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Summer Palace

Summer PalaceSituated in the western outskirts of Haidian District, the Summer Palace (yíhé yuán 颐和园) is 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from central Beijing. Having the largest royal park and being well preserved, it was designated, in 1960 by the State Council, as a Key Cultural Relics Protection Site of China. Containing examples of the ancient arts, it also has graceful landscapes and magnificent constructions. The Summer Palace is the archetypal Chinese garden, and is ranked amongst the most noted and classical gardens of the world. In 1998, it was listed as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2009 18:58
The Ming Tombs

Ming Tombs
50 kilometers northwest from Beijing City lies the Ming Tombs (míng shí sān líng 明十三陵) - the general name given to the mausoleums of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). The mausoleums (líng mù 陵墓) have been perfectly preserved, as has the necropolis (dà mù dì 大墓地) 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.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 August 2009 15:11
The BaDaLing Great Wall


Badaling (bā dá líng八达岭 ) Great Wall is located at Yanqing (yánqìng 延庆) County, more than 70 kilometers northwest from the center of Beijing City. It is a mountain pass of the Jundu Mountain. Badaling is at the highest point of north end of the Guan'gou gorge, in which the Juyongguan Pass lies. In the history, the function of Badaling was to protect the Juyongguan Pass. Along with Guan'gou gorge, there are several interests and historic sites. Badaling is a rare ancient military defense project. The elevation of it is about 1,000 meters.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 August 2010 10:49
Maple of Fragrant Hills
The autumn in Beijing is the best season to admire the charm of the Fragrant Hills, which has won its fame all over the world with its maple leaves. Temple of Azure Clouds, Zhaomiao (Bright Temple) and Shuangqing Villa are beautified by maples on the Fragrant Hills while the maples are highlighted by those historic sites.

Fragrant Hills are densely covered by ancient trees. Thus, spring arrives late in the area and summer days are always pleasantly cool. The main peak, Worried Ghost Peak had an elevation of 557 meters. Clouds and mist often engulf its precipitously angled cliffs, which give the two large stone excrescences of the peak a resemblance to incense burners.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2008 12:49
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