An iconic attraction in China, Tiananmen Square in Beijing is very much a part of the country’s history and heritage. Dating back to the Ming Dynasty, it offers an enriching experience for those who visit.
Planning Your Visit
This attraction can be found in the heart of the capital, close to the famed Forbidden City. Around 20 minutes away from Ascott Riverside Garden Beijing, it can be easily reached by taxi, bus or subway. If you are staying at a nearby hotel or service apartment in Beijing, you can even choose to cycle there.
Monument to the People’s Heroes
China’s largest monument, this 37.94 metre structure takes the centre position in Tiananmen Square. Consisting of thousands of pieces of white marble and granite, the monument was built to commemorate those who gave their lives in the 19th and 20th centuries for the revolutionary struggle.
The Gate of Heavenly Peace
Once the front gate of the Forbidden City, this stunning structure has a colourful history and has a huge portrait of Mao Zedong which can be seen from outside. Made up of striking beams and fascinating paintwork this site also features imposing Ming stone lions which lend to its charm.
Mao Zedong Memorial Hall
Constructed in 1977, this hall was built in order to commemorate Chairman Mao, China’s founding leader. Visitors can explore this site where they will find a marble statue of the former leader, learn more about his life and even see the crystal cabinet where his preserved body lies.
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Located in a busy Chinese urban setting, this park is an escape from the flurry and is a place that offers peace and tranquillity.
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.
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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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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