Historic Sites in Beijing

Historic Sites in Beijing, China

Beijing Historic Sites

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  • andrew c
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Did not need to book this one in advance; amazing buildings, its more or less in five areas enclosed in the massive gardens. Lots to see and not commercialised; lots of selfie spots and shines a light on the cultural aspects of China.
    Written February 21, 2024
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  • Dexter James G
    Aberdeen, UK5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    views were amazing and the the food was great. it was very tidy even if the protesters had to be scraped off the concrete. However the traffic was stopped quite a bit by the tanks.
    Written February 28, 2024
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  • aron b
    Perth, Australia182 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well not munch to its a wall that's very famous and extremely challenging on your fitness to climb as steps are huge some 500mm...worth it though
    Written October 22, 2023
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  • andrew c
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must book in advance, at least 1 day in advance but 2 days better. Very tight security, airport style, and they search handbags. Great views; but again if you want to go to the museum you need to book, and it had very long queues to get tickets.
    Written February 21, 2024
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  • C0ppola
    Oulu, Finland279 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great to see a small piece of significant history.
    Disabled access may not be the easiest attraction.
    Stunning scenery.
    Written March 18, 2022
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  • LG_Kay
    Singapore, Singapore7,488 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the only entrance to the Forbidden City. It has five towers appearing like a flying phoenix. You need to purchase a ticket to enter. I recommend you purchase the entrance ticket online at 3rd party website to avoid queuing. Amazingly, no physical ticket (QR code, ticket reference number etc) is issued. Just show your passport to scan through as the system can detect you have valid ticket.
    Written October 18, 2019
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  • Maxim B
    Ottawa, Canada905 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful estate with a great garden, full of Qing Dynasty history. Each of the rooms/pavilions has mini exhibitions and exhibits of the living quarters from the era. Busier in the afternoon than the morning because most tour groups tend to visit other attractions in the morning (e.g. Forbidden City or the Temple of Heaven).

    Giving this place 4 stars only because I did not get a chance to experience the tour guide or the bathrooms because the original visit plan had to be changed.
    Written March 22, 2019
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  • PBlyth
    Tampa, FL252 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Beijing drum tower is typical of many found all over China. This one has a set of very steep steps leading up to the actual drum chamber. At the top you can walk around the outside walkway to get a view of the surrounding area and read about the different seasons celebrated by the Chinese. Inside are a set of very large drums which are used to play a drum serenade demonstrating the old techniques used to notify the local people of the passage of time. There is also an interesting side display of time pieces driven by candles or water.
    Written April 9, 2020
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  • CTMerebear
    Beijing, China104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hike that was not too challenging. Most of the path was pretty safe. (Not too much climbing.) Walking poles are helpful.
    Written February 17, 2021
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  • RickFLL
    Fort Lauderdale, FL396 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I took a private tour (just the driver, guide and me) and had an awesome experience. The views of the wall were spectacular and there were no huge crowds due to the distance from the city. I found the wall climb to be a physical challenge, but quite doable. Some steps were 16 to 18 inches high, while others were quite small. I spent about 1.5 hours on the wall, walking/climbing 45 minutes each way. I would recommend this “once in a lifetime experience” to all my family and friends,
    Written November 10, 2019
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  • lhsanki
    Brisbane Region, Australia77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As you would expect the Great Wall is very Impressive where ever you see it, this location, best way up is the chairlift, it is not wheelchair friendly at the top and the climb is very steep, you will need a moderate level of fitness, weekends are very crowded you would need to be there early, best time is during the week
    Written October 15, 2018
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  • Alisa D
    Orlando, FL547 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth going in to see Chairmen Mao lying in state. Security is tight inside the mausoleum. But, it is worth checking out the founder of China’s current government.
    Written December 2, 2019
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  • Bill McFarland
    Lake Wales, FL249 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had this on our bucket list. to see and climb on the Great Wall is a grand experience. Chairman Mao, said if you have not walked on the wall,you are not a man.
    Written May 8, 2019
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  • André K
    Hefei, China285 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting place to visit , lots of history. Nice scenery but not worth it to spend to much time here. A short visit is good enough.
    Written December 20, 2019
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  • dyhx
    Singapore3,491 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Entrance fee CNY50 per person and we paid another CNY200 in total for an onsite guide to bring 3 of us around and tell us more about the temple. 

    先有潭柘寺,后有北京城。This temple was built 1,700 years ago, making it older than Beijing itself. It's well hidden by the mountains surrounding it, so it can't be seen from the highways below, adding a mystical holy vibe to it. The temple boasts 2 千年银杏树 (Ginko trees), one is 1,300 years old and the other 1,000. What's unique is that while both trees are side by side just a few meters apart, 1 turns yellow (and wilts) before the other because the sunlight shines from one side. There's a saying the 1,300 year old one on the right side is the 帝皇树,because interestingly, a new trunk grows whenever a new Emperor takes over, and a branch breaks when an Emperor passes. Hence the other is known as 配皇树, symbolising the Empress.

    We got to see the huge deep pots used by the monks to cook food and many other interesting facts (like the Dragon and Tiger pavilion where the Emperor played poetic games with the Officials, the holy fish that people were queuing to touch at 龙王殿, the 百事如意 stone etc). We also checked out the 西观音洞to view and pay respects to the 肉身 (mummified body) of one of the monks that lived here once. 
    Written November 15, 2023
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