So once you’ve seen the Great Wall, what else is there to see?
- Tiananmen Square – is also known “Gate of Heavenly Peace”. First built during the Ming dynasty is used as the national symbol of China. In 1989 Hu Yaobang a popular communist party leader who has been working to move China towards a more democratic state died. A series of protests led by students erupted in the square and a hunger strike ensued. On June 4th 1989 Chinese troops fired on civilians and students alike.
- It’s a must see for first time visitors to Beijing and entry is FREE! Across from the square is the Palace Museum & Natural Museum of China. If you are accessing the Square via public transport ‘Dongcheng’ is the nearest subway station.
- Temple of Heaven – is an imperial complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for a good harvest.
- Entry is RMB 15/£2, the nearest subway stop is Tiantan East Gate Station.
Lastly, Forbidden City and Summer Palace – buzzing tourist attractions and must be on a visit to Beijing.