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Introduction

Tiananmen Square

Any trip to Beijing usually begins with a visit to Tiananmen Square, the vast concrete expanse at the heart of the modern city.

This ‘Square of the Gate of Heavenly Peace' is still bordered by 1950s communist-style buildings - the Great Hall of the People and the Museum of the Chinese Revolution - and dominated by a giant portrait of Chairman Mao.

It was here Mao hoisted the red flag proclaiming the foundation of the People's Republic and where he still lies in his marble memorial hall.

Forbidden City

The Forbidden City at the north end of Tiananmen Square has been the seat of Chinese imperial power since the Ming Emperor Yongle began ruling his dynasty from its heart around 1420.

The Imperial Palace (Gugong) is China's most magnificent architectural complex and was built at the symbolic centre of the universe using the strict geomantic principles of yin and yang.

The Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven, or Tian Tan, is one of the largest temple complexes in China and has been at the heart of imperial ceremony and symbolism since its construction during the Ming Dynasty.

It was here the emperor, or Son of Heaven, would make sacrifices and pray to his ancestors at the Winter Solstice. It is located 2 km south of Tiananmen Square.

Summer Palace

The sprawling Summer Palace outside Beijing served as a summer retreat for the Qing Dynasty and is most associated with the Empress Dowager Cixi, who used it as her personal pleasure ground.

Highlights include the lakes and bridges, Marble Boat, Bronze Pavilion, and Longevity Hill.

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Top itineraries in Beijing

Best of China

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Ask most first time visitors to China where they want to go, and they will probably list: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin and Shanghai.

The Yangtze River and Best of China

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From the Great Wall and the Terracotta Army to Shanghai’s skyscraping wonders and the Yangtze River’s rural splendour, this is your chance to see all of China’s highlights. You’ll travel in style, with a luxury river cruise, flight hops and private touring, transfers and gourmet dining included.

Guangxi and the best of China

11-day tailor-made journey from £2,560 pp

Special
offer

Flight offer – Save up to £335 pp
Book by: 05 October 2017

Guangxi is the very soul of rural China. It’s a romantic region that’s been the subject of many paintings, which capture a landscape of soaring limestone karsts, rising out of blue-green rivers, while conical-hatted farmers work in the lush green paddy fields.

The Silk Road – Moscow to Beijing

21-day luxury rail journey from £15,395 pp

This epic three-week journey takes you from Moscow, through Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan to China and the city of Beijing on board the spectacular Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express and Urumqi Private train.

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Top places to stay in Beijing

Raffles Beijing

Accommodation

The past, present and future of Beijing come together at Raffles, located in the heart of China's historic capital, just moments from the Forbidden City.

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