Top Reasons to Go to Beijing

The Forbidden City: Built by more than 200,000 workers, it’s the largest palace in the world and has the best-preserved and most complete collection of imperial architecture in China.

Tiananmen Square: The political heart of modern China, the square covers 100 acres, making it the largest public square in the world.

Temple of Heaven: One of the best examples of religious architecture in China, the sprawling, tree-filled complex is a pleasant place for wandering. Watch locals practice martial arts, play traditional instruments, and enjoy ballroom dancing on the grass.

Magnificent Markets: So much to bargain for, so little time! Visit outdoor Panjiayuan Antiques Market, the Silk Alley Market, or the Pearl Market.

Summer Palace: This garden complex dates back eight centuries, to when the first emperor of the Jin Dynasty built the Gold Mountain Palace on Longevity Hill.

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