If you read my previous post on Experiencing China, you’d know that we first landed in Beijing, the capital city.
I actually enjoyed my time in Beijing. The city portrayed a mix of ancient and new. You’d find ancient monuments and roads that were built thousands of years ago in the middle of a modern city. However, our trip in Beijing was all about visiting the past. Here are, in my opinion, the best places to visit in Beijing China:
Our first stop was the “Summer Palace“, which was rebuilt in the 1880’s for the Last Empress of China during a period of war and economic difficulty. She was the last one to truly rule over China, right before the establishment of a government system.
Strolling through the Summer Palace.
The lake and the mountains were completely man-made! It’s amazing what humans can do.
We also visited the “Forbidden City“, where the emperors used to live. There’s a reason why they call it a “city”. The place is GIGANTIC! Each part of the “city” was built for a specific reason: conducting business, entertaining the Emperor, gathering family members, etc.
We’re about to enter the Forbidden City!
The architecture is just mesmerizing!
It really does look like a city!
This is basically where the Emperor used to sit to conduct business.
The Emperor and the Emperess’ wedding bed.
We also visited the “Temple of Heaven” where the Emperors used to offer sacrifies to Heaven. What’s so special about this temple is that it was made with perfectly shaped pieces of wood designed to fit together without the use of any nails! The circular shape and the colors that were chosen all had a special meaning. Everything was made for a purpose. You can read more about it here.
On a side note, the sky was clear and BLUE! It was a warm and beautiful day! The air didn’t feel as polluted as the first day when we had just arrived!
When it was confirmed that we were going to China, the thing that I was looking forward to see the most was the Great Wall. It was built to protect the Chinese against the nomad invaders from the North. I can’t imagine how people were able to build these walls back in the days! The walls practically go accross the whole country. Perhaps you know already, but The Great Wall of China is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world! I mean, it has to be! It’s over 8,000 km long!
When I visited these places, I felt so much pride towards my origins. I wasn’t born in China and I certaintly don’t speak Chinese properly, but when someone asks me where I’m from, I’m proud to say that I’m a Canadian born Chinese (okay, this might sound a little bit confusing, but I wasn’t born in Canada nor China, but instead in Cambodia… but since I’ve been living in Canada for so many years, I consider myself Canadian…with Chinese origins. Ouf…).
If you’re thinking of visiting these places, I suggest you go with a tour guide or at least someone who can tell you the history of these wonders. Everything you see just makes more sense!
I hope these photos make you want to jump on the plane and see these places with your own eyes!
Have a great day friends!
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photos // all of these photos belong to me.