The Summer Palace or Yi he yuan is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill (60 meters high) and the Kunming Lake. It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is water. The Summer Palace started out life as the Garden of Clear Ripples Artisans reproduced the garden architecture styles of various palaces in China. Kunming Lake was created by extending an existing body of water to imitate the West Lake in Hangzhou. In 1888, it was given the current name, Yihe Yuan. It served as a summer resort for Empress Dowager Cixi, who diverted 30 million taels of silver, said to be originally designated for the Chinese navy (Beiyang Fleet), into the reconstruction and enlargement of the Summer Palace.
Add: No.19, Xinjiangongmen Road, Haidian District, Beijing
Yuan Ming Yuan Park
The most magnificent garden in the history, the great Yuan Ming Yuan (Garden of Perfect Brightness) spanned a three-hundred-fifty hectare area with a fairyland of hills, ponds, lakes, ancient trees and palaces filled with one and half centuries of imperial treasure collections. However, it was tragically burned by the allied forces of the eight powers in 1860.
Add: No.28, Qinghua Weat Road, Haidian District, Beijing
Ba Da Ling Great Wall
The Great Wall of China, one of the greatest wonders of the world, was enlisted in the World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987. Just like a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 6,700 kilometers (4,163 miles ) from east to west of China. With a history of more than 2000 years, some of the sections of the great wall are now in ruins or even entirely disappeared. However, it is still one of the most appealing attractions all around the world owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance.
Add : Yanqin County, Beijing
Tel : 010-69121017
50 kilometers northwest from Beijing City lies the Ming Tombs - the general name given to the mausoleums of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). The mausoleums have been perfectly preserved, as has the necropolis of each of the many emperors. Because of its long history, palatial and integrated architecture, the site has a high cultural and historic value. The layout and arrangement of all thirteen mausoleums are very similar but vary in size as well as in the complexity of their structures.
Add: Changping County, Beijing
The Fragrant Hill
Situated in the east part of western hills, 28 kilometers (17 miles) northwest of the Beijing City, Fragrant Hills Park is a large park of hills and forest covering 160 hectares (395,4 acres). Both its natural sceneries and cultural relics are abundant. Xianglu Peak (Incense Burner Peak), 557 meters (1827.4 feet) high, is its highest peak.
Add: Haidian Diatrict, Beijing (near Xisan mountain)
Jing-dong Grand Canyon
Jingdong Canyon scenic area, located north of Yuzishan Village, is composed of two scenic areas-the grand canyon and Jingtai Mountain. The scenic area is adjacent to Panshan Mountain in the south, and to the Jingdong Cave, Jinhai Lake, Huangyaguan Great Wall, the Eastern Tombs of the Qing Dynasty and Wuling Mountain in the east, and is about 82 kilometers from downtown Beijing. Since its opening in 1992, many visitors have flocked to the area and it is a well-known scenic area in Beijing and Tianjin.
Add: Pinggu County, Beijing
Fayuan Temple is situated in Fayuansiqian Street, Xuanwu District of Beijing. It is the oldest extant temple in Beijing. In 1983, it was designated as one of national key temples in the areas of the Han nationality. Now, it is the site of the Chinese Buddhist Academy. Fayuan Temple was built in the 19th year (645) of the Zhenguan reign of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) by Li Shimin (Tang Emperor Taizong) to commemorate officers and soldiers dead in battles. In 1980, the Buddhist Books and Culture Relics Museum of China was built here, and in the same year the Statue of Master Jianzhen was displayed here after returning from overseas exhibition. The temple has gradually become one of research centers for Buddhist culture and Buddhism.
Add: Fayuansi Back Street, Xuanwu District, Beijing
Located 4km north of Huairou city, Hongluo Temple ranks 4-A grade in the national standard. Hongluo Temple has a very beautiful natural scenery. It leans against Hongluo Mountain on its north while overlooking Hongluo Lake to its south. The complex is largely hides in an ocean of pine trees, as are three scenic spots, which surround the temple. These sites are called Imperial Bamboo, Male and Female Gingko, and Pines Entangled with Chinese Wisteria. So far, it has formed a 6km large touring area consisting of 6 scenic spots.
Add: Southwest of Yanqi lake, Huairou District, Beijing
Yunmeng Mountain National Forest Park
Yunmeng Mountain National Forest Park is located in the northwestern part of Miyun County, and the park gate is at the 81.5-kilometer point of the Jingfeng (Beijing-Fengning) highway. YunmengMountain is one of the well-known picturesque mountains in suburban Beijing, and is a forest park of a unique landform.
Add: North of Yanqi Lake, Huairou District, Beijing
TanzheTemple is one of the major historic site under state protection and a scenic area at the 4A rank. As one of the eldest and largest Buddhist temples in the Beijing area, it already has a history of more than 1700 years, which makes it older than the city of Beijing itself. This is proven by a popular proverb widely spread in the Beijing area which says that ‘Tanzhe Temple appeared first, then came the Beijing city’. In addition, Tanzhe Temple also played an important role in the history of Buddhism in China. There were numerous eminent monks coming forth from the temple in every dynasty and there were emperors going on a pilgrimage to the temple in each dynasty.
Add:Mentougou District, Beijing Tel: 010-60862505