A visit to Beijing is incomplete if you don’t visit the historic places around the city and leave with some insight into the local life and traditions. Here are a few spots to visit!
The Imperial Palace
Also known as the ‘Forbidden City’, this is China’s most significant attraction. Tracing its origins back to the Yuan Dynasty of the 13th century, its huge size is due to the enlargements that were made during the Ming Dynasty. Covering an area of 720,000 square meters, the palace is surrounded by a 10-meter-high wall with towers in all four corners. Just 8 minutes from Pan Pacific Beijing, this spot should make it to your list!
Easy to reach from many a Beijing hotel, this is the world’s largest inner-city square, designed to hold a million people. The importance of the square dates to May 4th, 1919, when students protested against the Chinese provisions of the Treaty of Versailles.
The Summer Palace
Dating back to the 12th century and more than 700 acres in size, this Summer Palace is located 30 minutes by car, bus or taxi. Boasting a man-made lake that is 700 years old and beautiful gardens, one of the more popular things to do is to ride aboard the pleasure craft that ferries tourists to another of the temples in the palace premises.