Tourist Information

Palace Museum

Located in the heart of Beijing, the Palace Museum is approached from the south through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tian'an men). Ten-meter-high walls and a fifty-two-meter -wide moat surround the palace. Measuring 961 meters from north to south and 753 meters from east to west, the expansive architectural complex covers an area of 1,110,000 square meters. Each of the four sides has one gate, namely, the Meridian Gate (Wu men) on the south, the Gate of Divine Prowess (Shenwu men) on the north, the Eastern and Western Prosperity Gates (Donghua men and Xihua men). See https://www.dpm.org.cn for more info.

Beijing Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven is a place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties "worship heaven" and "pray for the valley", located on the east side of Zhengyangmen. The altar area is round in the north and square in the south, meaning "heaven is round". Two altar walls are built around the altar, dividing the whole altar into two parts, the inner altar and the outer altar. The total area is 273 hectares. The main buildings are concentrated in the inner altar. See http://www.tiantanpark.com/ for more info.

Badaling Great Wall

The majestic Great Wall touches the billows of the Bohai Sea in the east, and traverses the vast expanse of the Gobi desert in the west. It crosses prairies and deserts, nestles up to the Yellow River, surmounts high mountains, stretches 10,000 li and, like a soaring dragon, leaps over the boundless land of China. It was built with the blood and sweat of the laboring people of ancient China. It is a symbol of the brilliance of China’s ancient culture and a pride of the Chinese nation. See http://www.badaling.cn/ for more info.

The Summer Palace

The Summer Palace landscape, dominated mainly by Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake, covers an area of 3.08 square kilometers, three quarters of which is under water. Its 70,000 square meters of building space features a variety of palaces, gardens and other ancient-style architectural structures. Well known for its large and priceless collection of cultural relics, it was among the first group of historical and cultural heritage sites in China to be placed under special state protection. See http://www.summerpalace-china.com/ for more info.

Ming Tombs

The Ming Tombs, located at the southern foot of Tianshou Mountain in Changping District, 50 kilometers north of Beijing, are the tombs of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). They are characterized by large scale, complete system and relatively complete preservation. The natural landscape in the area is beautiful and there are many cultural relics. There are national key cultural relics protection units: Ming Tombs and Juyongguan Great Wall. See http://www.mingtombs.com/ for more info.

China Science and Technology Museum

China Science and Technology Museum is the only comprehensive museum of science and technology at national level in China. It is a large scale science popularization facility for the implementation of the national strategy of invigorating the country through science and education and strengthening the comprehensive national power of the country by relying on talented people, as well as for the enhancement of the scientific literacy of the general public. See http://cstm.cdstm.cn/ for more info.