Top 15 Sites To Catch Next Time You’re In Beijing

Posted on Sep 7 2016 - 11:25am by brad klipfel
* brad klipfel for City Guides,Travelling September 7, 2016

Beijing: site of the 2008 Olympics, home of Tiananmen Square, birthplace of the Qing and Ming dynasties and long, winding and majestic Great Wall.

There are so many sites to behold here – but which one’s make your “can’t miss” list?

Here are our top fifteen.

1.    Tiananmen Square

TO GO WITH AFP STORY "China-politics-rights-Tiananmen" by Robert Saiget (FILES) This file photo taken on June 2, 1989 shows hundreds of thousands of Chinese gathering around a 10-metre replica of the Statue of Liberty (C), called the Goddess of Democracy, in Tiananmen Square demanding democracy despite martial law in Beijing. Families of those killed in the crushing of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests on June 2, 2010 demanded China end its silence and open a dialogue on the bloodshed. In an annual open letter, 128 members of the Tiananmen Mothers castigated the Communist Party government for ignoring its calls for openness on the crackdown that occurred June 3-4, 1989 and vowed never to give up their fight. AFP PHOTO / FILES / CATHERINE HENRIETTE

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Tiananmen Square is the largest square of its kind in the world. Millions of people each year gather there to hold massive parades and rallies. At this location in 1949, Chairman Mao Zedong formally announced the establishment of the People’s Republic of China.