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Beijing Tourism Resource

People started living in Beijing 70.000 years ago. It was then called Jicheng and was located in the Yan kingdom, which was one of the seven powerful ducal states during the so-called War States period, which lasted from 475 to 221 B. C. in Chinese history. The city was renamed, Youzhou in Tang Dynasty, Dadu in Yuan Dynasty, and then Dijing in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Modern Beijing has experienced nearly ten successive dynasties, giving the city historical and cultural sites. These include the world's largest imperial palace-the Forbidden City, the largest temple-the Temple of Heaven, the rarely seen royal garden-the Summer Palace, the Great Wall of China-one of the eight wonders of the world, the world's largest ancient tomb group-the Thirteen Ming Tombs, and the Zhoukoudian Peking Man Site, all of which have been listed by UNESCO as world cultural heritage.

Beijing also has some very famous religious buildings. These include the Tanzhe Monastery, which is the biggest and the best among the ancient architectural examples. The Cattle Street Mosque has the longest history among all of Beijing's many mosques, while the Yonghe Palace is the city's biggest Tibetan Buddhist temple. The Dajue Temple is Beijing's biggest Xishan Temple-there are some 300 such temples in the city-and the White Cloud Taoist Temple, built by imperial order, was once the most influential Taoist temple in the capital. The Jietai Monastery was built in Liao Dynasty architectural style and the Hongluo Temple is known as the "No.1 temple in the northern part of Beijing". Of course Beijing also boasts the grand and imposing Tian'anmen Square, the North Sea Royal Garden, beautiful Fragrant Hill Park, the Purple Bamboo Park (Zizhuyuan Park). Yuyuantan Park, and other major scenic spots. These places are not religious buildings, but are among the city's best and most interesting places to visit.

In Beijing you can see and experience not only the ancient China's majesty, grandeur, and ups and downs throughout history, but also the busy downtown of contemporary Beijing, with all of its hustle and bustle and modern-day conveniences. When you set your foot in Beijing, you can feel the bustling atmosphere right away. With the 29th Olympic Games in 2008, Beijing once again demonstrated her enchanting charisma to the whole world.

Beijing Attractions
Forbidden City
Badaling Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Temple of Heaven
Summer Palace
Tiananmen Square
Beijing Opera
Ming Tombs
Underground Palace
Yonghegong Lamasery
Beijing Hutong
White Cloud Taoist Temple
Beihai Park
Jinshanling Great Wall
Simatai Great Wall
Juyongguan Great Wall
JianKou Great Wall
Beijing Zoo
Confucian Temple
Shichahai Hutong
Tanzhe Temple
Fragrant Hills Park
798 Art Zone
Aquatics Center "Water Cube"
National Stadium "Bird's Nest"

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