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Classic Arts and Culture
Here, you will have a chance to visit countless galleries, talk to artists, art dealers, gallery owners and buyers, all of whom call this former military industrial district home.
National Museum of China
One of the largest museums in the world, the National Museum of China is located on the eastern side of Tiananmen Square. The institution focuses on China's history and culture.
The Forbidden City, Beijing’s most prominent landmark, is the former palace of the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties and is located in the heart of Beijing.
Just opposite the front entrance to the Forbidden City, it encompasses significant historical icons, such as the Gate of Heavenly Peace, the Great Hall of the People and the China National Museum.
As the national 4A level scenic spot located in the north of Huairou District, Yanxi Lake is an integrated amusement park collecting facilities for scenery sightseeing, leisure, entertainment and fitness. Yanxi Lake is surrounded by mountains on three sides, with Mutianyu Great Wall on the north and Hongluo Temple on the west. The amusement park is home to more than 50 water and land recreational programs. Jindeng Mountain is next to Yanxi Lake and is covered by lush vegetations. Climbing to the top of the mountain by the hiking trail, tourists can enjoy the beautiful view at Wanghu Pavillion.
Temple of Heaven
This impressive Taoist construction is located in southern Beijing and was built in 1420, during the reign of Emperor Yong le. The Temple grounds covers 2.73 square kilometers of parkland, comprising three main groups of constructions, built according to strict philosophical requirements.
Also known as the Lamasery of Harmony and Peace, this site was originally built as an Imperial palace on the orders of Emperor Kangxi in 1694 and completed as a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in 1744, the ninth year of the reign of Emperor Qianlong.
This extraordinary palace is situated northwest of Beijing and was built during the Qing Dynasty. It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is water. In 1888, Empress Cixi diverted millions of tales of silver for its reconstruction.
The Great Wall
This magnificent 5,000 kilometers long structure was rebuilt and linked through many eras after it was first established by Emperor Qin Shi Huang of the Qin Dynasty in 221 B.C. The three popular and closest sections to Beijing are Badaling, Mutianyu and Simatai.
Shopping and Entertainment
The Malls at Oriental Plaza
Grand Hyatt Beijing is directly connected to The Malls at Oriental Plaza, one of the largest commercial complexes in Asia, which offers shopping, dining and entertainment facilities. The Malls also houses feature outlets offering essential necessities, including a supermarket, photo express shops and a large pharmacy. For entertainment, the Oriental Plaza Cinemas screen local and international movies.
Since the middle of the Ming Dynasty, there have been commercial activities on this street. Wangfujing is now home to around 280 famous Beijing brands, such as the Shengxifu hat store, the Tongshenghe shoe shop and the Wuyutai tea house, as well as several international brands. Also located on the street are the Xinhua Bookstore, the Beijing Foreign Language Bookstore, the Beijing Department Store and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Flagship Store.
National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA)
This modern architectural marvel is an ellipsoid dome of titanium and glass surrounded by an artificial lake. Internally, there are three major performance halls. The Opera Hall is used for operas, ballet, and dances; The Music Hall is used for concerts and recitals and the Theatre Hall is used for plays and the Beijing opera.
Beijing Concert Hall
As one of the Beijing's main international concert halls, significant concerts can be appreciated here. Also many musicians have performed here before, such as Yehudi Menuhin, Seiji Ozawa, Yo-Yo Ma, Plácido Domingo and Paul Badura-Skoda.
Beijing’s Unique Outdoor Scene
Beijing Olympic Forest Park
A large, man-made nature park situated at the north end of the Olympic Green in Beijing. Built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The park features many walking paths and a jogging path. Several small islands in the lake are linked by bridges. The south-east end of the lake has a handful of carnival rides for children.
One of major urban parks in the city of Beijing, covering a territory of about 137 hectares, 61 percent of which are covered by water. A well-known place to hold sakura festival in Beijing.
Located on the site of the former Prince's Palace in Beijing's Chaoyang District. It features flower gardens, a fairground with rides, including landscaped areas and several large swimming pools.
A public park and former imperial garden. First built in the 11th century, it is among the largest of all Chinese gardens and contains numerous historically important structures, palaces, and temples.
Getaways Within A Day
Full-Day City Sights Tour
This tour covers all the main sights of the city, starting with the ancient Forbidden City, once the highly restricted residence of the Emperors, which is now open for the world to admire. After this, you will have only to step outside and cross the famous Chang An Avenue to find yourself in Tianamen Square. We will then take you to the other main landmark of Beijing, the magnificent Temple of Heaven. Finally, you will enter the highly revered Lama Temple, which, in addition to being home to Buddhist monks, houses standing Buddha statue, carved out of a single sandalwood tree
Badaling Section, Ming Tombs
The section of the Wall, which lies approximately 50 miles northwest of Beijing city, is the Badaling Section. This portion of the wall was built during the Ming Dynasty and has undergone heavy restoration. It was the first section of the Wall to open to tourists. Not far from this area is the Ming Tombs, the mausoleums of 13 Emperors of the Ming Dynasty. The mausoleums have been preserved, as has the necropolis of each of the many Emperors. Because of its long history and great architecture, the site has a high cultural and historic value.
This part of the Wall is two hours’ drive northeast of Beijing and is one of the few stretches of the Wall that still preserve the original construction, featured in all its weathered splendour. Due to its untouched state, walking this part of the Wall can sometimes turn into a physical challenge, but the spectacular panoramic views truly make all the efforts worthwhile.
The Mutianyu Section of the Wall is famous for the breathtaking beautiful scenery. Woods cover more than 96 per cent of the total scenic area. This section best displays the different splendours of the four seasons. It also features a convenient first-rate cable car to reach the Wall at the top of the mountains. At one of the ends of the Wall, a sled slope will give you the opportunity to experience thrills by taking you swooping down from the high mountains.