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  • 1 Summer Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CHN - Hejin

    Built in the 12C, but sacked on several occasions, this summer palace was restored at great expense at the end of the 19C by the empress Cixi, whose megalomania remains legendary even to this day. Situated 12km northwest of Beijing, this enchanting s..

  • 2 Great Wall Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CHN - Badaling

    This winding, superhuman construction, which is said to be visible from the moon, runs for a length of 6 000km, punctuated along its route by 40 000 towers and small forts. It follows every contour of the land it traverses, but it is at Simatai, wher..

  • 3 Great Wall at Simatai Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CHN - Simatai

    Simatai is the most spectacular and striking section of the Great Wall as it is here that it traverses mountain ridges, the sides of which plunge dramatically into the void below. In these extreme landscapes, the technical prowess of engineers from t..

  • 4 Xidi Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CHN - Xidi

    Now a World Heritage Site, Xidi has a long history and is one of the best places to see architecture from the Ming and Qing periods. Built by merchants who made their fortunes from the salt and tea trades, these houses are remarkable, with their whit..

  • 5 Forbidden City Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CHN - Beijing

    This extraordinary urban complex of 800 palaces, temples and pavilions containing some 9 000 rooms presents a huge challenge for the millions of tourists who visit the Forbidden City. The seat of power and sacrarium of the Ming and Qing dynasties unt..

  • 6 Tiananmen Gate Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Tian'Anmen CHN - Hejin

    Founded in the 15C and remodelled two centuries later, the Tiananmen Gate (or Gate of Heavenly Peace) served as the tribune of the Emperors, and then of Chairman Mao, who proclaimed the People's Republic of China on this spot in 1949. His giant portr..

  • 7 Gate of Supreme Harmony Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CHN - Hejin

    This gate, without doubt the most ornately decorated in the Forbidden City, is guarded by two imposing bronze lions, the symbol of the highest-ranking dignitaries of the State. It was built for the first time in 1420, then completely reconstructed un..

  • 8 Southeast Tower Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Chongwenmen Dajie CHN - Hejin

    Despite the huge urban transformation that has taken place in the Choyang district, a few nostalgic architectural gems still remain here. The vestiges of the old Ming fortifications, built in the 15C and stretching for 1.5km, are a perfect illustrati..

  • 9 Eastern Peak Temple Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    CHN - Hejin

    Many Chinese continue to follow the Taoist faith, as witnessed by the Eastern Peak Temple, built in the early 14C. It receives the faithful who come here to place their offerings in front of the statues of a rich pantheon of divinities, made up of a ..

  • 10 Beijing Art Museum and Wanshou Temple Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    CHN - Hejin

    En route to their summer residence, the Ming emperors stopped at the 16C Temple of Longevity. Two towers, the Drum and Clock towers, provide an early glimpse of architecture which is similar to that of the Forbidden City and which could be taken for ..

  • 11 Former Summer Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    CHN - Hejin

    The former Summer Palace, a complex of European-style buildings, was built under the reign of the emperor Qianlong, between 1740 and 1747, and based on plans drawn up by Jesuit missionaries. This complex, the splendour of which incorporated the best ..

  • 12 Fragrant Hills Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Wofosi Lu CHN - Hejin

    Located close to the Summer Palace, this park certainly lives up to its name, with its scented gardens and temples full of incense. The first to take advantage of the coolness of the park were the emperors of the Yeng dynasty, who built the 14C Azure..

  • 13 Qing Tombs Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    CHN - Sibozi

    Manchurian in origin, the Qing dynasty ruled from 1644 to 1911, colonising Mongolia's interior, Chinese Turkestan and Tibet. The decline of their vast empire, which was difficult to control, marked the end of the long cycle of dynasties. The Qing emp..

  • 14 Qianlong's Tomb Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    CHN - Sibozi

    The first Qing emperor to be buried on the site was Qianlong, who reigned from 1711 to 1799. His tomb, or rather what the tomb-raiders left of it, is one of China's most impressive burial places. Occupying the basement of a wooden pavilion, it is hou..

  • 15 Cixi's Tomb Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    CHN - Sibozi

    The decoration in the tomb of the empress Cixi, housed in the basement of the palace, is of slightly inferior quality to that of Qianlong's tomb, although the palace itself is astonishingly beautiful. The decorative finesse of the phoenix, the symbol..

  • 16 Imperial Summer Palace Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Shangzhuang Dong Lu CHN - Chengde

    The Imperial Summer Palace is the largest complex of royal palaces and gardens in China, and is eight times larger than the Forbidden City. It is made up of lakes, hillocks, copses and pavilions where visitors can abandon themselves to meditative con..

  • 17 Putuo Zongcheng Temple Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    CHN - Chengde

    Putuo Zongcheng is the largest of the temples in Chengde, and is a smaller yet spectacular reproduction of the Potala in Lhasa. It was built in 1771 to provide a worthy setting in which to receive Tibetan representatives during their visit to celebra..

  • 18 Xumi Fushou Temple Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    CHN - Chengde

    Xumi Fushou is a reproduction of a Tibetan temple from the city of Shigatse, and was built in 1780 in honour of the Panchen Lama, who spent time here the following year on the occasion of the 70th birthday of the emperor Qianlong. The temple is surro..

  • 19 Duoyicun Rice Fields Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CHN - Duoyicun

    The Duoyicun rice fields are surely one of the most impressive sights in this region. At sunrise, there are sometimes hundreds of photographers here, fighting for a place from which to capture the scene.

  • 20 Tiananmen Square Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Tian'Anmen CHN - Hejin

    The affirmation of absolute power is embodied in this 20ha esplanade, a megalomaniac creation of Mao, whose portrait still features as a backdrop. Adorned with red flags, this is the heart of Beijing, where the past (the Forbidden City) and the prese..

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