Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing, is located near the financial district and Technology Park. It is also close to the State Guest House, the historical Summer Palace and Beijing Zoo, providing an excellent base from which to explore Beijing's many attractions.
Forbidden City: The world’s largest and best-preserved imperial palace is the Forbidden City. It was home to the emperors and empresses of the Ming and Qing dynasties. While the Forbidden City functioned as the administrative center of the country, it was off-limits to the public for 500 years, hence its title.
Great Wall: One of the Eight Wonders of the World, this immense wall (6,700km to be exact) was originally designed to defend against marauding nomads. The wall spans five provinces, winding across deserts, grasslands and mountains. Most visitors see the Great Wall at Badaling, 70 kilometers northwest of Beijing. We recommend visiting the Great Wall on a weekday, as it attracts huge crowds on weekends.
Ming Tombs: The Ming Tombs, about 50 kilometers northwest of Beijing. They are the burial site of 13 of the 16 Ming Dynasty emperors (1368 - 1644). Built over an area of 40 sq. km, each tomb is placed at the foot of a separate hill and links with the other tombs by a road called the Sacred Way. The Sacred Way is lined with 18 pairs of stone human figures and animals, which symbolize royal power and eternal strength. The only tomb that has been excavated is Dingling Tomb, which holds Emperor Shenzong, the 13th emperor of the Ming Dynasty.
Temple of Heaven: Built in 1420, Temple of Heaven was heralded as an epitome of the evolution of the Chinese civilization and subsequently declared a World Heritage Site in 1998. It is considered China’s largest complex of sacrificial buildings, built originally for the use of the royalty, but now valued by both local and foreign tourists.
The main attraction at Temple of Heaven is the original architect’s symbolic interpretation of heaven. Like the dark blue-tiled roofs on each building and pillars which symbolizes the solar system. It was often visited by the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasty for annual ceremonies of prosperous harvest. Temple of Heaven is located in Beijing’s Xuanwu district, which is near Traders Hotel, Beijing.
Tiananmen Square: Tiananmen Square is an immense courtyard that holds the reputation of being the world’s largest public square. A variety of historical edifices surround the square. This includes the Chinese Revolution History Museum, Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum, the Great Hall of the People, and the Monument of the People’s Heroes. Every day, an impressive flag-raising ceremony is performed at sunrise and sunset by a specially trained military battalion.