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Temple of Heaven
As one of the top attractions of Beijing City, the Temple of Heaven used to be the sacred site for emperors to worship the Heaven and pray for good harvest for their people. You can not only admire elaborate architecture of the altar, but also trace the wisdom of ancient China. Circular Mound Altar and Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests stand apart facing each other. The Echo Wall and Three Echo Stones are ingenious in design, and you should have a try to experience the miracle of sound. Nearby local citizens like to do some morning exercises in the park, such as dancing, practicing opera, doing Tai Chi, and practicing swords. There you get a chance to know about the old Beijingers' daily life. To tour the whole park, you are advised to follow this itinerary: East Gate → Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests → Danbi Bridge → Imperial Vault of Heaven → Echo Wall → Three Echo Stones → Circular Mound Altar → South Divine Kitchen → Palace of Abstinence → Flower Garden → North Gate.
Kunming Lake in Summer Palace
Here is a recommended tour itinerary of the Summer Palace: North Palace Gate → Suzhou Market Street → Four Great Regions → Tower of the Buddhist Incense → Hall of Dispelling Clouds → Long Gallery → Marble Boat → Nanhu Island (by boat) →Seventeen-Arch Bridge → Bronze Ox → East Causeway of Kunming Lake → Tower of Literary Prosperity → Hall of Jade Ripples, Yiyun House → Hall of Joyful Longevity → Garden of Virtue and Harmony → Hall of Benevolence and Longevity → East Palace Gate. The whole sightseeing takes about 4-5 hours.
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Other Independent Beijing 1-Day Tours:
Badaling & Sacred Way: day trip to Badaling Great Wall and Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs
Imperial Gardens: one day to Summer Palace and the Park of Yuanmingyuan Ruins
Lugou Bridge: one day to Wanping City, Lugou Bridge...