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Sightseeing of Beijing

Plan your travel with Beijing's top activities

Sightseeing tours will be organized for the participants of the ISH 2018 meeting pre, during and post meeting (from 19-24 September 2018). Tour registration details and fees will be available shortly. In the meantime, please find below a selection of Beijing tour programs for your reference including visits to the city's best attractions and landmarks. If you have any specific questions or require advice regarding city tours, please email Mr. Eric Liu at eric@ctsho.com.

 

Tour information

Tian'anmen Square + the Forbidden City

Tian'anmen Square is the largest public square in the world. It has long been a gathering place for locals and visitors alike. On the north side of the square is Tian’anmen Gate (the Rostrum). It was from the balcony of the Rostrum on October 1, 1949 that Mao Zedong, chairman of the Communist Party, proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China. Mao gazes south from a huge portrait on the south side of the gate onto Tian'anmen Square. Behind the Rostrum lies the Forbidden City, also known as the Imperial Palace.

The Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors beginning with its creation by Emperor Yongle in 1420 until the last Qing emperor, Puyi, left in 1924.The entire complex consists of 8,706 rooms in which an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people lived including 3,000 eunuchs, as well as maids and concubines, all within 170 acres. Behind walls more than 30 feet high and within the 160-foot moat, complex rules and rituals dictated life in the Imperial Palace. Strictly off-limits to ordinary Chinese people (hence the name) the gates today lead to a fascinating display of Chinese history in what is probably the best-preserved site of Classical Chinese architecture.

 

Summer Palace + Bird Nest (National Stadium)

The summer palace is one of the finest landmarks in Beijing. It has long been a royal garden and was considerably enlarged and embellished by Emperor Qianglong in the 18th century then later abandoned. Empress Dowager Cixi began rebuilding in 1888 using money that was supposedly reserved for the construction of a modern navy. Three quarters of the area is occupied by the lovely Kunming Lake. Enjoy a boat ride on the lake before walking the Long Corridor. This 728-metre corridor is decorated with 8,000 paintings including many from the emperor’s travels around the country. As cameras were not available, the emperor would have artists paint the scenes that caught his eye.

National Stadium is the main stadium of the 29th Olympiad in 2008. Occupying an area of 21 hectares, it has a floor space of 258,000 square meters. Its seating capacity amounts to 91,000, including 11,000 temporary seats. The venue hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. After the Olympics, the stadium becomes a large-scale sports and entertainment facility for the residents of Beijing -- an architectural landmark and Olympic legacy.

 

Temple of Heaven + 798 Art District

The summer palace is one of the finest landmarks in Beijing. It has long been a royal garden and was considerably enlarged and embellished by Emperor Qianglong in the 18th century then later abandoned. Empress Dowager Cixi began rebuilding in 1888 using money that was supposedly reserved for the construction of a modern navy. Three quarters of the area is occupied by the lovely Kunming Lake. Enjoy a boat ride on the lake before walking the Long Corridor. This 728-metre corridor is decorated with 8,000 paintings including many from the emperor's travels around the country. As cameras were not available, the emperor would have artists paint the scenes that caught his eye.

The 798 Art District is located in the northeast part of Beijing City. It is named after a factory which was built in the 1950s by German experts. The original factory was designed in an architectural style called “Bauhaus”; its main design ideal is bringing the technical and aesthetic property of new materials and new structure into effect, designing simply and composing pictures vividly with flexibility. Attracted by the unique architectural style and vast spaces, more and more artists and designers began to trickle in and settle their workshops there since 2001.

 

Ming Tombs + Great Wall at Badaling Section

Ming Tombs, burial grounds to 13 of the 16 Ming Emperors. You'll explore the largest of the burial sites, the Changling Tomb, which is divided into three impressive courtyards.

The Great Wall at Badaling Section, the very symbol of the ingenuity of ancient Chinese engineering. The Badaling section is a prime example of this colossal structure, where You will have the opportunity to climb up either the North or South Face of the Wall.

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