Built in the 1750’s, the Summer Palace occupies 2.9 kilometres. The palace is set on Kunming Lake which was created by extending an existing body of water to imitate the West Lake in Hangzhou. The Summer Palace is best known for its beautiful garden architecture and flora.
Temple of Heaven
A complex of Taoist buildings which was frequently visited by Emperors of the Ming & Qing Dynasties. The Template was used for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest.
The Forbidden City
Building start in 1406 and construction lasted 15 years and required more than a million workers and was used as the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. The palace consists of 980 buildings and 8707 bays of rooms.
The largest city square in the world, Tiananmen Square has great cultural significance as the site of several important events in Chinese history including the 1989 protests.
One of the oldest zoos in China, Beijing Zoo has over 14,500 animals with 450 species of land animals and over 500 species of marine animals. The Beijing Zoo is well known for its collect of rare animals belonging to China including Giant Pandas, the golden snub-nosed monkey, South China Tiger, white-lipped deer and the Chinese Giant Salamander.
The Ming Tombs
The Ming Dynasty Tombs location was chosen by Ming Dynasty emperor Yongle, the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty, who moved the capital of China from Nanjing to Beijing. 13 Ming Dynasty Emperors were buried in this area with the first two Ming Emperors buried near Nanjing. A seven kilometre road named the “Spirit way” leads into the complex, lined with statues of guardian animals and officials.
The Great Wall
Built originally to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire against intrusions by various nomadic groups, The Great Wall of China stretches for 8,851kms. It is estimated that over 1 million workers died building the wall. Even with such size, the claim that the Great Wall can be seen from the moon has been debunked.
Literally translated as ‘Supreme ultimate fist’, Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art practised for both its health benefits and defence training. Most modern styles of Tai Chi trace their development to at least one of the five traditional schools: Chen, Yang, Wu/Hao, Wu, and Sun.