Asia Expat Guides: Top 5 Historical Sites in Beijing

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Moving to a new, foreign country is a daunting task which many expats find very overwhelming. At Asia Expat Guides, we understand your concerns and your specific needs as an expat. We routinely share articles and expat tips about moving to Asia at In this particular slide, we compile the top 5 historical sites in Beijing, China.


  • 1. Top 5 Historical Places in Beijing A Guide for New Expats in Beijing, ChinaBy: Asia Expat Guides

2. Through the Ming and Qing dynasties, the Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors and the political center of China. However, with the abdication of Puyi, Chinas last emperor the Forbidden City, most of the site was handed over to the public. Today, the majestic Forbidden City is well known for its 9,999 rooms a single room short of the number that the ancient Chinese believed to represent divine perfection. A moat six meters deep and a wall that is ten meters high surrounds the ancient palace. 3. One of the Eight Wonders of the World, the Great Wall of China was famously built between 220-206 BC by Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. Its high walls were built over the lives of many workers to keep out attackers while making sure that inhabitants could not travel out of the region. The wall is too long and huge that it spans across five provinces, from Shanhaiguan Pass to Jiayuguan Pass in the West, and can be seen from space. Near the downtown area, you can climb the Badaling Great Wall and experience the magnificent of the ancient architectural wonder. 4. The Tiananmen Square and its the monolithic monuments to Communist glory face the majestic Forbidden City, the landmark of Chinas imperialist past. The largest city square in the world, the courtyard is surrounded by significant edifices such as the Tiananmen Tower, Great Hall of the People, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, Monument to the People's Heroes and the National Museum. Tiananmen Square holds a lot of cultural history as it was the site of many monumental events through the course of Chinese history , from the heavy fighting between Li Zicheng and the early Qing emperors to the 1989 Tiananmen Square tank protests. 5. Situated in the Haidian District northwest of Beijing City, the Summer Palace is 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from central Beijing. Being the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China, it greatly influences Chinese horticulture and landscape with its famous natural views and cultural interests, which also has long since been recognized as 'The Museum of Royal Gardens'. 6. The Temple of Heaven was the place where emperors of the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty held was known as the Heaven Worship Ceremony. The UNESCO World Heritage Siteis China's largest and most representative existing masterpiece among Chinas ancient sacrificial buildings. First built in 1420, the 18th year of the reign of Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), it was enlarged and rebuilt during the reigns of the Ming emperor Jiajing and the Qing emperor Qianlong. In 1988, the Temple of Heaven was opened to the public as a park, showing ancient philosophy, history and religion. Its grand architectural style and profound cultural connotation give an insight into the practices of the ancient Eastern civilization. 7. For more information about being an expat in Asia, visit