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Attractions

The Palace Museum (Forbidden City)

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Built in 1406, the Palace Museum was formerly known as the Forbidden City, and was the residence of emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. With more than 9,000 halls and rooms, the palace is the largest in the world,  it hosts important Chinese cultural relics, and is a world cultural heritage site.

Tiananmen Square

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The renowned Tiananmen Square is one of the largest city squares in the world. Itís a massive courtyard surrounded by a variety of historically significant buildings, including the Great Hall of the People, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall, and the National Museum of China.

Yonghegong Lama Temple

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Visitors from across China and all over the world, come by this intricately designed temple originally built in 1694 for an emperor. It was transformed into a Tibetan Buddhist Temple in the mid-18th century. Today, visitors and residents alike worship Buddha at the temple as well as enjoy the views from this imperial residence.

Temple of Heaven

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When the Temple of Heaven was built in 1420, it was the venue where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshipped the heavens and prayed for good harvests. Well-known for its impressive layout and unusual architecture, itís open to the public as a park.  

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