The Imperial Palace
Located in the center of Beijing, the Imperial Palace, otherwise known as the Forbidden City, was the royal palace for the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is the largest, the most intact and well-protected palace complex in China and in the world as well. During the past 500 years since its completion in 1420, it had been used by the two feudal dynasties of Ming and Qing with 24 emperors to rule over the country from here. The revolution of 1911 led by Dr Sun Yat-sen put an end to the feudal rule of the Qing in China. The Forbidden City was opened to visitors in 1925. After 1949, the Imperial Palace has undergone renovations part by part, thereby presenting a completely new feature. Covering an area of 720,000 square meters (about 250 acres) it has a floor space totaling around 155,000 square meters with more than 890 palace buildings containing over 9,000 rooms of various sizes. Housed in the palace museum are many historical and cultural relics as well as precious works of art. It is the largest museum of culture and art in China.
By bus: take bus No.302 (Bagoucun-Xinzhuang) from Jinganzhuang Station, get off at Madian Station, transit on bus No.819 (Erbozixincun-Caihuying), get off at Donghuamen Station.
Taxi: about 8.76 kilometers
The Great Wall Badaling
Located in the west of Beijing, Badaling is the master piece of the Great Wall for its profound culture connotation and the splendid nature scenery. Badaling was a very important military strategic place during the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC - 476 BC) and the Warring States Period (476 BC - 221 BC).
It was built to resist the north minority's attack. We can see its desolate scene up to now. The Great Wall is a symbol of Chinese traditional culture and the pride of the Chinese nation. It's worth taking a hike and reflecting on this incredible feat of mankind. 120 million tourists from home and abroad have visited Badaling; Over 300 foreign leaders and VIPs have climbed the Badaling successively, such as Mr. Nixon, Mr.Reagan, Mrs. Thatcher, Queen Elizabeth II, Mr.Yeltsin, etc. Badaling becomes a friendship ligament to connect China and other countries and shows its elegant demeanour to the world.
By Bus: take bus No.379 ( Yuxinxiaoqu-Zuojiazhuang) from Jinganzhuangbei Station to Xisanqi Station, transit bus Station 919 express (Deshengmen-Yanqing) to Badaling.
Taxi: about 71.12 kilometers.
The Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square, the symbol of the People's Republic and the center of Beijing's landmarks. The flagstones of Tiananmen cover a staggering 440,000 square meters, enough space to allow a million people to gather there. The Tiananmen Gate Tower sites at the north, the Five-Star Red Flag flies high on the square, the Monument to the People's Heroes dominates the center, the Great Hall of the People and the Museum of the Chinese Revolution and the Museum of Chinese History to the east and west of it, as well as The Chairman Mao Memorial Hall and the Qianmen gate, sit in the south of the square. Tens of thousands of people visit daily. The Square is listed top among Beijing's 16 scenic spots.
By Bus: take bus No.966 from CIEC to Dongzhimen Station, transit on subway to Tiananmen Square.
Taxi: about 9.99 Kilometers
The Summer Palace
Situated in the western outskirts of Haidian District, the Summer Palace is 20 kilometers from central Beijing. Composed mainly of Longevity Hill and Kunming, The Summer Palace occupies an area of 294 hectares (726.5 acres), three quarters of which is water. Guided by nature, artists designed the Lake gardens exquisitely so that visitors would see marvelous views and be amazed by perfect examples of refined craftwork using the finest materials.
By Bus: take bus No.718 from Jinganzhuang to Summer Palace
Taxi: about 19.84 kilometers
China National Stadium (Bird Nest)
Location: Olympic Green
Total land surface: 258,000 sq m
Competitions: Athletics, Football
The Stadium is to stage sports events at national and international levels, as well as cultural and entertaining activities.
The National Aquatics Centre (Water Cube)
Location: Olympic Green
Total land surface: 65,000-80,000 sq m
Seats: 6,000 permanent and 11,000 temporary;
Competitions: Swimming, Diving, Synchronized Swimming