The year-end school holidays are always worth looking forward to. As a child, the school holidays meant a long-awaited trip to a new country unbeknownst to Amirah Amran. And even now, going on a holiday gets her excited beyond belief. Now if you are looking for great family-friendly destinations for the 2019 school holidays, you’ve got them all right here!
Beijing has a serious reputation as China’s seat of government compared with its decadent port-city sister Shanghai…
As summer approaches, it is time to make your travel plan. If you are interested in coming to China for your summer vacation, it might surprise you how many places you have already “been to”, I mean, through Hollywood films. Now, let’s take a closer look at these breathtaking Hollywood filming locations in China.
Shan Jixiang, who admits he is no expert on art, brought commercial success to World Heritage Site that fired the public’s interest in history but drew scorn from his colleagues.
Explore one of the most impressive historical sites in Beijing and discover the secrets that have been hidden for centuries.
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The Forbidden City in Beijing is the world’s most visited palace.
Only 6,000 people over two nights will be allowed into the UNESCO World Heritage site for a light show to mark the Lantern Festival, signaling the end of the Lunar New Year holiday.
Come 2020, they’ll be a new reason to visit this former imperial palace — the complex’s Qianlong Garden will be open to the public for the first time.
From adrenalin-fuelled winter sports competitions to breathtaking hikes, and luxurious spas, Beijing has everything you could want for a holiday in the snow.
[Beijing] I joked that I wanted to be a ”hao han” (好汉) twice. There is a saying that goes “不到长城非好汉”, which means that you need to get up to the Great Wall to be a Great Man.
The first time I climbed up, and it took a hike from wee hours of the morning till mid noon, and only made it less than half way.
The second time, the older me decided to go straight for the cable car.
Dear friends, great man or not, it is worth to make it up there at least once this lifetime.
Beijing has changed quite a bit over the years, though not as much as its sister city Shanghai. (You can still pay by cash at many places, cab drivers are still elusive, air is still bad.)
Travellers go for traditional architecture, learn more about Chinese history, visit the one-of-a-kind restaurants, hutong (traditional alleys) and street markets.
Named one of China’s UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites in 1987, the Forbidden City is probably China’s most well-known museum. Its famous red walls housed Ming and Qing emperors for nearly 500 years. Now the halls, gardens, pavilions and nearly one million treasures are visited and viewed by millions of tourists each year.
What You’ll See
Don’t be misguided by the word “museum” in the official name.
You will not be visiting anything like a standard museum where treasures are housed within glass boxes and visitors file along from room to room.
A Visit to the Palace Museum is more like a very long walk from enormous plaza to enormous plaza broken up by peeks into different official and residential buildings where the court and their minions ruled and lived.
The Forbidden City is located in the heart of Beijing, directly north of Tiananmen Square.
The third Ming emperor, Yongle, constructed the Forbidden City from 1406 to 1420, as he moved his capital from Nanjing to Beijing.
China’s capital city teems with important historical and cultural sites, but these are our top picks for a sampling of the best spots.
It’s easy to get lost among the myriad historical and cultural sights of Beijing, China’s capital city. Whether you’re hiking along the Great Wall of China, gazing in awe at the sheer expanse of the Forbidden City or getting delightfully lost in the city’s hutongs, you won’t miss a thing with our guide to the top attractions.
Hike the Great Wall of China
What Beijing to-do list would be complete without including the Great Wall? There are several sections of the ancient landmark that are open to visitors. The closest to Beijing, and the most visited, is Badaling, but a better and less-crowded option not much further out is Mutianyu.