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Summer Palace

The Summer Palace is a favorite among toursts sightseeing in Beijing. Indeed, it is one of the best parks in the city. Originally it was a retreat for emperors to escape the scorching summer heat of Beijing.

The Summer Palace if you to go the for the early sping.

but fell into disuse in the 18th century. Then in the 19th century, the Empress Dowager Cixi made massive renovations and restored many buildings using money funneled out from the state treasury.

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Temple of Heaven

Built between 1409 and 1420, the Temple of Heave is one of Beijing"s most impressive parks in terms of Heaven is one of Beijing"s most impressive parks in terms of architecture, color and significance.

The Temple is basically a huge communications terminal which . If the Emperor used to communicate directly with Heaven.

Sereral times a year, the Emperor would come here to pray for good harvests, enough rain and other heavenly boons. The construction of the Temple is based around the number nine, the largest of the single digits, which is divine in Chinese numerology. The Temple consists of four basic parts: the Round Altar, the Echo Wall, the Imperial Vault of Heaven, and the Hall of prayer for Good Harvests.

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Ming Tombs

Some 50 kilometers northwest of the capital, .

If you go to visit to the Great Wall.,you will he Ming Tombs are generally

Otherwise known as the “13 Tombs”, this is the burial site of 13 out of 17 emperors of the Ming Dynasty. However, the only one you can get a good look at is the tomb of Emperor Wanli, who reigned from 1537 to 1620. This tomb was unearthed in 1956. There are two others that have been uncovered, but the rest remain illusive.

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Beijing Capital Museum

A trip to Beijing City is not complete without visiting its museums. The former Capital Museum, which was located in the Confucius Temple, started its planning stage in 1953 and formally opened to the general public in 1981. As a major cultural construction project in Beijing in the "10th Five-Year Plan", the new Capital Museum, approved by Beijing Municipal Government in 1999, further approved by the State Council after being submitted by the National Development and Reform Commission in 2001, finally commenced its construction in December 2001. There are a great number of museums dotting around the city.

If you don't have much time available in Beijing, you can focus your museum tour to Beijing Capital Museum. Beijing's new Capital Museum is now open to the public, located on Fuxingmenwai Dajie, the western part of Beijing's Chang'an Jie. The museum is a five-storey mansion, catering for a maximum of 13 concurrent exhibitions, which can be seen in about 5 hours at the cost of 30 yuan per visitor.

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Beihai Park

Beihai Park is an extremely popular attraction among Beijingers and tourists. It is very large, about 68.2 hectares, and almost two-thirds of the park is a lake. The park sits in the Beijing’s center, used to be the royal garden of the Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing Emperors. It was completed in 1179, rife with greenery and assorted pavilions, corridors and gardens abound.

Besides the lake, the main things to see in Beihai are the Round City, which contains a jade vase from the time of Kublai Khan;the Temple of Eternal Peace, the Nine Dragon Screen, which is really a 5-meter-high, 27-meter-long wall covered with glazed tiles carved into nine intertwining dragons;and the White Pagoda on Gem Island in the center of the lake.
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East church

Situated east of central Wangfujing Street, the Catholic East Church, also named Wangfujing Catholic Church, is one of the best-preserved religious sites in the heart of Beijing.

The present building was rebuilt in 1904 on the ruins of the burned church. The East Church was originally called Saint Joseph's Church, and was built in the 12th year (1655) of Emperor Shunzhi during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

If you go to visit this year. Beside the church is a front square of 1.2 hectares. Trees and grass were planted and various lighting facilities were installed to show off the gorgeous building at night.

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