If you only have one full day in Beijing and you would like to feel, touch and see the essential Beijing, the one day itinerary in Beijing below is my suggested example to plan your own memorable Beijing Day Tours.
This itinerary takes you to have a walk along the axis from south to north and appreciate the harmony of the city design which took its form in Yuan (1279-1368) and Ming ( 1368-1644) Dynasties.
Temple of Heaven
Get up early and have a fast breakfast, and get to the south gate of Temple of Heaven around 8:00am by Beijing Taxi. Walking from the south gate to the north gate and on the way visit the 500-year-old temple. The Temple of Heaven was constructed in 1420 AD during the Ming Dynasty as a site for the emperors to offer sacrifices to heaven.
Temple of Heaven is now actually a park. Early in the morning there are a great number of retired people who come here to hang out with friends and do morning exercises, playing Taichi ball, doing ribbon dancing, ballroom dancing, playing cards and dominoes and writing calligraphy on the ground. There are also music and singing…
Qianmen and Hutongs
Now you exit from the north gate and turn left (west) for 15 minutes walking, then turn right (north) to Qianmen Wallking Street and Dazhalan. Please notice, to get to Qianmen Walking Street, you have to pass over a flyover to the east side of the Church you will see.
Use some time to explore the newly renovated Qianmen Pedestrian Street full of shops and restaurants. You may grab some local food as your lunch. Dazhalan is a must for you to walk for a while exploring the ancient street in Beijing.
Walk through an underground tunnel again fromTiananmen Square up to the Gate of Heaven Peace (Tiananmen Tower), where 61 years ago Chairman Mao declared the People’s Republic On October 01, 1949. You pass under Mao’ Portrait and enter Forbidden City .
e prepared for crowds of people like you visiting this complex. So you go from the south gate to its north gate. Your visit usually will take 2-3 hours.
Raising your head, you will find a pavilion with three layered eaves perched on a hill. The main road between the north gate area of Forbiden City and the south gate of Jingshan Park is full blocked. To get across to the south gate of Jingshan Park , you just turn left for 20 meters and take the underground pass. Line up for the tickets: RMB 2 per person. Opening hours: 6am – 8pm all year round.
Beihai Park is well known for its beautiful gardens, the maze in the stone cave, temples and pavillions. Atop the Jade Island in Beihai Park, White Dagoba becomes an important landmark of the city.
If you are fed up with the gentrification in Beijing; if you lose interest in modern Beijing; if you feel sad about the fact that Beijing is becoming less like Beijing; if you want to sea a traditional Beijing; if you try to find a quiet place in the busy Beijing, come toShichahai! Tired? Have a drink on one of the bars.
Guojie Food Street
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