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Top 10 places in Beijing

Our app features the history of 86 monuments and great sites including places to discover Beijing. Here is a selection of the top 10 monuments of the city, with an extract of the texts available in the application and written by our teams of specialists. For full content, download our Android and iPhone Guide and start creating your travel journal for your stay at Beijing

Visit Place Tian an men

Place Tian an men

The "Place of the Celestial Gate" is an immense place of 900 m by 500m oriented north-south, built in 1651, but significantly enlarged from 1954: it was to create a place to gather a huge crowd On the occasion of popular demonstrations. For this purpose it was necessary to destroy a great... Read more

Visit The Tian an Men Gate

The Tian an Men Gate

A first wooden door was built there in 1417 by Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty; But it was burnt down in 1644 when the Ming were driven out by Li Zicheng. The door that is currently seen is the result of its reconstruction in stone, in 1651, under the Qing dynasty; It is made up of a long red... Read more

Visit Mao Zedong Mausoleum

Mao Zedong Mausoleum

It was built in 6 months after the death of Mao Zedong from November 1976 to May 1977. It was built where the most important entrance of the imperial city was located under the Ming and Qing: the Chinese Gate destroyed opportunity. The mausoleum contains the embalmed body of the president of the... Read more

Visit The National Museum of China

The National Museum of China

The museum, which occupies the immense building facing the people's palace, was born from the fusion of two museums: the China History Museum, successor to the Beijing History Museum inaugurated in 1912, and the museum Of the revolution. They settled in this building in 1959: it was built to... Read more

Visit Forbidden City

Forbidden City

This immense palace is the imperial palace of the imperial city of Beijing. It was built on the orders of the Emperor Ming Yongle between 1406 and 1420: nearly 200,000 workers worked there unremittingly. Today it is the Palace Museum, which not only allows to discover the splendor of the palace,... Read more

Visit Courtyard


The Wumen (meridian gate) is one of the four entrances to the Forbidden City; The red enclosure wall is pierced with five entrances and topped by a central double-roofed building and single-roof buildings connecting pavilions at the ends. The emperor passed his troops in review of one of these... Read more

Visit The Palace Museum

The Palace Museum

It contains more than a million objects, partly from collections collected by the Ming and Qing: paintings, ceramics, seals, steles, sculptures, calligraphic objects, bronze objects, enamels etc. There is in particular a wealthy Collection of ceramics and porcelains (340000 objects) acquired by... Read more

Visit Jingshan Park

Jingshan Park

The hill on which this park is located is artificial: it was created by piling up the earth cleared during the digging of the moats of the forbidden city. It was not by chance that it was created there: indeed the Chinese feared the malevolent spirits that were supposed to come from the north;... Read more

Visit Beihai Park

Beihai Park

Like Jingshan Park, this park, which has existed for more than a thousand years, was reserved for the emperors: it was built in the 10th century. Under the Liao dynasty, and was constantly improved. Its construction illustrated a legend that spoke of three mountains where immortal beings lived.... Read more

Visit Tower of drums and bell tower

Tower of drums and bell tower

In Chinese Gulou and Zhonglou; The tower of the drums was built under the Emperor Kublai Khan, in 1272 to shell the hours; It was then called the Tower of the Ordained Administration. It was rebuilt not far from the first in 1420, under the emperor Ming Yongle, and was only renovated in 1800 under... Read more

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