The Best of Beijing With ShoreTrips
PHOTO: The Great Wall of China (Courtesy ShoreTrips)
Beijing is among the most popular tourist destinations in Asia, and it isn’t that difficult to understand why.
As the capital of China, it is infused with unrivaled historical and cultural significance. As the third most populated city in the world, it also offers the chance to meet and interact with more people than you’d probably encounter per square foot almost anywhere else on earth.
Whether it is lots of people and high-energy activity you hope to see, or if you prefer a more laid-back opportunity to soak in the unique landmarks in quiet solitude, you can pretty much count on finding exactly what you are looking for, if you plan your trip to Beijing carefully.
One way to ensure you have the perfect Beijing experience is to enlist the help of ShoreTrips to handle the arrangements. They can take care of all of the details for you, and their expertise in that part of the country allows them to anticipate the highlights of the region that you won’t want to miss.
They have a Best of Beijing tour that—as you can probably guess from the name—covers all of the bases when it comes to the most in-demand local attractions.
A local native will personally guide you around all of the popular area sights, making a point to educate you about the history and significance of each location along the way. This knowledgeable guide is a valuable benefit, as many of the buildings and landmarks in this region have important backstories, and the architecture has powerful symbolism that might be easy for someone unfamiliar with the area to overlook.
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You will make a visit to Tiananmen Square, which is sure to be poignant and powerful, given the events that have occurred in the third biggest square in the world.
Another awe-inspiring stop on the tour is the Forbidden City. Created as a monument to honor the two dozen emperors who ruled from this spot for more than 500 years, this is viewed as one of the top “can’t miss” locations in the city. Few other localities can match its cultural and historical significance.
As you navigate around the city, you will also have the chance to see countless homes and buildings that represent the ultimate in authentic Chinese tradition and symbolism. You will likely quickly realize that few things here are done in a casual manner. Instead, a lot of thought went into the planning and construction of each structure. For example, the prominent use of the color yellow is done in honor of the Emperor, as that shade is designated as representing the esteemed leader.
You will wrap up your tour with a visit to the Hou Hai neighborhood. While many parts of Beijing have embraced the modern-day amenities and taken on a more contemporary and urban look, this neighborhood proudly clings to its traditional feel. You can explore the many quant alleyways and courtyards that make up this section of the city, making this the perfect way to end your tour on a relaxing note.
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