Temple of Heaven Park – A Beijing Attraction

Located in a busy Chinese urban setting, this park is an escape from the flurry and is a place that offers peace and tranquillity.

History

The temple was built to be used as a stage on which the emperors would perform their solemn rites, but over the years, it became an altar for prayers that asked for a good harvest year and sometimes, even an apology. Though it goes by the name, Temple of Heaven Park, it is not a typical setting that you would find in temples as there are no burning incense sticks or parishioners. Within the park, you can find many prayer halls and structures that symbolise the Chinese culture of eras gone.

Location

The temple is in the busier parts of urban Beijing and is, therefore, close to any typical hotel or service apartment in Beijing. The entrances to the park are just a short drive away from places like Ascott Riverside Garden Beijing, for instance. The East Gate is where people usually line up at, to enter the park, but since the crowd always gets bigger over time, using the West Gate might be a good idea since the ticket queues are shorter at the latter gate.

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Fun Facts to Know About Beijing – Exploring the East

One of the booming cities of the East, Beijing, is visited by thousands of visitors from across the planet annually for varying purposes. With the growth and advancements in the economy of China, the capital has been a magnet for attracting various travellers coming in with various interests. Beijing serviced apartments have served as a home away from home for most of those who have set foot in Beijing. A popular choice among visitors to the city for both leisure and business alike has been, Ascott Raffles City Beijing. Offering stylish luxury within the convenience of an apartment complex, the property also features modern comforts.

There are various things to do around Beijing. Some of the fun things to do in Beijing are listed below.

One of the things to do is take a bike around Beijing. There are an estimated nine million bikes around Beijing. There are several places that rent bicycles and this is a great way to explore the city, even if you get lost a few times, it all adds to the experience.

Trekking the “Wild Wall” is a not to be missed activity if in China. The closest bit to Beijing is Badaling, which is always filled with visitors. There are various guided tours offered to take you through the history of the wall.

Another not to miss thing to check out while in the Chinese capital is the Beijing acrobats. The Beijing Opera features theatrical and distinct voices as well as intricate make up. The capital’s acrobatic history goes way back in time. They feature mind blowing juggling, cycling, contortion as well as great balancing acts.

Some of the other things to do while here is to check out the Forbidden City, enjoy a traditional Chinese massage and perhaps a visit to the antique market.

 

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Unknown Facts About Beijing – Know The Otherside Of The Megapolis

The modern megapolis of Beijing, (earlier known as Peking) China’s capital has a history dating back to the first Millennium. The Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties all had their seats of power here. For a while Beijing lost its position as the Capital City when the Capital was transferred to Nanjing but after a while Beijing regained its position as the Capital of China. It is one of the most populous cities in the world today and is a mixture of the old and new. Old buildings sit cheek-by-jowl with modern shops selling all manner of funky goods. In 2008 Beijing became the cynosure of all eyes when the city hosted the 2008 Olympics. Today, thousands throng to visit, conduct business, shop and sight see in Beijing while it also has an expatriate community working there.

With Beijing being what it is, the need for accommodation is varied and great and there is a high demand for Beijing serviced apartments. For those looking for comfort and convenience the exclusive and luxurious Ascott Raffles City Beijing with its prime location, spacious rooms, elegant décor and state-of-the- art amenities will be an ideal choice.

Beijing’s known attractions like the Great Wall of China and the ‘Forbidden City’ are many and globally known but the other lesser known landmarks and customs are also interesting and intriguing.

Jingshan or ‘Prosepct Park lies just north of the moat around the ‘Forbidden City.’ It is an artificial hill built as an imperial garden. Of the many thousands of visitors who throng the ‘Forbidden City’ very few visit the Jingshan. Magnificent views of Beijing and the ‘Forbidden City can be had from Jingshan and two lakes about the park. Beijing residents who know of Jingshan come to have fun here with singing, dancing and games.

Beijing’s Old Summer Palace is another lesser known attraction of Beijing. The Kangxi Emperor began construction of the Old Summer Palace in 1707 as a Summer Palace for his son, the future Emperor. In 1860 the British destroyed the Palace in retaliation for the Chinese torture and killing of British and Indian prisoners during the Second Opium War. Today too, the Old Summer Palace is in the same state of disrepair but offers a rare glimpse of history and ruins untouched by modern life. The Ancient Observatory with eight ancient astronomical instruments on display offers an insight into ancient Chinese Science.

These and many other relatively lesser known sites will enhance a visit to Beijing and deepen the knowledge of Chinese History and Culture.

Among the unusual customs is the refusal of a gift at first, may be once or twice. In China, the refusal is taken as humility and gratitude and is considered the polite thing to do. Refusing compliments is another polite thing to do.

There are other customs and traditions like this and being aware of some of them at least will make a stay in Beijing more comfortable and relaxing.

Shehera Fioni is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Catalina Forbes. Her content is based on many thrilling escapades offered to travellers across the world.

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