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.
Cloud Taoist Temple
Center "Water Cube"
Stadium "Bird's Nest"