Tips to Maximize Your Time in Beijing on a Stopover from a Cruise Ship
The opening of Tianjin International Cruise Terminal in 2010 has provided new opportunities for tourists to see Beijing while on a stopover on their cruise or before embarking for a cruise. The aim of this article is to help people choose the places they wish to see during a short stop in Beijing.
The Forbidden City with Tiananmen Square 故宫和天安门广场
As home to 24 Chinese emperors from 1368 and 1911,the Forbidden City represents Chinese ancient imperial life like nowhere else. The palace is broadly divided into 2 parts with working area in the south and living area to the north. The visit can be combines with a visit to Tiananmen Square, the world’s biggest city square, which is adjacent to the Forbidden City. 3-4 hours would be enough to see them both.
Add: No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Summer Palace 颐和园
Ranked# 4 of 967 Beijing attractions on Trip Advisor, this imperial garden typifies Chinese classical gardens. Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake are the major feature of the Summer Palace. The garden is divided into districts for political, foreign and domestic affairs, living area for empress and concubines and leisure part for relaxation. 3-4 hours sightseeing would give you a general idea of the garden at leisurely pace.
Add: No.19 Xin-jian-gong-men Road, Haidian District, Beijing
The Great Wall at Mutianyu 慕田峪长城
Chairman Mao once said:“ He who doesn’t reach the Great Wall is not a true man!”The no. 1 Beijing attraction on Trip Advisor, Great Wall at Mutianyu should not be missed. This section is less-crowded and has spectacular views. A cable cars takes you to the wall and a unique Slideway is a quick way fun to descend. 4 hours are recommended.
Add: Mutianyu Village, Huairou District, Beijing
Hutong（Old Alley） 胡同
A Beijing trip would not be complete without seeing a Hutong. The Forbidden City and Summer Palace tell the history of imperial families while Hutong reflects the real life of ordinary people. A number of Hutong still exist. People believe it is the root of old Beijing. The modern life has infiltrated the hutongs bring both good and bad depending on your point of view. Nanluoguxiang is a good choice and take about 4 hours see.
Add: Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Temple of Heaven 天坛
Southeast of the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven is 4 times bigger than the Forbidden City. It was built as a place of worship for emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties to pray for God’s blessings. The most famous buildings are the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest and the Circular Mound Altar. Ranked# 8 in 967 Beijing attractions on Trip Advisor, it is China’s largest building for religious worship. 4 hours would makes a comfortable visit.
Add: No.7,Tiantan Road, Chongwen District, Beijing
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