Plan your Beijing tour? If you have visited Paris, the capital city of France, you will expect some similarities and differences as well between the two great cities. Being capital cities and metropolises, both Paris and Beijing have a great history.
While you are obliged to take a boat cruising on the Seine River in Paris, you will pay pilgrimage to the Great Wall around Beijing.
The Seine River cruise puts you into a time corridor experiencing the historical Paris and enjoying the mesmerizing views along the river banks. Hiking on Great Wall allows you to touch the 500-year history and appreciate the hilltop views.
French history has left Louvre Palace to the city of Paris and Beijing is also bestowed with a great palace – Forbidden City.
Both palaces have been turned into museums – Louvre Museum and Forbidden City Museum, art and historical Treasure troves belonging to the whole mankind.
Many travellers would start their Paris city tour with a visit to Concorde Square. Similarly, Tiananmen Square is very often a starting point to begin a city tour in Beijing.
Concorde Square leads to Louvre Museum and Tiananmen Square is connected to Forbidden City Museum.
The sharp difference between Paris and Beijing lies in their city constructions. The old buildings in Paris have been well preserved and protected while Beijing demolished its city wall in 1960s and a great number of old residential buildings (hutongs and courtyards) have been demolished too!
Though Beijing government has protectively allocated some old residential areas for protection, Beijing has unquestionably has become a brand new metropolis – new residential blocks, high-rise office buildings and fancy and van-garden structures.
Paris is an old modern city while Beijing is a modern old city.
Tip: Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for Beijing guided tours:
Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites
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