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Be in Beijing this July

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Běijīng isn’t famed only for its ancient architecture. Seamlessly blending the ancient with the modern, home to some of the most innovative buildings in contemporary times; the world’s leading architects clamber over each other to leave their mark on China’s capital.

“I am endlessly intrigued by Běijīng’s ability to reinvent itself. Spending time here is to be on a permanent journey of discovery, where eye-popping buildings appear seemingly overnight, historic hútòng are transformed into hip hang-outs, and new venues open all the time. But some things never change in Běijīng and that is equally enticing. The food is always outstanding and the parks and temples remain oases of peace. Above all, I love being surrounded by the tangible evidence of China’s amazing, dramatic history, whether it’s the Forbidden City or the Great Wall. It’s never boring here.”

David Eimer, Writer

July is the shoulder season for Běijīng and whilst the summer in Europe may offer the promise of colour, fun and festivity; Běijīng doesn’t offer anything less than the exotic and amazing and every bit of the city and its surrounds, be it the mystique of the Chinese opera, tumbling acrobats or the dazzling array of different dishes you’ll encounter; Beijing doesn’t hesitate in screaming and claiming its place among the best travel destinations on the planet.

Here’s a travel plan that you can chalk out this July.


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The Temple of Heaven, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998, is described as “a masterpiece of and landscape design”. Covering an area of 2.72 kilometers, the temple is divided into two sections, Heaven and Earth. Divided by a wall, the northern part within the wall is dedicated to Heaven and is built in a semicircular shape. The southern part is built like a square. Ancient Chinese symbolism believed Heaven to be round and the Earth to be a square.

Here’s a route you can take to explore the temple.

1. Zhaoheng Gate (South Gate) → Circular Mound Altar → South Divine Kitchen → Echo Wall → Imperial Vault of Heaven → Three Echo Stones → Danbi Bridge → East Annex Hall → Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests → West Annex Hall → Palace of Abstinence → Divine Music Administration
2. North Gate → Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests → East Annex Hall → West Annex Hall → Danbi Bridge → Echo Wall → Imperial Vault of Heaven → Three Echo Stones → Danbi Bridge → South Divine Kitchen → Circular Mound Altar → Lingxing Gates → Palace of Abstinence → Divine Music Administration

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Forbidden City is China’s largest and best preserved collection of ancient buildings and the largest palace complex in the world. Forbidden City is a more poetic version of what the Chinese call Gù Gōng or Ancient Palace. The Forbidden Palace has relaxed its admission rules from instant execution for uninvited entry to Y40 for a day pass today.

Make your way through the Meridian Gate, cross the Golden Stream to the Gate of Supreme Harmony and visit enroute the Calligraphy and Painting galleries. Go on to explore the Three Great Halls, Hall of Great Harmony, Hall of Middle Harmony and the Hall of Preserving Harmony among other artistic monuments that you’ll discover here. You can make a one day fly past visit or take a few days to visit the entire complex.

The wonders of ancient China in Xī’ān:

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Xī’ān is reminiscent of Central Asia and is a throwback to the days of the Silk Route. Once a terminus of the Silk Route and a melting pot of cultures and religions, Xī’ān still retains a part of its ancient heritage behind its bustling modern facade. Spend 3 days to explore the Army of Terra Cotta soldiers, the tomb of Emperor Jingdi, Xī’ān city and the nearby Muslim quarters.

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Relive the Xaolin experience at Luoyang:

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The Xaolin temple is the cradle of Chinese Zen Buddhism and the world famous Xaolin Martial Art of Kung Fu. Xaolin Temple embraces many exciting attractions, such as the Hall of Heavenly Kings (Tianwangdian), the Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian), the Pagoda Forest, the Dharma Cave and the Martial Art Training Center.

3 days of touring should be sufficient to cover the Longmen Grottoes, White Horse Temple, and the Baogong Ancestral Temple.

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This July, beat the crowds and head to Beijing