The Forbidden city, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, was home to the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties for over five centuries. Common people were forbidden from entering the palace without the emperor’s permission; hence, the name. Today, it is more famously known as the Palace Museum, showcasing a wide collection of Chinese royal art.
Great Wall of China
The most recognisable symbol of China has to be the Great Wall, which displays its long and vivid history. It is one of the longest man-made structures ever built in the world. Having registered a place in the seven wonders of the world, it runs over hundreds of miles and has many towers. It was originally conceptualised by the Emperor Qin Shi Huang in order to prevent invasions by enemies into the Chinese Empire.
The Beijing Zoo was once referred to as the ‘Garden of Ten Thousand Animals’. It is one of the oldest zoos in China and is best known for its collection of rare animals native to China. Some of them are the giant pandas and the Chinese giant salamander, the largest amphibian in the world. In addition to these, giant pandas, red-crowned cranes, African giraffes, rhinoceros, chimpanzees, antelopes; wild ox from Europe, and elephants and gibbons from India can also be seen here.
Temple of Heaven
Beijing’s Temple of Heaven was the place where the emperors of the Qing and Ming Dynasties worshipped the God of heaven and prayed for good harvests. It was converted into a park in 1918 and is listed under UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage Sites. It is a masterpiece, representing the rich, ancient Chinese culture.
The National Stadium in Beijing is most commonly referred to as ‘The Bird’s Nest’, due to the steel structure on its roof, which resembles a bird’s nest. It was designed as the main stadium for the 2008 Olympic games hosted by Beijing. The opening and the closing ceremonies of the 2022 Winter Olympics is also scheduled to happen in this stadium. Currently, the stadium is mostly used for football matches.