district that is awash with artists, bars and cafés. Here you can wander around charming boutique stores or sit in coffee houses while watching the locals playing mah-jong, or old men walking around with their birds in cages. Although the modern world has had its influence on Beijing there has also been a growth in many traditional practices and establishments, such as the old teahouses. Here you will find an amazing cross-section of Chinese society relaxing and discussing the problems of the day.

Beijing holidays give visitors a clearer picture of the developments and advances that have occurred in recent times in China. They will also allow visitors to spend time learning about the changes to, and cultural significance of, this exotic destination. You will find a lot that is familiar in this city, but equally you will find many things that will open your eyes to a new China.


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