November 11, 2006

With the 2008 Beijing Olympic fast approaching, there are millions of expected guests. For first-time visitors and tourists who like to explore the place, here are the must-see sights activities in and around Beijing, China.

1. The Great Wall of China - was built and rebuilt between the 6th century and the 16th century to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire from Xiongnu attacks during the rule of successive dynasties. see more photos and read the rest of this entry >>>

The Great Wall of China (Badaling Section)

2. Forbidden City - also known as the Imperial Palace (Gugong) is the largest and best-preserved collection of ancient buildings in China. The square shaped Forbidden City is surrounded by a man-made moat called the protective river of the city, and a high red wall about 35 feet or 11 meters in height. see more photos and read the rest of this entry >>>

The exterior of the Forbidden City

3. Tiananmen Square - is the front yard of the Forbidden City. Tiananmen is Chinese for "gate of Heavenly Peace" and it is said to be the biggest square in the whole world. It is 880 meters from south to north, and 500 meters from east to west, with total area of 440,000 square meters and can hold one million people. see more photos and read the rest of this entry >>>

young soldiers marching along the Tiananmen Square

4. Temple of Heaven - is the most holy imperial temple in Beijing and it is much bigger than the Forbidden City and smaller than the Summer Palace. It is located in the south of Beijing, covering an area of 2.73 million square meters.

vast courtyard inside the Temple of Heaven

5. Summer Palace - the largest Imperial garden in China located 10 kilometers to the northwest of Beijing and used to be a summer residence of Qing Dynasty emperors and is now a public park. see more photos and read the rest of this entry >>>

Seven Arched Bridge

These are the five mascots, the Friendlies, to stand as symbols for the Beijing Olympic Games.

The Friendlies include : Beibei a fish, Jingjing a panda, Huanhuan the Olympic flame, Yingying a Tibetan antelope and Nini a swallow. The first character of each of their names, when combined, reads "
Beijing Huanying Ni" in Chinese translation it means " Beijing Welcomes You". The color of each mascot accords with a color of the Olympic rings.

Toodles, until next time,
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  2. visiting the great wall is my ultimate dream. but i dont like the crowd like shown in the photo. i only want a few of them when i will have a photo shoot. hehe

  3. I'm excited na for the Olympics! I have an official Beijing 2008 tshirt I bought last year in China and I will wear it tomorrow for the 1st time. Buti nalang Friday kaya dress-down day :)

  4. Hi sis! You been to Beijing before? It's an ancient city that I would like to visit.

    The Olympic Games is going to start tomorrow, after so many incidents happening in China this year. Hope everything goes well.

  5. very interesting! in fact china is on my top ten list to visit in asia.

    i like the forbidden city and of course the great wall!

  6. Very beautiful photos. I been to Beijing twice and it never failed to impress me.


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