Almost ten years ago, i went to my first trip to Beijing. It was great and also tired. But, yes, i love Beijing. I’ll someday go back and go to place i wasn’t visiting yet. Beijing, for me, until today, is the most beautiful historical city i’ve ever visit. Hope i will go to other historical cities someday ; like Kyoto and else.
Well, i’ve some photos from my travel in 2010, i want to share it with you. I know it was a long time ago but… why not? Perhaps you will interest with Beijing and add it to your next travel bucket list.
We never know… we never know. LOL
Still, hope someday i can go back there for holiday.
The Imperial Palace and the Forbidden City
(And Tiananmen Square)
Like what people know about Beijing, there’s Forbidden City, the most big historical place in Beijing (If you watched “Karate Kid” by Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, you’ll know). For me personally, i love Beijing expecially their historical building, so Forbidden city was one of my favorite destination.
Forbidden city was a palace complex. Inside it, there was lots of chinese palatial architecture.
The Outer Court (外朝) or Front Court (前朝) includes the southern sections, and was used for ceremonial purposes. The Inner Court (内廷) or Back Palace (后宫) includes the northern sections, and was the residence of the Emperor and his family, and was used for day-to-day affairs of state. (source : here)
Tiananmen Square or Tian’anmen Square (天安门, is a city square in the centre of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen (‘Gate of Heavenly Peace’) located to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. The square contains the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. (source : here)
The Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven is an imperial complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. (source : here)
The Summer Palace
The Summer Palace is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces in Beijing. It was an imperial garden in the Qing Dynasty. In December 1998, UNESCO included the Summer Palace on its World Heritage List. It declared the Summer Palace “a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value”. (source : here)
Beijing National Stadium
It called Bird’s Nest. It built for 2008 Summer Olympic and Paralympic. It was jointly designed by architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron from Basel-based architecture team Herzog & de Meuron, project architect Stefan Marbach, artist Ai Weiwei and CADG, which was led by chief architect Li Xinggang . (source : here)
The Great Wall of China
After Forbidden Palace, this was my second favorite! Why? Because i could get excercise too. LOL. The Great Wall was not only one big smooth bridge, but it built also with stairs and small post for guard (in earlier time).
The Great Wall stretches across North China from east to west for over 6,000 kilometers. It extends from the shanghai pass at the seaside in the Hebei province in the east to the Jiayu pass in Gansu province in the west. The sites of the Great Wall stretch across 15 provinces of China. (source : here)
Hutong are a type of narrow street or alley commonly associated with northern Chinese cities, especially Beijing.
In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences. Many neighbourhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. The word hutong is also used to refer to such neighbourhoods. (source : here)
I went to one of their old building. It’s very traditional and also small. I’m in love with their environment. There were lots of tricylce, which can give you a simple tour around the city.
Oh, i really want to go back there.
Perhaps someday i will do. I’ll also visit other places.
Has anyone ever been to Beijing too? How is it?
all photos here : me & the tour guide.