Leisure activities in Beijing
Beijing combines modern and traditional China like no other city in the Middle Kingdom. This offers the opportunity to experience many different things in and around Beijing and to gain unique experiences. Beijing is a very sprawling metropolis, so you should treat yourself and try to “get lost” there as at every turn a different story may be waiting for you.
For early risers, a visit to Jingshan Park should be on the program. Parks hill offers you a fantastic view of the Forbidden City and Beihai Park to enjoy. From here, it is particularly convenient to visit the “Forbidden City”, for which you will have to reserve at least three hours. It is important to note that the number of visitors allowed into the Forbidden City is limited each day, so it is worth buying the tickets early in the morning.
Tiananmen Square and other attractions
Just outside the Forbidden City is the Tiananmen Square. This place is the largest square in the world and can hold up to a million people. The Great Hall of the People and the National Museum of China were built on the western and eastern sides of the square. A year after Mao’s death, a mausoleum was erected on the north-south axis of the square near the former Chinese Gate. In the context of this project, space was further enlarged; making the square entirely rectangular.
Beihai Park is undoubtedly the best place for a relaxing walk in the center. This park is located in the heart of the city and was built a thousand years ago. In this beautiful garden, which surrounds a lake, the emperors used to seek their peace. Today, you can still see beautiful governmental buildings, old trees, and flower beds in the park. Opera lovers should also visit the local theater, where the performances are utterly unforgettable.
Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven is a Chinese temple complex with religious buildings in the south-eastern part of Beijing. Here the Chinese emperors used to pray for a good harvest. This huge Confucian-style facility is truly worth a visit, if only for the impressive size. In the northwest of the city, you can find the new and old Summer Palace, miraculously reflecting the Chinese soul and imperial times with gardens, bridges, temples, palaces, and pavilions.