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The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is a priceless testimony to Chinese civilization.
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Tiananmen Square

Tian'anmen Square occupies an area of 49 hectares (122 acres), big enough to hold half a million people. It was named after the Tiananmen which stands on its north side, separating it from the Forbidden City.

The Great Wall

The Great Wall is a series of stone and earthen fortifications, built, rebuilt, and maintained between the 6th century BC and the 16th century to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire from Xiongnu attacks.
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The Summer Palace

UNESCO declared the Summer Palace an "outstanding expression of the creative art of Chinese landscape garden design, incorporating the works of humankind and nature in a harmonious whole."
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The Temple of Heaven

The dignified complex graphically illustrates a cosmogony of the civilization.
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Ming Tombs

The Ming Dynasty Tombs are located some 50 kilometers due North of Beijing at a specially selected site. The site was chosen by the third Ming Dynasty emperor Yongle (1402-1424), who moved the capital from Nanjing to Beijing.

The Capital Museum

With its striking modern architecture and impressive variety of exhibits, the Capital Museum has staked its claim as the best museum in Beijing.

Lama Temple

Lama Temple is one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. It houses a treasury of Buddhist art, including sculptured images of gods, demons and Buddhas, as well as Tibetan-style murals.

Confucius Temple

The Temple of Confucius is the second largest temple constructed for Confucius,  ranking only behind the Temple of Confucius in Qufu, Shandong Province.

Bird's Nest

The twig-like structural elements and the bowl-shaped roof are the masterpiece of the project.

Beijing Int'l Airport Terminal 3

The iconic terminal building is intended to be one of the most modern and passenger friendly super-hub facilities in the world.

Houhai

Because of its proximity to the Forbiddent City, this area was historically home to court officials and the city's elite. Some of their residence still stand.

Beihai Park

West of the Forbidden City, Beihai Park is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved of the ancient imperial gardens in China.
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Bell and Drum Towers

The bell and drum towers are prominent landmarks symbolizing the ancient capital city. Both structures were built under the reign of Kublai Khan during the Yuan Dynasty.
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