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As the capital of the People's Republic of China, Beijing is the nation's political, economic, cultural and educational center as well as being the most important center in China for international trade and communications. It has been the heart and soul of politics and society since the Warring States Period. Among the unequalled cultural treasures are the magnificent Forbidden City, the Beihai Park and the Summer Palace. Detailed information about Beijing Travel Guide

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The Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, is a landmark of Beijing. Located on the central axis of the city, the Forbidden City was once the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911). As the largest and the most complete ancient architectural complex, it is recommended as a must see for every tourist to China.

Ming Tombs are the Imperial Mausoleums of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty  (1368 - 1644).  The layout and arrangement of  thirteen tombs are very similar but vary in size and structures.
The Summer Palace features a famous imperial garden, much favored by the Empress Dowager Cixi of the late Qing Dynasty (before 1911). This extravagant empress spent a fortune enhancing the splendor of the Summer Palace. Without doubt, the magnificence of this garden is admired by all who visit it.
Temple of Heaven is the largest group of structures in the country dedicated to rituals that pay homage to the glory of heaven. The temple was built for worship of heaven and prayer for good harvest during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

The Tian'anmen Square is the world's largest square. Notable features are Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the People's Heroes, Great Hall of the People, and Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao.

A Hutong is a typical lane or small street in China, originated in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). A Beijing Hutong tour will give travelers a real taste of old culture of the city.
 Hutong Tour           Shichahai     
 Skewed Tabacco Pouch Street           
 South Gong and Drum Lane
 Colored Glaze Factory Culture Street

Beijing is not only a historical city for sightseeing, but also a modern metropolis with high buildings and large mansions. Besides, some ancient streets may serve both for traffic and shopping venues.
 Chang'an Avenue           Dashilar   
 Qianmen Street             Wangfujing Street

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- Last modified on Mar. 21, 2018 -
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Asked by beati from SYDNEY | Mar. 20, 2018 12:44Reply
about spending time in spots & student offers
is student offer available at main scenic spots in beijing? and what will be the minimal time spent in places like forbidden city and temple of heaven?
and also is the RED THEATRE a nice place spend time ?
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Answered by Dominic from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 21, 2018 01:18
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As I know, there are only a few scenic spots accept foreign student ID card. Generally speaking, you need to buy the full-priced tickets.
The suggested sightseeing time for Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven are 5 hours and 3 hours respectively.
In addition, if you have enough time, Red Theatre will be a nice place to kill time.

Have fun!
Asked by nakshatra from INDIA | Mar. 20, 2018 12:39Reply
transportation card (bus&metro card) in beijing
we are students studying in china,planning to visit this april2018 . Is transportation card available in BJ? if yes, where & how can we buy the transportation card (bus&metro card) in BJ on arrival ,& what is minimum fare to buy it?
is it available in metro stations or railway stations?
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Answered by Dylan from NETHERLANDS | Mar. 21, 2018 01:22
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Yes, the city has its own public transportation card. This card is valid for nearly all means of transportation in the city, including city buses, subway, the Airport Express Train, S2 trains, taxis, and public bicycles. It is available to anyone and a passport is not needed.

You can buy and top up the card at customer service centers of all subway stations. Each card requires a CNY20 refundable deposit. In general, store CNY50 for 2-3 days’ stay and CNY100 for one-week’s cost. You should notice that one card can only be used by one person. Your friends and you cannot share one.
Asked by Manjur from BANGLADESH | Feb. 26, 2014 06:25Reply
Weather in Beijing & Smog
Hellow, we will travel Beijing on 16 March 2014. What will be the Temperature & Smog condition at that time. Please answar.
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Answered by Kevin | Feb. 27, 2014 00:56
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The average temperature is from 0 to 12 degrees Celsius. It's a bit cold and you should bring some thick clothes. It's difficult to foresee if there is heavy smog when you come. I suggest you keep an eye on the air pollution report for the latest update.
Asked by HuiLan from SINGAPORE | Oct. 30, 2013 01:37Reply
where is the forbidden city at?
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Answered by Helen from USA | Nov. 01, 2013 02:25
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It is in central Beijing.
Asked by lyn from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 04, 2013 23:11Reply
Could you tell me what weather would be like in end March to early April in Beijing?
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Answered by Dora | Jan. 10, 2013 00:00
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The weather is still dry and windy, with occasional sandstorms. There may be light rain, which won’t last long. The temperature may range from 8~15C during that period. You need to prepare long-sleeved shirts plus jackets or overcoat since the temperature varies sharply between the day and the night.
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